Action-D! by David Goehring on Flickr. Some rights reserved.
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.)
Waking Up by Carl Nenzén Lovén on Flickr. Some rights reserved.
Dave Ferguson writes about five different types of ‘awakenings’ he has seen in people who come to faith.
Does this sound right? Can we spot these? Can we respond?
I know nothing about this pastor or the church he serves, but isn’t this central to what we’re about as church?
An Invitation by Dan Hodgett on Flickr. Some rights reserved.
According to the Church Times, a survey by the organisation Christian Research shows that 52% of practising Christians are unwilling to invite people to church.
It comes down to two main reasons:
- Christians have a fear of rejection;
- We are not serious about Jesus’ Great Commission to make disciples of all nations.
Yet more than two thirds of churchgoers have someone in mind whom they could invite.
How can we change this? What would change this for you?
The Connexion Magazine January 2015
On Wednesday, there was a post about a new Methodist magazine, and how the first issue would concentrate on evangelism.
I was asked on Twitter where you could get hold of it. I now know that you can download it as a PDF.
There are also details of how to receive a print copy.
How do Christians deal with contentious issues? Sometimes every bit as badly as anyone else. If it’s on the Internet, Christians engage in ‘flame wars’ and even ‘troll’, just like other people do.
Here is one Christian leader who has opted for a different approach. Lysa TerKeurst sees this style as vital for the integrity of Christian witness. What do you think?