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Congregational Development

What does it mean to expand God’s kingdom? This section examines the way God grows the church and how we can join in, from the nitty-gritty of fundraising to training up new believers.

“Lent” as metaphor & model for the church today

We live in a time when most congregations and denominations find themselves well into their “forty days.” That is to say, we are in that vulnerable place where hunger is sharpest, resources all but spent, vision blurred and identity in doubt. We feel a growing desperation. So there is an important choice before us, one we need to address before and during any attempts at so-called congregational development. Continue reading

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Towards a Strangely Compelling Church

If our congregations are to become more attractive in any meaningful way, it will require more than some sort of ecclesial cosmetic makeover. Rather, what is called for is a renewed way of being church… Continue reading

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Cultivating Hope

God gave birth to the New Creation and inaugurated the fulfillment of all things in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Since the first days of the church, Christians allowing this living hope to shape their perspectives, priorities and practices have realized renewed vision and vitality in their life together, even in the most trying of circumstances. Continue reading

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