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Jul 22, 2016
Church

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 5

Can a church building be culturally engaged?
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 5
Visioneering Studios

"The medium is the message" is a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan. This means “the form of a medium embeds itself in the message, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived.” To say it another way, buildings, ...

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Jul 21, 2016
Church

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 4

Here are seven "Third Places" churches have built in and for their communities.
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 4

It has been noted that third places serve as postmodern wells churches create to cross paths with the community.

Given that broad description, third places could include: cafes, coffee shops, bookstores, shopping centers, bars, hair salons, community centers, workout facilities, ...

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Jul 20, 2016
Church

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 3

Third Places are the new multi-purpose building.
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 3

At one point in the church growth era, there was a trend in constructing multipurpose buildings. For the most part these could be used for a variety of purposes—an auditorium, gymnasium, or fellowship hall.

Later, the space was used in attempts to reach the community during ...

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Jul 19, 2016
Church

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 2

Larger churches building smaller buildings with community areas are a growing trend.
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 2
Woodstock City Church

Following building trends isn’t necessarily a hobby of mine, but it is quite interesting. For instance, micro-housing or tiny houses have become increasingly popular, particularly among millennials, and in urban areas with a high cost of living.

But what about church buildings? ...

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Jul 1, 2016
Church

Patriotic Worship is Coming to a Church Near You

Pastors and churches mix patriotism and worship around July 4th.
Patriotic Worship is Coming to a Church Near You

Doubtless most Americans believe America has a special relationship to God. Last year LifeWay Research found:

Despite headlines lamenting the global decline of the United States since the Cold War, 54 percent of Americans believe the nation is on the upswing, according to a September ...
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Jun 29, 2016
Church

Issues in the Future of Evangelicalism

The future of evangelicalism includes harsh realities for churches.
Issues in the Future of Evangelicalism

The enduring question for the church is this: how do we fulfill the Great Commission in a rapidly changing world?

We—the church of the West—receive no exception from the question.

But it appears that despite our best efforts to keep up with the ever-morphing values ...

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Jun 28, 2016
Church

3 Challenges in Urban Ministry

Urban ministry engages depravity, longevity and community.
3 Challenges in Urban Ministry

While cities are an excellent place for gospel advancement, urban ministry is not without its challenges. Some of these challenges can be better explained by three words: depravity, longevity and community.

Depravity is everywhere, not just cities

Quite a few Christians view cities ...

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Jun 23, 2016
Denominations

The Future of the SBC—Is Not White

Southern Baptists will not both grow and remain a majority white denomination.
The Future of the SBC—Is Not White
@KyleJamesHoward / Twitter

One of the highlights of this year’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting was the panel on racial reconciliation. Then-president Ronnie Floyd convened a stellar line-up of pastors and leaders—White, Black, Asian, Latino—to discuss some of the issues that ...

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Jun 22, 2016
Denominations

The Future of the SBC—State Conventions

4 ideas from small denominations.
The Future of the SBC—State Conventions
ncbaptist.org

A significant part of the current Southern Baptist attendance decline rests on the asking if our methods are missiologically appropriate. If we were to honestly assess our churches by state convention, we would see we have not been as successful in the pioneer or new work states ...

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Jun 17, 2016
Interview

Missional Hymns—An Interview with Keith Getty

Keith and Kristen Getty drive hymnody for the missionary work.
Missional Hymns—An Interview with Keith Getty

Ed Stetzer: Tell us a little bit about how you put together the album in the first place. It’s very diverse.

Keith Getty: It all comes out of the Facing a Task Unfinished hymn, written by Frank Houghton, 1931, in the context of mass persecution in China. He writes this ...

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Jun 13, 2016
Evangelism

The Future of Southern Baptist Evangelism: A New (Closing) Series

The math doesn't lie: Southern Baptists need new evangelistic momentum.
The Future of Southern Baptist Evangelism: A New (Closing) Series
Cultural challengesA negative view of engaging culture, and being negatively viewed by culture, remains a thorn to SBC effectiveness. And, to be honest, some leaders have exacerbated this problem.Many think being on the front line of the culture wars for decades is "fighting ...
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May 27, 2016
Evangelism

How Events Help People Share the Mission

Christians learn how to invite others to Christ when event invitations are a pattern.
How Events Help People Share the Mission

One of the tools we can use for training people to get comfortable talking with others, inviting them to our weekend worship gatherings, and eventually sharing their faith, is through special events. Special events can include the more popular ones like Easter and Christmas, ...

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May 25, 2016
Church

Living in a (Nominal) Religious Context

Nominal religious contexts do not mean the end of the church.
Living in a (Nominal) Religious Context
Stuart Grout / Flickr

Many American Southerners still possess a religious terminology that expresses they were saved at the age of 8, baptized at the age of 10, and are on the membership roll at the Crooked Creek Pentecostal Church or the Sugar Creek Methodist Church. Many of these individuals based ...

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May 9, 2016
Evangelism

Amplifying Evangelism—Using Your Existing Ministries to Bless Your Community with the Gospel

You don't have to reinvent the wheel to reach your community.
Amplifying Evangelism—Using Your Existing Ministries to Bless Your Community with the Gospel

Churches, by nature, are selfish. Because the church is made up of people, and people are fundamentally self-serving, the church ends up expending much of its time, money, and energy on those who are already part of the family of God.

I am not seeking to be critical or mean spirited, ...

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May 2, 2016
Mission

Missiology, Church Models, and Cultural Alignment

Understanding culture is crucial to a church's effectiveness.
Missiology, Church Models, and Cultural Alignment

Missiological Quest and Cultural Question

In each era and each cultural environment, the church defines its missiological quest in culture.

Now, that does not mean that eveything is on the table. There are marks of a biblical church that matter in every cultural setting. However, ...

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