We're hoping to do a mid- year ministry fair to highlight some existing groups and new groups that are starting, but it is the first time that we have ever done a ministry fair. Right now we're thinking of doing it right after the morning service, with various tables set up around the...
More and more adults know less and less about the Bible. What curriculums or strategies have worked well for you in teaching adults an overview of the Bible?
December 8, 2014 0 0 comments
Check out Walk the Way videos for quick but substantive materials for youth ministry or small group discussions.
October 14, 2014 0 0 comments
What ingredients are necessary for a discipleship model that will raise up men and women, boys and girls who look and act like Jesus?
October 14, 2014 1 1 comments
Plans are underway for a “refresh” that will energize Bible discovery, invigorate small group leaders, and enliven the evangelistic mission of sharing God’s Word with our friends!
September 8, 2014 0 1 comments
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The story of a car salesman and his new found love, Jesus Christ, and the call to make disciples. How are you doing in the field where God has placed you to disciple others?
September 3, 2014 0 0 comments
“I will be visiting a close relative in the next couple of weeks. My relative is not a Christian. I would love to give them a pamphlet or small book which explains the gospel. What would you suggest?”
August 5, 2014 0 3 comments
Bible engagement is critical for spiritual growth. What kind of small group enviornment encourages Bible engagement? What kind of leader can help cultivate such a group?
July 21, 2014 1 4 comments
Small Groups carry a lot of weight in churches. We expect that if people participate in groups they will grow and change. What change are we working toward and how do we know if it happened?
May 13, 2014 0 0 comments
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A Bible study for new Christians who would like to have a better understanding of the stories of the Bible.
April 9, 2014 0 0 comments
This is the final blog in a five part book review series on the books by Mike Breen and the 3DM Team on missional communities. Today, Ruth Kelder shares her report on Breen’s newest book, Covenant and Kingdom and how the "assignment" to read it gave her valuable, new insights about scripture.
April 8, 2014 0 2 comments
This is part four of a five part book report series on Mike Breen and the 3DM team’s books on missional communities. The reports have been prepared by leaders who are on the journey of developing a discipleship ministry in their churches...
April 1, 2014 0 0 comments
In Multiplying Missional Leaders, Mike Breen offers both a vision for missional leadership, and practical tools for identifying and equipping missional leaders.
March 18, 2014 1 0 comments
In part two of this five part book report series, Paul Worster, shares his heart, his experience and four highlights from the book, Leading Missional Communities: Rediscovering the Power of Living on Mission Together.
March 10, 2014 0 0 comments
There is a lot of interest in Missional Communities. Many churches in the CRC and around the world are experimenting with missional communities for mission and discipleship.
March 4, 2014 0 2 comments
First CRC in Denver is trying something new with their Sunday School. Read about their intergenerational Sunday School experiment and what they have learned from it!
February 12, 2014 0 2 comments
CrossPoint’s discipleship strategy may be the simplest and most used word in our vocabulary, yet the most difficult of words to truly live out – LOVE. The Shema (found in Deut. 6:5) gives a complete picture of what a disciple looks like and does. CrossPoint has shaped our call to be disciples who disciple in three simple steps...
January 23, 2014 0 2 comments
Here's the take away: There is not a one-size-fits-all discipleship strategy. Jesus discipled his own disciples differently as they grew in faith. How are our churches equipping people in all varieties of faith development. Mike Johnson shares his wisdom and expertise about faith development in today's blog.
January 19, 2014 0 0 comments
Drew Angus and Paul Ingeneri join the conversation by sharing tools for growing adult new believers.
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January 3, 2014 0 1 comments
Western Seminary is offering a course on Commonly Misunderstood Verses of the Bible for small groups. The 12 week format, starting January 7, is very flexible. Your group can register for only $50.00. What a cool opporunity for those groups that like to go deep! Learn more here...
December 17, 2013 0 0 comments
One year ago, Ferrysburg Community Church in Spring Lake, Michigan launched a missional community in a neighboring apartment complex. Pastor Nate Visker shares some reflections on what they expected, current reality and what they have learned...
November 19, 2013 0 14 comments
Read an interview with Sue Prins, the Discipleship Coordinator of Providence CRC in Holland. She answers: "What is your congregation's picture of a disciple of Jesus? What is the current design or shape of your church’s discipleship ministry? What is the current design or shape of your church’s discipleship ministry? What is your most effective way of developing leaders? How do you instill the DNA of multiplication in your ministry? and more...
November 5, 2013 0 0 comments
“Why do Christian need to pray? Because prayer is the most important part of the thankfulness God requires of us. And also because God gives his grace and Holy Spirit only to those who pray continually and groan inwardly, asking God for these gifts and thanking him for them.” (Heidelberg Catechism #116).
October 22, 2013 0 4 comments
A couple of weeks ago, my friend John Rozeboom emailed a question: “Sam, can you recommend or point me to a member spiritual gift inventory that can be self-administered, is simple and straightforward.”
September 24, 2013 0 0 comments
The Michigan summer has been great for apples. My favorite farmers market is brimming with baskets of fresh, crispy apples – Honey crisp, Zester, Macintosh – and zucchini, peppers, melons, corn, peaches. Is your mouth watering? Harvest time is so exciting.
September 9, 2013 0 0 comments