It’s often sobering to listen to a review of how the church is doing, especially from the point of view of an outsider. Christians are pretty good at critiquing the church (some spend more time doing it than is healthy). Often we have to face up to the experiences and perceptions of others that makes for hard reading. It’s pleasant to receive some positive feedback, especially from surprising sources. (more…)
An invitation to move into new forms of mission and ministry. “In the story of God’s people, it is often those who dared to imagine a different reality who were crucial in helping their community to move in God’s new direction.” These words introduce Out of the Box, a fresh CD resource to help churches dream up a storm of new ways to express worship and prayer, mission and community. (more…)
A church I know was running a large and successful Christmas outreach program and one of the church members involved invited her neighbour. She came along and enjoyed it and, afterwards, said to the church member, “That was a great story about the baby in a manger. I’ve never heard it before. Did you write it?”
Is there more to evangelism than getting people through the door?
Throughout my time as a pastor I regularly encouraged my congregations to invite their family and friends to church. Most didn’t… or wouldn’t…or couldn’t. Those who did, more often than not, used to wait for a special occasion. They would warn me prior to the event and apply some not-so-subtle pressure, making sure I prepared an “evangelistic” sermon and “seeker friendly” service. (more…)