How does a Church Grow?

Dr. Howard Culbertson posted the following in his website: Here are 14 lessons which John Slack learned in his church growth research with congregations of the Southern Baptist Convention. This is an example of what can be learned from demographics, spreadsheets, surveys, interviews, and historical studies by analyzing the information secured from various sources. New units … Continue reading How does a Church Grow?

Church – quit admonishing the world and start engaging!

One of my favourite authors and renowned historian, John Dickson, was interviewed by Marshall Shelley and Drew Dyck recently. The interview, which is titled, 'The Church in Secular Culture - Moving from a stance of admonition to mission' is available in the Leadership Journal. Below is the excerpt of a section of interview which I think speaks … Continue reading Church – quit admonishing the world and start engaging!

Useful Resources for Mission at the International Bulletin of Missionary Research

The April version of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research has a number of interesting articles. Articles are available for free at the website after your subscribe to its email newsletter. Among articles which are relevant to faith, culture and mission in the postmodern context are: 1. Emerging Adults and the Future of Missions by … Continue reading Useful Resources for Mission at the International Bulletin of Missionary Research

The Pope who Stunned the World

There is a post at the Read the Spirit site entitled 'Rediscover John XXIII, a Pope who stunned the world!'  Many have thought that the new pope, Francis I, brings a refreshing aura with him into the office. So it would be natural for one to look back curiously for past popes with similar 'aura of … Continue reading The Pope who Stunned the World

Missiology and Homiletics – Preaching and Context

Much has been said about contextualisation and the contribution of anthropology and social studies to the work and theology of mission. In this post, Dr. Priest argued that these disciplines should be incorporated into the art of preaching. According to him, such contextual preaching has been around for a while, in the example of Billy … Continue reading Missiology and Homiletics – Preaching and Context

Reframing the Story

Pastoral leadership is an art, and it is an art of contextualisation! This post links pastoral leadership with the missional art of contextualisation.

Theologically Speaking...

As the spring semester begins tonight at The John Leland Center, new courses will commence, new questions will be asked, new books will be read, new friendships will be made, and hopefully each one of us will experience God in new ways as our eyes open to new colors and textures and our ears pick up on new sounds and tones. For many, with each new semester it isn’t hard to get swept up in a fresh excitement to study, learn, grow, and think. Yet, once the semester is well on its way, we can get bogged down in the details of the work, forgetting the gift that it is to study and embark on the journey of seminary education.

Education and theological training at its best is a journey to become a reframer and interpretive guide in whatever vocation God has called you to explore and lead, whether a…

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Spiritual but not Religious?

People today often identify themselves as spiritual but not religious. Of course much can be said of the actual definitions of being 'spiritual' and 'religious', but in general, people take that by being spiritual but not religious means they do not need to associate themselves with an organised religious body. My reading of various sources … Continue reading Spiritual but not Religious?

Could the Increase of Interest in Spirituality erode the Church?

I wrote about the challenge of the church in the postmodern age. One of the key changes in the postmodern age is the increase of interest in spirituality and the reluctance to be limited by organised religion. Other reports have confirmed this: Over one-third of churchgoers attend services in more than one church. One in … Continue reading Could the Increase of Interest in Spirituality erode the Church?

An Atheist Church?

An Atheist Church - Atheistic Culture Coming of Age I heard about this new Atheist Church in Britain a few days ago and wondered how would a Christian feel when attending the assembly. My questions are answered by this post, which is an actual account of a person experiencing it on one Sunday. There are … Continue reading An Atheist Church?