Category Archives: Church building

Church – structured and spontaneous

The Church is an organism, not just an organization. This truth cautions against overly structuring the life of a body of believers. As an organism, the spiritual life or life generated by the Holy Spirit should lead to spontaneous ministries … Continue reading

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Two dimensions of Church

It is misguided to think that the full intention of common life in Christian community can be accomplished in formal gatherings of a local Church. Mutual caring and accountability must reach well beyond gatherings in a Church building. Continue reading

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Christian community

life-together in mutual love, honor, unity, service and accountability. Continue reading

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Questions for every church leader

When ministries are not effective, leaders who care about the Church ask questions about how to “do” Church better. But are they looking in the right places for answers? Continue reading

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When the Church markets the gospel

“Does the gospel of the market-driven church redeem the lost or reinforce trends, deliver from sin or affirm the self, reconcile people to God or appeal to religious consumers?” “Tailoring the gospel to fit the consumer distorts the gospel, discounts … Continue reading

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Sovereign Ecclesiastical Consumers

Evangelicals need to affirm aggressively the necessary connection between faith in Christ and commitment to his church. Continue reading

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Church: Organism & Organization

Inadequacy in Church structure sometimes encourages superficial connection between members? Yet, while this is true and worth looking at more closely,  we need to be careful about making excuses for failing to connect at deeper levels.  We should not whine … Continue reading

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Together, We are His House

Audio Message The Costly & Powerful Formation of the Church Ephesians 2:14-22 from the pulpit ministry of Millersville Bible Church Steve Cornell

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Stay out of the pews if you can’t fill the plate?

27 years ago, when we came to Millersville, Pennsylvania to plant a Church, a cynical pastor of another Church told me, “You have to do weird things to get students to come to Church.” This was probably his excuse for … Continue reading

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How can a Church experience community?

Do your gatherings facilitate the kind of community God desires for the Church?
How can a Church experience deep community with only two gatherings a week? Continue reading

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