Posts in Church Life

To What Extent Should Pastors be "Culturally Savvy" and Attune to the Trends? How Far is Too Far?

Mar. 2, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership

Talbot faculty member, James Petitfils, and a panel of Talbot graduates who are now pastors in Southern California discuss to what extent pastors should be "culturally savvy."

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Church Report: Spiritual Formation Assignment, Part 4

By Charlie Trimm Feb. 24, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation

Although most Biola students have grown up in the church, a surprising number of undergraduates (especially freshmen and sophomores) do not attend church. Students cite a variety of reasons for this, including busyness, lack of transportation, difficulty of settling into a church, receiving Bible instruction through Bible classes and required chapel attendance, and lack of depth in relationships when they attend church. Recognizing that these students do face legitimate difficulties, I created an assignment requiring them to attend the same church four times over the course of the semester and answer a series of questions about the church for the purpose of helping them think through how they should pick a new church. I’ve included the questions below. I’d love to hear any feedback on them!

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How Can Pastors Respond to Church Shopping Mentality and Consumer Approaches to Faith?

Feb. 23, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Talbot faculty member, James Petitfils, and a panel of Talbot graduates who are now pastors in Southern California talk about the ways that pastors can respond to "church shopping" and a consumeristic mentality about faith.

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How Can You Motivate Church Attendees to Get More Involved and Engaged in the Life of the Church?

Feb. 16, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Talbot faculty member, James Petitfils, and a panel of Talbot graduates who are now pastors in Southern California talk about ways to encourage participation in church life with those attending church.

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¿Quién Puede Tener Acceso a Dios? Salmo 15 / Psalm 15

By Octavio Esqueda Feb. 12, 2015 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Disfrutar de una relación íntima con el Dios del universo es el propósito principal del ser humano. En Dios encontramos respuesta y sentido a nuestras vidas. El salmo 15 describe al tipo de persona que puede relacionarse personalmente con el Creador. El salmista se pregunta quién puede ser un huésped de Dios. En esa cultura, un huésped gozaba de acceso directo con el anfitrión. Este salmo de sabiduría se entonaba al entrar al templo. Los adoradores iniciaban con la pregunta y el sacerdote respondía con los requisitos y finalizaba con una promesa para aquellos que los cumplían.

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Psychology of Ministry

By John McKinley Feb. 11, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Michael Wilkins recommended these axioms to me. It has taken me several years to figure out and understand what they mean. They have worked like seeds for me. I’m sure he would elaborate on them differently (and better) than I’m doing here. But this is what I see in them ...

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How Do You Measure the Health of a Church?

Feb. 9, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, Spiritual Formation

Talbot faculty member, James Petitfils, and a panel of Talbot graduates who are now pastors in Southern California discuss the different ways to assess the health of a church.

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