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More Than Classrooms - Cultivating Maturity in the Church

Most of us have education that is heavily based on class time to gain information in the church. But Ephesians 4 seems to point to a model where in addition to info, we also equip people for lab time doing the work of ministry. What if we spent more time equipping people and less time informing them?
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4 Keys to Spiritually Renewing the Church

There are lots of programs that claim to help redevelop a congregation. But ignore the spiritual renewal of your people and you can rest assured, none of them will be likely to work. But there are spiritual grounding practices that can allow people to enter into renewal differently. This article covers four of them.
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The Relationship Between Discipleship and Leadership

Leading in the church may include a number of the same skills that leading in other settings uses. But leading in the church really is grounded in discipleship and includes following God's guidance - not just doing what the leader thinks is smart.
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Why our discipleship efforts often fail

Although we often wish that people would grow deeper in their commitments to following Christ, there are some common pitfalls that may mean that our ministry doesn't always produce the results we hope for. This post will help you deal with five of them that are common barriers to making better disciples.
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Taking a Page from Hebrews: Environments, Relationships and Processes that Facilitate Discipleship

This post begins part 1 of 3 in a series of guest posts by Dr. Bob Logan. Bob is one of the authors of the discipleship materials that formed the basis for the new resource, A Discipleship Guide for Lutherans. Bob has been Dave Daubert's coach for nearly 15 years and has been a helpful partner in ministry for a long time. Enjoy the chance to learn from this well respected and renowned ministry leader.
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In a Bubble (Part Three of Three): Who Are You Meeting With?

This is part 3 of 3 in a series about ministry in a bubble. Who we meet with dictates who we work with. Embodying the reign of God in your place may be radically changed by starting to meet with people you don't meet with and finding ways to work together.
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In a Bubble (Part Two of Three): Who Are You Worshipping With?

In a Bubble (Part 2 of 3) Many congregations are homogeneous in makeup but live in communities that are diverse. If we wait to get our worship diverse, many of us will never worship with people from other groups of people. But if we find ways to connect, we can begin to worship with new folks almost any time we decide to make it happen.
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In a Bubble (Part One of Three): Who Are You Eating With?

Who we eat with dictates a lot about who we see and who we don't. Changing just one lunch every month may make all the difference in you crossing a bridge you need to cross.
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What are you practicing?

We often hear that practice makes perfect. But it is not always true. If we practice doing something wrong or not helpful, we can actually practice and get worse! So, if you are a church leader, what are the people you lead practicing and is it the right stuff?
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Who Are You Listening To?

The average member of a mainline congregation spends far more time getting info from pundits than from the Holy Spirit. If we are going to renew the church, we need to spend more time listening to God.
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God Always Goes First

In the struggle to figure out how to help congregations thrive, we often move too quickly to "What are we going to do?" But Christians believe that God always goes first, so learning to ask what God is up to is the first step in a different kind of church.
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People Are Talking About Jesus Christ (Superstar) and Some Christians Are Mad

The musical, "Jesus Christ, Superstar" was shown live on TV Sunday evening. Well done, the reviews and response were overwhelmingly positive and people woke up Monday morning talking about it. You'd think the church would be excited that so many people are suddenly talking about Jesus. But many Christians are once again whining about the details and simply pouring negative feedback into the conversation. The church can (and must) do better! Another opportunity blown?
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Connecting Theology and Passion

Having the best theology is not enough to energize a congregation. And having the worst theology doesn't guarantee a congregation's failure. The difference seems to be whether the people are passionate about the power of their faith to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others. So how do mainline Christians, whose teaching is solid and centered on grace, restore a passion for the gospel that inspire movement again?
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A Path for Discipleship - What's Yours

For people who are outside the church, having a clear path to moving from outside to inside the church can be both helpful and important. Having simple but helpful steps can provide the clarity needed to encourage someone to begin the journey toward meaningful membership in a faith community.
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Pastors Need to Press

If there is one common denominator that congregations that renew all share, the pastors there are all pressing for renewal and part of making change happen. This is more than just hard work - it requires a willingness to do the hard work of transforming.
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3 Things Judicatories Can Do Best - Renewing the Church

The front line of ministry in the church is the congregation. There is little doubt about that. But national church bodies and regional judicatories also play key roles. But if congregations are going to renew, then the closest outside point of contact in the church system is the judicatory in which they participate. These judicatories MUST focus almost all their energy on renewing congregations and developing leaders.
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You Will Only Meet Those (Future) People if You Are Willing to Go Out to Meet Them

The days of attraction are over. PR is a minimal tool. We must go introduce ourselves to the neighbors if we want to meet them. They are unlikely to ever come in and introduce themselves to us!
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Your Congregation's Future Depends on People You Haven't Met

Every congregation sustains itself in the short term by the involvement of the people who are there now. But in a changing world, the old ways of simply counting on the future of the congregation to happen are gone. In this missional era, the future relies on people you haven't even met yet.
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Four Truths - Part Two: You can only do evangelism with people who aren’t Christian

Many congregational leaders don't want outsiders in their church buildings for activities. They want to keep it for members. But you can only do evangelism with people who aren't Christians.
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The Future Depends on Your Willingness to be Neighbor

Congregations routinely want new people to come, join in and be a part of the life of the church. But most are just waiting around hoping that the neighbors will take the initiative. But Jesus is clear - being neighbor is on us first!
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Four Truths Every Church Must Face

As I worked with a congregation and sensed their resistance to change, I helped them see four things they needed to own if they were to have any chance at transformation. These four things are true for most of us, too!
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Where are your best leaders and what are you doing with them?

Good leaders not only lead but also scout for people with potential with whom they will invest some extra time and energy.
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Christian Vocation - Does Church Count?

Often, when Protestants talk about vocation, they talk about various arenas in which we live out our baptismal calling. These usually include our work (occupation), family, community and the church. We have responsibilities in each of these places. But what if church isn't one arena in which we live but our identity as Christ's people that permeates all of life. Seeing the church that way redefines what we do when we are together for the sake of what we do when we are apart.
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