Category: Ecclesiology

Our idolatrous substitutes for the Local Church

Admittedly, a tough title; and this review may not lead you to buy the book, but it should give you pause as you contemplate the community of the local church. Warning: it is a little difficult to digest but well worth it. http://gospelcoalition.org/reviews/strange-rites/

Welcome to Your Network!

On behalf of thousands of pastors, missionaries, ministry directors and chaplains we praise God for you! As a servant leader in the EFCA movement you are a valuable member of the EFCA Network. The Network is us! It is the people who connect, serve, preach and lead in all kinds of ways, all kinds of churches and all kinds of ministries, all over the world in our One EFCA.

Functional Structures

The way a church is structured has a direct impact on its ministry effectiveness. Preacher and ministry leader Tom Skinner described the beginnings of an outreach program as 100% ministry. You are out in the community talking with people, praying with people, starting Bible… Continue Reading “Functional Structures”

Women and Credentialing

Senior Pastors, Are Your Staff Women Credentialed? I love the prayers of Paul documented in Ephesians 1:17-19, Philippians 1:9-11, and Colossians 1:9-12. We can see Paul’s shepherd heart and the passion that he has to see the church and its leaders grow. His prayers… Continue Reading “Women and Credentialing”

What’s a Covenant in the Bible?

The Doctrine of Covenant by Michael L. Aiken Covenant is the way God relates to people. When God speaks he binds us, his image bearers, todo what he requires of us. The study of covenants is complex, but this paper will seek to summarizethe… Continue Reading “What’s a Covenant in the Bible?”

A Subtle Radical Shift: Home Group

Several years ago, our Life Group/Bible Study group happened upon a helpful and heartening new way to do “Bible Study.” We are not sure how it developed but we have all benefitted greatly from this new way of meeting. We meet once a week… Continue Reading “A Subtle Radical Shift: Home Group”

Great Books

From time to time, well maybe 3 times, someone has asked me what I’m currently reading. I’m usually working on several books at the same time, and sometimes, in a Mortimer Adler kind of way, if the book isn’t top notch, I don’t finish… Continue Reading “Great Books”

A Podcast Worth Listening to from our School – Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

I’m not a real podcast person. Admittedly, not a great first line for this post. Maybe it’s my short attention span, or that I’m not really interested in listening to small talk for 15 minutes before anything substantive is said….well this one is different.… Continue Reading “A Podcast Worth Listening to from our School – Trinity Evangelical Divinity School”

Credentialing: the foundation for ministry’s marathon

Credentialing is the starting point of the ministry marathon. Your Bible training, whether it’s seminary or Gateway Theological Institute or another has equipped you well. The hours of lectures, shelves of books and numerous papers have prepared you for a life of vocational ministry.… Continue Reading “Credentialing: the foundation for ministry’s marathon”