Making a Good Church Great

Making a Good Church Great

Becoming a Community God Calls Home Steve Sjogren. counter to your contemporary sound. I visited a church that claimed to hold contemporary worship, but people were singing Bill Gaither songs from 35 years ago. Ilike those songsjustfine ...

Author: Steve Sjogren

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781441224446

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Bestselling author Steve Sjogren untangles the complex jumble commonly known as greatness in today's megachurch, mega-everything world. As a successful pastor, he launched the servant evangelism movement, but along the way he discovered that significance was not where or what he thought it would be. Now, in a very practical book, he focuses on genuine greatness. Is it the size of the sanctuary? The number of new believers baptized each year? The youth attendance? The quantity of bestselling books the pastor has written? The list of television shows, radio shows, or podcasts the pastors appears on? Or is it something more? What is the buzz on good churches that become great in God's eyes? Sjogren argues that greatness is not a point at which you arrive; rather, it is an ongoing process of worshipping, serving, and living in God's presence. It not a slick program; rather, it is a family, a hospital, an army, and a school. When God is present, his people are empowered. When God empowers his people, a good church becomes great.
Categories: Religion

Making A Good Church Great

Making A Good Church Great

Instead, greatness is an ongoing process that is moved by the presence of God among His people. This book is an invitation to your community of faith to uncover its true and authentic greatness.

Author: Steve Sjogren

Publisher: Gospel Light Publications

ISBN: 0830746625

Category: Religion

Page: 228

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Bestselling author Steve Sjogren untangles the complex jumble commonly known as greatness in today’s mega church, mega everything world. As a successful pastor, he launched the servant evangelism movement, but along the way he discovered that significance was not where or what he thought it would be. Now, in a very practical book, he focuses on genuine greatness. Is it the size of the sanctuary? The number of new believers baptized each year? The youth attendance? The quantity of best selling books the pastor has written? The list of television shows, radio shows or podcasts the pastors appears on? Or is it something more? What is the buzz on good churches that become great in God’s eyes? Sjogren argues that greatness is not a point at which you arrive; rather, it is an ongoing process of worshipping, serving and living in God’s presence. It not a slick program; rather, it is a family, a hospital, an army and a school. When God is a present, His people are empowered. When God empowers His people, a good church becomes great.
Categories: Religion

On Our Knees

On Our Knees

Jesus says that whatever we agree upon as a community will also be agreed upon in heaven. ... Even during all the great things God was doing with my music ministry, deep in our souls we had a longing for the growth that can only happen ...

Author: Phil Wickham

Publisher: K-LOVE Books

ISBN: 9781954201293

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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Rediscover the joy, power, and intimacy of prayer in On Our Knees, a forty-day devotional that illuminates the power of being with God—inspired by Dove Award-winning worship music artist Phil Wickham’s hit song “Battle Belongs.” Phil Wickham’s On Our Knees: 40 Days to Living Boldly in Prayer explores biblical stories from Genesis to Revelation to learn about prayer from the heroes of our faith, including Moses, King David, and many more. How did these “heroes of the faith” pray? How did Jesus teach us to pray? Each entry in On Our Knees helps readers establish their own daily prayer routines, ultimately encouraging the lifelong practice of prayer as a means of connecting with and better understanding God. The devotional includes a suggested passage of scripture and Phil’s reflections on the reading, a daily prayer and prayer practice to encourage spiritual growth, and a set of reflection questions to help the reader go deeper in his or her prayer journey. This devotional highlights: Jesus’s teachings on prayer Prayer as the foundation for faith Finding intimacy with God Following God’s path for our lives Praying with boldness and courage, while also in humility and honesty Letting go of anxiety and fear On Our Knees brings readers into a deeper intimacy with Jesus, encouraging a habit of prayer that can last a lifetime and cultivate a closer relationship with God.
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No Place to Call Home

No Place to Call Home

They were rebuilding their community, making it stronger, one convert at a time. Their 'silent revival' drew upon what was best about the travelling way of life – the strength of the family, the respect for elders, the strong impulse ...

Author: Katharine Quarmby

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781780741062

Category: History

Page: 352

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The shocking poignant story of eviction, expulsion, and the hard-scrabble fight for a home They are reviled. For centuries the Roma have wandered Europe; during the Holocaust half a million were killed. After World War II and during the Troubles, a wave of Irish Travellers moved to England to make a better, safer life. They found places to settle down – but then, as Occupy was taking over Wall Street and London, the vocal Dale Farm community in Essex was evicted from their land. Many did not leave quietly; they put up a legal and at times physical fight. Award-winning journalist Katharine Quarmby takes us into the heat of the battle, following the Sheridan, McCarthy, Burton and Townsley families before and after the eviction, from Dale Farm to Meriden and other trouble spots. Based on exclusive access over the course of seven years and rich historical research, No Place to Call Home is a stunning narrative of long-sought justice.
Categories: History

Vital

Vital

God exists in a community: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In the first creation story, God created Adam and Eve to live in community, saying that “it is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18, NLT). When God called Abram, ...

