Go Where God Is Not At Work

Work

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Eddie Arthur challenges the popular notion that mission is ‘finding out what God is doing and joining in’.

What do you think about this?

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Three Steps In Turning Around A Church

See what you think of this video. For me, it was striking about one minute in when the speaker said that telling an aging congregation mission was a church priority was like telling a leper colony they needed to be healed: there was an obligation to agree, but a feeling it couldn’t be done. Listen for how Don Ross approaches this problem, and for his emphasis on making bold decisions.

From Evidence To Action

Action

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In January 2014, the Church of England published an excellent church growth resource called From Anecdote To Evidence. Now comes the follow-up: a website called From Evidence To Action. It provides all sorts of resources – articles, stories, workbooks, and more. Take a look.

(HT: David Flavell.)

The Dollar Club

Dollars

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Your church might not be big enough to start the large-scale medical ministry that Southland Christian Church in Kentucky did, but surely any church can embrace the principle that led to its beginning.

As their pastor Jon Weece says,

“We decided we needed to take a season, read through the gospels and the book of Acts, look at the pattern of Jesus and the first church and pray and say, ‘God, what are we uniquely created to do in the Kingdom?’”
The process took a year and a half, and Weece admits it was a difficult season, fraught with layoffs and some disillusioned families. But the church’s mission became clearer for it.

“We started focusing on people outside our four walls, and we found our niche. It was a catalytic season for us in that we determined we’re here in central Kentucky to love people that no one else in our church community was paying attention to.”

Weece is candid about this identity, to the point of drawing lines in the sand.

“People come in and we just tell them, ‘You know, we don’t offer a lot internally for Christians. We’re focusing on the people Jesus would want us to go after,’” he says.

The whole story is here.