Category: Mission, Church Planting
Global revival happens by the work of the Holy Spirit. Thankfully the Lord has designated ways the local body can participate in His holy multiplication -- the primary means being sincere worship in existing, healthy church assemblies. By God's grace and mercy, we are made members of Christ's church, and the delight that flows from knowing the Savior who has secured that privilege for us prepares the ground for worship and evangelism.
As Robert Murray M'Cheyne said in The Believer's Joy: "We cannot speak of the hidden manna unless we have the taste of it in our mouth. We cannot speak of the living water unless it be springing up within us."
Chase Bowers and Scott Zellers explores more of kingdom-building, gospel-drenched missions and church planting in The Goal of Missions May Not Be What You Think, posted May 25, 2016, at The Gospel Coalition. (L.M.)
Michael McKinley | Category: Church Planting, The Church Community
(Mike McKinley led a 9Marks workshop on Building Healthy Churches on February 5-6, 2016. This is an article addressing a comparable message, which first appeared at 9Marks Ministries on 9/9/13.)
I’m convinced it’s better for your church to have an evangelistic culture than just a series of evangelistic programs.
In a church with a program-driven approach to evangelism, sharing the gospel can become something mostly for certain people at certain times, like when the evangelism team goes out visiting.
But in a church with an evangelistic culture, each member is encouraged to play a role within the larger church’s effort to reach the people around them with the message of salvation in Jesus. It becomes a part of every believer’s life.
Andrew Hughes | Category: Mission, Church Planting
This past March, my wife and I had the unique privilege of going on a mission trip to Cuba with several members of my family, as well as other friends from my past. This trip was overwhelming in many ways- spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Coming back into the States afterwards was more of a culture shock than it was going there in the first place. I sort of expected to get there and see some of the things I did; but after being there a week, I wasn't prepared for the reality that would sink in after the short 45 minute plane hop back into Miami. Only a short distance exists between Miami, FL and Cuba, but they are really worlds apart. At times, it felt as if we were either stuck in a 1950's time warp, an old movie, or a classic car parade.
We had the privilege of going with a team of people from various backgrounds through an organization called Strategic Sports International. SSI has taken dozens and dozens of groups into Cuba to serve the house churches there. The agenda on the trip was focused on pastoral training, a medical clinic, assisting new house churches, and youth mentoring. I was able to visit several house churches and preach at them and Kelly had the opportunity to speak at a women's conference.
Ben Reaoch | Category: Announcements, Church Planting
In recent months we’ve have shared quite a bit about the new plan that God has put in the hearts of the leadership. It’s a plan for multiplication. Rather than seeking one larger facility in a central location, we are instead planning to further establish the ministry in Elliott and also seek a second location to hold services and host ministries. If you were not here for the “Gospel Growth” sermon series, I would encourage you to listen to those.
The following is an update on how these plans are progressing in terms of further clarity on preparation, timing, and location.
This past Monday, we spent some time praying together as a church body at the West End/Elliott Overlook as we look forward to and pray about Gospel multiplication and church planting as a church. If you were unable to attend, attached here is the prayer guide that we used. This can be something you take and use on your own or as a family. Download it here.
Laura Miller | Category: Children's Sunday School; Mission; Church Planting
... and it goes on and on. This is how the Great Commission works, simple, tried and true. Of course, from age to age, generation to generation, society to society, differences crop up in flavor and procedure, but the truth and power of the message stay the same. Regardless of the differences, regardless of the circumstances of each age or generation or society, the efficacy of the work of grace comes from the person of the Holy Spirit, not from man. Pastor Ben referred to this passage from Iain Murray's book, Revival, in his sermon of April 27, 2014 ("Praying for Gospel Passion"):
Ben Reaoch | Category: Church Planting; Mission
Last week I had the opportunity to sit under the teaching of a very seasoned pastor. His name is Harold Kelley. Harold is now 78, I think. He said that he retired at age 70 in 2006. He was a pastor for many, many years, and a pastor of 4 different church plants. One of the talks he shared with us he organized around the question, “How large should a church be before thinking about planting a church.” The answer he gave: it doesn’t matter. You don’t have to break a certain barrier in terms of attendance or budget. What matters is vision and attitude.
Ben Reaoch | Category: Church Planting; Mission; Sunday Follow-Up
Over the past 4 weeks I’ve been preaching on Gospel Growth. God is leading the elders, and the elders are seeking to lead this congregation, on a path of Gospel multiplication. As the third line of our mission statement says, we exist to ignite a joyful passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ among all the peoples of Pittsburgh and the world. There is a global component to that mission. We are passionate about overseas missions, frontier missions, mission ventures to the unreached people groups of the world. And there’s also a local component to this mission. God has given us a passion to be moving out into more parts of this region.
The purpose of our church blog is to serve the overall mission of our church: to delight in the beauty of God's greatness,