When is it best to add to your staff by promoting from within, and when is it best to go outside and bring someone in? If I do need to hire from without, what are the best channels and avenues through which to seek a qualified staff member? Finally, in bringing someone in from the outside, how do you help that new staff member learn and adapt to the culture of the church? Read the responses
Pentecost—that wonderful day recorded in the second chapter of Acts—is associated with various ideas in the minds of different people. Some will say it is about a personal experience with the Holy Spirit, some will identify it with joy and spiritual elation, others will describe it as an infilling of God’s presence. Yet others will talk about empowerment, and others will be mindful of the “speaking in tongues” that took place on that day. Every one of these is a valid association, but there is a profound purpose, a primary purpose I believe, that is not really captured in any of those words or phrases. What happened on Pentecost was a supernatural, spontaneous, instantaneous, hyper-condensed, industrial strength version—a microcosm, if you will—of God’s master plan that was to be carried out all throughout the church age. What is that master plan? Jesus had just laid it out to the disciples before His ascension: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8, NKJV). Read this article by Tony Cooke
Do you ever feel like the little boy in the midst of the huge crowd from John 6:9, offering Jesus your “five loaves and two fish”? You know in your heart that what you are giving up for the sake of others is not enough in natural measurements of sufficiency. Yet you feel compelled to give what you have, in eager, or possibly nervous anticipation of what Jesus will do with what you hand over to Him. Most of us are very aware of our shortcomings, our weaknesses, our insufficiencies. The enemy of our souls takes every opportunity to accuse us of our “not-enoughness” while we are endeavoring to fulfill the will of God with our lives. He tries to get us to focus on what we lack as we survey the immediate situation instead of focusing on the miraculous capabilities of God. Read this article by Lisa Cooke
It was over 20 years ago that I found myself in an interesting position. I was one year into a transition where a youth ministry legend and mentor had left our church and had handed me the keys to the car. The entirety of the youth ministry was now in my hands. Needless to say, I was a bit overwhelmed. Things went fine for a season, and then something changed. I could not put my finger on what had changed, but nothing was really working. I seemed to be failing miserably. Church attendance was up, but youth ministry attendance was flat. There was no fruit from our altar calls, students weren’t inviting their friends. Clearly, something was wrong! Yes, I already had students who were coming…but they were not engaged. Yes, they showed up, but they were not committed. Yes, I preached, but there was no transformation. Our ministry was neither effective nor sustainable. I soon came to the realization that the youth ministry would have to be rebuilt from the ground up. The seven steps that I cover in this article are the exact steps we used to rebuild our ministry all those years ago. Read this article by Dennis Steeger
Sunday is not Game Day—everyday is Game Day!!! When we make “Sunday church” and “having church” the focus, it is backward. Sunday is important, but not most important. When we have a build up to Sunday, making our greatest efforts all week to having a “good service” without trying to, we feed the idea that Christianity is about Sunday. But doing this is treating Sunday as the last day of the week; but Sunday is the first day of the week! Sunday is “impact and launch” day. It is a time for believers to:
- Gather to worship the King.
- Reconnect with other believers, sharing all God has done in our lives through the week; TESTIMONIES!
- Hear and be impacted by what God is saying corporately through the teaching and preaching as well as through the prophetic.
- Then GO live the message we heard before those in our spheres of influence.
We need to learn to live in the same way Jesus did: in a non-churchy, non-religious, life-giving way, serving people with compassionate hearts, and not judging them for the sin they are trapped in. Read this article by Rodney Lloyd
What would it be like if you lived in a country, a city or a village that had no Christians? No Bible study? Not one single church? Not a single Christian witness? Sue and I are focusing on church planting movements with “unreached people groups.” If the command given by Jesus is to make disciples of all nations (or ethnic groups), then common sense would tell us our job is to find those nations (ethnic groups) that have not been discipled (taught to be followers of Christ). People desiring to fulfill the Great Commission need to know where these “unreached” groups of people are, so that our efforts in completing the task will not just be busy, but productive. The people who are lost in the 10/40 Window are not “more lost” than your neighbor or family member who does not know Christ. But, they are “unreached” in the sense that they have not had an opportunity to hear the Gospel. The issue is not their lostness, but their access to the Gospel. Read this article by Scott Behrman
Read all of our quotes by visiting our Quotes Page.
“Becoming a believer makes Him yours. Becoming a disciple makes you His.”
– Greg Mohr
“The Lion does not turn around when a small dog barks.”
– African Proverb
Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
– Charitie L. Bancroft
“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“One of the best ways to move beyond past pain is to have future purpose.”
– Tony Cooke