Church Leadership Archives - Seedbed

It seems like there’s always another local church in the news for pulling some outlandish stunt or another. And sometimes its hard to tell what their intention was, and other times its pretty clear that they were looking to get in the news. One way we can begin interpreting these surprising actions by a local church is to examine their beliefs and determine whether they would be considered “orthodox”. Orthodoxy can be defined as the “right belief” about God and is typically characterized by the ancient creeds of the church.  To compliment their orthodox belief, we can then consider the “orthopraxis”, or the “right practice”, of the church. Typically the orthopraxis of the local church is expressed in much broader terms than orthodoxy, and of the two is what flexes as local churches contextualize their practices to reach new members. We have found 7 examples of surprising things that churches have done to attract […]

As United Methodists prepare for their General Conference and seek to address rapid decline and low vitality, Dr. George Hunter offers his response and hope as he responds to the problem and specifically the denomination's Call to Action proposals.

This Seven Minute Seminary will help you evaluate if you are an effective Christian leader. Dr. Wes Griffin outlines things that every Christian leader needs to do to be effective and fruitful in ministry.

Do you have what it takes to be an effective Christian leader? In this Seven Minute Seminary episode, Dr. Wes Griffin shares eight core values of Christian leadership. 

From discipling in the ways of gang life to discipling in the Church, Jamey Lee, Founder of Jacob's Well in Memphis, TN shares an incredible story of life-change in his Church.  Every Sunday, Seedbed will feature stories of how God is working through the people that make up the Church. We want to hear how God is working in your church. If you think your church should be featured in Seedbed's Sunday series then email us at seedbed@asburyseminary.edu. 

It was an unlikely meeting. I am a 32 year-old wife, mother of two, living in a well-established neighborhood. She is a 52 year-old single, recovering drug and alcohol addict. Her name is Barb. I was in downtown Lexington, visiting with Rosario Picardo at  Embrace Church. He introduced me to her outside the building. We said hello, shook hands and both went our separate ways. I was headed inside to interview Rosario about his new book and she was headed to work at Embrace’s clothing bank. Little did I know that within the hour, she would share a story with me that would teach me a lesson I will never forget.   This is why we love Embrace Church. It is a church filled with stories like this one. We would love it if you download the digital version of the Embrace story. Every Sunday we'll feature stories of what God is doing through the Church.    

Bishop William Willimon shares that a church without younger people need not lose hope; instead it is best that they get busy building the kingdom with whatever resource they have.

Some people would look at the frail older woman’s life and say that she has much to grumble about and little to look forward to. But Inez sees it differently. In fact, she would agree with a spunky 86 year-old woman who once told me that she was frustrated with longtime friends who spent their days sitting around their apartments in their robes watching soap operas. The 86 year-old reprimanded her friends, saying, “You’re dead. You’re just not buried.”

In the aftermath of General Conference 2012, the Church continues to sort through reflections from the the gathering. Today we feature the insight of a former President of Asbury Theological Seminary, Maxie Dunnam. Dunnam makes two observations: the Church is dysfunctional and theology and doctorine matter. Find out what Dunnam thinks is the key to revitalizing the local church.

  Covenant Church stands out by equipping and sending laity to connect people with Christ in their own passions and communities. “(Evangelism) happens by intentionally creating relationships with people who share a common interest,” said Pastor of Congregational Ministries Jay Buckingham. “Our groups ministry allows leaders to build these relationships, and in the process, help group members move one step closer to Christ.” We encourage our members to lead semester-long groups centered on their passions. We believe those passions are given to them by the Lord and that He can take a person’s passion (motorcycle riding, sewing, baking, etc.) and use it to connect people to Himself and to the body of Christ. Most small groups systems are content driven from the top down. This system is relationship driven from the bottom up. One of my favorite stories about group discipleship begins with a husband and wife. The wife has been a committed […]

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