How is your Church?
"Increasingly I believe that after we are saved we have only one calling, and that is to show forth the existence and the character of God. Since God is love and God is holy, it is our calling to act in such a way as to demonstrate the existence of God - in other words, to be and to act in such a way as to show forth his love and his Holiness simultaneously. Further, I believe that the failure to show forth either of these is equally a perversion. Of course, in one's own strength it is only possible to show forth either love or holiness. But to show forth the holiness and love of God simultaneously requires much more. It requires a moment by moment work of the Holy Spirit in a very practical way. - Francis Schaeffer, (The Letters of)
How to Start, Develop, and Evaluate Programs
Basic Guide and Checklist to Start and Develop a Program. After following the process of determining needs and developing a purpose, programs need to be implemented to meet those needs. Your main goal is to love and serve the Lord with all of your heart, mind and strength…Mark 12:30, and to influence others to do so. At the same time, you need to be effective stewards of resources, including the gifts and abilities as well as the finances and facilities of the church.
Teaching and Sharing Faith in your Church
This article is designed so that you as a pastor or church leader might understand the basics of faith as determined from the precepts of the Bible. By understanding faith and what Christ has done for you, you will be able to build His Church...
Goal-Setting Strategies and Budgeting Ideas
Goals are very important to setting up objectives! Goals are also are crucial for targeting opportunities and action plans, and strategizing on going from one point to another in personal life as well as ministry. Goals are tools to assist growth and to better our call to Christ and our service to one another. However, goals are not the focus, nor are they...
Designing Constant Meeting and Action Plans
Every church has meetings. So how should we do them? Some are formal. Others are leisurely and informal. Some are very skilled, with strict rules of order and procedures laid out so specifically that the meeting is the ministry.
Training your Leaders and Congregation
Training is not just another word for discipleship. Training is a formal method of teaching someone what they need to know in the best and most pleasant, encouraging, and fun way possible. There are three areas for this, formal class, mentoring, and coaching.
Leading the Church in the Midst of Chaos
Does your home church have traditions that are so honored, the purpose of your church is skewed or people are not being led in the right direction? How about a Christmas pageant with all the planning, personality conflicts, and stress where Jesus is forgotten about...
It has become my conclusion... that there is something doctrinally wrong with that branch of (extreme) fundamentalism.... This wing of "fundamentalism" not only failed to show forth the love of God, but actually considered mentioning the love of God in itself to be a heresy.... I believe, however, they are a heresy in their own way, in reference to the love of God, just as modernism is a heresy in its own way in regard to the holiness of God." - Francis Schaeffer, (The Letters of)
Unity in the church is something that is not easily achieved. You can ask yourself the question, ...is your church characterized by controversy-or unity?
The call Christ gives us is for us here is to move forward under His produce to produce the goods of "produce" by the Fruit of the Spirit with our faith. So, how can we do this?
It is aligning our personal desires, our plans, our worship, and our hope with God and His principles. It is an attitude more than an act, a pursuit to be offered to God to give Him glory through our pious, fervent...
Can We Turn our Churches Around?
Just as it was in Jeremiah's time, the Church is in an awkward, perhaps even an appalling and dysfunctional state: I am with you and will save you, declares the LORD. Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not...
What Society Expects from Christians
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