Donald McGavran on Church Growth

“Church growth follows where Christians show faithfulness in finding the lost. The purpose is not to search, but to find…Church growth follows where the lost are not merely found but restored to normal life within the fold…When existing Christians, marching obediently under the Lord’s command and filled with his compassion, fold in the wanderers and feed the flock, then churches … Read More

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Fusion Fridays: Assimilation Opens Unchurched Hearts

“At The Journey, the crux of assimilation is also the heart of our overall mission: to give people the best possible opportunity to become fully developing followers of Jesus Christ. We know, as I’m sure you do, that the majority of people who visit a church do not come to Christ on their first visit – or their second or … Read More

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Back to Basics (Thursdays are for Health)

“To reclaim our health and begin functioning the way God intended, we have to get back to his original plan for our eating habits. We have to get back to basics. Here are three overarching guidelines that, if incorporated into our thinking on a daily basis, can revolutionize our health and put us back on track to physical wellbeing: Eat … Read More

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Six Ways God Grows You (Part 3 of 4)

Over the last couple weeks, we’ve taken a look at the call to prepare for ministry. Since we’ll never learn all there is to be learned about any subject, our preparation is an ongoing process. Now that we’ve looked at the six primary ways that God grows you, you can start to develop an effective personal growth plan anchored by … Read More

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50 Things You May Not Have Known About Luther

Today’s guest post comes to us from Timothy J. Wengert for As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Living Lutheran is exploring 500 of its unique aspects, continuing the series this month with 50 Reformation things you may not know about Martin Luther. This list is not meant as an all-encompassing compendium of everything essential to the … Read More

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Sunday Scripture: Spend Your Time Wisely

“Another reason for right living is that you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for the coming of our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” – Romans 13:11 (NLT)

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Zwingli on the Proper Significance of Communion

“Christ who gave himself once and for all upon the cross is a sacrifice and victim making satisfaction in eternity for the sins of all the faithful. Hence the Mass is not a sacrifice, but a commemoration of the sacrifice made once for all upon the cross and is, as it were, a sign of our redemption in Christ.” – Huldrych Zwingli, … Read More

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Fusion Fridays: Why Assimilate?

“Assimilation leads to life transformation by giving people the means and opportunity to become maturing followers of Christ. In broad terms, assimilation can be defined as the process used to encourage your first-time guests to continue coming back until they see and understand God’s power, accept Jesus as Savior, and commit themselves to the local church through leadership.”     … Read More

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m wrapping up a few things this morning, but I wanted to take a quick break to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful for you, for the ministry that God has called you to, and for the opportunity to serve you and your church. Hopefully you’re preparing to spend a great day with family and … Read More

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Six Ways God Grows You (Part 2 of 4)

In last week’s post, I mentioned that part of being an effective pastor and more fulfilled person is deciding to be a lifelong learner. Given this reality, creating a personal growth plan is key to fulfilling your calling. God has six primary ways of growing you which I started to share last week. Here are the remaining three ways: 4. God grows … Read More

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