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When considering what is involved in discipling, it is helpful to consider the "laws" of influencing people for God. The Lord seems to operate within some consistent patterns as He uses people to disciple others for His glory. This article will consider some of the laws of influencing people for God. . . .
In some churches, mature, godly men spend more time in board or committee meetings than any other minisry other than Sunday church services. Through the years, the board and committee process has met with subtle and not-so-subtle criticism. It has been said that "a camel is a horse designed by a committee." Another writer stated that a committee is "a group of unwilling, chosen from among the unfit, to do the unnecessary." . . .
During the last decade, we have been bombarded with news of "terrorists" and how they operate. One common thread through all accounts is that terrorists hold innocent people hostage and do them hard as means of getting their own way with others. The terrorist activity is about controlling and striking fear into others in order to get their way. . . .
As church leaders, we are constantly bombarded with opportunities to spend time, energy, and resources on a variety of programs issues, and priorities. Sometimes it is difficult to sort out what we must spend ourselves on. We need to focus on God's priorities and purposes for His church if we are to be successful however. . . .
We are used to having doctors and lab technicians administer blood, cholesterol, and other types of tests in order to evaluate our health. As in the case of cholesterol tests, a proper ratio between "good" and "bad" cholesterol is important. When evaluating the health of a church, there are some "ratios" that provide important insights as well. These are provided here to assist you in some self-diagnosis of your church's health. . . .
Last month's Ministry Methods monograph dealt with "Helping People Respond to Your Sermon". The gist of the article was the use of response cards in our services. These cards were then to be analyzed and utilized for prayer and follow-up. The goal is to assist attenders in applying the sermon to their lives and allowing the church to assist them in the process. . . .
A common conversation with a pastor or church leader often goes something like this: (Question) "How are the church offerings doing during the slow economy?" (Response) "Oh, we are running behind our income needs...pretty much like last year." (Question) "Have you preached or taught on stewardship or giving recently?" (Response) "No, not really. The Board and I don't feel that we should badger people for money. We want them to come to church to worship God." Sometimes the tone of...
Those of us who have the privilege of traveling among the churches, find ourselves both greatly blessed and sometimes struck by observations made. One of these observations relates to personal and church giving. It seems repeatedly that those who are generous with giving to others experience joy and satisfaction, while those who are selfish or fearful about giving away too much seem to constantly worry about finances and not having their needs met. The more a person or church tries...
When doing a study of Scripture on giving last month, it was easy to see that God is glorified and lifted up when His people engage in evaluation and improvement in their financial stewardship. Giving financially to God is an important part of growing in Christlikeness and spiritual maturity. . . .
The last two Ministry Methods monographs have addressed the need to "Help people respond to your sermon" and to "Follow up the response card" in order to bring the visitor back to another service or ministry. This ChristWay Ministries newsletter looks at ways to help visitors feel at home before, during, and after the service he/she is visiting. . . .