Month: January 2012

REVEALing

A few years ago, Willow Creek Community Church–the megaChurch that brilliantly leads the way in tackling many of the toughest issues facing churches–produced a study of their own congregation. They wanted to know how they were doing in their effort to make disciples. That’s a critical question since making disciples is the very nature of

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Yes You Can!

I remember vividly the challenges that faced me on my first day as a pastor. The feelings were the same with both congregations that my wife and I led. While I was thrilled at the opportunity and kept using the word “potential” to keep my spirits up, there was a strong sense that we had

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The Power of Little Ones

Occasionally Jesus flipped typical life on its ear by demonstrating the importance of children in the kingdom of God. I would imagine that when He put His arm around a young child and mentioned that the kingdom of God belonged to these, He likely stunned and confused the adults around Him. Seeing Him welcome children

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Two Steps Toward a Healthy Church – Part 6

In our journey of “two steps” we have already seen the two steps a pastor must take (grow himself, build a team) and the two steps that only the congregation can take (face reality, create an embracing environment). And last time we saw the first of two steps the two must take together–find your engine.

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Two Steps Toward a Healthy Church – Part 5

In our journey of “two steps” we have already seen the two steps a pastor must take (grow himself, build a team) and the two steps that only the congregation can take (face reality, create an embracing environment). So what’s left? There are two steps that the pastor and people must take together. The first

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