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RECAP: GREENHOUSE ENVIRONMENTS

Watch the highlights from the Spring 2018 Greenhouse Environments training intensive.

Back in February 2018, several church leaders met together for a Greenhouse Environments training intensive. Greenhouse Environments is part of the Alliance Southeast’s MIP (Multiplication Impact Process) that is the umbrella initiative that includes Gospel Footprint and Flywheel.

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PRAY SHORTER PRAYERS

When Christians pray, we pray as those who have been freed from praying like the world. We pray as those who first have heard from our God in his word, who have embraced his gift of unsurpassed grace in the person of his Son, and who have no need to earn his favor with our repetition, posturing, and pretense.

Rather, we can ask simply, as children. We can ask profoundly, with new hearts trained on him, not just the things of earth. And we can ask with humble confidence knowing that our Father already knows our needs, and knows them even better than we do, and is even more committed than we are to meeting them in the deepest and most enduring ways.

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RESOURCE: STREETLIGHTS BIBLE

Streetlights Bible is the world’s first urban audio Bible, combining the authentic Word of God in the New Living Translation with a dynamic score influenced by the cultures of the inner city. Top recording artists and accomplished music producers unite to bring you...

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WHEN YOU CAN’T HEAR GOD, KEEP TALKING TO HIM

Sometimes we preach these truths to ourselves and our hearts aren’t moved at all. We groan, and wish that life was so different than it is (Romans 8:23). We pray and pray and pray, and things only seem to get more overwhelming and more difficult. Sometimes our hearts simply ache with the pain of broken dreams, broken relationships, broken bodies, and broken sinfulness. What can we do?

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WEAVING GOSPEL FLUENCY INTO EVERY SUNDAY MESSAGE

Those of us who preach have a very important role to play in developing gospel fluency in God’s people. We are called to model being gospel fluent in our everyday lives, but we are also called to equip the church in gospel fluency through our teaching and preaching ministry. So . . . how do we do that?

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HOW MUCH DOES CHURCH-AS-MOVEMENT COST?

Buildings, budgets and bigshots are the movement killers to the reproduction of churches, leaders and disciples. Recently I was in a pastor’s meeting and many were wondering how their churches would continue. Some were selling their facilities just for survival. Survival is one thing, but reaching a city is quite another.

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CHURCH FOR THE REST OF US

One way to identify a narrative is by looking at who is missing from our church bodies, or who is uncomfortable in them…and then find out why. The last few years has introduced me to a group often ignored or even shamed in our churches: Introverts.

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THE MISSIONARY’S GREATEST DUTY IS NO DUTY AT ALL

What does the story of Jesus healing ten leapers have to do with a missionary’s duty? While churches are often ready to applaud missionaries as they run themselves dry, Jesus stands ready to rejuvenate them, take their burdens, and send them on their way.

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RECAP: GREENHOUSE ENVIRONMENTS

Watch the highlights from the Spring 2018 Greenhouse Environments training intensive.

Back in February 2018, several church leaders met together for a Greenhouse Environments training intensive. Greenhouse Environments is part of the Alliance Southeast’s MIP (Multiplication Impact Process) that is the umbrella initiative that includes Gospel Footprint and Flywheel.

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ON THE SHOULDERS OF A GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES

Some of us serve as lead pastors and/or pastoral staff members of predominantly African-American churches in both the urban and suburban settings. Some of us serve as lead pastors and/or pastoral staff members of multicultural churches in the urban and suburban settings. Some of us serve as lead pastors and/or pastoral staff members in predominantly Caucasian churches as the sole African American on staff. Yet all of us stand on the shoulders of those African-American official workers in the C&MA who paved the way, broke down barriers, and persevered through difficult seasons so we could be where we are today.

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WEAVING GOSPEL FLUENCY INTO EVERY SUNDAY MESSAGE

Those of us who preach have a very important role to play in developing gospel fluency in God’s people. We are called to model being gospel fluent in our everyday lives, but we are also called to equip the church in gospel fluency through our teaching and preaching ministry. So . . . how do we do that?

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CHURCH IN THE PARK

“People that have never experienced the supernatural power of God will always encounter it in this place because we’ve established a ripe environment for Jesus to show up,” says Merrill Smock, an Alliance church planter in Baltimore, Maryland.

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GOD IS ALREADY WORKING. SO WHAT NOW? LAS VEGAS GIVES A CLUE

Our primary job is to try to see where and how God has been working and to partner with him in bringing people to redemption in Jesus. Understanding that all humans are made in the image and likeness of God and in the deepest possible way made for God, we can assume that every human is motivated by spirituality and search for meaning. Let’s let Las Vegas be a case study…

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HOW MUCH DOES CHURCH-AS-MOVEMENT COST?

Buildings, budgets and bigshots are the movement killers to the reproduction of churches, leaders and disciples. Recently I was in a pastor’s meeting and many were wondering how their churches would continue. Some were selling their facilities just for survival. Survival is one thing, but reaching a city is quite another.

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HOW THE LOCAL CHURCH MAKES THE MISSION POSSIBLE

How will the gospel ever advance among the world’s most resistant peoples? JB, a sent one in Asia, offers his perspective straight from the front lines. His answer? The church–through the unified community of the church the world is coming to know Jesus as Lord.

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