Starting a new church community is not an easy task. We can get so caught up in our methodology that we miss the mission of the church.
If we see God’s justice as inseparable from his kingdom, then we may be a little more inclined toward living mission instead of just doing mission. Mission is in our backyard.
Wise friends are God's gift for a healthy life and a healthy ministry. When you lose a wise friend, like King Uzziah did, you just might go crazy.
I wish there was a great story of the hundreds of thousands of dollars given to us to start this new ministry adventure. There was a promise of $5000 and a pat on the back: "Good luck."
How many pastors wouldn't love this kind of confirmation of their calling?
A practical resource for assisting church leaders in identifying, understanding and intentionally engaging the fivefold ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers (APEST) that exist within their congregations.
What do we mean when we say that "God is Love"?
What does a non-Bible reader think of the Old Testament?
Wisdom helps us as we pursue good and godly leadership. Larry Osborne of North Coast Church in California gives timely leadership wisdom for planters and established church pastors.
How many people know your church exists? What does it take to see a good number at your first worship service as a church planter?
In 2009, Norman came to a SE Classis meeting in Orlando, Florida and he lead the music aspect of worship that meeting. The Lord was stirring Norman's heart to church planting and we joined him in prayer asking the Lord to direct his footsteps.
Is your church preaching the gospel or is it only preaching salvation?
When I talk to Lori, I sense some faith. She’s a spiritual person. However, she doesn’t belong to a local church. We all know such people. And as far as we know, they’ve not received the gospel. So, how are we supposed to reach them?
A resource for your congregation to learn the gospel story that they can share with others. The gospel story is told as Creation, Fall, Redemption, Recreation.
How are you teaching the people in your congregation to tell the gospel story? What story are they telling?
Every church planter has a story and mine started in 2004. God used family relationships to open doors for us in New York and to teach us much about the culture and context from the very beginning.
Two trends are emerging in North America: the call for people to be self feeders and the move away from the church on the part of "mature" beleivers
Connecting the Bible and Culture is one of the challenges church planters and all pastors face. One great place to make the connection is music.
“The ‘As You Are Initiative’ is mobilizing thousands of willing Christ-followers just like you to start, growing and multiplying ‘come as you are’ leaders to lead ‘come as you are' churches. Is the CRC ready to be part of such a movement?
My sense is that we live in a "no" culture. We find all kinds of ways to either say "no" or to slow a process down so much that it feels like a "no."
What was it like being a parent who celebrated having a child whose stomach was full?
This is the blog entry where I turn everything I said in the previous entries upside down. We’ve looked at growing churches in the CRC - churches whose attendance and membership grew by more than 20% in a recent five year period. We examined the characteristics of those churches and evaluated their leadership. We’ve thought about the issues that arise when a church is in a season of growth.
Any small(ish) church pastor or ministry leader who’s been to a conference at a mega-church knows the feeling: a feeling of guilt that their church hasn’t jumped to over 1000 overnight, and a sense of despair that growth is out of reach. The conversations with these growing church pastors, however, offer us some reassurance and some challenges for us as a denomination.
Today’s entry continues with the factors that led to growth in CRC and RCA churches.The church was at a point where it was ready to take risks and to make changes.
As we all know, this five year span has not been easy in North America, with the downturn of the economy directly affecting our churches and their members. And yet, in the midst of this crisis, there were 42 CRC churches and over 30 RCA churches (exact number not available) who showed significant growth.