Posts in Ministry and Leadership

Shepherds, Sheep, and Talking Heads

By Joe Hellerman Oct. 15, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

I am often asked my opinion of the mega-church model of ministry. I find the model lacking, frankly, but not for the reasons you might think.

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¿Cómo Disentir Sin Ofender? / How Can We Kindly Disagree?

By Octavio Esqueda Oct. 14, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Recuerdo que mi padre solía decir con frecuencia “cada cabeza es un mundo” cuando se refería a las diferentes maneras de pensar y actuar entre las personas. Por esta razón, la comunicación es parte básica de las relaciones humanas. No se puede establecer ninguna relación importante y duradera sin que exista una comunicación fluida en la que se intercambien ideas y opiniones. La diversidad de percepciones nos abre la puerta a las relaciones saludables a través de la comunicación, pero al mismo tiempo crea la posibilidad de conflicto. Así que, es importante que todos en general, pero esencial para los líderes, que aprendamos a disentir sin ofender.

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Women and the Office of Deacon: Part 1

By John McKinley Oct. 9, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Historical Theology, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

An opportunity for expressing the complementarity of men and women in the church is to promote women to the office of Deacon. Controversy accompanies the question of women and the office of Deacon, so the opportunity is lost in many churches. In what follows, I will present the arguments about 1 Timothy 3:11 (as referring to women Deacons or not) and propose a way this office can be promoted for greater expression of complementarianism in the church. In a companion post to follow soon, I will present the related question of what the Deacon role is.

 

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Efesios 4 y la Descripción Sobre Cómo Debe Funcionar la Iglesia de Dios / Ephesians 4 and How the Church Should Function

By Octavio Esqueda Oct. 8, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

La carta del apóstol Pablo a los Efesios representa uno de los documentos doctrinales más importantes del cristianismo. En los primeros tres capítulos Pablo explica lo maravilloso del amor y la gracia divina que nos dio vida a través de Jesucristo cuando todos estábamos muertos en nuestros pecados. En Jesús también, el Dios de toda gracia nos ha bendecido con toda bendición espiritual. Los cristianos somos adoptados en la familia de Dios, encontramos aceptación, redención, perdón, sabiduría, una herencia eterna que está garantizada por el Espíritu Santo.

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A Woman's Worth

By Nell Sunukjian Sep. 30, 2014 10:45 a.m. Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership

... The culture was restless in the ‘60s. And that restlessness was present in the church, too. Women lined up on both sides of the raging debates about the identity and purpose and worth of a woman—debate issues such as, a woman should be in the home rearing her children or a woman should be educated and in the work force; or, a woman is different from a man or a woman is just like a man.

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“Teaching Naked” in the Church?

By Kevin Lawson Sep. 23, 2014 10:45 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Now there is a provocative title for a blog! But it’s probably not what you think. This past spring I attended a faculty development seminar at Biola University led by José Bowen, author of the book, Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012). The main thrust of his sessions with us, and of his book, is that with information being so readily available through mass technology, we need to leverage that technology to maximize classroom interaction with students, shifting our roles from presenters of information (which students can get more readily online) to coaches who help students process that information, promoting deeper learning, critical thinking, and application of knowledge to life situations. As I reflected on Bowen’s ideas, I think we may need to start “teaching naked” in the church. Let me tell you what I mean.

 

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Let's Appreciate Our Pastors!

By Ben Shin Sep. 17, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Whether you know it or not, pastors in the church work very hard. They do a lot of things publicly like preaching, teaching, visitation, and leading; but they also do quite a bit behind the scenes like counseling, studying, planning, and praying. Unfortunately, for many pastors, it has become a thankless job. For this reason alone, it would be important for you to celebrate this upcoming October because it is Clergy Appreciation month.

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