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The Velcro Church - How to Help New Adherents Adhere

This Christianity Today article by Calvin C. Ratz explores what it takes to have newcomers stay connected to your congregation.

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Fear-Power Worldview

When we focus on the sin-guilt-righteous worldview in our Gospel presentation, we are being biblical and correct. But we might be missing out on an opportunity to connect with people on a deeper level.

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Shame and Honor, Guilt and Righteousness

This post compares shame/honor and guilt/righteousness paradigms and how they affect ministry to Muslims. 

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Advent: Waiting in Expectation

ReFrame Media has designed a special (free!) Advent devotional series, Waiting In Expectation, to help you see God's story in your life.

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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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Innovative Ministry in the CRC

Innovative projects and initiatives are happening across CRC, and the Ignite fund is here to help support this innovation and creativity in ministry! Check out a few of the exciting projects that have been recently funded through Ignite.

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Ten Ways to Talk With Someone About Their Faith

These ten tips from Faith Formation Ministries can help pastors, elders, deacons, chaplains, parents, and others talk with people about their faith in pastoral care, mentoring, discipleship, and outreach contexts.

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Did You Mean These Neighbours, Jesus?

We might not know our neighbours or even like our neighbours, but we need to hear God’s call and allow it to guide our faith and actions to love our neighbours on the streets, in schools, at work, and in our churches. 

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Community Garden Grant Recipients Announced by World Renew

Five community gardens projects in Kent and Muskegon counties received funding and training grants of $1250 this month to grow their projects and increase their benefit to local community members.

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Bondage or Freedom, Which Will You Choose?

We desire to reach communities that have no idea what “the law” is. Do they really need to hear the law to see their sin? Doesn't it make more sense to meet Jesus, Christ crucified, and let him reveal their sin?

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A Matter of Life or Death: Theological Precision

At an ornate church in London, England, there is a special memorial for the "Unknown Soldier." The memorial has four inscriptions that sounds great on first flush but risk being nothing more than sentimental humanism. 

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50 Ways to Take Church to the Community

No longer can we simply ask, “What can we do to get people to come to our church?” We must also consider, “How can we go into the world to encounter those in need of the gospel?”

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Doing Community Ministry in the Small Church

Sometimes small congregations assume that any significant community ministry effort is beyond their reach. Read how a smaller church can make a big impact in their community.

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10 Ways to Reach Unchurched People at Christmas

Pastor Carey Nieuwhof shares ten ways your church can be involved in the unique opportunity to reach people at Christmas.

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How Does Your Church Equip Others to Share the Gospel?

Go and Tell is an easy and practical way to share the gospel based on the Heidelberg Catechism and it is free online (including videos, audio, a booklet, and additional resources). 

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Make Disciples

Many of us, including me, have keen regret when we look back on ministry with little accountability for disciples being trained to make more disciples. And seldom did my disciples make disciples.

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In Breaking Disciple-Making

Disciple-making isn't easy or comfortable. And that's a good thing. When it isn't comfortable, it breaks us. When it isn't easy, it makes us rely more on the strength of Jesus and power of the Holy Spirit. 

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Share Your Story About ‘Churches Nurturing Disciples’

Mark Hilbelink, pastor of Sunrise Community Church in Austin, Texas, describes how “The Weirdest Little Church in Texas” set out to call and nurture disciples. How about you? Do you have a story about discipleship? 

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Why Expository Preaching is the Power for Pastoral Ministry

In his challenging article "Why Expository Preaching is the Power for Pastoral Ministry" Michael Milton demonstrates from the Scripture eight benefits of constant, consistent and careful opening of God's Word. 

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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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We Must Always Be Sowing

Evangelism is a hard thing. I've experienced that in youth ministry. We can't give up on sowing seeds if it's hot outside or we are sweating a lot! We can't give up because its hard or inconvenient. 

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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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Holy Boldness in the Book of Acts

In the face of threats to shut down the Gospel proclamation (Acts 4) the apostles prayed for courage and the Holy Spirit gave them additional boldness. The apostles spoke as fearless ambassadors of Jesus with his authority.

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Engaging God Everywhere

I’ve got to think that the hours spent with those two guys last night, engaging God in what they are most passionate about, on their turf, may have a more lasting impact than years of Sunday services. 

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