Archive for Leadership

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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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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Hearing God’s Call for Your Church (part 2) – The Specific Call

by Mark Frost –  The Bible is filled with examples of God calling people to specific tasks for which they were uniquely gifted and qualified. Moses, raised and educated in Pharaoh’s court, was called to deliver God’s demand for his peoples’ freedom—to Pharaoh. God called Joshua to lead the Israelites in the conquest of the […]

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A User Friendly Church (part 4) – The Stranger

by Tim Woodroof –  Life was precarious in ancient times. Violence, famine, and plague lurked around every corner. Failed crops and marauding armies threatened ruin for all but the wealthiest few. A careless word, a simple lack of attention, could spell disaster. This was especially true for the “stranger.” A long way from the safety of […]

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A User Friendly Church (part 3) – Can I Get A Little Customer Service?

by Greg Anderson –  You might think “customer service” and “church” do not belong in the same sentence. How can they since churches do not have customers? In this post, Greg Anderson agrees that churches do not have “customers” in the classic sense, but he makes that case that embracing basic customer service principles can […]

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A User Friendly Church (Part 2) – A No! Chuch (And How To Avoid Becoming One)

by Mark Frost –  It was a Sunday morning. We were on vacation out of state. Our clan of four approached the morning with a mix of eager anticipation and anxious trepidation. We were visiting a church we had never before attended. On the one hand, we enjoyed meeting brothers and sisters in new locations. We […]

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