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Many protestant versions of the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers are missionally inadequate: priestly functions are often monopolized by the ministerial priesthood.
One small word can change the entire paradigm of missions at your church. Don’t believe me? Read on!
Much has been written to praise and critique Alan Hirsch’s book 5Q; Reactivating the Original Intelligence and Capacity of the Body of Christ. Despite what is being said, I find Hirsch to be particularly compelling on a couple points.
We may wish we could magically create a mission-shaped congregation with one event, one sermon, or one service-project. However, like our new year’s resolutions, becoming a mission-shaped congregation takes many small steps, all headed in the right direction.
Paas’ book is a wonderful crossover volume that speaks about church planting but connects deeply with church renewal.
In the book Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit, Brad Long, Paul Stokes, and Cindy Strickler share their experiences and learnings to help lead other people into a meaningful dance with the Holy Spirit.
Increasingly Christianity is portrayed as nonsensical. However, in the last decade there has been a surge of apologetic resources (particularly on video) and here are ones I have used.