Category Archives: Church growth

Why I love the Church

Authentic love for God compels us to commit to a particular local church, not just out of faithfulness to tradition, but in devotion to our Lord who promised, “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).
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Why I love the Church

Is it possible to love the Lord without loving the Church? Continue reading

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Another urgent question for the Church

How can we proclaim and celebrate a gospel of grace and forgiveness while enforcing standards of morality — without becoming… Continue reading

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Urgent question for the Church

“Is it possible to be so casual about what it means to belong to a Church that belonging loses its effectiveness and removal becomes irrelevant?” Continue reading

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Church life that is hard to find

Word had reached Paul about a serious problem in the Church in Corinth. His response reveals amazing truths about what it really means to be the Church that Christ is building. Continue reading

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Four essentials to a thriving Church

I commit myself to God and to the fellow-members of my local Church to do the following: Continue reading

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What pastoral care looks like

An illustration of what many people do not know about pastoral ministry in the local Church. What you see is not always the whole picture. A lot of hard work happens behind the scenes in leadership. This illustrates efforts to care for people in a way that truly helps them. Continue reading

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One Life Together

When our Churches are filled with people who treat each other with this kind of honor and with humble foot-washing love, we’ll offer a positive subversion to narratives of life without God. Continue reading

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Confession of a senior pastor

Although I cannot be directly involved in all the areas of need and with each person, I am grateful to minister through others as they reach out. My fellow leaders do a great job keeping me informed about important needs and other areas of ministry as we pray together for the Church. Continue reading

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Identity as the basis for relationships

Our new identity as God’s chosen, holy and dearly loved people overcomes differences that separate people and set people against each other. Our new identity also leads to a powerful transformation in the ways we relate and respond to other people. This is the life! Continue reading

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