What is the Mission of God?

What is the mission of God? Much has been written in recent years in response to this question, especially among those in the “missional movement.” From this impressive pile of literature we find agreement on, at least, this much: The mission of God is to create a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a chosen people…

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A Pastor Who Affirms But Doesn’t Agree With Every Jot or Tittle

What is of more value to the local congregation? A pastor who wholeheartedly and unreservedly believes in, agrees with, and subscribes to the doctrines of a particular church and its denomination? Or a pastor who promises to affirm wholeheartedly and not publicly contradict the doctrines of a particular church and its denomination? Granted, a congregation…

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Worship Leader Opportunity in Central Valley of CA

First Christian Reformed Church (Hanford, CA) The First Christian Reformed Church (Hanford, CA) has begun a search for a full-time Worship Leader who will have the privilege of developing and leading the worship ministry of the congregation, both on and off the platform. The ideal candidate for the Worship Leader is a maturing and competent…

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Question #12

The time has come to search for a new pastor and you wonder how to go about such an awesome responsibility. You hope and pray for a candidate who embodies the 5 Cs: Character, Competency, Chemistry (fit with your congregation), Culture (fit with your community), and Credentials. But how do you find such a person?…

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Question #9

Growing up in Chicago, I have frequented countless hot-dog joints and ordered many a double dog with everything but onions. (Note that for Chicagoans everything does NOT include ketchup.) I have also visited many McDonald’s, including the original in Des Plaines, where I enjoyed a “Big Mac” and fries. I find it interesting that McDonald’s…

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Question #8

I hate to break it to you, but it’s best for you to know that your next pastor will most likely ask your previous pastor a simple question: “Why did you leave?” And they should ask. Nothing worse than rowing a boat into the middle of the lake only to discover a leak. Speaking from…

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Question #7

If we don’t know who we are as a congregation, how will we know what we need? If we don’t have an accurate understanding of our present situation as a church, how can we close the current chapter so that the Lord may begin writing a new chapter? If we don’t know have a vision…

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Question #3

Typically, as soon as a pastor announces that he or she has accepted a call, the leaders of the congregation, with no questions asked, form a pastor search (replacement) team. They seemingly assume that the church should enter the future by repeating the past, rather than viewing their pastor’s departure as a time to explore…

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Question #6

Are you familiar with the question “What is the elephant in the room?” This nonsensical question is a metaphorical idiom for an obvious problem that people don’t want to talk about. The situation is as noticeable as an elephant would be if sitting in your living room or at your dinner table. More recently, a…

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