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An Update and Reflections on the Church Health Assessment

When church leaders seek a meaningful place to assess the health of their congregation, where do they turn? Late last summer, the Siburt Institute launched the Church Health Assessment (CHA) to provide just the resource. The CHA is an online research tool designed to measure a congregation’s health in nine critical areas. Those… Read More

• by Carson E. Reed

Shabbat and Learning to Let Go

This last week has been pretty normal. We traveled to and from Austin, I baptized an individual I was studying with, and I was the guest preacher at a local congregation last Sunday morning. In the last week I had three different ministry meetings with people outside the congregation, spent a couple of… Read More

• by Daniel McGraw

When Ministers Behave Badly: Why Facebook Forums Will Not Determine the Future of the Movement

The other day I experienced a most disconcerting juxtaposition that left me with one very big question concerning the future of Churches of Christ. I was teaching a maymester course for ACU called BCOR: The Search for Meaning. The course is designed to help students develop philosophical and theological frameworks for interpreting narratives.… Read More

• by Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby

Fixer Upper, Shiplap, and the Importance of Greeting

Greeting others when we gather for worship may seem unimportant or a simple courtesy, but in truth it participates in the substance of who we are as God’s family. As a preaching minister, I feel a sense of responsibility for welcoming others into our worship gathering. It goes with the job and it… Read More

• by Chris Benjamin

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For London and Britain

Lord, it’s true you have been our help, generation after generation. Before you gave birth to mountains, to the earth or inhabited world, from forever to forever, you are God. But while a thousand years are a day or like a brief time at night, it’s not so for humans—we are like green… Read More

• by Glenn Pemberton

Making Disciples Is Not Like Selling Ads, But Still ...

I spent several years in vocational ministry, and one job I had was selling advertising for a phone book. The one thing I was really good at was selling new business. I would often be asked to help coach others on our sales team in how to obtain new advertisers. And while I do not… Read More

• by Steve Ridgell

Church Growth Is Less Predictable Than You Think

Doing church work today is no easy task. The Western world is in a time of chaotic flux. Talk of burning platforms, exponential rates of change, and societal stress make many people nervous about where our world and our churches are headed. Doom and gloom seem to be our lot in this age… Read More

• by Jason Locke

Living the Spiritual Life in Real Life

I started following Jesus when I was 15 years old through an experience I had at summer camp. You probably know the scene: youth group kids at summer camp, girls crying their mascara off, and boys standing strong hoping to be the shoulder that they will cry on. There I was, confessing my… Read More

• by Kelly Edmiston

The Space between Grace and Discipline

One of the hardest things in life is knowing where to stand. On a recent trip to Israel I had the honor of going to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. I’m not sure what was happening that day, but there were people everywhere. It was a veritable feast of polite pushing, rushed… Read More

• by Adam Daniels

It’s All Who You Know

When my kids were little, they received a paperback picture book about emotions. Each page demonstrated a feeling with a fruit or vegetable that had a face. Within its pages, an angry apple or a frustrated strawberry tried to communicate with their friend, an amused pepper. Besides being a hilarious bedtime read, it… Read More

• by Rhesa Higgins

Resources

World Convention

In Christ, all are reconciled to God and to each other, and in the Spirit, God calls us to proclaim this good news throughout the world. World Convention (Christian-Churches of Christ-Disciples of Christ) embodies and encourages fellowship, understanding, and common purpose within this global family of churches and relates them to the whole…

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Journal of Faith and the Academy

The Journal of Faith and the Academy is a biannual publication of the Institute of Faith and the Academy at Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL. It is devoted to research and reflection on how the Christian faith shapes and informs the study and teaching of all academic disciplines as well as how the…

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Leaven

LEAVEN is a non-profit journal published quarterly by the Religion Division at Pepperdine University. LEAVEN exists to help fellow Christians think together about the challenges of ministry.

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The Restoration Movement

TheRestorationMovement.com is a site dedicated to the history of the restoring of New Testament Christianity all around the globe over the last several hundred years. Many men and women have dedicated themselves to the preaching and teaching of the original gospel who have been all but forgotten.

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Christian Studies

Austin Graduate School of Theology supports scholarship and ministry through publication of an academic journal, a blog and the Christian Studies Press.

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About CHARIS

CHARIS hosts conversations of and about Churches of Christ. The website is intended to support education for Christian life and community through contemporary discussions and historical sources that variously witness to the gifts (“charis”) of God among Churches of Christ, especially their plea for visible unity among Christians through ongoing renewal and restoration of Scriptural beliefs and practices among God’s people.

The CHARIS website is supported by Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX, USA), the Center for Heritage and Renewal in Spirituality (CHARIS) at ACU. The purpose of CHARIS at ACU is to seek God’s blessings for a healthy relationship between the Christian college/university – its faculty, staff, and students – and the church heritage that gives identity and meaning to such a school. This underlying concern for Christian colleges/universities, and their relationship to the churches, is reflected in the form and content of the CHARIS website.

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