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Advice to a New Elder: Another Way to Do Youth Ministry Campus Ministry Ministry: A Vision for Doing Ministry Together

[This was presented to our congregation a few years ago by one of our elders. I’ve edited the text slightly to eliminate references that would make no sense to those not familiar with our ministers and ministries. This is kind of … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: Silos

I think one of the biggest shortcomings of all churches with more than one minister is the silo-effect. QUESTION 5: WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT, RIGHT NOW? More than any of the other questions, answering this one will have the most … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: The Preacher/Elders Relationship, Part 2

We need to deal with a couple of false doctrines. False doctrine 1: We shouldn’t hire preachers. There is no authority to hire them. Preachers are bad. That’s just wrong both doctrinally and practically. There was once a considerable branch … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: The Preacher/Elders Relationship, Part 1

[Reposted from 2012] A reader asks, Have you written on the issue of elder-led vs. the lead pastor model?  At work, I’m a big believer in the sole leader — follow or get out of the way — model.  I’m not sure that’s … Continue reading

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Printer Shortcut Modified

I’ve had a number of readers ask for a better print feature. Therefore, my brilliant computer coding nephew has kindly re-written the print code so that, when you hit the print icon, you get a clean version of the article but no … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Wrapping Up, Part 9 (Living the Sermon on the Mount in Community, Part 2)

(Matt. 5:43-48 ESV)  43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  45 so that you … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: Group Dynamics, Part 3 (Search Committees)

Among the most important decisions made by elders is who to hire as a minister. Traditionally, Churches of Christ do this by search committee. I’ve posted a series in the past on the search process. I’ll not repeat those materials … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Wrapping Up, Part 8 (Living the Sermon on the Mount in Community, Part 1)

Unless I change my mind (which the readers often induce me to do), this is the end of the series (but it’ll be in two parts). To me, the first mission of the church is to live the Sermon on … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: Group Dynamics, Part 2 (Size and Power)

Someone has probably sorted this all out scientifically. But here’s something else about group dynamics you need to know: people behave differently depending on the group size. With a group of four or less, you can have an accountability group. … Continue reading

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The Afterlife, Lesson 6: Eternity

Today’s lesson is on the meaning of “eternity” and “eternal” in the New Testament — and how these words don’t necessarily mean “everlasting.” Download here. Lesson 6: “Eternity”. Right click and select “Save Link As” to download. (If you left … Continue reading

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