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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Ancient Wisdom, Today’s Grace: Finding God’s Will

by Phil Ware Our Challenging Reality: A young woman shared her heart in Bible class: We all prayed and asked for God’s wisdom to know whether my dad should move to this new church, but we obviously misread the will of God. From the moment we arrived at that church, there were problems. People began […]

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Recovering a Vital Function Part Four: Counting the Cost; Paying the Price

by Mark Frost –  In these posts, I’ve been pleading for us to regain our passion for evangelism. I’ve found through experience that such a call will garner hearty “amens” from some quarters. I’ve also learned that some of those enthusiastic affirmations come from people who are not prepared to deal with what God may […]

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Recovering a Vital Function Part Three: The Approach

by Mark Frost –  How do we reach non-religious people with the good news of Jesus? The task is so intimidating that most believers never make much of an effort, preferring instead the safety of the insulated fellowship of like-minded people. But for many of us, the very survival of our congregations (not to mention the […]

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Recovering a Vital Function – Part 2: God’s Initiative

by Mark Frost –  At one time, what passed for evangelism among us was the task of winning religious arguments with people who shared our worldview and many of our core beliefs, including the authority of Scripture. But now, we find ourselves surrounded by a culture that no longer accepts our worldview and does not understand our […]

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