Self-identified North American church goers attend church, on average, just once per month. Providence CRC recognized this challenge and is choosing a proactive approach to keep people connected even when they not present on Sunday mornings.
Most churches experiencing church-wide renewal also experience renewal among their deacons. They move away from financial management, administration and governance and toward stewardship, mercy and the pursuit of justice.
Many pastors believe they must do all the preaching, all the teaching, all the visiting, and all the administering because that is what they’re trained and paid to do. But the Bible has another idea about the work of pastors.
Recently I heard Bill Hybels articulated eight elder approved statements that name their highest values. These statements can serve as a helpful conversation starter for ministries seeking to identify ministry priorities.
What you describe, Doug, is an experience far from any I have known. During my 62 years I've never been threatened by a crazed attacker nor had anyone order a contract killing against me or the...posted on: Esther and the 2nd Amendment
Creating equivalency between Esther and today’s gun debate has its challenge. For example, the passage that allows for self-defense also advocates for plundering the property of enemies. Still,...posted on: Esther and the 2nd Amendment
Thanks Ben for your insightful and helpful comments.posted on: Becoming a Low Bar/High Bar Congregation
Twenty years ago I pastored a congregation immediately following an exodus of members to form a new non-denominational ministry. The congregation requested permission to...posted on: Rightsizing Smaller Congregations
Let’s think about this a little further.
In Acts 6 the apostles resist “the daily doing of ministry” by saying “no” to waiting on tables. They conclude that their focus must be on prayer...posted on: Vision Casting: Essential Work of Elders
Thanks John for the encouragement.
As the author of "Keeping Your Eye on Your CVI" I'd like to make another try at speaking into the CVI.
As I read the helpful and thoughtful comments made about the article I heard folk...posted on: Keeping An Eye On Your CVI
Thanks Marian for your insights and your question.
Yes, you are exactly right that sharing faith is all about relationships. Relationships are God's tilled field for the Gospel. The...posted on: Simple Steps to Faith Sharing