Tuesday, December 20, 2016

On the Net: "10 Reasons Churches Stop Growing at the 200 Barrier" and More

10 Reasons Churches Stop Growing at the 200 Barrier

It’s common for churches to hover around 200 in attendance, bouncing slightly below and slightly above that number recurrently, but not moving beyond that level. Here are some reasons that plateau happens.... Read More

Multi-Site Church for the Rest of Us Featuring Jimmy Scroggins - Rainer on Leadership #287 [Podcast]

Jimmy Scroggins joins Thom Rainer and Jonathan Howe to tell the story of Family Church in West Palm Beach, FL, and how they have moved to a model of neighborhood churches. Listen Now

The Irrepressible Christ of Christmas

No matter how hard people may try, and they are indeed trying harder and harder with the passing of time, they can’t avoid Christ at Christmas. Read More

What Does the X in Xmas Mean?

First of all, you have to understand that it is not the letter X that is put into Christmas. We see the English letter X there, but actually what it involves is the first letter of the Greek name for Christ. Christos is the New Testament Greek for Christ. The first letter of the Greek word Christos is transliterated into our alphabet as an X. That X has come through church history to be a shorthand symbol for the name of Christ. Read More

7 of the Most Frustrating Things Pastors Experience

Ron Edmondson responds to the question, "What do you think are some of the most frustrating things pastors experience?" Read More

Louie Giglio On Preaching That Connects With Today’s Young Adults [Podcast]

Louie Giglio returns to the podcast and talks about the kind of preaching that actually connects with today’s young adults and other lessons learned from 20 years of Passion Conferences that have attracted hundreds of thousands of college students. Listen Now

How Should We Remember?

What practices did the early Christians develop after the Spirit came at Pentecost? “They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). Word, prayer, and fellowship (more about “the breaking of bread” below)—these are ways that God fuels health and strength in the Christian life, from the first days of the church, throughout history, and into the twenty-first century and beyond. And our own “habits of grace,” then, are the particular practices we create and develop in our own lives for accessing these three timeless channels. Read More

Listen to the Dramatic Story Behind a Beloved Christmas Carol [Podcast]

The true story behind the beloved carol, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," read by Bernard Howard and then sung by Caroline Cobb and Sean Carter. Listen Now

Towards Missional Effectiveness: An Introduction (Part 1)

What is mission? What is missions? What is missional? Read More

The Archbishop of Sydney’s Christmas message 2016 [Video]

Dr. Glenn N. Davies: “From politics to personal life, what more do we want for Christmas than people who will tell us the truth?” Watch Now

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