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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Recovering a Vital Function – Part 1: The Cultural Shift

by Mark Frost – Evangelism. There, I said it. How does that make you feel? Frightened? Guilty? Confused? Maybe even a bit embarrassed? Most of us who claim to be Christians feel some level of responsibility to share our faith with others; after all, Jesus’ final instruction to “go into all the world and preach the […]

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A Tale of Two Leaders

 by Tim Woodroof and Jon Mullican –  Who you will be ten years from this moment will be determined by what you choose to do in this moment. Today is the seedbed of tomorrow. And tomorrow is closer than you think. Imagine two leaders from different churches reading this chapter at the same time. Both love […]

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A Process for Visioning (part 2)

 by Tim Woodroof and Jon Mullican –  The previous blog article set out the first steps of a basic process for discovering God’s vision for your congregation. Consider working with a guide Choose a time horizon Determine who should participate Charge and equip these people This article continues the work of building a basic, visioning process […]

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A Process for Visioning (part 1)

by Tim Woodroof and Jon Mullican –  Discovering or uncovering a church’s vision requires prayer, time, effort, committed people … and a good, godly process. Common steps that help churches discover vision are listed below. Typically, the decisions required, the pace set, and the steps taken are determined by church leaders (elders and often the ministers […]

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Pursuing God’s Vision for Your Church (part 2)

by Tim Woodroof and Jon Mullican –     In the previous post, we explored three questions church leaders should consider as they peer into God’s preferred future for their churches: Are we willing to accept that a vision for our church is necessary? Are we willing to believe God already has a vision for our […]

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Pursuing God’s Vision for Your Church (Part 1)

by Tim Woodroof and Jon Mullican –  As important as it is for your church to have a clear vision, having the right vision is even more critical. And the right vision does not happen accidentally. It begins with asking a few basic questions and following an effective process. Here are some questions church leaders should […]

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