This sort of humility in gospel work is refreshing in a Christian culture that takes the circumstances of a move of God, distills them to a set of practices or a program, and then expects gospel fruit from emulating those circumstances. I like intentionality, but pause at the point where the program is depended upon …

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Culture takes time to establish, and maybe longer to change. In this guest-post at JD Greear’s blog Andrew Hopper talks about the way in which setting and sharing a vision builds generosity as people get a sense of what could grow if they release resources to support it. Sometimes this giving and releasing will be …

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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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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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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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