September 30, 2013 — by Len Tang

A Vision for a Church Planting Pipeline

All of us want to participate in something bigger than ourselves, to be connected not only to a congregation but to a movement — to be part of advancing God's Kingdom. Church planting is a way for every leader and congregation to be connected to and invested in proclaiming Christ around the country.

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September 26, 2013 — by Dr. Laura Smit

The Church as Community: How Big Is It?

This semester, I’m teaching “The Holy Spirit and the Church.” Our primary textbook is Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction by Brad Harper and Paul Louis Metzger. I really like that the chapters come in pairs, first a chapter on a theological idea, then a chapter of case study exploring the relevance of that idea to everyday life in the American church.

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September 23, 2013 — by Keith Hill

Renovating Even As We Move In

My first pastoral call was to the First Presbyterian Church of Winnfield, a little town in the piney woods of northern Louisiana. The manse next door to the church was built about 1900. It was one of those beautiful old southern homes, with a wide wrap-around porch with a swing. Before the church secured it for a manse, the house was the office for a timber company.

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September 19, 2013 — by Rev. Mateen Elass

Building a New Denomination: More than Just Nimble Structure

In light of the multiple thousands of denominations existing over and against Jesus’s prayer that “they may be one,” the creation of yet another denomination must come with strong justifications. While I believe that ECO has such justifications for coming into being, there is one common refrain which seems to me dangerously misleading and ultimately destructive.

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