I was fortunate enough that my formative years experienced incremental change. I saw lots of changes, TV, commercial air travel, atomic bomb, A/C, cell phones to name just a few, but each of these changes took place slowly enough for me to adapt easily to them. I spent years watching black and white TV […]
Key Number One: How to minister in a multicultural world
The boats are no longer coming to North America from Europe. Mainline denominations are finding it impossible to become multicultural in spite of their resolutions and affirmative action. As long as denominations remain dominated by European forms of worship, they’ll never develop multicultural congregations. European forms […]
From Bill Easum
We are often asked to boil down to a bare understandable minimum the essential characteristics of a biblical congregation.
Driven by a clear mission (DNA) that is imprinted throughout the life of the congregation. E very church has the same DNA – to carry out the Great Commission. Of course, every DNA […]
By: Jeff Patton
#1—EQUIP—Ephesians 4:11-12 is quite clear. The role of the pastor is to equip the saints. So equip, equip, equip. Stop doing all the ministry. Empower the people to live in the fullness of the Holy Spirit by using their gifts, stretching their faith and witness God’s power in their midst’s.
#2—Do something to encourage […]
So you’re thinking about planting a church are you? It seems as if church planting is one of the fads of the day. Well here are some things you might consider before attempting to plant a church.
First, are you more in love with God than with planting a church? If not, don’t do it.
By: Jeff Patton
If you are going to plant a church, here is my sense of it in 2007.
1. Find your heart burst, what you just can’t live without doing—life is too short to live boring lives…
2. Get a job. A job that will support you and you will need to work at least 30 hours […]