Results are measurable. For a congregation to determine if it is actually growing it is necessary to compare rate of growth to the rate of community growth. Dr. Thom Rainer employs a national average of +/-5% rate of growth as a standard and estimates only 10% of congregations are actually growing at or above that average rate.
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April 30, 2017 • R. Chip Denief • Ephesians 4:11-16, 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, 2 Corinthians 5:10-11, Acts 2:42–47
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The Method • April 23, 2017 • Nate Frederick
Reaching people with the Gospel of Christ is the 'Prime Objective' of the Church. Sadly, most congregations fall into the trap of becoming comfortable with the status quo, or with an inward, congregation based, focus. Some congregations are good at reaching people, but fail to connect them with others and equip them to reach out. Our goal is to find the 'sweet spot' by reaching people, then equipping them to reach others.
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The Message • April 16, 2017 • R. Chip Denief
Resurrection is the foundation of Christian faith and it is the heart of our message. Peter and the other Apostles based their message at Pentecost upon the hope & power of Christ revealed in His resurrection. Christianity is unique among all other beliefs in not having a tomb to commemorate the final resting place of it's founder because Christ is alive!
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Counting the Cost • April 9, 2017 • R. Chip Denief
Bearing the Gospel is not always a simple task. Over the centuries, numerous Christians have suffered for their faith, many losing their lives for Christ. Today, persecution of Christians still occurs around the world. However looming the threat, there is only offered one of two choices for Christians: Obey God and share the Gospel, or disobey God by doing nothing.