If someone walks into your church next Sunday, and they’re miserable from life’s trials and tribulations, what songs will you ask them to sing?
We know the church is comprised of the people, not the building. And yet, church buildings can be extremely valuable, useful, and vital for the health of long-term Christianity.
Mailbag #81: Helping a Church Grow in Discipling . . . How to Receive Members Who Left a Former Church Poorly.By B. Johnson, J. de Koning | 04.19.2019
— How can I help my church grow in discipling? — Receiving members who left their former church on bad terms.
Because words are a window into the heart, pastors must learn to cultivate the discipline of listening well.
Mailbag #80: Should Pastors Discuss Past Sins? . . . Should Believers Ever Abstain from Communion? . . . Conducting Membership Interviews for Single WomenBy D. King, J. Joseph, M. McKinley | 04.12.2019
— How much should a pastor share about past sins? — When should believer’s abstain from the Lord’s Supper? — Should women do membership interviews for single women?
In the same way that God values the populations in cities, God values the populations in rural areas. In the same way that God calls men and women to serve in the cities, God still calls men and women to faithfully serve in rural areas. The two areas could not be more different, but Christ builds his church in cities and rural areas alike.
Corporate lament is a unique voice that empathizes, models, and unites a body, especially when tension fills the room.
Week after week, many of us attend a worship served not a worship service.
It’s vital for older Christians to talk often with new Christians, making sure that in following Christ, they haven’t unduly harmed their relationship with their family.
Lament is a “prayer in pain that leads to trust.”
By excluding the cries of loneliness, dispossession, and desolation from its worship, the church has effectively silenced and excluded the voices of those who are themselves lonely, dispossessed, and desolate, both inside and outside the church.
Mailbag #78: Can a Church Require Too Many Meetings? . . . Should the Church be Involved in a Pastor’s Decision to Leave? . . . Reformed Theology in the Church’s Teaching MinistryBy C. Humfrey, M. Livingston, S. Emadi | 03.22.2019
Can a church require too many services? How can pastors shepherd their flock while transitioning out? How should pastors teach about Reformed theology?
Considering the reality of death can point us to the promises of God.
If I have the right view of spiritual gifts but I don’t have love, then I am nothing.
When we think we’ve gotten something on our own, it’s easy to keep it to ourselves. But when we recognize that everything we have is from God—even our daily bread—we freely give what we have to those in need.