79. Already Preached on the Five Practices?

Among the frequently asked questions I receive about the new resource, Focus on the Five Practices: A Congregation-Wide Initiative are, “What if we already had a sermon series on the Five Practices?” and “What if our congregation has already used Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations for a book study or leadership training?”  Are the new […]

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141. The Combination

When I arrived at the church to which I had been newly appointed, I found a stack of papers, notes and suggestions left for me by the previous pastor. He included the numbers to the combination for the old-fashioned heavy steel safe that protected the church records, checks, and petty cash. I carefully typed out […]

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173. Come and See

What’s the primary portal by which people enter into the life of a congregation, and thereby take their first steps toward life in Christ?   I heard a consultant describe how the answer to this question has changed over the years. From the 1910’s to 1950’s, Sunday School was the primary way new people stepped […]

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