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Martyn Wendell Jones: Inside the Popular, Controversial Bethel Church

Martyn Wendell Jones: Inside the Popular, Controversial Bethel Church

Martyn Wendell Jones, “Kingdom Come in California?” Christianity Today (May 2016). Describing himself as a curious skeptic, Martyn Wendell Jones set out to find out for himself if what was happening in Redding, California at Bethel Church was indeed a move of God and that revival was taking place. Jones who attends a Presbyterian (PCA) […]

Ed Shaw: Same-Sex Attraction and the Church

Ed Shaw: Same-Sex Attraction and the Church

Ed Shaw, Same-Sex Attraction and the Church: The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life (Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2015), 172 pages. Ed Shaw was educated at Durham University and Oak Hill Theological College. He is the pastor of Emmanuel City Centre in Bristol, England, and part of the editorial team at livingout.org. He has worked […]

Celebrate the Equipping Church

Celebrate the Equipping Church

Every church has an awesome privilege of supporting, encouraging, training, and equipping each person to fulfill their God-given purpose. Party Time? Everyone loves a good party. We all love to celebrate our accomplishments and enjoy our successes—not to mention relishing the flattery of our peers. Relish …That reminds me, we’re going to need almost a dozen […]

Should I Join a Home Church?

Should I Join a Home Church?

Guest writer Tracy Close answers the question, “What’s So Important About Having a Home Church?” She shares the importance and benefits of belonging to a local body of believers and what should keep us together. Many Christians have become disillusioned with the idea of organized religion. Through dissatisfaction, for one reason or another, their unrest […]

Getting Your Church Unstuck From Growth Hindrances

Getting Your Church Unstuck From Growth Hindrances

Pastor Dan Brown offers practical suggestions for taking your church to the next level of significance. Most of us have been stuck somewhere, somehow—in the desert sand off the main road; up a tree we climbed in our pre-adolescence; or, on a tricky algebra problem. But somehow, someway we got unstuck. When our tires spun […]

Randy Frazee, The Connecting Church

Randy Frazee, The Connecting Church

Randy Frazee, The Connecting Church: Beyond Small Groups to Authentic Community (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001), 245 pages. Frazee’s book started off with three forewords; one by Larry Crabb, George Gallup Jr. and Dallas Willard. Its back cover contained words of praise from Willard, Ken Blanchard, J. I. Packer, Marshall Shelly and John C. Maxwell. I […]

What Church History Can Teach Us [Americans] about Personal Tragedy

What Church History Can Teach Us [Americans] about Personal Tragedy

Some stories related to the Protestant Reformation rarely escape the dusty pages upon which they’re written. Take the story of Martin Luther’s family life, for instance. Shortly after the Reformation got underway, the middle-aged Luther married a former nun, Katharine von Bora. Together they raised six children, or should I say “birthed” six children. Their […]

Prophecy in the Church: Pathway to Revival

Prophecy in the Church: Pathway to Revival

What Spirit-filled pastors and leaders need to know about prophecy in the church. For several years I regularly attended a local Pentecostal church. The pastor believed in all of the gifts of the Spirit and often prayed in tongues during the music ministry. However, on the rare occasions that anyone in the congregation prayed aloud […]

The Medieval Church Conundrum: How the Gospel was Preserved and Spread from the Frontiers

The Medieval Church Conundrum: How the Gospel was Preserved and Spread from the Frontiers

When the Empire made the Church into one of its institutions, how could the radical good news about Jesus the Christ continue to break out and change lives? Part of The Gospel in History series. Conundrum is a strange adjective, yet it is appropriate when one considers the state of the Christian message from AD […]

Conflict in the Church: The Uncomfortable Reality

Conflict in the Church: The Uncomfortable Reality

Pastor John Lathrop talks about the inescapable reality of conflict in the body of Christ. The apostle Paul, writing to Timothy, said “If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task” (1 Tim. 3:1, NIV). The work is definitely noble but the task is not always easy. Timothy knew that […]

An Invisible Postmodern Pentecostal Church

An Invisible Postmodern Pentecostal Church

In this guest article by David Redden, he discusses what an integrated paradigm of worship and discipleship might look like for today’s Pentecostal/charismatic. There is much talk about today as to what is Postmodern. You can read books and articles from Leonard Sweet to Peter Wagner and get as many variations on that theme as […]

Christian Leadership: Growing a Church or Impacting a Community?

Christian Leadership: Growing a Church or Impacting a Community?

Is your church making a lasting impact on the community? As a pastor, I am dedicated to not only grow my church, but to lead them in reaching out to those around us. In this issue of Pastor’s Coach, I share the difference between being focused on church growth and being dedicated to influencing society. […]

How Youth Ministry Could Fail The Church, by Jeff Grenell

How Youth Ministry Could Fail The Church, by Jeff Grenell

Here are  five ways that Youth Ministry could fail the Church. Unhealthy Youth Leaders There is a difference between ‘busyness’ and ‘business’. When Youth Leaders are busy, they burn out. Because they spend more time in programming and gaming than they do in relationships and study. When Youth Leaders are about the business of the […]

Joe Hepler: Four Ways To Connect With College Students In Church

Joe Hepler: Four Ways To Connect With College Students In Church

Joe Hepler, “Four Ways to Connect with College Students in Church: How families and individuals can connect and support students away from home” Vital (November 12, 2015). There are innumerable presentations, articles, and books being written on the subject of the Millennials and the Church. These angles include the Church’s lack of connection with the […]

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