Gary McIntosh

Origin of Spiritual Gifts Profiles

By Gary McIntosh Nov. 2, 2017 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

A while ago, I received an email from Ed Stetzer asking if I knew when spiritual gifts inventories first became prevalent. I gave him a quick reflection based on what I remembered at that time, but his question created a curiosity that sent me on a longer investigation. While this is certainly not the final word on the question, it may serve as a beginning point for other researchers. Here is what I have discovered ...

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Building Board Unity

By Gary McIntosh Feb. 7, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

A number of years ago, professor Robert Munger of Fuller Theological Seminary conducted a survey to determine the satisfaction of board members. One of the questions he asked was, “Since serving on a church board, do you feel your spiritual life has improved or declined?” The answer? Eighty percent of board members said their spiritual life had declined while serving on a church board. How would you answer that question? Unfortunately, for many board members, the answer is not positive ...

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Reflect on Your Life

By Gary McIntosh Mar. 1, 2016 9:30 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

The new year is always a time of reflection. Many people make resolutions to lose weight, exercise, continue education, and a host of other plans. Whether or not you make resolutions, the new year is a good time to reflect on your life and ministry ...

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What Is the Church's Priority?

By Gary McIntosh Aug. 3, 2015 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology

One might think that church leaders would naturally agree on the priority of mission.  However, this is not the case.  Debate continues today between those who say the priority of mission is to do well in whatever form it takes, while others contend that our priority is to preach the gospel of salvation.  Building on the salvation motif found in the Gospel of Luke, this article suggests that the priority of the church is to preach the gospel of salvation.

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The One Year Rule

By Gary McIntosh Jan. 8, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Several years ago Charles Arn and I surveyed pastors and asked them to identify the most frustrating part of their job. Can you guess the most frequent response? “Getting laypeople to help with the work and ministry of the church” ... One of the major reasons people are reluctant to serve in and through a church is the feeling that they’ll be stuck in the position for ever, or at least a very long time ...

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What Person Led You to Faith in Christ?

By Gary McIntosh Oct. 29, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament

It was twenty-five years before church growth researcher Win Arn, building on the initial discoveries of Donald McGavran, conducted one of the largest studies of how people come to faith in Christ and to the church in the United States and Canada. Arn’s Institute for American Church Growth surveyed over 17,000 persons in 1980 asking, “What or who was responsible for your coming to Christ and to your church?” Arn published his findings in The Master’s Plan for Making Disciples, and church leaders were astounded ...

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What Is a Leader?

By Gary McIntosh Jul. 16, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

People have studied leaders for centuries. To study leaders is to analyze the characteristics of individual people who demonstrate the ability to gather a group of followers. However, the study of leadership is a relatively new discipline dating from about the year 1900. To study leadership is to inspect the interactions a leader has with his or her followers. Both areas of study require one to define a leader. So just what is a leader? ...


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