Wednesday, June 22, 2016

On the Net: "The Shocking, Abysmal, and Embarrassing Failure of Churches to Pray" and Much More

The Shocking, Abysmal, and Embarrassing Failure of Churches to Pray [Podcast]

In this interview Jonathan Leeman and Mark Deever seek to diagnose and then address the problem of prayerlessness in evangelical churches. Listen Now

The advantages of launching a church without a building

Twelve years ago my current pastor launched a church in the exact same way as many other churches in America: holding meetings in his living room. However, over those 12 years our church pursued a course that has been anything but typical. While I can't comment on this unique course as a church leader any more, I can share how it has impacted the outlook and values at the level of the congregation. Read More

3 Ways the Gospel Might Divide a Church

A curious thing happens when a church and its shepherds are committed to this radical notion of gospel-centrality. If we will focus on the biblical Jesus, we will tend to be motivated to reach and primed to attract the same kind of people the biblical Jesus did. And while most church folks like the ideas of mission and church growth, when the rubber meets the road in your proclamational engagement, you will find quite a few of those same agreeable souls eager to pump the brakes. Read More

When Should a Church Fire a Pastor?

Termination is the death stroke, the ultimate statement that ‘this person’s ministry in this church is beyond repair. Read More

Making Decisions versus Finding Solutions

Making a decision is often easy, but the solution can often be hard to find. Read More

One of the Most Dangerous Things Pastors Do

The worst thing pastors can do is not be themselves! Read More

When Ministry Knocks You Down, How to Get Back Up

As I’ve faced discouragement in ministry, these simple choices have helped me encourage myself in the Lord. Read More

A Call for Pastors to Pray for their People

If you’ve been called by God to be a pastor, then I’m sure you desire to pray for your people. Sadly, desire is never enough. Read More

One Critical Conviction

A preaching ministry is built on a whole set of convictions. Convictions about God, the Gospel, about people, about ministry. It is right that we let these convictions grow over time as we spend time in the Bible, and learn from mentors, from experience, from life. In this post I’d like to flag up one of these convictions. Read More

Life-Change Stories: 5 Ways to Find Them

elling stories is a powerful way to demonstrate God’s faithfulness in our churches and in our lives. Read More

Looking to the New Testament for Models of Corporate Prayer

Now when it comes to prayer meetings in church history, I wish I’d been there when the Spirit’s power was poured out in Acts 4:31: “When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak God’s message with boldness.” There is evidence in Acts as well as in church history that the Holy Spirit wills to use such prayer meetings to pour out his power again and again on local churches.... Read More

God-Centered Prayer

The Alpha and Omega of prayer must be for the glory of God. Read More

Four Ways Churches Kill Group Leaders

We tend to put a lot of time and planning into the launch of new groups but little into the important days after they are launched. If you’re not intentional, your leaders will quickly become frustrated and feel used by the church. Here are four things that can quickly kill off your leaders. Read More

The Future of the SBC—Local Associations

Associations have a chance to demonstrate their value to local churches. Read More
In this article and the following article Ed Stetzer examines how denominational structures can help or hinder the mission of the local church.
The Future of the SBC—State Conventions

4 ideas from small denominations. Read More

The Church Praying : Spring 2016

The latest issue of 9Marks Journal is out. Read Online or Download

Who’s Who of Trump’s ‘Tremendous’ Faith Advisors

The Republican candidate finally names his campaign’s evangelical connections. Read More

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