Making a Good Church Great

Making a Good Church Great

Becoming a Community God Calls Home Steve Sjogren. and liver. We don't need an outside stimulant to do the work of the Holy Spirit. He is ready, willing and able to fill us with His power and change the world.

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

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



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

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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

House Church Simple Strategic Scriptural

House Church   Simple  Strategic  Scriptural

The over arching significance of the house church lies in its theology of community. ... They are called brothers and sisters (Phm 2, Ro 16:2). ... The question becomes, what setting best facilities our functioning as God's family? 2.

Author: Stephen Atkerson

Publisher: NT Reformation Fellowship

ISBN: 9780972908221

Category: House churches

Page: 160

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Lead a small church? New Testament Church Dynamics is perfect for you!Unlike many church growth books, we present proven, Biblical strategies to grow your church both spiritually and numerically.These are not theories cooked up in an ivory tower. Our network of churches lives these principles out in multiple cultures and countries around the globe.By following Scriptural strategies, our unity, participation, purity, community, size, love, and evangelistic fervor have grown dramatically.Our joy is helping leaders of small churches follow Christ's model for church practice and planting.
Categories: House churches

Holy People Holy Place

Holy People  Holy Place

CHAPTER 4 Initiating the Church's House whole rite , from beginning to end , is dedicatory , and the eucharist is the ... It reminds us that all of creation is good as God made it and that this physical place calledchurch ” is but a ...

Author: Thomas G. Simons

Publisher: LiturgyTrainingPublications

ISBN: 1568540957

Category: Religion

Page: 218

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Includes the Rite of Dedication of a Church and an Altar, a rite to use in a sacred place that has been desecrated, and a ritual for a church that is being closed.
Categories: Religion

The Work of a Disciple Living Like Jesus

The Work of a Disciple  Living Like Jesus

This was a community they could call home. They had found— and wanted to be part of—“the church.” Like Daryl and Ruth, we must keep in mind that the church ultimately is God's people —not a building, a pastor, or even the special ...

Author: Don Cousins

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310081227

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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The Walking with God series was developed as the curriculum for small groups at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Since its release in 1992, it has been used by churches and small groups to help raise up devoted disciples of Christ. Group members who work through the program will lay a solid foundation for a lifelong walk with God. While small groups may be formed for a variety of purposes, the goal of this curriculum is for groups to produce disciples—fully devoted followers of Christ—by studying God’s Word in community. To this end, the goal of the study is to produce disciples who walk with God, have a personal relationship with Jesus, and live in step with the Holy Spirit. It is also to produce believers who live the Word in all areas of life and contribute to the work that God is doing in the local church. Ultimately, the goal is to develop believers who impact the world and are prepared and eager to spread the good news of Christ to others. This material will help develop these attributes in group members. Each lesson includes group Bible study and discussion questions in addition to devotions, reflections, and personal study for use by individuals between the group sessions.
Categories: Religion

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: WestBowPress

ISBN: 9781490827117

Category: Education

Page: 110

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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

The Epworth Herald

The Epworth Herald

The time intervening between not be properly performed unless we reyou had better , on your regular day for them has a tendency to make them ceive the “ fullness of the Spirit . ” In calling , call at his home . In so doing longer .



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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: 555

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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