Evangelism In The Connexion Magazine

The Connexion Magazine January 2015

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.

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Why Established Churches Should Plant New Churches

Fluffly plants

Fluffy Plants by Tom Olliver on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

With a few honourable exceptions, church as we know it isn’t reaching new people for Christ. Is it possible that all our talk of turning around existing churches is wrong? Might we be better offering terminal care to older churches while bringing to birth newer congregations that are more attuned to the generations that are absent from our traditional churches?

American Baptist thinker Ed Stetzer proposes six reasons why existing churches should plant new churches. And actually, his six reasons (especially number four) hold out hope that older congregations will themselves be revitalised by the process.

Is your church planting another? Is your group of churches considering it?

Playing It Safe

Safety pins

Safety Pins by Mauro Cateb on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

The Parable of the Talents ends with castigation for the servant who ‘plays it safe’ by burying a talent.

Is our contemporary addiction to safety one reason why we can be ineffective in Christian mission?

Consider these words of Hugh Halter:

 

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