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Church: Team Or Family?

What you call the church determines how you will relate to it. Some of the newer terms we have used to market the local church, and even solicit involvement and participation are the use of the common term “team.” It gets printed on t-shirts, banners and baseball caps, whatever necessary to both foster morale and to esteem cooperation, it seems a “team” spirit works thematically for a missions project, an evangelistic endeavor or even an annual call to practical service. But when we begin to call ourselves a team and not a family, too much shifts, and often too much
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Church: A Band Of Brothers

Proclamation always presupposes community. What are we saying when we say, “church?” When we invite others to “church” what exactly is it that are we offering people? A meeting, a club, some information station, a clinic, a lecture, an MLM, or a place to actually live with others? There is this continual pointing to the truth that God chose to create us to live in community. Community is where people have life in association with others, where people become responsible to one another, where people become responsible for one another. And make no mistake; Jesus invited His followers into a
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Building The Generations

In the last few hours of His earthly ministry, Jesus’ compassion towards His followers reaches out once again to sooth their troubled minds and hearts.  Time and time again throughout His ministry here on earth He had tried to prepare His disciples for His departure, His ascension, His going back to the Father and the Father sending another Comforter, but for some reason, it just didn’t sink in, they just didn’t get it (Acts 1:11). Even after He says it again, there remains more confusion, and more questions.  He indicates, “and where I go you know, and the way you
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Church: A Family Of Families

In Jesus’ classic style of pedagogy He used many forms in expressing many truths. Many of these forms are loaded with picture words, or types, analogies and metaphors that are in parabolic form bringing clarity to the truth of His essential teachings. For the kingdom He used land, pearls, parties or banquets. For lost things He used coins, sheep and prodigals. For the church itself He chose many pictures. These include: a bride, a body, a building, a candlestick, sheep, a garden, a loaf, light, salt, an army and a family. When we see the church as a family of
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Attractional Church

It was a regular Monday morning for me. At least it started out that way. I was sitting in the patio area of a local restaurant in San Diego enjoying my breakfast and reading through the paper. Actually I have made a habit for years of praying through the USA/Today Newspaper in the mornings. What I mean is that I pray the paper by simply reading it and allowing the Holy Spirit to stir anything I read and let it move my heart and spirit towards intercession. I have always chosen the USA/Today as it gives me the National/International stuff
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Why House Churches Are So Important?

It is now obvious (at least to some of us) that “housechurching” is not just a bailout reaction for believers currently discontent or dissatisfied with today’s church. House Churches (organic churches, simple churches, marketplace churches, etc.) are not just covert gatherings for malcontents, people who have never had very good social skills and can’t get along with the traditional symbols of authority. Worldwide, housechurching will prove to be one of the most effective and efficient modalities for responding to and obeying the Great Commission in the 21st Century (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20, Acts 1). House churches
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Missional House Churches, Part Two

A standing concern of us over the recent years of emphasis on housechurching and community, is that if we are not discerning and careful, we can get so ingrown, so addicted to loving our intimate fellowship, that we might forget to be missional, to go beyond us, and possibly even deftly ignore the enormity and the timeliness of the God’s Great Commission and today’s ripe harvest. But, I also have the greatest of hope, that in moving towards the more authentic living of our faith in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and in our daily lives, we might be able
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Missional House Churches, Part One

“The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” (Matthew 9:37) A standing concern over the recent emphasis on housechurching, especially with its strong emphasis on the need for deeper fellowship and more authentic community, is that we might be once again concentrating too much on those already saved, fixated on catering to their emotional, social and edification needs, getting too ingrown, becoming less missional, and ignoring the enormity of the Great Commission and today’s harvest. Some might even warn us, that the Scripture says to, “Pray to the Lord of the Harvest,” (Matthew 9:38) not, “Pray to the
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Is It House Church Yet?

According to Wikipedia: Bangladesh: 500,000 new believers in House Churches Cambodia: 1,000 new House Churches in 10 years (1990 to 2000) Canada: as many as 2,000 House Churches in Canada in the last few years China: 80-100 million believers in House Churches Cuba: 6,000 – 10,000 House Churches since 1992 Egypt: 4,000 House Churches Ethiopia: 5,000 to 50,000 believers in House Churches during the 1980s India: 100,000 House Churches started in 5 years (from 2001 – 2006) Latin America: 1 million House Churches known as ‘Basic Ecclesial Communities’ Sri Lanka: Kithu Sevena church movement started 131 new House Churches in
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How Shall We Then Meet?

When we look closely at the different aspects and effects of certain numbers in group life, the question gets raised as to whether or not these understandings of numerical dynamics can actually help us gather more intentionally. So rather than being frustrated with different sized groups, when we get to know the dynamics of numbers, it is possible we can really begin meeting more strategically. If permission has been given to do church differently, why would we insist on meeting the same way, with the same format, even the chairs set the same way, in the same room, basically doing
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