Category Archives: Effective Church

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

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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

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Growing Community

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

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Tough times

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

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Breakthrough – Russ Parker

Sometimes people in prayer for a church or community seem to hit a glass ceiling – things go fine, but there isn’t real breakthrough.  Here is an opportunity to find out one of the powerful causes – past history of … Continue reading

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Positive fasting

I have just heard of some Biblically based and nourishing recommendations for Lent Joel 2 : 12 and 13   Do you want to fast this Lent ? Words from Pope Francis   Fast from hurting words and say kind … Continue reading

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Bishop John Coleridge Patteson

Today is the feast day of the Anglican Bishop and Martyr John Coleridge Patteson, 1871 When I come across a feast day I like to see who is being remembered and found a summary about John Colleridge Patteson… (which I’ve paraphrased … Continue reading

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