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September 14, 2017
manage

Leading and Managing People in the Church

(Leading and Managing People in the Church is taken from Chapter 6 in Barry Voss’ Management for Church Leaders™ Volume #1 Training Manual, ©2010.) “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31 The Golden Rule.  It seems that we all know Luke 6:31 so well yet are unable to keep it most of the time. The church is a people business that is based upon relationships – with God and with each other.  Jesus taught us this principle so we might live in harmony with each other, and with God, and to demonstrate to the world […]
September 11, 2017

Diversity and Reconciliation in the Early Church

In this podcast, Drs. Darrell L. Bock and Michael Burer dialogue about the tensions of diversity and racial reconciliation in the age of the early church, focusing in on the very issues touched on in Paul’s letters. To listen to the podcast and read transcript in its entirety, click here.         Excerpt from transcript below. Darrell Bock: Welcome to the Table, where we discuss issues of God and culture. Our topic, today, is reconciliation and diversity in the New Testament. We want to take a look at how the church was originally formed out of Jew and gentile, and […]
August 21, 2017
mobilise

The Lausanne Movement and Operation World join forces to mobilise prayer globally

Sharing exciting news from Lausanne and Operation world below as they work together to better mobilise Christians to prayer around the world. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 25 July 2017—The Lausanne Movement and Operation World announced today that they are entering into a unique partnership to mobilise prayer for the nations and world evangelisation. Lausanne and Operation World (OW) share a longstanding commitment to prayer and mission, as well as a strong conviction that Christians worldwide must have more opportunities—in more languages and in more forms of media—to join in prayer for the nations. The two organizations have been exploring partnership for a number […]
August 21, 2017
discipleship

How We Created a Discipleship Strategy at our Church

By Aaron Buer Every church is different. We have different worship styles, staff configurations, values, and preaching styles. This diversity of expression is a beautiful thing. However, there’s one thing that should be consistent in all of our churches. Discipleship. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20) It’s kind of “the thing”. If you aren’t making disciples then you aren’t a church. You’re something else entirely. We all know […]
August 21, 2017

i A . S . K : Messaging God

The ubiquitous “i” prefix stands for words like internet and innovation. It has also turned us inward, arousing self-centeredness and exhibitionism through selfies and social media. But altruistic verbs like care or love can sanctify the “i” pronoun in front of them. I recently addressed a thousand missionaries characterized by iGive or iDie in the two largest lands in the world. For this devotional on the theology and practice of biblical prayer, the verb that follows the “i” is an acronym. As such, it will be pronounceable and memorable, and more importantly, doable. The acronym A.S.K. generates from Matthew 7:7–8, […]
August 17, 2017
rural pastors

Meet the author writing Bible curriculum for rural pastors

Meet the author writing Bible curriculum for rural pastors Part pastoral trainer, part curriculum developer, Ms. L has authored Bible courses for rural pastors over the last 30 years of her full-time missionary work. With a lifelong training background that originated from twelve years teaching high school to then teaching aspiring pastors and leaders at a Bible college, she now uses her skills and training to draft easy to understand and distribute Bible courses. Australia serves as the home base for this roving missionary. Her curriculum has traveled across most continents and been used in about 15 countries. Now she […]
August 17, 2017
timing

Waiting on God: A Devotional for the Weary

by Rev. Steve Kok Waiting on God isn’t always easy. Every day people all around the world are dissatisfied with the way their life’s journey is unfolding. Learning to trust God means believing God’s timing is always perfect. He never fails. God is never late and God is never early. Of course, we don’t ever want God to be late, but there are some who pray for God to send early miracles. An early release of answered prayers sounds great, but it wouldn’t be perfect. When you get discouraged while waiting, don’t try to find ways to rush God. You […]
August 16, 2017
professional

The Intersection of Leaders in Business and the Church

“The Table Podcast” featuring Dr. Darrell Bock and Greg Forster via Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Development at Dallas Theological Seminary Transcript podcast teaser below regarding the divide between professionals and pastors… “There’s a failure to recognize that both groups bring knowledge to the table. I’ve been influenced in this particular respect by Dallas Willard and his analysis of how people will respond and change the way they live based on who they think has knowledge. As I’ve meditated on that and looked at it in the world that we move in, in our program what I see is religious […]
August 14, 2017
beware

Beware the Deceivers: Colossians 2:8

Author, Chuck Gianotti, echoes the apostle Paul’s word of warning, “Beware…” This post is a sobering caution to those that are on the other side of the pulpit to hold teachers accountable. For those that are pastors and trainers of pastors, a warning to be sure they hold themselves and their co-laborers to the standard and truth of the Word of God. Reposted with kind permission of the author, appearing originally via Bible-equip.org. Also included in Mr. Gianotti’s book, Day by Day in the Prison Epistles.       See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, […]