Six Mega Shifts, Part 2

You may have read this study by Barna but I think it is worth examining again as we try to reverse the tide of the declining effectiveness of our churches on the culture. We looked at the first change in my last blog, “The Christian Church is becoming less theologically…

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Five Discipleship Questions

In a new survey by George Barna, he suggests that a vast majority of believers experience little transformation in their lives and what changes they make tend to be based on generic influences rather any deeper intellectual or spiritual struggle. Despite technological advances that have increased communication, Barna suggests Christian…

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Prophesy Fulfilled

Christmas is about a fulfilled promise. For over 1,000 years the Jews had been waiting for the Messiah to come. Over 300 times God had inspired the prophets to prophesy concerning the promise of the coming of Christ. The result of this was that the O.T. prophets had predicted almost…

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Is Church a Third Place Anymore?

As I write this I am watching it snow outside. There is a field behind our house with a great panoramic view of the country and the beautiful effects of fresh fallen snow on the ground. I’m glad it’s Saturday morning and I am at home. Let me confess to…

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Five Ways to Make Disciples, Part 5

We’ve looked at five layers of disciple making. Here they are: “Platform Discipleship”…the preaching and teaching by your pastor and staff. Utilizing your Sunday School.  To keep the P’s going (hey I’m a preacher get over it) let’s call this layer “Public Discipleship” because it has the most people already…

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Five Ways to Make Disciples, Part 2

This is the second of our five part series on making disciples. The most overlooked opportunity to enhance disciple making in a local church is through the Sunday School! For this to happen Sunday School teachers and leaders must see their role as not just “teaching the Bible” but “making…

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Five Ways to Make Disciples, Part 1

This series of blogs will examine five levels or methods of discipleship that should and can be happening in every church. I welcome your feedback and ideas. Let me know how you are making disciples in your church. The first level we will examine is the Pastor’s (Staff) Discipleship Ministry.…

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A Different Kind of Leadership

In their book on the emerging church, Eddie Gibbs and Ryan K. Bolger identify a new understanding of leadership that characterizes this new church movement. What can we learn from this list and do you resonate with some of these ideas? I would love to hear back from you. •…

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