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Evangelism is Relational

Steve was a salesman at a local car dealership, and I bought my first Malibu from him in 2009. When I heard about his severe cancer diagnosis, I was overwhelmed with a deep compassion and a nudge from the Spirit. 

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Of Acorns and Me

Despite being called to this life, one aspect that I have been focusing on is that we, humans, are often caught sleeping. Simply put we need to wake up and realize all of life is a call to live abundantly! 

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Understanding Our Missional Vocation as Artistic Expression

The expression of unique gifts is the local congregation’s work of art: creating beauty, seeing the other, being reconcilers and healers, reminding our neighbors who they truly are as images bearers of God.

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Understanding Our Missional Focus

The missional focus challenges church practices that mimic consumerism and result, intentionally or not, in the church as a vendor of religious services. 

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Is Your Congregation a Frontier or Immigrant Church Plant?

Throughout the history of Christianity, I've observed two models of church planting that I will label Frontier & Immigrant. Each model has implicit strengths and weaknesses. What is your congregation?

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Inclusivity Learning and Resources

Here are some great tools for pastors and church planters who want to learn to fully include people with disabilities. 

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Understanding Our Missional Identity

Using “missional” as an adjective doesn't change the church's identity but attempts to serve as a reminder of what she's always been. The term neither excludes evangelism nor is synonymous with social justice efforts.

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Creating Together

In a neighborhood that faces many challenges, an arts ministry holds great potential. As Stryker points out, “Beauty, while not necessary to survive, is essential for the human spirit to thrive.” 

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Church Planting as Political Expression

This past week the division in our nation has been illuminated by the election process, not created by that process. But as the church, we must follow Christ in offering a posture of submission to the other. 

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One Motorcycle Ride

As I rode along and saw empty store fronts, ragged motels, pawn shops, ethnic stores and restaurants, I was gripped by a feeling that surprised me with its intensity. I felt like I had come home.

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Gospel Witness in the Public Sphere

We are challenged to discern God's activity by asking: Who in the community is working on behalf of the infants so they won’t die? Who is standing up for the worker? Who is working on behalf of the old? 

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Steps to Start Engaging Your Neighbourhood

As a church planter with a passion for changing neighbours from strangers to friends, here are a few ways you can start being active in YOUR neighbourhood.

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6 Lessons Learned in Church Planting

In a couple weeks our church celebrates six years of existence. During this time we've experienced the high's and low's of planting a new ministry. To celebrate, here are some lessons learned along the way. 

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Imagination, Tradition and the Divine Gift of Abundance

Churches and denominations should be known as places of great organizational imagination, creativity, and experimentation. Embracing a worldview of abundance propels our organizational creativity.

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Mission and the Divine Gift of Abundance

An ideology of scarcity keeps us from pursuing a common good for our neighborhoods and the world around us. As the church, we must confront the worldview of scarcity and offer an alternative way. 

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Spurgeon on the Cost of Discipleship: Where the Rubber Hits the Road

On November 29, 1868, Charles Spurgeon preached a sermon on the subject of effectual calling by using the call of Abraham in Genesis 12 as his example. The sermon is a gold-mine of advice for missionaries and evangelists who would call people to follow Christ. Here are a few nuggets: The life of the believer is as Abram’s was, a separated life, a life regulated by other affections than those which arise from the relationships of flesh and blood, a life of walking in the unseen, in which God’s command, presence, and approval are paramount considerations; it is a life in which faith guides the...
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Church Planting Networking in Kenya

I am overwhelmed by what CRC is doing in church planting network and I would make a request if possible to introduce your networking in Kenya. We need more reformed faith churches in Kenya and your work is excellent and Biblical. I am a reformed faith pastor of a small reformed faith church calling ourselves Bethsda Baptist Church. If anyone there is interested to learn more about me and my ministry in Kenya you can reach me at waiyajames@gmail.com or +254721250114. God bless you.
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"We're Not In Kansas Anymore"

Calling Kansas City home means hearing lots of references to "The Wizard of Oz." As a church planter, I wanted a yellow brick road and got one, but the land of Oz is full of unexpected twists and turns.

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What is Kingdom-Focused Prayer?

Understanding the weight of this God-sized dream, prayer would not be a luxury, but rather the lifeblood and air we’d breathe if God’s Kingdom was to “come to earth.” 

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Executive Assistant to the President - Multiplication Network Ministries

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT TARGET START DATE: Immediately TIME COMMITMENT: 20 hours distributed throughout the week with flexible arrangement DURATION: Permanent SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and competitive with the NFP sector LOCATION: Zeeland, Michigan POSTING DATE: January 1, 2016 OVERVIEW OF THE ORGANIZATION Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) is a Christian charitable organization providing church planter training worldwide with the vision to see a healthy church representing the Kingdom of God in every community. We have experienced incredible growth in the...
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10 Vital Signs of a Healthy Church

Here are 10 simple vital signs that offer insight into the health of a congregation—five commitments and five functions.

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The Dirty Secret of a Growing Church

Don't get me wrong: being perpetually left behind for bigger and brighter dreams has been a difficult adjustment. But now I see that it it isn’t about us and our church but about HIM and HIS church...

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Place

Our living room is used for worship service. Our den is for toddlers. As cool as it is to have our house used in this way, we are facing the reality that we need a more neutral place for more reasons than convenience.

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