God must have had a lot of confidence in you to put you on the planet at just this time… Jesus doesn’t slam you either for your doubts, your fears, your uncertainties. He wants to encourage you in your current assignment. You are being asked to lead during a time
We can settle for our imaginations, our plans, and our dreams. In fact, I think the North American church has done just that. We have the best churches people can plan and build. But we are desperate for God to show up and to do something that only he can
A person who claims to be a follower of Jesus claims to have a relationship with him. This means they know him, and not just about him. Yet we have turned our churches into groups of people who are studying God as though there were taking a course at school
The first Reformation was about freeing the church. The new Reformation is about freeing God’s people from the church (the institution). People outside the church bubble are not waking up on Sunday morning hoping to find a church they can help make successful. If they do come to church, they
Selected quotes from The Present Future by Reggie McNeal Church growth advocates argued that growth was a sign of life and was anticipated and even expected by God. A lot of “growth” was merely the migration of Christians moving from one church to another… With rare exception the “growth” here
As we journey through our Summer Book Discussion, each week I’d like to share a few quotes from The Present Future, by Reggie McNeal, along with some questions to stir up some conversation. Speaking of trying to “do church better,” Reggie writes: All this activity anesthetizes the pain of loss.
Our fellowship is beautifully diverse racially, ethnically, socially, economically, educationally, financially, generationally, and in church traditions. We have so much to learn from each other and so many ways to minister to persons in and outside our fellowship.
For most of us, our only experience with fruit is going to the grocery store and buying it. We eat it because it tastes good and is good for us. Cherries are my favorite and are said to help us sleep better. We have lots of different fruits from which
Last week, your pastoral staff gathered with our Cooperative Baptist Fellowship family from all across our country and all across our world. Pastors, chaplains, ministry leaders, field personnel, and lay leaders of diverse backgrounds, traditions, ethnicities, races, genders all gathered together with a common cause: the transformative Gospel of Jesus
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is a Christian network of individuals and churches working together to spread the hope of Christ. Our diverse community includes partners all over the globe, and our fellowship supports a wide range of missions and ministries that give people meaningful opportunities to put their faith into