This booklet contains around 7,000 words of advice and personal ministry stories from nearly a dozen veteran youth workers from around the world. It is one in a series of topics addressed by the same youth workers in the paperback / e-book “Youth Ministry Across the Continents” which can be also purchased on Amazon. The other booklets in the series address such topics as ‘How to relate to Senior Church Leaders’ and ‘How to Care for Young People in Youth Ministry.’
Each youth worker has tried to communicate just three or four of the most crucial things on this subject that they have learned over many years of local church youth work. As well as their cultural context in some you’ll also see reflected their own denominational context be it Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Baptist, Anglican, etc.
As you read it is our hope and prayer that you discover some real gems of youth worker wisdom that will help you in your ministry to young people.
This book seeks to answer the question, What is Righteousness? It also seeks to answer this question from a new modern perspective.
So, instead of giving the normal cliché answer that has been rehearsed over and over again by every Christian in the world, I will be giving a new— well-thought-out —answer with non-generic biblical evidence. This means that I am not going to rely on the normal go to Bible passages everyone else uses.
Adam Jorden Clark is a prolific blogger, writer, theologian, and historian. His study focus is the New Testament, in which he discusses the theology and history of the text. His updated writing skills and his modern approach to readers makes the New Testament come alive as his writing is filled with fun and exciting facts. Adam Jorden Clark has earned an A.A., Psychology, B.A., Religion, and an M.A., Theological Studies, Liberty University, 2016.
The problem I see in many attractional-event and program-driven churches in the West is their system does a good job of producing converts, but not necessarily of producing disciples who are equipped to make disciples who make disciples (Matthew 28:19). Many churches in our country seem to have drifted from the biblical concept of “church” and have redefined it as the place, a building, where ministry happens. Hence, many evangelicals have built large centralized institutions using what seems like marketing as a formula for success: utilize attractional events to draw a crowd, and then develop programs and depend on professional clergy to keep people coming back. While this may have worked to build large communities of worship in the mid-to-late twentieth century, it has also consumed many of the smaller churches like a Wal-Mart monopoly putting out of business the mom-and-pop shops. And often when the pastor of a program-driven church leaves the ministry, that church tends to lose sight of the vision as it struggles to pull together in unity, and the congregation shrinks as people transfer to the new, next, and better program-driven church that meets their family’s needs. I would argue this doesn’t build biblical community; this fractures community among local churches as the competitive mindset takes over and as church leadership begins to use marketing techniques to promote their brand to attract church shoppers, and thus congregants shuffle from church to church.
This book explores the challenges church leaders and congregants face in shepherding a program-driven church to begin to reach out to the community outside of the four walls of a church building. Take this journey with me as I evaluate Jesus’ and the Apostles’ method of outreach and discipleship and seek to find ways to apply their methodology in today’s context. We will explore various small group models throughout history and in today’s contemporary Western context. We will look at the necessity of corporate worship and small groups to stimulate spiritual growth. I have interviewed Jeff Vanderstelt, Steve Timmis, Joel Comiskey, and Dan Braga to glean wisdom from these leaders in how to successfully shepherded churches through this kind of recontexualization of the local church. In the end I have mapped out a strategy for how church leaders can lead their churches through this transition from attractional events and the programs to the missional home community and cell-driven model, which resonates with this generation disenfranchised with church.
I believe there are many methods of ministry that can work to make converts, but in order to make disciples that multiply requires an authentic faith community. This is what an unbelieving world is longing to see, a church that has closed the gap between their rhetoric and reality.
This book is a result of a Thesis Project for Gordon-Conwell Seminary Doctorate Program in Outreach and Discipleship.
In The Cross of Jesus, Warren Wiersbe turns his attention to the central message of the Christian faith. Looking from Jesus’ perspective, Wiersbe contemplates how Christ approached the cross, why he died, and what his words mean to us.
Are you searching for newness of life in your current season? Perhaps you are in a season of pain: tearing down, grieving, letting go. Perhaps you are in a season of recovery: mending, gathering, healing. Perhaps you are in a season of joy: building up, planting, dancing.
No matter what season you are in today, God’s timing is perfect. He is creating new life for you now. New peace, new joy, and new hope perfectly tailored for this time in your life.
How is your faith staying true in the changes? Can you really trust God in your current season and seasons to come? That’s what this study is about. It’s applying the scriptures in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 so you can understand God’s plan in different seasons.
All you need for this study is a Bible, a notebook, and your favourite pen. Visit my freebies page for printable study questions. If you want to join in on a wider discussion of this book, I encourage you to comment on my blog at sarahgeringer.com and on my Facebook Newness of Life group page. Your comments bless me, and they also bless others who want to grow in faith. You will be encouraged by the stories and comments of others.
My times are in your hands. Psalm 31:15
God is holding you in his hand in this special time. This study will help you discover what God is teaching you about your current season, and what newness of life is available to you.
About the author
Sarah Geringer is a devoted follower of Jesus, wife, working mother of three, and a writer and artist. She has blogged since 2010, and currently blogs at sarahgeringer.com.
“Christmas Peace for Busy Moms” is her first self-published Bible study. She plans to publish seven more Bible studies in 2017 with corresponding online Bible studies on her blog.
Sarah has completed a memoir in free verse, “Heart in a Drawer: My Story as a Child of Divorce,” which is currently being reviewed by a small press publisher. She enjoys writing essays, poetry, memoir, and short stories.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Covenant College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design and illustration from Southeast Missouri State University. She enjoys reading, drawing, painting, gardening, baking, scrapbooking, journaling, walking in God’s beautiful creation, and above all, spending quality time with her family in her beloved home state of Missouri.
In The Gospel Call and True Conversion, Paul Washer challenges the real meaning of things like faith, repentance, and receiving Christ. He also deals extensively with the effects of saving grace that God promises in the new covenant; namely, the creation of new hearts and new people.
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