The negative emotions we feel are meant to cause us to reflect on self and circumstance to consider changing what we are doing or where we are. The current cultural moment is amplifying emotions. That amplification could manifest as an increase in generalised anxiety. The situation does not create the generalised anxiety, so much as …

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In a church plant (and, in a more limited way in a revitalisation) the leader has a considerable degree of discretion and control about how things are done. With an established church, particularly those of smaller to medium size, people have a sense of ownership and partnership that means the introduction of change needs to …

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Mez McConnell reflects on Jesus observation about wealth being an obstruction to entering the kingdom of God and the implications of that for evangelism and church planting: The Danger of Wealth Jesus said it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom …

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Dan Darling points out that if every week at church aims to be a mountain top experience, those who are in the valleys are going to be left behind. …our spiritual lives are formed by a lifetime of small moments. We grow, not from one big epic church service, but by a series of weekly, …

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Having come from a meeting today where church attendance figures were submitted, this article by Karl Vaters makes some helpful points. While there is an average number of people attending a church, in reality attendances can fluctuate between, say, thirty-five an sixty people. That difference makes a significant change in tone, and, realistically, most weeks …

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The church’s presentation of the Gospel commences when guests walk through the door. From Thom Rainer, an unappreciated but vital ministry of service. A greeter is a leader in ministry. It is critical that these leaders are strategically located where they will make first and powerful connections with guests. When we have a good greeter …

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“They thought their business model could just roll out.” I’ve watched forty years or so of church ministries franchise themselves as the future of the church without having the humility or awareness to realise that they were a lot more dependent on local circumstances and personalities than they thought. “The company said that it would …

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