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Three Pillars of a Strong, Dynamic Ministry

Pillars

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 …

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Whatever It Takes, Short of Sin

Into the Darkness

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 …

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The Problem With My Old Church Was…

Tilt-shift Church

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 …

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Why Grace Hills Church Is In Jeopardy

Thin Ice

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 …

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Seth Godin on Church Planting

growing

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 …

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What Good Is Your Church Anyway?

Light Bulb

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 …

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