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Three Pillars of a Strong, Dynamic Ministry

When it comes to leading a strong ministry and building a healthy church, it takes more than solid theology or smart strategy. In fact, it takes a combination of those, plus the Spirit's leading and empowerment. I think of these three as pillars of a dynamic ministry. Every church needs to be led by a Pastor with a strong ecclesiology - a strong theology of church and mission. Out of our ecclesiology flows our mission, in fact. The mission doesn't change. Jesus defined it …

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Whatever It Takes, Short of Sin

At Grace Hills, we will do whatever it takes, short of sin, to find people far from God and lead them to life in Jesus. That's one of our core values, and it's the one that probably creates the most tension for Christians. It's a value that is drawn straight from Scripture: I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do this all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. - 1 Corinthians 9:22-23 (NIV) Paul …

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The Problem With My Old Church Was…

That's a phrase you will only hear in the modern, western church - particularly in the United States. In first century Jerusalem, if you didn't like the music, the Pastor, or the amount of perfume Sister Bertha wore, you had to stay and work it out. Where else would you go? Disclaimer: What I'm about to say has nothing to do with people who are far from God. I'm writing it to people who claim to know Him well. Read on. I'm not promoting the idea of having only one …

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Why Grace Hills Church Is In Jeopardy

Grace Hills Church is eleven Sundays old, officially, and about eight months old, unofficially. And we're in trouble. If we don't do something, all of our effort will be in vain and all hope of planting the kind of church Jesus had in mind will be lost. No, we're not out of money. God has provided every step of the way. No, we're not losing people. In fact, we're seeing new attenders every week. And no, we're not losing our leaders. We're seeing new leaders emerge as each …

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Seth Godin on Church Planting

I don't know if Seth knows what church planting is or not, but his post yesterday should be memorized (it's short - that's Seth) by every church planter in the world. I'll quote it in its entirety because of its brevity... There's nothing wrong with having a plan. Plans are great. But missions are better. Missions survive when plans fail, and plans almost always fail. Gotta love Seth. …

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What Good Is Your Church Anyway?

I recently read the quote of a skeptical unbeliever that stopped me in my tracks... The church is a parasite. It owns the best property, doesn't pay any taxes, and doesn't help anybody. As a Pastor who loves the local church rather deeply, everything in me wants to argue. Who does this anonymous skeptic think he is? He's just never been to the right church! But sometimes arguing with someone's perspective is rather pointless. In the end, it's better to be introspective …

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