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Day: December 4, 2014

Canon Andrew White on Ministry in Iraq (Full Interview)

In light of recent events in Iraq, we’re running the full interview of our time with the Vicar of Baghdad, Canon Andrew White. Rev. Canon Andrew White shares how he ended up in Baghdad and offers helpful insight into what church life looks like in hostile environments. Remember to pray for the global church, especially those who worship and serve in hostile areas.

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How Francis Asbury Modeled Church Planting

In the final video of our interview with Ed Stetzer, he discusses why Francis Asbury served as a role model for church planting. Stetzer suggests that part of it had to with the unique combination of missional impulse with deep spirituality. This was energized in part by a commitment to the class meeting.

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5 Steps to Getting Started in Church Planting

Many pastors sense a call to get involved in church planting, but the next steps can often feel overwhelming. In this Seven Minute Seminary, Ed Stetzer offers a 5 step guide for those pastors called to plant churches. They include: pre-assessment, assessment, boot camp, coaching, reproduction plan.

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Faithfulness to God’s Word and Church Renewal

The scriptures mark out a path that guides and leads us to God’s future. In our day, as we sense acutely the new challenges presented to the work of the gospel, followers of Jesus must hold to the practice of faithfulness to God’s word as a key habit to cultivate and embody that life. Such a way of life will serve as the fuel for revitalizing existing communities of faith and for the launching of new ones.

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The Key To A Guaranteed Church Planting Fail

70 percent of historic church plants in the United Methodist tradition in his region have either failed or never reached membership of over 125 people. They were not accomplishing what they set out to do. Among those characteristics of these church plants is one unifying theme — the attempt by the planter and expectation of others that he or she could do it alone.

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Reaching for Keeps

In my first year of full time youth ministry, I was given the responsibility of being in charge of the planning and implementation of reach out events for youth. After lots of success numerically, as well as, fruit in students not only coming to the events but staying connected afterwards, I have seen reach events to be a wonderful way to grow a ministry and keep students rooted in the community of the church.

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Ken Loyer ~ Communion as a Prayer of Thanksgiving

“There I was, the new pastor of a church that had a strong, proud heritage but more recently had experienced several decades of slow decline while nobly carrying on, a congregation like so many others these days. I was trying to envision through hope-filled eyes the potential for renewal and growth in that setting, but as I stepped into the prayer chapel that day almost all I could see was a bunch of clutter in a space that was supposed to be devoted to prayer.”

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Threshing Floor Podcast 029: Live from New Room 2014

In the final Threshing Floor episode featuring content from the New Room Conference, our hosts offer closing thoughts about the conference with a live audience. They also get feedback from multiple folks at the conference about the best learning moments from the time together.

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RESET: Storyline. Let My People Go!

December 4, 2014 Exodus 1:1-14 & 22 These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin;

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