Periodically, pastors read The Compelling Community, and then ask us where to start in putting its ideas into practice. Here are three thoughts for your consideration.
This book reshapes our view of “women’s ministry” toward a more biblical “ministry among women” for which we should all be deeply thankful.
If God the Holy Spirit left your church this weekend, what would happen next?
Shouldn’t we use our ability to track our members’ giving to help shepherd them? I’d say no. Here’s why.
Finding the boundary between commands and sanctified common sense.
As Christians, we are called to be ambitious for Christ, yet many seem ambitious only for the things of this world. How can you pastor them?
If a mercy ministry in your church grows to the point where it needs some real structure, consider making it an “integrated auxiliary.”
When it comes to mercy ministry in the church, both the programmed and the organic approaches have their limitations. Here is a third way.
Do you have more teaching slots for adult Sunday School programs than you have teachers to fill them? If so, commit to the training of more men to teach.
Sunday School makes you a better systematic theologian, which in turn makes you a better applier of God’s Word.
Over the last decade our church has discovered an unexpected tool for changing a culture: adult Sunday School.
Generally, if an activity is not important enough to get done if the staff position were eliminated, it is likely not important enough to get done at all.
Elders lead ministry, deacons facilitate ministry, the congregation does ministry. That, I believe, is the New Testament model.
Churches have shifted toward a style that is comfortable for the stereotypical woman—at the expense of the stereotypical man.
Kenneson and Street have composed an excellent critique of a discipline that has become almost second nature in many church circles, even despite its limited applicability.