church planting

Why Church Planting?

by Scott Thomas


The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for 1) the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and 2) the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else–not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega-churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes–will […]

Continue reading...
man

Having A Heart For The Poor Means Having A Heart For God

by Martin Buehlmann


Not that long ago my wife and I were sitting in our kitchen, preparing a nice family dinner. Suddenly our doorbell rang. Going to the door we saw Ghebremariam, a 38 year old woman from Eritrea who works for Mariam. Ghebremariam is a refugee from Eritrea, a neighboring country to Ethiopia. She had to leave three […]

Continue reading...
Radiation

Politics in the Church…It’s Chernobyl all over again

by Steve Sjogren


I am not a saber rattler. Those who regularly read my articles or books know this to be true. Though I do use hyperbole (overstatement) as a means of making a point sometimes, that is all in good fun and is obvious when I do that. (Sometime I will write an article on this site […]

Continue reading...
Listen

How About We Listen & Serve

by Linda Bergquist


Recently I have been helping a young church planter who is in the process of starting a Mandarin speaking congregation in Daly City, California, a city bordering San Francisco. As the planter was putting together his prospectus, I assisted him with research about the city. This was a fun project for me, since our San […]

Continue reading...
Committee

Growth By Accident. Death By Committee.

by Steve Sjogren


“Yeah, the weirdest thing. Everything seemed to be going well, at least it looked that way on the surface to us. We went away on a much needed vacation. When we returned, the two leaders of a committee announced they decided I wasn’t the guy who could take things forward. They were going to look for […]

Continue reading...
confessions

7 Confessions of a “Sucky” Pastor

by Artie Davis


I have been doing some form of pastoring for almost 30-years, and I have certainly been a sucky pastor on many occasions…so I hope you can learn from my failures and use them too… #1 I was a sucky  pastor when I…Allowed myself to get burned out I forgot a very simple fact. If you […]

Continue reading...

The Gospel and Sex

by Scott Thomas


The General Social Survey tracks social behaviors among Americans since 1972. Fifteen to twenty percent of married couples surveyed said they have sex fewer than 10 times a year. That is now considered a “sexless marriage.” The average, according to the survey is 58 times a year and 111 times a year for couples under […]

Continue reading...