Evangelicals Go to Prison

June 1, 2013 ...

“I knew that evangelicals were engaged in prison ministry, but I was surprised to see just how many leaders have been personally involved,” said Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “It demonstrates the evangelical conviction that God offers redemption and reconciliation to all, regardless of what they have done.” Many leaders …

Working Out the Worship Wars

March 21, 2013 ...

This transition to contemporary worship music often prompted pushback from those who preferred more traditional styles resulting in what became known as “worship wars.” The worship wars are not debated as much anymore. In a March 2011 edition of Christianity Today that focused on worship music, Mark Galli suggested that the worship wars are over …

Q&A with Bob Merritt

March 20, 2013 ...

Q Was church growth something specific that you focused on, or did it just happen organically? A Church growth, or “becoming a large church” has never been our focus. Our focus has been to reach as many people as we can and lead them into a relationship with Christ, one person at a time. Q …

Signs of Evangelical Life

March 20, 2013 ...

The same is true of another American institution I love: evangelicalism. Born in gospel hope several centuries ago, the evangelical movement in America exploded in the 19th century, becoming the dominant cultural paradigm. This held into the first third of the 20th century, when the upper echelons of society shifted toward a more secularist orientation. …

The State of Evangelicalism

March 20, 2013 ...

But, there is decline — in self-identified Protestants, primarily in mainline churches. Many who once identified themselves as nominal mainline Protestants now identify as nothing. The nominals have become the nones. As such, we see that Christianity isn’t dying — cultural Christianity is. Actually, I see vibrant churches across the country (and so many more …

Why Evangelicals Grow

March 20, 2013 ...

The stories of growing evangelical churches and denominations are repeated across America. “We kind of have a church-planting fever,” according the Reverend Clarence St. John, district superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Minnesota. Why is this? Why are evangelicals growing? The reasons are multiple. 1. Evangelicals are evangelistic. While some of our growth is …

How are Evangelical Denominations Growing

March 20, 2013 ...

Doug Fagerstrom Senior Vice President of Converge Worldwide   Overseas ministry has always been important to the Missionary Church, but in the last 10 years God has brought us in contact with strong national leaders in several countries who have a heart for making disciples. Through our discipleship networks worldwide, we have seen an incredible …

Building the Church in Urban Areas

March 20, 2013 ...

One of our core convictions at National Community Church is this: There are ways of doing church that no one has thought of yet. While we are absolutely orthodox in theology, we’re somewhat unorthodox in methodology. The urban context demands it! That’s why we meet in movie theaters at metro stops. That’s why we built …

Best Practices for Growing Churches

March 20, 2013 ...

In getting answers to these questions, researchers have studied hundreds of churches to discern effective practices of growing churches. Here are some observations: Growing churches see adding new believers to the body as one of the primary purposes of the church, and they dedicate resources toward that end. Most churches believe evangelism is important, but …

A Church Planting Generation

March 20, 2013 ...

There are many reasons why young pastors opt to start new churches. For one, the environment has changed. “It’s not the extreme sport of ministry that it used to be,” said Michael Binder, who planted Mill City Church in Minneapolis when he was 31. Church planting assessment and training centers have popped up, and there …