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Did any of you grow up in southern baptist churches or calvary chapel churches?

Question by maddball26: Did any of you grow up in southern baptist churches or calvary chapel churches?
And do you still go to church now and what kind of church do you go to? I grew up mostly in southern baptist churches then I went to some stricter pentecostal churches. Now I have the choice between a young people’s calvary chapel church or a vineyard-type church. Any suggestions or ideas??? Thanks!!!!!

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Answer by Gregory S
I grew up in a southern baptist church and still attend southern baptist churchs

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. How did St Paul grow in faith of the early church. How did st paul and the early church grew in hope?

Question by marie ange: . How did St Paul grow in faith of the early church. How did st paul and the early church grew in hope?
it is the st paul movie, st paul who use to be known as saul.

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Answer by Gods child
Preaching the Gospel ( good news) would give any reasonable minded person hope
Many wonders and signs were performed by the Apostles

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How to Grow Your Church (The Willow Creek / Purpose Driven Way)

Please listen to pastor david wilkerson’s warning about this movement as well: www.youtube.com A simple video message explaining the danger of the current church growth movement. AKA The Purpose Driven or Willow Creek Association method. If you suspect your church is ‘up the creek’ go to willow creek association website and go to find a church and you see if your church is listed. That’s how i found out about my former church. Also search the willow creek assoc or pastor.com website and see if “your pastor’s message” is there( they download and share sermons). They usually use the latest TV Show(ie “Extreme” this or that, “Desperate Housewives”) or current movie to “relate” to their audience. For further study, I recommend reading John MacArthur’s book: “Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church Becomes like the World” . My findings are not based on what others have told me about these movements. I was part of 2 seeker friendly churches and witnessed firsthand the problems. I’ve already read Warren’s books the purpose driven church and purpose driven life and have read their teachings in the context.. I also recommend listening to, or reading the text of the sermons titled “The Gospel of Accommodation”, “Falling Away to the Anti-Christ, and “Beware of the Wisdom of Men” preached by David Wilkerson and Carter Conlon. Each of these is available online for free. Try Greg Gordon’s sermon index website. www.sermonindex.net “..the time will come when men will not put up with sound
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ChurchNet USA Offers Free Resources to Help Church Startups Reach Out and Grow


A Resource Center for Church & Faith-Based Organizations


Orlando, FL (Vocus) August 11, 2010

ChurchNet USA, a full-service resource center for churches and faith-based organizations, is excited to provide assistance to struggling outreach ministries and churches. ChurchNet’s resources have been specifically designed to address the numerous churches and faith-based organizations who wish to initiate outreach ministry programs to engage their community and members but are unsure how to do so.

“The current economy is difficult for everyone right now – including churches and ministries,” said Efrain Rodriguez, CEO of ChurchNet USA. “We want those who are facing outreach challenges to take advantage of our free outreach ministry startup resources. With our assistance, problematic areas can start being resolved, despite the toll of the economy.”

ChurchNet USA has several tools and resources that have been specifically designed to provide guidance to startup and established outreach ministries. Project Outreach, a new program designed to help develop and implement outreach programs, has served as an invaluable resource for several church institutions and community outreach efforts.

“All of our resources are about helping people develop and implement outreach ministry programs that will increase church membership, help people with their needs, condition the heart to be receptive for spiritual outreach and make it easier to receive grants and financial support to fund the different outreach programs,” said Rodriguez.

ChurchNet USA specializes in assisting church startups with the planning and implementation of outreach ministry programs along with legal structure, 501c3 tax exemption, funding solutions such as: faith-based grants, corporate sponsorships and more. Some of the most popular and successful outreach programs that are easy to implement with limited resources include:


Healthy Living Support Group
Entrepreneurs & Job Search Workshop
Youth Programs
Cooking Classes
Family Life Center

“Our outreach ministry resources will help to engage attract and give help to church startups by building relationships and sharing the faith with the community,” said Melanie Swift, Director of Non Profit Services for ChurchNet USA.

About ChurchNet USA

Founded in 2004, ChurchNet USA serves as an all-encompassing resource center for faith-based organizations and churches nationwide. Their mission is to provide affordable services, valuable church resources and flexible solutions to church startups and faith-based organizations, enabling them to successfully reach out and grow their church. For more information visit: http://www.churchnetusa.com.

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Leading the Team-Based Church: How Pastors and Church Staffs Can Grow Together into a Powerful Fellowship of Leaders A Leadership Network Publication

Leading the Team-Based Church: How Pastors and Church Staffs Can Grow Together into a Powerful Fellowship of Leaders A Leadership Network Publication

A Leadership Network Publication

In Leading the Team-Based Church, George Cladis issues a clarion call for ministry teams to embrace a fresh leadership model that is not based on hierarchy, but on a process of collaboration that mirrors the relationship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He reminds us that today’s cultural environment–where authority has basis in trust, innovation reaps rewards, and spirituality takes root in life and work–has matured past the need for the hierarchy of traditional church leadership where the pastor had the final say. Through down-to-earth stories from his own experience and those of clergy in both mainline and evangelical churches, Cladis offers an exciting alternative to the traditional forms of church leadership, enabling pastors, congregational leaders, and staff to breathe new life into their ministries and unleash the full potential of the entire ministry team.

Cladis, pastor of a fast-growing mainline congregation, demonstrates how cultural changes affecting all our institutions–not just the church–are making it easier to adopt this new model of leadership. Cladis’s practical advice will enable ministry teams to work together in ways that both embody the Christian message and call forth the full creativity and love of the entire team.

