Tag Archives: missional

The Path to Church Renewal Leads through the Desert

In the past, I’ve written and spoken about church renewal from a hopeful and theoretical perspective. I can now begin to speak of it from experience. May God be glorified! But here’s a warning: it’s been tough. Across the country, aging churches such as mine in Central California face difficult choices. Some still…

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Forget the Church Growth Model; Here’s How Evangelism Can Work

Evangelism according to the Church Growth model has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years. The Church Growth philosophy of Donald McGavran and others has certainly worked at producing numbers. Most megachurches in North and South America, along with rapid church-growth movements in the developing world, rest upon the “homogeneous unit principle” of…

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You Cannot Grow a Family Without New Births

Dying churches. You see them everywhere. Losing members, selling off property, worried about the future.  All of them desperately seeking the elusive answer that will reverse the decline.  So churches change ministers, look for new programs, and start up new ministries.  They often turn inward and develop a martyr complex.  Everyone is against…

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The Emotional Brain, Romantic Idealism, and Church-Planting

If you’ve ever watched The Bachelor, then you begin to have an inkling of how messed up our decision-making is. I’m increasingly convinced that most people would make very poor choices if given an unlimited set of options with no restrictions on what they could choose. This is part of the reason, in…

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