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Online Discipleship: Writing Church Website Content To Foster Spiritual And Church Growth In Your Community

Online Discipleship: Writing Church Website Content To Foster Spiritual And Church Growth In Your Community

Online Discipleship provides the answers to one of the biggest problems faced by church websites: outdated content. While the website is one of the least expensive tools the church has in its outreach arsenal, it’s also one of the most underutilized if it isn’t being updated on a regular basis.

If you’ve found yourself in charge of a church website, and you have no idea how you’re going to provide 52 weeks of fresh content, Online Discipleship is written for you.

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Growing the Local Church During the Decade of Harvest: A Pastor’s Workshop on Church Growth [2 VHS Videos]

Growing the Local Church During the Decade of Harvest: A Pastor’s Workshop on Church Growth [2 VHS Videos]

(2 VHS Videos) Whether your congregation numbers 50 or 5,000, you need to pause right now and ask yourself: Do I know what God wants to do through me and my church in the coming Decade of Harvest? This 2 hours video presentation is designed to help today’s pastor grow his church during the coming years of harvest. It relates five major steps that will prove invaluable to you and the growth of your church. A dynamic tool for use as we begin working together for a great time of harvest.

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God and Public Relations Methods Make Church Renewal, Growth and Outreach Happen: Never Underestimate the Power of God

God and Public Relations Methods Make Church Renewal, Growth and Outreach Happen: Never Underestimate the Power of God

Is your congregation getting smaller? Let Pastor Richard Hayward help you bring more souls to your church. A longtime pastor and award-winning marketing director, Pastor Hayward blends his secular knowledge of marketing with his faith in the power of God to institute new programs and revamp old programs in order to bring more souls to a knowledge of God and Jesus Christ. His programs have been so successful in his own congregation that he has remained the pastor for nearly two decades in a church that, prior to his arrival, was going to be closed. Never underestimate the power of God.

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Master’s Baptist College Class Clip (Bro. Dan Schatz on Outreach and Church Growth)

A clip from Bro. Dan Schatz’ course on Outreach and Church Growth at Master’s Baptist College, Fargo, ND. Visit us at www.mastersbaptistcollege.com
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Go BIG: Lead Your Church to Explosive Growth

Go BIG: Lead Your Church to Explosive Growth

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Bill Easum and Bil Cornelius are two strikingly different, yet surprisingly similar pastors. One undertook to revitalize a moribund mainline church; the other, to plant a new nondenominational congregation. Coming from different generations, their ministries took place under dissimilar circumstances. Yet both have experienced substantial, even explosive, growth in congregational mission and membership. Along the way they learned some important lessons, such as the centrality of strong pastoral leadership, the need for an unhesitant pursuit of excellence in all areas of the church’s ministry, and the requirement that you picture an audacious vision for your church and live into that vision.

Regardless of the current size of your church, you will find here inspiring, ready-to-implement ideas to help your church go BIG.

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Book Author Explores the Growth of Christian Faith Through Suffering

Book Author Explores the Growth of Christian Faith Through Suffering

Book Author Explores the Growth of Christian Faith Through Suffering

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Book Author Explores the Growth of Christian Faith Through Suffering

By: Michael McCain

About the Author

Xlibris is a book publisher founded in 1997 and, as the leading publishing services provider for authors, has helped to publish more than 20,000 titles. Xlibris is based in Philadelphia, PA and provides authors with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound, and full-color formats.

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The world’s economic downtrend continues to distress lives and create global uncertainty.  Markets are soft, many lose their jobs, factories close down, and people are losing hope.

In the middle of this economic gloom, self-published book author Troy D. Ehlke enlightens Christians that the picture is not something dreadful but an opportunity to grow deeper in faith.

“This level of faith development requires a new understanding of suffering, one where this world is seen as a testing ground, not the end… While we experience distress in this lifetime, it is not without reward,” Ehlke said.

His book ‘Crossroads of Agony’ emphasizes Jesus Christ’s call to suffering as demonstrated on Calvary.

“Suffering yields life – life that is everlasting,” the book author stressed.

He reveals that in America, highlighting suffering and personal sacrifice does not win churchgoers who prefer Christ portrayed as kind and always providing believers with prosperity.

“It makes Christianity one-dimensional and shallow. When hardship becomes an unwelcome visitor in our lives, the gospel of rewards doesn’t hold up or provide the slightest degree of comfort.” Ehlke explained.

