The Main Gathering
The Sunday gathering is the primary discipler of a local congregation because of what it proclaims and the pattern it sets.
Music-specific services actively promote division in the body of Christ.
A busy ministry calendar can distract and exhaust the saints more than it establishes them in the faith and furthers the church’s mission.
What you feed people with is what they’ll continue to hunger for.
We want our kids to know that the church is for them, Jesus is for them, and eternal life is for them, so let’s speak to them in our sermons.
It’s best not to think of children’s ministry as part of the church. Instead, think of it as a mission field.
We as pastors should never fall into the trap of thinking we are above caring for the souls of young children.
Equip the saints for the work of the ministry by helping parents disciple their children toward maturity.
Don’t skimp on theology when it comes to your church’s curriculum for children. The ultimate goal is to help our children to know God.
Paul teaches kids the Bible and applies it to their lives, teaches in a way that leads children back to the authority of their parents, and equips parents to effectively disciple their children.
Given the prevalence of child abuse in our society, a church should never assume abuse could not happen in its children’s ministry.
May we faithfully consider how to leverage “age and stage” for gospel purposes while avoiding the prevalent pitfalls.
How do you care for the singles of your church without them feeling like they’re attending a Christian speed-dating event?
Whether you’re a pastor or a deacon responsible for the care of senior saints, here are some suggestions on refreshing them in Christ.
Foster a culture of discipling with the teenagers. Build a bridge from the rest of the church into their lives.
Community building is a fruitful but risky strategy for a church. They can encourage members but also morph into cul-de-sacs of complacency.
Small groups have the potential to be a tool for maintaining church unity—when they are led wisely.
Parachurch, Not Parachute: Advantages and Disadvantages of Extra-Church Bible Studies and FellowshipsBy Sam Crites | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022
The key to healthy parachurch ministry is to make sure its ultimate goal is to support and encourage healthy churches.
When your church’s bookstall overseer isn’t feeding the sheep healthy food, they’re working against the digestion of the church’s entire teaching ministry.
We need to find and train leaders. But how?
Let what happens on Sunday spill over into the rest of the week. Share a church pew, then start sharing dinner tables, sidewalks, and car rides.
When our pastors oversee women’s ministry, it doesn’t indicate distrust, but rather that when the wolves attack, the shepherds will bear the brunt, not the sheep.
‘Build on Jesus’ is a book that can help you build tomorrow’s healthy church today.