Serving God with Dirty Hands #4: Throw What Stinks Out of God’s House!

by Phil Ware –   What’s the greatest danger to participating in a great move of God during times of transition? Before this, Eliashib the priest had been put in charge of the storerooms of the house of our God. He was closely associated with Tobiah, and he had provided him with a large room […]

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Serving God with Dirty Hands #3: As Each Part Does Its Work

by Phil Ware Names. They get harder and harder to remember the older I get. Names. They pile up in my digital address books becoming more and more frustrating to keep up to date with their changing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Names. They stack up in my Facebook® and Twitter® and Instagram® “friends” […]

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Serving God with Dirty Hands 02: Beyond My Broken Prayers

by Phil Ware “I’m not sure I can pray anymore. It’s useless. My prayers are not heard. They go unanswered. Nothing happens when I pray. At this point, I don’t even know what to say. I’m frustrated, discouraged, and disappointed with God. I’m even more disappointed in my lack of faith. I don’t even know […]

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Serving God with Dirty Hands #1: Unworthy and Under-qualified

by Phil Ware –  How are we ever going to find anyone who is willing, able, and qualified to lead us to face the important challenges ahead of us? “I just don’t think I can do it. I’m not really qualified. I’m not sure I’m worthy of stepping into the role. I believe there are […]

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I Will Pursue Unity

by Rubel Shelly Special Note: The following arose from a time of self-reflection on June 30, 2017. Rubel was preparing some thoughts on Jesus’ prayer for unity (John 17) to share with others in ministry. He has graciously allowed us to share these personal practices in hope of beginning a larger discussion on Christian unity among […]

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The Graying of our Churches (part 2)

by Tim Woodroof [Interim Ministry Partners (IMP) has the privilege of working intensively with churches across the country—more than seventy-five congregations in the last few years. As a result of our work, IMP is strategically (perhaps uniquely) positioned to observe churches in a wide variety of circumstances and draw out some common themes. This blog […]

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Observations on Churches of Christ – The Graying of our Churches

by Tim Woodroof –   Interim Ministry Partners (IMP) has the privilege of working intensively with churches across the country—more than seventy-five congregations in the last few years. As a result of our work, IMP is strategically (perhaps uniquely) positioned to observe churches in a wide variety of circumstances and draw out some common themes. […]

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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Grace: Passing It On

by Phil Ware  When we saw the little body of Alan Kurdi washed ashore on a beach in Turkey, we were shaken by the real human anguish of the refugee crisis. One overturned life raft, a lost wife, and two lost sons made the agony of a father and husband inescapably personal. Two years later, […]

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Ancient Wisdom, Today’s Grace: Surprise!

by Phil Ware “Daddeee,” Megan said in her sweetest voice and using her pet name for me, “are we nearly to MiMi’s yet?” Megan loves her MiMi. It didn’t hurt that as she grew up, Megan’s MiMi lived in the country in an old farmhouse with lots of outside space to explore with her cousins. […]

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Ancient Wisdom, Today’s Grace: Singing the Jesus Song

by Phil Ware     Critical Moments Fragile. Vulnerable. And, threatened! The precious young church in Philippi was fragile, vulnerable and threatened. Two women, Euodia and Syntyche, had been essential in evangelizing and leading many of their new believers to Jesus. Now, however, they were at odds. The stain and strain of their disagreement was permeating […]

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