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Spring 2010: Got Maturity?
volume 31, Issue 2
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Small volunteer-led congregations are gaining popularity and making an impact. But they require more spadework than you realize.
How one congregation turned (and continues to turn) from its sins.
The right combination of structure and empowerment moved this church toward maturity.
What we expect from leaders, why we name specific sins, and how that's working out.
Many pastors want "fast acting" sermons. But what brings lasting transformation is a steady, intentional plan for the pulpit.
The most important growth is not a "me" thing but a "we" thing.
Will fewer family moves produce more stable churches?
Advice and resources to combat a growing problem.
Ideas for responding to a decline in church offerings.
A proper definition is the key to leading young adults to repent.
A review of "Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard" by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.
Why repentance is always good news.
A review of "Setting Words on Fire: Putting God at the Center of the Sermon" by Paul Scott Wilson
Remote-deposit capture is an efficient way to handle Sunday offerings.
A review of Tim Challies' guide for single and married men.
Living out the Gospel where conflict and leadership intersect
A review of "Word Pictures" by Brian Godawa.
New research on 20-somethings gets past the hype and offers a reason to hope.
What's your reflexive response to ministry tensions?
How doing ministry shaped my soul and made me better than I am.
Each week, debrief with yourself and God. Here's how.
How churches contribute to spiritual maturity without becoming just a calendar-cluttering distraction.
It is possible, but often not very encouraging.
Francis Chan says we should stop trying to make people love Jesus, and learn to rely on prayer, elders, and the Holy Spirit instead.
The science behind the struggle, and how the church can help.