A Proper Perspective on Transfer Growth

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in Books, Church life, Quotations | 0 comments

The McChurch has replaced the traditional church and its relational values. Fast-food Christians pull up to ecclesiastical drive-through windows, order the McGroups, consume the experience and then drive off, discarding relationships like burger wrappers on the highway of life. Savvy church growth pastors quickly learned that significant growth can occur if a church learns how to market it burgers to capture the appetite of this roving crowd....

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God or Goliath?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Church life, Pastoral Ministry, Quotations | 0 comments

Ministers aren’t kidding when they talk of troubles. It’s the truth. Pick any ministry you want, and there will be enough problems in it to occasionally jerk the most optimistic person down off his toes. Ministries are few and far between that have no troublesome concerns stalking in the wings. More than likely, the best church you know about could be destroyed overnight if the right person made the wrong move. Even the best...

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The Importance of Regular Church Attendance

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Church life, Corporate Worship | 4 comments

 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:24-25 Here are 25 reasons why you should regularly take part in the public and corporate worship assemblies of your local congregation: 1. The word of God teaches it (Heb. 10:24-25). A high and correct view of scripture...

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Help, I’m An Associate Minister!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Christian Service, Church life, Ministry, Pastoral Ministry | 12 comments

Going directly from a call to preach to leading a church is extremely rare. Good! Preachers need the maturation that comes from serving with or under another pastor, before leading their own congregation. Yet many associate ministers wish they could just skip this process. Pastors treat associates as flunkies. Congregations neglect the vital role associate ministers play. Members view associates as step-parents, substitute teachers, or...

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The Preacher’s Final Inspection

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012 in Church life, Philip Graham Ryken, Preaching | 1 comment

On the day of judgment preachers will not be asked where they went to seminary or whether they earned any advanced degrees. They will not need to present membership statistics or submit their annual budgets. It will not matter how popular they were or whether they could make people laugh. instead, when they stand before the heavenly tribunal they will be asked, “Did you preach the word?” Those who followed their own agenda –...

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On Church Hopping

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in Church life | 9 comments

A certain woman who jumped from church to church decided that she was not at the right place. She informed her pastor, “Well, I believe it’s time for me to move again.” Mustering a rare forthrightness, he replied, “That’s okay. It does not matter that much when you change labels on an empty bottle.” Of course, there are legitimate times and reasons to move your membership from one church to another. Conscience and conviction may require you to...

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