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Category Archives: Effective Church
What next after Church?
Steve Aisthorpe is interviewed on this Nomad Podcast – starting at 8 minutes into the podcast. Steve is interviewed on the research done by the Church of Scotland on people who have left Church but still consider themselves to be … Continue reading
Posted in Effective Church, Spiritual formation Tagged Christian, church, church attendance, denominational, fellowship, leaving, outside, post-Church Leave a comment
Church-leavers’ viewpoints – a gift to the church?
A secondhand copy of Alan Jamieson “A Churchless Faith – Faith Journeys beyond the Churches” (2002) has just thudded onto our doormat, and is being read with sighs of recognition and interest. This is an extensive survey of people in New Zealand who … Continue reading
Where is the chew in church?
Wouldn’t it be interesting to go to a church meeting where, after an opening song, the pastor announced that the congregation would be writing the sermon? I think that would get most people’s attention. The idea is that the congregation … Continue reading
Posted in Creativity, Effective Church Tagged active, church service, discussion, energising, liturgy, sermon, taking part, writing Leave a comment
5 Reasons people don’t go to church
“Why my friends don’t go to church”, Madeleine Davis presents her findings at Greenbelt. Video. Continue reading
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Not relevance but resonance
Mark Oakley’s speaks about the links between faith and poetry and his book “The splash of Faith: Believing in Poetry” Continue reading
Posted in Effective Church, Video Tagged Carol Ann Duffy, church, Faith, Mark oakley, poetry, relevance, Splash of words Leave a comment
Christian Films in the Marketplace
Interesting video essay by Andy Saladino on the rise of the Independent Christian movie, released through major production companies. Published in February 2016, it is slightly out of date. But it does point out that the takings at Box Office … Continue reading
Posted in Effective Church Tagged audience, box-office, Christian, film, film-makers, independent, marketing, twenty-first century Leave a comment
Answering Big Questions in Life
Why is there suffering? Is Jesus God or God Jesus? How do you know that God loves everyone? These honest questions are not simple. But from the Christian community, the Zacharias Trust and Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics come some … Continue reading
Posted in Effective Church Tagged answers, Faith, life, moral, OCCA, philosophy, positive, questions, smart, thinking, tough, ways of thinking, wise, Zacharias Trust Leave a comment
Beginning Asset-based community Development
(from article Robert King “Death and Resurrection of an Urban Church, retrieved 15 April 2017) https://www.faithandleadership.com/death-and-resurrection-urban-church Three steps in the process 1. Listen Learn about your community by paying attention to its people and environment, including individuals; associations and other community … Continue reading
Posted in Effective Church, Uncategorized Tagged assets-based, church, community, effective, John McKnight, Mike Mather Leave a comment
Have you ever heard church people talking about “reaching out into the community” – and noticed that this phrasing makes it sound like church is over here and community is over there – a completely different entity. And then found yourself … Continue reading
Posted in Effective Church, Uncategorized Tagged church, community, congregation, growth, Inclusion Press, Jack Pearpoint, John McKnight, listening, Mike Mather, regeneration, renewal Leave a comment
A church honest enough to talk about tough times, “the wall”, the dark night of the soul, a crisis of faith, brokenness, wilderness, desolation, pain, grief… themes present throughout the Bible but not preached on, often. Here is one church, … Continue reading
Posted in Effective Church, Uncategorized Tagged brokenness, dark night of the soul, depth, desolation, grief, honesty, pain, sharing, wilderness Leave a comment
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