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http://austingardner.net/NewEnglishPodcast/Chartering_Your_Church.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:11:34 — 49.2MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSSPastor Austin Gardner, Missions Director Jeff Bush, and Missionary to Chile Jason Holt come together to discuss one of the most important and complex aspects of planting a church on the mission field–chartering. They go in deep and intense detail...
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http://austingardner.net/NewEnglishPodcast/Crossing_the_Cultural_Divide_Part2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 22:23 — 15.4MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSSPastor Gardner and Director Jeff Bush continue their series on cultural adaptation, and, in this edition, they talk about the example of the Apostle Paul and the different ways in which he adapted to the cultures he was in. This...
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Church Still Works, An In-Depth Study of the Practices and Potential of Twenty-first Century Local Churches I just finished this book by Paul Chappell and Clayton Reed. I found the book well worth your time to read it. I read the book because Trent Cornwell encouraged me to do so. I enjoyed the material they...
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The second step we all need to take if we desire to be a Baptist Church Committed to World Evangelism is to get our people involved in prayer. These are not necessarily in order of priority so please do not think that I am trying to put prayer in second place! 2. Commit to have...
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Travis and Teri Snode have three wonderful children. They are from left to right, Darci, Cali, and Grant. They have been the most wonderful hosts for this past week. We have really enjoyed our time with them. Teri has worked like crazy trying to meet our every need. Plus teach a lady’s meeting, be in...
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Luke 14:12-14  Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the...
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Proverbs 18:24  A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. The main key to having friends is to be friendly. That means that instead of expecting others to be friendly to you that you must be the aggressor. You must go after others....
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Questions to ask yourself! How do you greet each other and visitors or first attenders to our services? Are you taking advantage of every opportunity to be friendly? Do you show any partiality when the church gathers? Do you only greet the same people in each service or do you try to meet new people...
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We copied these rules from other places and thought they made sense for our ministry. They are not really rules but maybe good guidelines. The three minute rule. We are not to speak to someone we know in the first three minutes after the service. We must seek out first attenders or guests and greet...
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Below you will find some information that Thom Rainer and his team put together about dying churches. I hope that in my ministry, Vision Baptist Church, we will be able to avoid these and do even more. What were some of the warning signs my team saw? Though the list is not exhaustive, these five...
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