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Tara Sing

What your church needs to know about church

Tara Sing

May 22, 2015

People love watching and talking about trends. Trends in the stock market, trends in prices, trends in culture, and also trends in churches. And apparently, the trend for churches in 2015 is not a good one. If the predictions are true, it looks like things are going downhill: Your most committed people will attend worship services […]

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Sandy Grant

Down-under round-up: 20 May 2015

Sandy Grant

May 20, 2015

A more concentrated list this week, since I’ve been extra busy… Issue of the week The issue last week was the book banning placed upon NSW SRE (Special Religious Education) in schools. The good news is that the ban has been overturned. This has been an early skirmish in a potentially long battle, as enemies of […]

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The upside-down cross

Tony Payne

May 19, 2015

The recent Nexus Conference on ‘Crucified Ministry’ left me with a notebook full of scribbled thoughts and insights from a richly stimulating and encouraging day. Over the next few days, as we post video of the three main morning addresses at the conference, I’ll be reflecting on a key point from each of the talks […]

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Craig Schafer

Making meetings effective: Facilitation techniques

Craig Schafer

May 18, 2015

In my last article, I outlined how a good agenda and minutes can make meetings a better investment of people’s time. The effectiveness of meetings can also be improved by adopting some basic facilitation techniques. These can also help to minimise non-creative conflict. There is nothing wrong with conflict per se in a meeting: differences […]

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John McClean

The art of biblical interpretation: Not just like any book

John McClean

May 15, 2015

If you visit GoThereFor then you almost certainly regard reading the Bible as an important activity. You are probably involved in helping other people read and understand it. You think that reading the Bible well matters. This is the first in a series of articles that will look at how we read the Bible well. […]

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Sandy Grant

Down-under round-up: 13 May 2015

Sandy Grant

May 13, 2015

Issue of the week Book banning is always a worry! It’s so easily used to censor reasonable freedom of speech (which is why Christians should be slow to call for it). The web was set alight in Australia when the NSW Department of Education banned three books from use in SRE,1 including two on the […]

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Craig Schafer

Making meetings effective: Minutes and agenda

Craig Schafer

May 11, 2015

Before entering Moore College, I worked for six years as a management consultant for the world’s largest management consulting organisation. Life was an endless series of meetings where time was very literally money. If you put six people in a meeting for two hours, you had just spent at least $3000. At the same time […]

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Jean Williams

On the path to the cancer ward

Jean Williams

May 8, 2015

There’s a chemical smell that hits you on the way to the cancer center. Some bright spark of an architect put the building’s main vents just near the entrance doors. Every time you walk up the path, the smell of chemotherapy hits you. Once you’ve been to an oncology ward, you don’t forget that smell. […]

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Sandy Grant

Down-under round-up: 6 May 2015

Sandy Grant

May 6, 2015

Not all Christians have the same amount of time or inclination to read widely. So I’m trying to save pastors, elders and other interested Christians time by selecting a bunch of the best articles round the web each week. I’m doing it with a small bias towards stuff by Australian evangelicals that deserves wider exposure. […]

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Mark Gilbert

The surprising secret to church growth in the United States

Mark Gilbert

May 4, 2015

We hear a lot about church growth from Americans. From Saddleback to Willow Creek and beyond, church growth has been one of the hot topics this decade. Having returned from a visit to the Together for the Gospel conference in Louisville, Kentucky, I think I’ve worked out their secret. Church growth in the US is […]

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