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Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Unimaginable Words This Maundy Thursday or Good Friday service is patterned after tenebrae, a service of shadows or darkness. The theme is the disciple Peter's reflections on his "unimaginable words" denying Christ and his beginning to heal afterwards. Resource type: Service Outline | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
This Killed Kodak, and It’s Coming for Your Church Following Alan Roxburgh, Karina Kreminski outlines four approaches that churches can take in responding to cultural change: reactive, developmental, transitional, and transformational. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Karina Kreminski The Devil in the Church This 1947 painting by David Alfaro Siqueiros depicts the devil in church. Resource type: Image | Source: WikiArt | Author: David Alfaro Siqueiros The Church Is In Post-Christian Exile – But Should We Really Respond Like It’s a War? Karina Kreminski reflects on strategies and attitudes that Christians should take when relating to broader culture in the current post-Christian "exile" of the church. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Karina Kreminski Ash Wednesday Worship Outline of a worship service of repentance and renewal for Ash Wednesday, including prayers, invitation, scripture, music, imposition of ashes, benediction, and a link to a meditation by Debra Rienstra. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship | Author: Debra Rienstra
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions. Resource type: Service Outline | Source: Discipleship Ministries
The Organic Intellectual: Why the Pastor-Contextual-Theologian is the Future of Church Leadership in N. America David Fitch writes that the church needs theologians who have one foot in the “Ivory Tower” and one foot on the ground in ministry, and can produce theology that moves practice towards emerging social situations. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch On Why Neo-Reformed Theology is Not a Third Way: Deep Church by Jim Belcher David Fitch critiques the Neo-Reformed theology found in Jim Belcher's book, Deep Church, and argues that a different "third way" is need in post-Christendom. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch On Fundamentally Changing the Expectations of Church-Planting (Reprise) David Fitch challenges standard thoughts about church planting and offers three commitments that church planters should consider in forming missional communities. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, art for Ash Wednesday Based on the painting, "The Fight Between Carnival and Lent" by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, this blog reflects on different aspects of the painting that point us to the beginning of Lent and Ash Wednesday, when... Resource type: Image | Source: Loyola Press | Author: Daniella Zsupan-Jerome
For People Exhausted by the Negative Perception of the Church Negativity bias can shape our view of the church. Dusty Wallace offers a simple, yet thoughtful suggestion to help Christ's followers counteract negativity bias. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Dusty Wallace Full Text Hymns on Church The Church's one foundationPD
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Why Ash Wednesday? An article exploring Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers. Resource type: Article | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
On Fundamentally Changing the Expectations of Church-Planting This posting by David Fitch is about Church planting and how Christians need to fundamentally change the expectations and processes of doing it. Primarily Christians need to understand communities before preaching the gospel. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch Advent in the Marketplace Cameron Lee talks about the shopping culture during the Advent season. "If we celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not Advent, what does that say about us?" He encourages us to seek the coming of... Resource type: Article | Source: Fuller Studio | Author: Cameron Lee
Help Your Church Grieve Personal and National Tragedy "It happened again. It just keeps happening. Tragedy. Injustice. Death." Here is an article with four practices for churches to help congregations respond to tragedy. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Missio Alliance A #TrulyHuman Challenge: Is Church Meant To Be Safe? When we seek to do God's will in a broken world, we will encounter people and circumstances that feel uncomfortable. Karina Kreminski questions whether the desire for safe churches limits our effectiveness in discipleship. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Karina Kreminski Seeding a New Community of Women in Church Planting This blog post is about "finding strategic ways to support, equip, and help advance Christian women, especially female church leaders." Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Kris Beckert 6 Reasons Not To Go To Church The church isn't a place but a way of life. David Fitch shares 6 reasons 'not to go to church' which prevent the church from becoming a part of a missional rhythm for God's people. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch The Church as Spiritual, Relief Agency, or Something Else? This article argues that the role of the Church in a community is to be a social vision, meaning that the Church acts as a place in which outcasts are welcomed, cared for, and learned from. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Eric Paul
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