Author: Jorge Acevedo

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 9781426769856

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 313

What behaviors do highly vital congregations have in common? How can all congregations move toward greater vitality? In Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World, Jorge Acevedo passionately and effectively reveals how Grace Church in Cape Coral, Florida, has developed behaviors that result in vital and fruitful ministry. Focusing on spiritual pastoral leadership, lay leadership development, worship, small groups, and service and mission, Acevedo both inspires and coaches. He helps leaders of congregations act in their own contexts to develop behaviors essential to vitality, as identified by the recent study of 32,000 United Methodist congregations. The book includes brief summaries of learnings from the research and stories from other congregations illustrating vital behaviors in different settings. Approximately 15% of the 32,228 churches (4,961 churches) scored high in vitality based on the vitality index. What this means is that 15% of our churches have figured out some way to remain highly vital in spite of the fact that 85% have not. What this means is that we cannot assign all the blame for our congregational demise at the feet of the “institution” of the church. 4961 congregations have figured out ways to prevail in spite of our denominational condition. To me this is hopeful and promising! This book is my best attempt for us to learn from the 15% of United Methodist Churches that are vital, growing and prevailing. Jorge Acevedo
Categories: Religion

Ecclesial Identification beyond Late Modern Individualism

Ecclesial Identification beyond Late Modern Individualism

A Case Study of Life Strategies in Growing Late Modern Churches Karl Inge Tangen ... I believe that's where God called me to be, so to be faithful to that church is about building God's house and that's what Jesus is coming back for.

Author: Karl Inge Tangen

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004184800

Category: Religion

Page: 408

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Why do people identify with growing late modern churches – and does identification lead to morally transforming commitments beyond late modern consumerism? This case study presents findings that may inspire both social scientists and theological practitioners to new forms of thinking.
Categories: Religion

Scripture and Its Interpretation

Scripture and Its Interpretation

“The Bible and communitybecame a way of understanding that the gathering together of a people is actually God's great work in the world. Though the good news is personal, it is never private. “The Bible and community” taught me that I ...

Author: Michael J. Gorman

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781493406173

Category: Religion

Page: 464

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Top-notch biblical scholars from around the world and from various Christian traditions offer a fulsome yet readable introduction to the Bible and its interpretation. The book concisely introduces the Old and New Testaments and related topics and examines a wide variety of historical and contemporary interpretive approaches, including African, African-American, Asian, and Latino streams. Contributors include N. T. Wright, M. Daniel Carroll R., Stephen Fowl, Joel Green, Michael Holmes, Edith Humphrey, Christopher Rowland, and K. K. Yeo, among others. Questions for reflection and discussion, an annotated bibliography, and a glossary are included.
Categories: Religion

Herald and Presbyter

Herald and Presbyter

Nothing is good enough if it can be made better . ... You are not doing it at any man's call , but at God's call . ... newspaper like that of your own is conceded to be a great power for good , and is not likely to be overestimated .

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Church Planting Made Easy

Church Planting Made Easy

People in these areas must find Christ as their personal Savior and Lord in the process of trying to make a living. Suburbia is a place of spiritual impulses and longing—the desire for security, a place to call home, a healthy community ...

Author: Samuel Ukomadu, PhD

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781490827124

Category: Education

Page: 113

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Church planting is the heartbeat of God. Church is a place where every worshipper looks up to every worship moment to exercise their faith in terms of prayer and worship. Peter, Paul, and James were church planters. The need to plant churches cannot be over-emphasized. Many souls have turned to Christ because someone preached to them. I have planted churches and preaching is what I do. I am the lead pastor in Firebrand Assembly of God in Sugar Land, Texas, a church I planted in 2007. A Bible school has been established in the church and by God’s grace it is a privilege to be a teacher in the theological seminary. We established a study center for Global University and ministers of God are being trained in the study center.
Categories: Education

Lent Through Eastertide

Lent Through Eastertide

The church, then, is the community God calls into being out of the suffering of the Christ. ... Since God took flesh in Jesus Christ to reunite the image with the likeness in which we were made, the community itself becomes the icon and ...

Author: David L. Bartlett

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664231057

Category: Religion

Page: 568

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"Feasting on the Word offers pastors focused resources for Sermon preparation, written by companions on the way. With four different essays on each of the four biblical texts assigned by the Revised Common Lectionary, this series offers preachers sixteen different ways into the proclamation of God's Word on any given occasion. For each reading, preachers will find brief essays on the exegetical, theological, homiletical, and pastoral challenges of the text. The page layout is unusual. By setting the biblical passage at the top of the page and placing the essays beneath it, we mean to suggest the interdependence of these four approaches without granting priority to any one of them. Some readers may decide to focus on the Gospel passage, for instance, by reading all four essays provided for that text. Others may decide to look for connections between the Hebrew Bible, Psalm, Gospel, and Epistle texts by reading the theological essays on each one. Wherever they begin, preachers will find what they need in a single volume produced by writers from a wide variety of disciplines and religious traditions. These authors teach in colleges and seminaries. They lead congregations. They write scholarly books as well as columns for the local newspaper. They oversee denominations. In all these capacities and more, they serve God's Word, joining the preacher in the ongoing challenge of bringing that Word to life.... We have been honored to work with a multitude of gifted thinkers, writers, and editors. We present these essays as their offering-and ours-to the blessed ministry of preaching."-From the introduction by David L. Bartlett, Barbara Brown Taylor
Categories: Religion