If we were following Jesus, we’d be known as people who go to the dangerous, poor, unpleasant places. Not just a few select missionaries to other countries; we’d go as congregations, as communities of disciples—followers—to the most difficult spots in our own cities and towns.Read More
We can’t expect that an extracted disciple’s growth in maturity will trickle-down to a waiting harvest no matter the quality and quantity of the sacred buffet that we offer.Read More
How do we share Christ effectively to a generation not impressed by the Church today? Here are five ideas.Read More
Changing the world with the Gospel of Jesus is less likely to happen using traditional methods with every passing year.Read More
The 4-point plan to get better:
- Ask the right questions.
- Give honest answers in a group process.
- Determine the best-prioritized plan for improvement.
- Take action.
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It is clear that our whole region needs a genesis and it will not come solely because of a dedicated volunteer missionary force.Read More
People want to go to a church where they’re challenged by something bigger than themselves and where their gifts are being used to further that cause.Read More
People who don’t go to church, don’t want to go to church. They’re not rolling out of bed late on Sunday morning wishing they had somewhere more churchy to be. In fact, a growing number of people who do go to church don’t want to go, either. If we don’t give them something worth committing to, they’ll be gone soon.Read More
Overcoming our tendency to emphasize church more than we emphasize Jesus won’t be easy. And I’m not in a position to point any fingers. I’m as much a part of the problem as anyone.Read More
It is a common practice for churches to commission Christians who embark on doing missionary work abroad. Many churches see their congregants entering the workplace—a mission field—on a weekly basis. So, bi-monthly, Pastor Jason Harris at Central Presbyterian Church commissions people to specific vocations in the same way they would pray for pastors or foreign missionaries.Read More
This means a very large majority of Christians see only a very small percentage of their lives dedicated to the mission of making disciples. It’s no wonder so few believers are fruitful in ministry.Read More
Here are 5 mistakes that are more likely to be made by small churches than by big ones. The smaller, the more susceptible they are.Read More
Need a new beginning in your life, in your city, or in your church? God specializes in helping us start afresh.Read More
Be ready at all times to share the gospel truth, because it is the gospel that changes lives. Let us begin the process by simply showing gospel warmth until that door of conversation opens. In other words, love people until they ask, “Why?”Read More
Could it be that some congregations are stuck in a never-ending game of Peek-a-boo? Are we simply trying to “throw a blanket” over things that need to change, really believing that they are going to go away?Read More
Although the world urges us to operate out of fear and “scarcity,” we function out of a deep well-spring of hope and faith in the God who has all the resources of the world at his disposal!Read More
Prayer reveals our biggest priorities. What we pray for strips our theology, our worldview, and our very selves down to the core.Read More
No one’s plan undermined another – all the professionals had to work together. This is the beauty of hospice – people working together to achieve the common good of the patient.Read More
We often quote the verse, “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send more workers!” However, what if God has been answering our prayer, calling more and more from our congregations to his harvest field and we are too selfish to send them?Read More