Links for your weekend reading:
I’m a sinful parent trying to teach his sinful kids about a great Savior. My parenting most definitely will not save my kids.
Stop treating your local church like your high school girlfriend, and start treating it like the bride of Christ.
When you live in community with others it is dirty and intimate and confronting and sharp and challenging. It also provides amazing opportunities for growth and companionship.
The findings of the Church Growth Research Program didn’t reveal a “single recipe” for growth but the researchers found that there are a number of common factors which appear to be associated with growing churches of any size, place or context.
There are so many churches who are ready to grow again with the right pastoral leadership. And, I encourage some of our young, eager, pastors — even some who may be considering church planting — to consider allowing God to use you in revitalizing an established church.
- They have genuine enthusiasm.
- They are great listeners.
- Their identity is not their vocation.
- They are intentional about personal witnessing.
- They have unconditional love of their critics.
- They have a gentle spirit.
- They persevere.
Here are some tips for designing an effective agenda for your next meeting, with a sample agenda and template below.
Come and die (and live!).