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5 Things Small Churches Can Do Well

God has a great track record of using the smaller, weaker things of the world to accomplish His will. He gets more of the glory that way. The litmus test for how much a church can accomplish for God isn’t the size of the church, but the willingness to allow Him to work through them. God uses churches of all shapes and sizes.

Study Your City

Let’s say you’re in this boat too: being convinced by Scripture and convicted by the Holy Spirit to step out, deeply burdened to see lost people in your neighborhood, bars, coffee shops, gyms, grocery stores, and schools meet Jesus. This means you have to think like a missionary—a mindset that requires both studying the culture you find yourself in, as well as engaging with it.

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Contextualization Is Not Optional

Contextualization is not optional. Hear me, working to contextualize what you’re doing is not just mere pragmatism – “how to get stuff done” and “be more effective” (though those things are important). It is about loving people. A church that does not seek to contextualize itself, its ministries, the gospel message, and every other avenue of communication inevitably creates more barriers than bridges for the advancement of the gospel in our communities.

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A Practical Theology of Assessment

The IDAK assessment has two primary components: temperament and natural talents. Primary temperament traits measured by IDAK are tested character, appropriate self-esteem, self-discipline, optimism, and team player ability. Twenty seven secondary temperament traits are also part of the assessment.

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Kids Plant Churches: 6 Principles from a Children’s Storybook

Children’s author and illustrator Peter Brown wrote a fine book a few years ago entitled The Curious Garden, containing wonderful metaphors of church planting and disciple-making.[1] I first read this story to my kids when we happened upon it at our local library. It made such a good impression on us that we eventually purchased…Continue reading Kids Plant Churches: 6 Principles from a Children’s Storybook