“Just when it seems that all that can be said has been said on the subject of ‘teams’, just when one has tired of the gumming of the label ‘team’ on everything in sight, along comes perhaps the most significant religious book on teams yet published. Cladis juxtaposes the theological and cultural context for team-based ministry in a model presentation of what a conversation between Bible, theology, and culture should look like.”–Leonard Sweet, dean, The Theological School and vice president, Drew University

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Leading the Team-Based Church: How Pastors and Church Staffs Can Grow Together into a Powerful Fellowship of Leaders A Leadership Network Publication (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)

Leading the Team-Based Church: How Pastors and Church Staffs Can Grow Together into a Powerful Fellowship of Leaders A Leadership Network Publication (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)

A Leadership Network Publication

In Leading the Team-Based Church, George Cladis issues a clarion call for ministry teams to embrace a fresh leadership model that is not based on hierarchy, but on a process of collaboration that mirrors the relationship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He reminds us that today’s cultural environment–where authority has basis in trust, innovation reaps rewards, and spirituality takes root in life and work–has matured past the need for the hierarchy of traditional church leadership where the pastor had the final say. Through down-to-earth stories from his own experience and those of clergy in both mainline and evangelical churches, Cladis offers an exciting alternative to the traditional forms of church leadership, enabling pastors, congregational leaders, and staff to breathe new life into their ministries and unleash the full potential of the entire ministry team.

Cladis, pastor of a fast-growing mainline congregation, demonstrates how cultural changes affecting all our institutions–not just the church–are making it easier to adopt this new model of leadership. Cladis’s practical advice will enable ministry teams to work together in ways that both embody the Christian message and call forth the full creativity and love of the entire team.

“Just when it seems that all that can be said has been said on the subject of ‘teams’, just when one has tired of the gumming of the label ‘team’ on everything in sight, along comes perhaps the most significant religious book on teams yet published. Cladis juxtaposes the theological and cultural context for team-based ministry in a model presentation of what a conversation between Bible, theology, and culture should look like.”–Leonard Sweet, dean, The Theological School and vice president, Drew University

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How to Build and Grow a Strong Church

How to Build and Grow a Strong Church

Have you ever wondered what a church would look like if you took away the pastors, elders, musicians,programs and Sunday Schools? Its bare,empty and quiet.Everything ceased to function.


If these ingredients did go away, there should not be panic and crisis as a church is centered upon Christ and not personalities nor programs. Church is about how we come to know and grow in Christ, unity and love amongst its members, connect with one another, and serve Him, both inside and outside of the church walls. Below are some of the methods you can use to build and grow a strong church.


1. Build Unity Amongst The Church Members

The relationship of a pastor and his people is a very sacred one brought about by the common love for God. God is not pleased when believers are not satisfied with their pastor. Neither will God be pleased if the pastor has a bitter attitude towards his people. It delights God and pleases Him when the pastor and his people love each other, pray together, work together, serve together, worship together, win souls together and give together as one.


2. Be Expressive in Your Love for Members

It is always nice to be told that you are being loved and appreciated. Hence, make an effort to email or send a card to your member to express your appreciation for their help and support regularly or especially so after an event. Your members do much for you,they pray for you, overlook your faults, forget your mistakes and extend help when you need them.


3. Use Your People to Build Great People

The job of a preacher is to build great Christians NOT great buildings. The greatest work of a pastor is to see that his sheep grow in the grace of the Lord, and not just to see the membership grow. A true pastor’s heart is one who rejoices more over the Christian who grows in the grace of God than over a building that goes up.


4. Make People Feel That You Are Theirs

Having a pastor is important to most Christians and so is a sense of belonging.The pastor belongs to them and they belong to him. It gives them an identity. Thus, never allow any of your people feel secondary. Many preachers spend so much time with fellow preachers that they do not have time for their people. It is important to spend time with your flock,live with them, love them, pray for them, work with them and seek their good not your own.


5. Choose The Right Person For The Task

A common mistake made by pastors is to assume that a good church member will do a good job. This is very often not the case. It is always best to assign the right person with the right experience in order to have a good fit for the task to ensure success. This would save you much valuable time needed to undo any mistakes made or at the worst case scenario to protect the church reputation.


6. Do Not Set Too Many Goals At One Go

It is important for a church to set realistic and achievable goals for its members. Goals should be limited to one or two in a year at most. Having a goal and not able to achieve it very often discourages the members. On the other hand, a well thought out realistic and achievable goal unites and creates a good spirit among the members.


7. If You Set A Goal,Set It High.

A church will come nearer reaching a high goal than a low one. For example, a church with 150 in Sunday school will come nearer reaching 300 than 200. People must be challenged. They will respond to a big challenge more than they will to something that does not tax their energy.


8. Eat in the Homes of Your Members

It is good for the pastor to be in the homes of his church members. When invited for a meal, try never to reject such an invitation. It is a mutual blessing. Members need fellowship with the pastor; the pastor needs the fellowship of the members. Children know the pastor better when he comes into their homes. If he is kind, thoughtful and understanding to the children, they will be comfortable and become long term members of the church.


9. Preach to Get Results.

Never become the teacher type or the lecturer type, and never get used to a “dry haul.” When you preach a sermon on tithing, expect people to start tithing. When you preach against a certain sin, expect people to give it up. Always expect additions and conversions in the services. Preach to get results!


10. Give Your Members Time at Home

So many churches today are so activity oriented that members are closer to other fellow members than their own children and family. Pastors should encourage their members to spend more time at home with their spouse and children. They should not plan such a heavy church program that it will take away all of their family time. When members realize that their pastor is concerned about their problems they will love and appreciate him more.


11. Do Not Wear Out Your Members

So many churches today are so preoccupied with conducting seminars and talks on how to save the souls that members actually have no time left to actually carry out the actual work. We preach more that we do, we talk more than the walk. Church programs should do the basics first, teach the Bible, pray and visit so that members can walk the talk.

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