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Spring 2010: Got Maturity?

volume 31, Issue 2
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Theme

The Dirt on Organic

Small volunteer-led congregations are gaining popularity and making an impact. But they require more spadework than you realize.

A Repenting Church

How one congregation turned (and continues to turn) from its sins.
Control Tweaks

Control TweaksSubscriber Access Only

The right combination of structure and empowerment moved this church toward maturity.
Let's Live What We Teach

Let's Live What We Teach

What we expect from leaders, why we name specific sins, and how that's working out.
Incremental Preaching

Incremental PreachingSubscriber Access Only

Many pastors want "fast acting" sermons. But what brings lasting transformation is a steady, intentional plan for the pulpit.

The "We" We Want to BeSubscriber Access Only

The most important growth is not a "me" thing but a "we" thing.

PARSE

The End of WanderlustSubscriber Access Only

Will fewer family moves produce more stable churches?

Guard Against EmbezzlementSubscriber Access Only

Advice and resources to combat a growing problem.

Drastic Times, Not Drastic MeasuresSubscriber Access Only

Ideas for responding to a decline in church offerings.

Commentary

The Young and the RepentantSubscriber Access Only

A proper definition is the key to leading young adults to repent.

Flipping the SwitchSubscriber Access Only

A review of "Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard" by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.

Thy Kingdom ComeSubscriber Access Only

Why repentance is always good news.

Toolkit

Pyrotechnic PreachingSubscriber Access Only

A review of "Setting Words on Fire: Putting God at the Center of the Sermon" by Paul Scott Wilson

Check, Please!Subscriber Access Only

Remote-deposit capture is an efficient way to handle Sunday offerings.

Sexual DetoxSubscriber Access Only

A review of Tim Challies' guide for single and married men.

The Leadership OpportunitySubscriber Access Only

Living out the Gospel where conflict and leadership intersect

Knowing God through Story and ImaginationSubscriber Access Only

A review of "Word Pictures" by Brian Godawa.

Bonus Articles

Five Myths about Emerging Adult FaithSubscriber Access Only

New research on 20-somethings gets past the hype and offers a reason to hope.

Animal InstinctsSubscriber Access Only

What's your reflexive response to ministry tensions?

Playing the PartSubscriber Access Only

How doing ministry shaped my soul and made me better than I am.

Your Most Important ConversationSubscriber Access Only

Each week, debrief with yourself and God. Here's how.

All Articles

Do Programs Help or Hinder?Subscriber Access Only

How churches contribute to spiritual maturity without becoming just a calendar-cluttering distraction.
How Do We Assess Spiritual Growth?

How Do We Assess Spiritual Growth?Subscriber Access Only

It is possible, but often not very encouraging.

Catching WavesSubscriber Access Only

Francis Chan says we should stop trying to make people love Jesus, and learn to rely on prayer, elders, and the Holy Spirit instead.

This is Your Brain on PornSubscriber Access Only

The science behind the struggle, and how the church can help.
Reader's Pick
The Prayer-Centered Church

The Prayer-Centered ChurchSubscriber Access Only

What it takes to lead a prayerful community.
Sister Sites
How to Draw Millennials to your Women's MinistryBuilding Church Leaders

How to Draw Millennials to your Women's Ministry

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