We sat down with Daniel Darling, Vice President of Communications for the ERLC and author of books like The Original Jesus, and asked him, "What is the one thing you think the future generation of pastors ought to know?"
Revelation 7:9 depicts an innumerable multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language, gathered around the Lamb’s throne in unending praise. Such a verse casts a vision of the congregation all Christians are headed for. But what bearing does this future picture have on our present situation? Should multiethnicity be a characteristic local churches aspire to and actively pursue now? Must every congregation resemble the United Nations?
Am I just tired of relevance, or what? I received the umpteenth glossy card in the mail this week from yet another church opening a brand new “state-of-the-art” facility in our city. It claimed the usual: “casual atmosphere, contemporary music, relevant messages and friendly people who genuinely care about each other.”
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A growing congregation is the kind of problem every pastor wants. Not many pastors overall see much if any numeric increase in membership during their tenures, let alone the kind Ramsey saw in Nashville. But growth brings its own challenges. And many pastors who thrive in a church’s dynamic growth stage struggle to manage increasingly complex structures and leadership burdens when their congregations demand them.
"So, do I attend church? Not often, to be honest," Donald Miller affirmed in the first of two unexpectedly popular blog posts. And the second is like unto it, where he added, "most of the influential Christian leaders I know (who are not pastors) do not attend church."
Pope Francis will visit Sweden, one of the world’s least religious countries, for a joint celebration in October between Lutherans and Catholics to launch commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. During the Oct. 31 visit to Lund, in southern Sweden, the pope will take part in a joint ceremony of the Catholic Church and the World Lutheran Federation, the Vatican said in a statement on Monday.
I have enjoyed praying and hearing others pray hundreds of times in both planned and impromptu settings. However, I have learned through my mistakes and the conduct of others that there are certain types of group prayer participants none of us should want to be:
Frequently, churches support 10, 20, or 30 missionaries at a small monthly amount. Missions involvement for many churches is a mile wide and an inch deep. Making a broad impact is nice, but making a deep impact would result in greater influence and glory to God. Churches who support 30 missionaries at a low level might prayerfully consider reducing their number of supported missionaries to perhaps five or less—so that they can dive deeper into those ministries and lives.
We're not commanded to bring people to church. We're commanded to disciple them into a deeper relationship with Jesus. Church attendance is not the goal. It's a tool to help us reach the goal. As a pastor, I have to remind myself of that on a regular basis.