Melissa Brown is Connections Coordinator at City On A Hill, Geelong. In a post published at Gospel Coalition Australia she provides ten tips for effective welcoming: “Welcoming is about the Gospel. It is about imitating God. But welcoming is also about common sense. Therefore, let’s preach and teach from the Bible about welcoming, but let’s …

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Thom Rainer attempts to describe how churches can become focussed on their activities to the detriment of mission and ministry. He has eight points. Activities became synonymous with ministry. Programs and ministries are added regularly, but few or none are ever deleted. Programs and ministries become sacred cows. The alignment question is not asked on …

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A brief article by Barry York at Gentle Reformation on a neglected aspect of ministry, the call to worship. The basic idea is that rather than telling people not be distracted, you show them the One who will capture their attention. From the article: The great leveling ground as people come to worship is the …

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Jonathan Howe writes about communication strategy for church, the necessity of effective communication, and how more is not always the same thing as better: I would suggest that instead of being concerned with simply communicating more, churches should be focused on communicating more efficiently and effectively. These four steps will help your church determine what …

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A significant aspect of Jesus’ character and identity was the fruit of prayer. Those who follow him grow their character and identity the same way. From Edmund Clowney at Ligonier: They devoted themselves to prayer because they had devoted themselves to the Lord Jesus. They wanted to reflect Him, and they desired to serve Him. …

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David Murray read a book called Why Simple Wins: Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to Work That Matters by Lisa Bodell. It’s a business book, but churches, along with any group find that the longer we go on the more complex we can get. The challenge is to keep trying to simplify everything. Murray’s …

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