Active Duty: A Church Planting Adventure

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So then each of us will give an account of himself to God... There is competition among churches to get members. On the local level, Greg has always been passionate about student ministries and discipleship. At Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., Admissions Director Monica Wedlock said she has seen an increase in the number of enrolled women. Perhaps the best answer lies in Paul’s advice to the Galatians (5:13): “You, my brothers, were called to be free.
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But Who Will Preside?: Review of Issues Concerning "Lay

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You cannot use this passage to prove consensus of the whole church is needed to approve the decisions of elders and/or men until such time as you are prepared to use the passage to prove that consensus of the whole church is needed to approve the decisions of apostles! The word “disciple” occurs 260 times in the gospels and in the book of Acts. D. [6] [7] :82,104,105 Members of the churches of Christ believe that Jesus founded only one church, that the current divisions among Christians do not express God's will, and that the only basis for restoring Christian unity is the Bible. [6] They simply identify themselves as "Christians", without using any other forms of religious or denominational identification. [8] [9] [10] :213 They believe that they are recreating the New Testament church as established by Christ. [11] [12] [13] :106 Churches of Christ generally share the following theological beliefs and practices: [6] In British congregations, the term "breaking of bread" is commonly used.
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Home Run: Learn God's Game Plan for Life and Leadership

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And from Miletus [Paul] sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church..... [28] Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers. Mennonite Brethren may need to evaluate their traditional congregational leadership patterns and consider moving more towards a semi-presbyterian model where spiritually gifted leaders are expected and permitted to give pro-active spiritual leadership. 4) Leadership Evangelism. Note that Jesus commanded his followers not to receive the title: “But you, do not be called Rabbi”.
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Teaching the Teachers: A DIY Training Course for Those

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Churches are also similar to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as churches provide services to their local communities (Heimovics & Herman, 1993). He much preferred to appeal rather than to command; he preferred not to impose his will upon churches, but rather to encourage them to make their own decisions. O'Malley noted, humor has never been a "big thing" in ecclesial circles. There are similarities, as well as differences, between the Eastern and Western celebration of Christmas.
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Vision: Lost and Found

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Various forms of this same word elsewhere refer to restrained, reserved conduct, calm, peaceful, not causing disturbance or trouble - i.e., quietness. Being a “servant of the church” no more implies a formal appointee than does the expression in Colossians 1:25 where Paul is said to be the church’s servant. Well, it started by asking friends, family, mentors and godly men in my life to pray for me. Thus the church’s role is to uphold the truth of the gospel.
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Freedom and Interim Ministry

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A leader does not have the right to tell people how to live their personal lives. In verses 15-17 we are instructed as to how to deal with a brother who has sinned. But we are called to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, not the kind of results we hope for from adopting church growth or mega/church methods and means. Elders are guiding the flock by explaining and guiding them in the application of God's Word.
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Leading from the Sandbox: How to Develop, Empower, and

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Note that the phrase “in the Lord” indicates the sphere of their authority; it is in spiritual matters only. This is one of the missing ingredients that churches fail to pay attention to, and it’s a key differentiator between growing churches and stagnant churches. This is in direct contrast to “congregations destined for revival,” who were willing to adapt “their congregational identity in response to change in the communities in which they are located” (p. 327). I asked one of these people if that meant that a converted drunk could not become an elder.
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Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership: How to Become an

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Men ought likewise to appreciate and praise them. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Finally it should also be noted that the researcher is currently a member of the Church of Christ. Your relationship with your congregation and the outside world can be analysed by the following paragraphs. "Some leaders are unusually good chess players because they can move the bishops, knights, rooks, pawns, and kings and queens around the board at will."
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From Holy Hell to Hallelujah Again! Surviving the Consuming

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Nonprofit Management & Leadership, 11(1), 97. In Acts 20:19, he describes his manner of "serving the Lord with all humility" and implies that they, too, must serve the Lord in the same manner. I’ve been blogging here at GregAtkinson.com ever since. Knowing it is not a matter of perfection, but direction, are you moving toward greater and greater Christ-likeness? Ignatius, who was concerned with church organisation, does not mention at all the office of deaconess.
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Church in the Inventive Age (Christianity Now)

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Many of the churches we attended over the past year have been friendly—offering cheerful hellos and smiles—but that won’t convince people to return. Everyone else is relegated to a support role. Teachers are one of the gifts the Holy Spirit gives to the church (1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11). The Spirit called them to shepherd the church and moved them to care for the flock. For over twenty years now the general research is that 80% of American churches are declining or plateaued.
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