I am the pastor of Watershed, part of Harderwyk Ministries in Holland, MI. My wife Jill and I adopted our son Artem in November 2012. You can follow our story at addingaburden.com
We have found that testimonies are the best form of evangelism (what a shocker!). So we are teaching people how to give their testimonies. What would you include as essential elements?
When I was in my final year of seminary in 2010, I had heard that churches weren't allowed to call a pastor until after she/he was approved as a candidate for ministry by Synod. But really ... no one follows this. Why not just lift this formality of candidacy and go look for a pastor?
What would it look like to come alongside many declining churches and attempt to nest a new community within their congregation? This was done at Haderwyk Ministries in Holland, MI.
Greg, I think most Muslims would say that Allah and God the Father may be the same. But no Muslim would affirm the Trinitarian God. I think you are right to say that Allah is a bridge to talk...posted on: First of Seven Hard Questions
Are there churches that are really doing this? I bet the meeting that decided it was interesting ;)
You should either stand for neither, both, or the Word.
Sam, good to hear from you! I think there are some very concrete things that could happen. For example, the Evangelical Covenant Church holds regional "ministry fairs" where pastors and churches...posted on: Recruiting Pastors in Seminary
Good thoughts. This discussion is very helpful. Here I go expounding that thought: I think that all churches are different, especially in different areas of the country. First...
Bob, I don't disagree with anything you said. I also don't think anything you said contradicted anything I said either.
I noticed you picked a very hostile word: "Infiltrate" to describe...
Justin and Victoria,
Your concerns are right on and I should include that the existing church would be a partner in this new move. I would never want to force a declining church to do this...
Paul, it seems to me that for a church to reach a community, it must be at the intersections of that community and involved with the institutions which are valued within the community. Schools are...
I actually proposed something very similar to this a few years ago. It was the result of a project I did in a church planting class at...
Sorry, the part after my signature in my original post was just my thoughts in "draft-form." I didn't mean to post it but I can't figure out how to edit that part. Sorry!
TED is amazing. So many ideas. So many compelling speakers who will blow your mind. Thanks for bringing this to The Network.posted on: How to Start a Movement