Archive for Church Renewal

The Indispensables of Courageous Leadership

by Grady King  –  Getting stuck as a church leader or as a leader group is frustrating and exhausting.  And no matter what we say to the church, they know we are stuck. They feel it, experience it and yearn for things to be different. Over time, a stuck leadership will drain the energy of a […]

Committed to Transformation (part 4) – Barriers to Transformation

by Mark Frost – Author’s Note: The words, “From Transition to Transformation,” are part of the Interim Ministry Partners logo. This series of posts, based on 2 Corinthians 3:18, contains some of my reflections on how genuine transformation takes place, both in individual believers and in churches. Almost everyone has seen Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on […]

Committed to Transformation (part 3) – Unveiled Faces

by Mark Frost – We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. –2 Corinthians 3:18 The promise of the gospel message is transformation. That expectation is expressed biblically by words like regeneration, new birth, new […]

Committed to Transformation (part 2) – Beholding His Glory

by Mark Frost –  We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with everincreasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18 The word Paul uses for being transformed is metamorphoo, which is obviously the root of our English word “metamorphosis.” Nothing speaks […]

Committed to Transformation (part 1) – Transformed by the Spirit

by Mark Frost – We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever- increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. –2 Corinthians 3:18 The Scripture says that we are being transformed, not that we have been transformed. It is an life-long process that […]

The Body of Christ is More Than the Preacher

by Grady King –  The church is the body of Christ (1 Cor 12.12.f).  What could be more direct that the words of Paul—“Now, you are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Cor 12.27). The Corinthian church was admonished to function as the body of Christ in sacrificial love, serving according to […]

An Attractive Church- Part 1

by Mark Frost Woodcrest Church started twelve years ago in a store front. Now, some 3,000 people flock each weekend to its sparkling and spacious new suburban campus. Meanwhile, the Walnut Street Church a few miles away has been in a slow, steady, decade-long decline. Its leaders are discouraged. Almost every week they are greeted […]

The Plateaued Church

by Tim Woodroof The conversion of Saul drained much of the energy from the persecution that had scattered the Jerusalem church. The arrests and seizures dwindled. So long as Christians kept their heads down, the Jerusalem authorities decided to leave them more-or-less alone. When word of that spread, believers began to drift back to the […]

Leading from Your “Why”- [What I learned from a TED Talk (part 5)]

This post is a continuation of our posts on a TED Talk.  (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4) In a 2009 presentation, Simon Sinek spoke on the subject of “How great leaders inspire action.” His talk focused on characteristics of inspiring leaders and organizations and asserted “all the great and inspiring leaders and […]

Change and the Church [What I learned from a TED Talk (part 4)]

This is a continuation of our posts about a TED Talk. (part 1, part 2, part 3) In my experience, this Bell Curve describes what we experience when dealing with change in the church. We can anticipate that half of our members will be open (to some degree) to changes in thinking or action. They […]