“Jesus had thousands of followers. He had dozens of disciples. He picked 12 to train more deeply and send out. And he had three that were with him even more often.” Brandon Cox talks about how we organize our life with people in his recent blog, “Who Are Your 3? Your 12? Your 70? Your Thousands?” Of […]
It’s one thing to have a bad experience or a series of bad experiences. It’s another to hang on to them for far longer than you should, especially when you have a role in them that you refuse to see. So in the hopes of clarifying a few things and helping us all move through […]
“Just as soil quality influences the potential outcomes of a field, the culture of a congregation establishes the environment that often predetermines the effectiveness of God’s Word in that body of believers. In other words, a church’s culture influences its impact.” – Digging In: Cultivating a Health Church Culture by Jim Powell As I approach my […]
“As your small group journeys on the road of disciple-making it will require a great level of intentionality.” Small groups can be a part of the disciple making process but we need to be intentional about how we “do” small groups. Eric George has some thoughts about the rhythm of small groups. Click here […]
To be honest I haven’t given much thought to the spiritual discipline aspect of singing. In his blog, “Three Reasons Why Singing is Essential in the Life of the Disciple” Michael Kelley begins, “There are certain habits that are synonymous with spiritual growth. We call these things spiritual disciplines, and they’re things like reading the […]
So I did something different the other day. I attended church in a movie theatre. It was a satellite or campus of a large well known ministry. The worship music was live but the preaching was via the screen. I went to see what it was like and to see if I could learn anything […]
Churches serious about being healthy look for ways to meaningfully engage in their communities. In today’s post, Chuck Lawless outlines steps for people who are serious about doing this well and aren’t sure where to start. Click here to read, “10 Ways to Read Your Community.”
Many people look at the idea of missional communities as a way of engaging in spiritual formation. In his post, Top 3 Missional Community Misconceptions, Brad Watson looks at some misconceptions that both those “inside” and “outside” have about these gatherings.
More help from my friends. This week’s article was forwarded to me by Sandy Crozier, FMCiC Stewardship Development Director. And yes, this is a church health issue. Check out Thom S. Rainer’s “Nine Concerns about Church Members Who Withhold Their Financial Gifts.”
David Schuchardt, pastor of Northview Church in Regina, SK, sent me this article with the following note, “From another camp but I am sure there is wisdom to be gleaned.” I agree with my friend so here you go: Kevin DeYoung’s 9 Marks of an Unhealthy Church.
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