Daniel Darling on church being a snapshot of God’s grace and not homogeneous unit management principles: Sometimes, in our quest to create cutting-edge churches, we sacrifice our long-term futures for short-term benefits. I’ve often felt this way as I’ve walked into vibrant, well-known churches or as I attend popular evangelical conferences. It seems that we …

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I’ll be getting a copy of Karl Vater’s book Small Church Essentials. While the main cross-cultural issue is that characterising a congregation of under 250 people as a small church in Australia is an over-reach, the observations about group dynamics in groups of varying sizes should hold true. This excerpt about who shapes culture in …

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Sam Rainer offers some observations about church culture: whether the pace of change can be attributed to complacency or other elements of culture that mean that change does not take place at the same pace as other places. Wise pastoral leadership will take the time to learn what is behind the church’s culture, and also …

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Since I’m currently overseeing three neighboring churches the question “Can Mulit-Site Work In A Rural Context” is on my mind a fair bit. Realistically, the be only option for outside ministry to come and work with those three locations would involve one person, maybe in two of them. Jon Sanders, who is bi-vocational, also works …

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