Dr. Peter Steinke, internationally respected author and church consultant, applies systems theory to developing and maintaining healthy congregations. “Church – Making the Future Work” was a one-day seminar presented by the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry and CitySquare as a part of the “Equipping for Ministry” Series. Published on Jun 16, 2014
The Christian Church in Oregon and Southwest Idaho Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) hosted Dick Hamm to facilitate a discernment gathering.
He touches upon some excellent wisdom points. #demographics #denominations #denominomics #discernment #ecclesiaeconomics
The following address was presented by Dr. Carroll D. Osburn, Carmichael Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Abilene Christian University, January 12, 1992 at the ACU faculty pre-session conference.
Dr. Carroll Osburn – part 1 (Philosophical Orientation)
Dr. Carroll Osburn – part 2 (Biblical Orientation)
Dr Carroll Osburn – part 3 (Theological Orientation)
Dr Carroll Osburn – part 4 (Experiential Orientation)
Dr Carroll Osburn – Part 5 (Principles for the Future)
Dr Carroll Osburn – Part 6 (Principles for the Future cont.)
Dr. Carroll Osburn – Part 7 (Principles for the Future cont.)
Alexander Campbell used publishing to advance the restoration of the church. Had he lived today, how would he use media to move the restoration? What can we learn from Campbell’s use of media that can be applied to our use of media today as we advance our own understanding of restoration?
The location of every identifiable place mentioned in the sacred writings of the communities of those who worship the Creator God. On Google Earth.
Dave Jenkins, Rwanda: Audacious Forgiveness Must Be Institutional. Read it. Live it. Pray for me.
Archives available here. Note specifically the January 2009 issue entitled “Spirituality: A view of the world”
This brings to mind the National Organization on Disability Accessible Congregation campaign from the earlier part of this decade. An excellent start, but 2000 of 335,000 U. S. congregations (I believe the theological term is) sucks.
Here’s are practical tests:
1) does your pulpit area have a wheel chair accessible ramp PROMINENTLY VIEWABLE FROM THE AUDIENCE SIDE (symbolism is a big part of religious houses of worship message-wise, no?
2) When is the last time a blind or a deaf person lead prayer? How about someone with a speech disability using either a human or technological interpreter?
3) Do you have ANY Braille bulletins or collateral materials. Videos with captions? American Sign Language Bibles? Deafmissions.com can help with some of these things.
4) How many folks with visible disabilities of your leadership team (board, elders, presbyters, synod, national denominational board, etc.?
5) When’s the last time you’ve asked questions (as an organization) remotely like the four above?
What is justice? How can we be more just people, and a more just church? These questions seem acute in our time, as American Christians have access to unprecedented wealth and power while so many of our brothers and sisters sometimes lack even daily bread. As this new series of podcasts tries to show, the Bible offers a profound and eminently workable approach to changing our own lives — our attitudes, behaviors, values, and desires — so as to become more just people. I hope you enjoy this series and welcome your comments or questions. Dr. Mark W. Hamilton Associate Professor of Old Testament and Associate Dean ACU Graduate School of Theology Abilene, TX 79699 Editor, The Transforming Word
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ in Middle Tennessee,
200 years ago Thomas Campbell was a lone voice crying out in the wilderness, calling for the unity of believers based on the commitment to Jesus Christ shared by all Christians. He decried the divisions that separated believers and reminded them of God’s gift of One Church. The fall of 1809 saw the publication of this clarion call in the form of his Declaration and Address; a breathtaking vision of Christians loving, worshipping and serving together in every locality-allowing the Spirit of Christ to form themselves into humble servants. That call eventually led to the formation of what has been known as the Restoration or Stone-Campbell Movement, a fellowship of people and congregations comprised of the Christian Churches, Churches of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Today that early vision of Christian Unity is one for which increasing numbers of believers long and is a major thrust of movements all across Christianity. A reappropriation of the spirit of the Declaration and Address in the churches of the Stone-Campbell Movement may be one of the richest contributions we can make to the emerging world of Christianity – and a gift we can give ourselves!
In celebration of the bicentennial of Thomas Campbell’s Declaration and Address Christians all over the world are gathering around the Table to share the Lord’s Supper – which Campbell called that great ordinance of Unity and Love – on Sunday October 4, 2009. The name given to this celebration is Great Communion in recognition of our Movement’s belief in the centrality of the Lord’s Supper, the place where we demonstrate our greatest unity. For more information on Great Communion go to www.greatcommunion.org Here you will find a host of downloadable resources for use in the local congregation.
In Middle Tennessee Christians of the Stone-Campbell Movement are invited to share in their heritage and be a part of a new call to Christian Unity by gathering for a Great Communion Celebration at 4 p.m. on October 4, 2009 at West End Church of Christ, 3534 West End Ave, Nashville. The service will feature brief messages by David Fleer and John York, a Unity Choir, and fellowship to follow. The central focus of the day will be a celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
For more information or to participate in the Unity Choir contact the office of World Convention at 615-331-1824 or email at email@example.com
The Nashville Area Great Communion Planning Task Force