Thursday, August 25, 2016

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5 Reasons Church Growth Strategies Matter

I start with some caveats today. First, I understand that the words “church growth” carry baggage of American pragmatism and a watered-down gospel; so, I’m careful in using that descriptor. Second, I want everything we do as a church to be thoroughly biblical. Thus, I am not arguing for anything that lacks a biblical foundation. At the same time, though, I do think that strategizing for church growth has merit. Here’s why. Read More

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The Long Road to Building Israel's First Post-Statehood Church

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The Intellectual Roots of the Sexual Revolution

n retrospect, the postmodern age was not a new age at all; it was only the alarm that announced the end of modernity and the beginning of the late modern age. Modernity has not disappeared. It has only grown stronger, if also more complex. Read More

5 Suggestions When Firing Someone in Ministry

Making this difficult decision has many times proven best for all parties involved, but admittedly, getting to the point of release is sometimes a most difficult process. Read More

Pastoral Ministry Does Not Have to Be Sedentary

In this article Erik Raymond highlights several practices that he has found helpful in his ministry to combat a common problem of being a pastor - sedentariness. Read More

3 Reasons Your Church Must Care About Groups This Fall

The people in your church will be much more influenced by a group of people than they will be by one person, by even one pastor. While a pastor can make a significant impact on a person’s life, the impact of a group is much more sustainable and reproducible. Read More

Bible study method that helps small groups really work

There's a way of running a Bible study which minimises the risk that it will go sour, and lets everyone contribute on the same level, no matter how much or how little they know. Read More
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