Category Archives: Leading Change

Mark Love: Stupid Ministry Tricks, Part 2

We’re continuing to consider some posts from Mark Love’s blog Dei-liberations. After Mark posted the article that we considered yesterday, he received some criticism of his statement that a sermon series is not an effective way to bring about change … Continue reading

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Mark Love: Stupid Ministry Tricks, Part 1

I’m quickly becoming a big fan of Mark Love’s blog Dei-liberations. For those who don’t know Mark, he is Director of the Resource Center for Missional Leadership at Rochester College. His work there includes directing a Master’s degree in missional leadership, working with existing … Continue reading

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Tulsa Lectures: First and Third Class, On a Mission from God

To be a disciple is to be on a mission from God. (It’s a mission that’s even bigger than bringing blues music to the masses.) It’s about restoring the reign of God over the world. It’s bringing into its fullness … Continue reading

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Tulsa Lectures: First and Third Class, A Question from a Preacher Candidate

So we’ve been in a preacher search since July of last year. It’s been an interesting experience. We’ve spent a lot of time with a lot of preachers, listened to a lot of sermons. (If listening to sermons makes one … Continue reading

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Tulsa Lectures: First and Third Class, Toward a Spiritual Formation Ministry

Imagine that you’ve been hired as minister of spiritual formation. Or that you’re the deacon charged with spiritual formation. Or that you’re an elder or minister who believes spiritual formation is an essential element of the Christian life. How do … Continue reading

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Tulsa Lectures: First and Third Class, On Spiritual Formation

A few years ago, I learned a new church term: “spiritual formation.” In fact, for a while, my congregation had a man on staff called “minister of spiritual formation.” It’s all the rage. The classic text in support of this … Continue reading

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Tulsa Lectures: First and Third Class, On Being a Shepherd

So am I opposed to the notion of elders being shepherds? Well, yes and no. There is unquestionably a deep need for elders to be more involved in the lives of the members. Whether its counseling, comforting in times of … Continue reading

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Tulsa Lectures: First and Third Class, Leading

Leading in this case means — * Refusing to capitulate to worldly, selfish, entitled demands, even if couched in doctrinal language. * And yet saying “no” gently and lovingly. (1Ti 5:1-2 ESV) Do not rebuke an older man but encourage … Continue reading

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Tulsa Lectures: First and Third Class, Power

Let’s talk a little more about power. In the secular world, most fights are about money, sex, or power. I asked the elders at Tulsa what the church fights they’d seen are usually about — not what those involved say they … Continue reading

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Tulsa Lectures: First and Third Class, What’s a Disciple?

Disciples So what’s a disciple? (John 13:34-35 ESV)  34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  35 By this all people will … Continue reading

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