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church faith life Sharing Christ

Podcasts and Faith

I enjoy listening to podcasts when I run, when I drive and when I’m working. I love the ability to discover stories, learn new things, stay up-to-date with the news, and more. Lately, several podcasts that are part of my regular listening rotation featured episodes about church and faith. Here is a rundown… StartUp from […]

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church leadership renewing the church

The Rabbit and the Elephant – a review

I recently finished reading The Rabbit and the Elephant: Why Small Is the New Big for Today’s Church by Tony & Felicity Dale and George Barna. This book offers the perspective that the church may be more effective in making disciples of Jesus Christ by multiplying rapidly rather than seeking to grow larger. The authors […]

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church ministry renewing the church

Elevator Pitch for Networked Micro Churches

In North America, the church is failing to live up to its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Since 1990 over 150 United Methodist churches have closed every year. During this same period of time, internet usage has exploded. Since 1990 the internet grew by 100 percent every […]

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annual conference renewing the church

New Churches – What if?

What if entrepeneurial small group leaders were asked to equip others to invite people to Christ and multiply small groups? What if these leaders were asked to oversee the groups of small groups which they helped to initiate? What if these groups participated in worship and discipleship together? What if¬† faithful and effective¬†leaders were encouraged […]

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What is a new church or new congregation?

According to UMC Path1: We believe a new congregation is more than a mission project, new worship service or new building. For us, it is a newly organized faith community that is committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ and: includes regular community worship is theologically Wesleyan has an effective discipling system receives new members […]