“True discipleship must contend with all sides of the faith, not just the ones that make us smile or feel warm and fuzzy inside.”

Ehlke underscores that contemporary Christians are adrift without studying the foundations of the church as a dependable point of reference.  An investigation of the early church through study of scripture, historical events and emerging literature puts more substance to his published book.

The author hopes that readers will use the questions at the end of each chapter for discussion in small groups particularly during this time when everything looks dim and the future, bleak.

Troy Ehlke is associate pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He earned his master’s degrees in the fields of theology and divinity at Harvard Divinity School, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (Berkeley, California), and Princeton Theological Seminary.

‘Crossroads of Agony’ is published by Xlibris.

About Xlibris
Xlibris was founded in 1997 and, as the leading publishing services provider for authors, has helped to publish more than 20,000 titles. Xlibris is based in Philadelphia, PA and provides authors with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound, and full-color formats.

For more information, please visit http://www.xlibris.com/requestkit/index.asp?src=apr&key=rc , e-mail pressrelease@xlibris.com or call at 1-888-795-4247, to receive a free publishing guide.

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Foolishness, Pride and Church Growth

Foolishness, Pride and Church Growth

Paul described some of the people in the Corinthian church as “puffed up.” The Greek word (phusioō) means inflated, proud, even haughty. He repeated the charge in the next verse. He spoke as if a major aspect of the problem that he was addressing — God’s wisdom verses the foolishness of the world — was related to pride, as if there is a relationship between pride and foolishness. And that is a point worth repeating because there is such a relationship. Pride and the foolishness of the world are intimately related. They are cut from the same cloth. They emanate from the same spirit.

Paul threatened to visit Corinth in order to expose the pride and foolishness of those leaders with whom he disagreed, those who were teaching other than he had taught, those who were filling the heads of the Corinthians with worldly foolishness. How would he do that? He would come and be an example of Christ-likeness in their midst. The example of his own faithfulness and humility would stand in stark contrast to the pride and foolishness that the Corinthians were used to. He believed that his own imitation of Christ (or Timothy’s imitation of him) would reveal their pride and foolishness by contrast. The light of truth would reveal what the darkness concealed. The example of his humility would reveal the reality of their pride.

Finally, Paul asked them, “What do you desire? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and the spirit of meekness?” (1 Corinthians 4:21). Interesting question. This verse is difficult, not because it is hard to figure out what Paul was trying to say, but because what he said so confounds our expectations of Christian behavior. Again, Paul was talking to the leaders of the Corinthian church. He was asking the leaders how they thought he should deal with them.

Imagine that Paul is your boss, who has been away, and you are talking to him on the phone. He has a disagreement with how you are handling things in his absence, and he tells you that he will return next week. Then he asks you how you would like him to approach you about this problem when he gets back. Should he bring a “rod?” In other words, should he come brandishing the authority and power of his position? Or should he come with love and meekness? He’s really asking whether you will have complied with his instructions by the time he returns. If you haven’t, he will bring the rod — discipline. If you have, he will come in love and humble appreciation.

But what is Paul’s threat? What will he do to them if they fail to comply? What is the “rod” that he threatened to bring? We don’t know. Scripture doesn’t say. And it doesn’t really matter. The point is that Paul exercised his authority against a group of Corinthian leaders who had abandoned the gospel by substituting the values of Greek culture for the values of the gospel. It is a very contemporary message, one that speaks to the churches today. The message is that the values of the world have no place in the church, regardless of their ability to make churches large, rich or influential.

Christ’s churches cannot be what God intends them to be unless they are fueled by the biblical gospel itself. As Paul said to the Romans (1:16), “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” The gospel itself is the power of God. So, if we want to get the church right, if we want to get evangelism right, we must get the gospel right. Our concern is not the results, not the growth, but the cultivation. Paul had previously reminded them that he “planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6).

Planting and watering are the work of cultivation. We do not need to be worried about church growth, that’s God’s responsibility. We need to do the work of church cultivation. The gospel is the wisdom of God and always stands in opposition to the foolishness of the world.

Author of many Christian books, Phillip A. Ross has been a pastor for over 25 years. He founded http://www.Pilgrim-Platform.org in 1998, which is loaded with information about historic Christianity. In 2008 he published an exposition First Corinthians that demonstrates the Apostle Paul’s opposition to worldly Christianity. Paul turned the world upside down and Ross captures the action in Arsy Varsy — Reclaiming the Gospel in First Corinthians.