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Does ‘bearing fruit’ include numbers?

Does Colossians 1:5-6 mean that our churches should be getting bigger?

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Friendship without burnout: Three foundations for true Christian fellowship

Our society tends to act as if there are only two types of friendships, besties and Facebook acquaintances. There is nothing in between. You can’t be besties with all your acquaintances, so you deliberately keep them in the shallow end of the friend pool.

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Meet the new ‘twicer’: The irregular regular

The average churchgoer attends church just twice a month. I hope you’ll agree that this is rather saddening! Here are three biblical truths to help us break the twicer habit.

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Praying for a train wreck

What should I pray for people—adored yet adrift, loved but lost—as I think about wanting to see them come to know Jesus? How will the (humanly) impossible ever happen?

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The ministry of welcoming

Churches that are growing are doing so because of God's generosity. But that should not stop us from thinking hard and long about what we do in church, how it affects our fellowship and how it appears to outsiders.

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Top 5 Ideas

Guidance on how to be a man

  • Peter Sholl
  • 29 May 2015

Warning: this post contains an obvious conclusion, but read on anyway! I am a 40-something Christian man. I am married, and at the moment I live in Australia (although I usually live in Mexico). I enjoy the cricket, can cook a good steak, and will happily go to the

Assessing maturity

  • Colin Marshall
  • 9 October 2015

How would you assess the maturity of your church? If you were designing a maturity survey for your members, what questions would you ask?

Putting the mini in ministry

  • Laura Blyth
  • 19 October 2015

What are the small things we can all do that make a big difference in our churches?

Tips for being a false teacher

  • Tim Grant
  • 26 October 2015

So you’ve decided to forgo the straight and narrow and teach things that are… well… not strictly speaking true. It makes sense; after all, surely we’re all a little bored by the same Christian message year after year, millennia after millennia.

How the doctrine of election fuelled Jesus’ work

  • Hannah Ploegstra
  • 2 November 2015

The New Testament unanimously presents the doctrine of election as a glad and glorious reality of the gospel. The staggering news that God has loved Christ’s people from before the foundation of the world, creating us for mercy, blessing and joy, offers much-needed confidence and security as we walk by faith in the weakness of the flesh.

Top 5 Resources

The Course of Your Life

  • Tony Payne
  • 20 March 2013

Life changing course: how can we teach and train Christians to catch this captivating vision of being a disciple-making disciple in every aspect of our lives?

Six Steps to Reading Your Bible

  • Tony Payne
  • 27 March 2013

This six session, video-based course is ideal for small groups, and teaches the basics of the how and why of reading the Bible.

Six Steps to Loving Your Church

  • Tony Payne
  • 28 June 2013

A stimulating video-based course for small groups that will help people to change their whole mindset about church—to learn that ‘loving’ your church doesn’t just mean enjoying it or liking it, but actively serving and loving the people who are the church in whatever way possible.

The Art of Living (Proverbs)

  • Bryson Smith
  • 22 July 2013

How should I live my life? When it comes to the art of living, the book of Proverbs is the best place to start, because its wisdom is no less than God's wisdom. These studies help you to understand what true wisdom is and how true wisdom is ultimately found in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. (8 studies; leader's notes included)

How to Walk Into Church

  • Tony Payne
  • 1 June 2015

A new book for everyone who goes to church, from one of the co-authors of The Trellis and the Vine.

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