A simple reminder from Aaron Earles that the a very significant part of the enduring fruit of Christian discipleship happens in the context of relationships and takes time. The conclusion: Because conversion, discipleship, relationships, and leadership all take time, it’s no wonder that change usually takes time in a church as well. When we see …

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Karl Vaters observes that there are plenty of extras that commend themselves as necessary for congregations to grow in the ministry and mission. Rather than focus on these, he commends local churches focus instead on the basics – without which no amount of extras will help. Don’t spend your time on cool new ideas until …

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Ed Stetzer writes a post about encouraging involvement in small group ministries: Through teaching biblically, promoting incessantly, and leading organizationally, we can encourage our brothers and sisters to get involved with small group ministries. +++ On promotion: Promote it incessantly People need to hear about small groups all the time. The more you can promote …

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