We asked Nathan Rose, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, Missouri, “What is the biggest challenge in church revitalization?”
When we first started our church we had to define “church planting” for almost everyone we talked to. These days church planting is so well known that it comes with a set of connotations, associations, and stereotypes—some fair and some not.
While the phrase “Paradigm Shift” may be used and heard a lot today, the actual occurrence of one is still a rare sight.
A paradigm shift can be defined as a dramatic change by members of a group or community in the cognitive framework of basic assumptions, ways of thinking, underlying suspicions and methodology. I believe a true paradigm shift in small group ministry can release a desperately needed disciple-making revolution in our churches.
Any good physician will make certain your physical exam includes at least three components.
First, the doctor will want you to have thorough lab work. Second, all exams include a comprehensive look at your physical body. Third, the physician will ask you a series of questions that would lead him or her to know more about your overall physical and emotional health.
An effective new member class is a gift. It provides front-end assimilation. It gets people involved in ministry. It moves them to groups and to wise stewardship.
The simple act of inviting friends and acquaintances to your church can impact eternity.
A study by LifeWay Research found about two-thirds of churchgoers made it a point to invite someone to church in the last six months, but nearly a third said they hadn’t extended an invitation to anyone.
Maybe your youth director just resigned. Or maybe your church never had one in the first place. Perhaps the missions committee in charge has fallen apart.
We asked Won Kwak, lead pastor of Maranatha Grace Church in Fort Lee, NJ, “What does evangelism look like in New York City?”
My friend Danny prides himself on being spiritual but not religious, environmentally caring, generally loving, and suspicious of all organized religion, especially evangelical Christianity. My team of campus ministers first met him playing pickup basketball. While he was quick to express he was not interested in a relationship with Jesus, he continued to be intrigued by and drawn into our Christian community.
1. It honors the Lord (Romans 15:5,6).
2. It sanctifies the believers (1 Corinthians 1:18)…