Articles

  • 23 April 2017

    Perhaps trying to be relevant to our culture does us more harm than good. What if we pursued resilience instead? more»
    Relevance or Resilience?
  • 14 September 2016

    A person cannot know the extraordinary privilege of being part of God's family unless someone tells them the good news so that they can respond. Consequently, one of our central purposes as a Christian to take up the challenge of sharing the message of Christ to others. more»
    Evangelism
  • 14 July 2016

    John 15:16"You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain..”Types of fruitfulnessPhysical – meeting of more»
  • 29 March 2016

    We suggested that a good next step was a once a month 24/7 prayer room. The Pastor was deeply worried. What if no one signed up. What if they had to fill all the slots themselves! They advertised the event and the slots filled easily, even the ones overnight. 
    The Pastor called us to tell us how it had gone. They had loved it. But even bigger than that God had given them a heart for their town. Evangelism was now top of their priority list. more»
  • 23 March 2016

    Evangelism is far from dead in New Zealand, but I think it is true that for the average Kiwi Christian in the average Kiwi church, seeing someone come to faith is an exceedingly rare event. How did church evangelism get to this place? I believe the highly individualistic approach of past training evangelists is largely to blame. more»
  • 8 March 2011

    Increased access to private transportation and communication technologies has trivialised place. Does physical geography or local proximity really matter anymore? more»
    Closeup - Who Is My Neighbour?
  • 30 August 2010

    The church is not just called to do something, it's called to be something – a witness to God's intentions for all things. Mission is not merely something we do, it is something we are – the new and redeemed people of God. more»
    Being and doing - the truly missional church
  • 20 August 2010

    Eric blogs how some insights from a 1929 book on the history of mechanical inventions prove surprisingly apt when applied to a church wanting to change the world. more»
    The Most Powerful Idea in the World
  • 25 June 2010

    Here is a practical step-by-step plan for establishing and growing a house of prayer on your street that will bless your neighbourhood through a lifestyle of 'Prayer Care Share'. more»
    Nine simple steps to starting a prayer 'lighthouse' on your street
  • 13 May 2010

    By giving children opportunities to serve others, we ensure that externally focused ministry will not be a wave that passes, but a sustainable movement, improving the future of the church's ability to reach the lost. more»
    Why serving alongside your kids is a good idea
  • 22 April 2010

    Getting God's heart of love for our community - rather than just grabbing a good idea. more»
    A more excellent way
  • 31 March 2010

    Wise words about the need to keep young people in mind as we do church and neighbourhood outreach more»
    Keeping Your Church Young
  • 10 March 2010

    Is it just me? I often hear my dad's voice in my head. He’s usually reminding me not to get a big head. That was his infamous way of making sure none of his seven kids thought too highly of more»
    Don't Get a Big Head!
  • 22 December 2009

    So it looks like you're going to be home this Christmas, while just about everyone else heads out of town. Hmm. If that doesn't really excite you, spare a thought for your neighbours who are in the same boat. more»
    Ideas for befriending your neighbours this Christmas (even if it's already Christmas Eve!)
  • 25 August 2009

    Immigrants are more open to being engaged about the relevance and significance of the Christian faith for their life. They also have greater physical needs. more»
    Loving our Neighbours from Somewhere Else
  • 18 August 2009

    With summer just around the corner, here are ten sure-fire ways to engage with your neighbours. more»
  • 12 August 2009

    Christ is in the movie theaters; he's on the radio and on the street corners. We don't have to drag people to church to find him. Once we're redeemed, what we do have to drag is ourselves--to the streets and the cinemas, to the prisons and the boardrooms?Ǩbringing our broken but transformed lives out into the world to mingle and meet with the broken but not-yet-transformed. more»
  • 8 August 2009

    "The garden is a 'commons' and any hungry person can eat there without asking permission from anyone," Bartlett says. "The kids ask: 'But who owns the garden?' God is the owner, I reply. If you work here, every time you come you can eat. Even if you don't work here, but you are hungry, you can eat whatever you can find." more»
  • 20 July 2009

    ?Ǩ?Poverty?Ǩ is not a word we like to use to describe living conditions in supposedly affluent New Zealand. But poverty caused by unmanageable debt affects thousands of New Zealand families. Thirty percent of New Zealand households have taken out loans just to meet basic needs, such as food or power. more»
    If the CAP fits...
  • 9 July 2009

    I will never forget when it dawned on me that I was too busy saving the world to actually see the world. It was around 13 years ago. The culmination of this huge revelation happened as I was driving home one night with my wife and young daughter in the car. more»
  • 2 July 2009

    The word missional has been in the dictionary for 100 years, defined in the 1907 Oxford English dictionary as something that is of, or pertaining to, missionaries. But those who use the word today have broader applications, focusing on the church's role in the culture. more»
  • 28 April 2009

    Sometimes he used a story to break through old ways of thinking. Other times he used a storm to bring his disciples to their knees. You almost get the feeling that Jesus saw every word, every action, and every blade of grass as an opportunity to connect with people and show them who He was. more»
  • 14 April 2009

    There are a number of churches in the Wellington area which either have done or are planning to do the five-week 'Outflow' church course. The following encouraging story was forwarded to us from more»
  • 26 February 2009

    Most people, when they move, picture the ideal neighbourhood: friendly couples, with well-behaved children, who drop by (always at the perfect time) with a plate of cookies?Ǩor perhaps to mow your lawn. What we get, too often, falls far short of residential utopia: streets and subdivisions full of busy people who barely have enough time and energy to tend to their own lives, let alone take an active interest in their neighbours'. more»
  • 22 February 2009

    Churches across the country are talking about ways to expand their involvement in local community service. But they also know that it takes more than talk to become externally focused. Leaders want people to go beyond busy and beyond church walls into a meaningful, lifechanging, active faith described in James 2:17 "?Ǩfaith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." more»
  • 19 February 2009

    No one would doubt that a short-term mission experience has the ability to changes lives. Can a local community service experience be just as powerful? more»
  • 19 February 2009

    The lessons learned by six American churches in successfully establishing a culture of service. more»
  • 5 November 2008

    As these young believers reached adulthood and found jobs that would allow them to "move on up," their desire to remain members of the church held them in the community. With growing resources the church was able to send some away to college with the understanding that they, too, would return to the church and community. The vibrancy and vision of the church attracted other talented people to move into the neighborhood to be part of the new life that was sprouting up everywhere. more»
  • 5 November 2008

    The healthiest organizations are learning organizations where anybody can contribute. Ideas are not evaluated by who gives them but by how valuable they are to the mission. more»
  • 5 November 2008

     Brian McLaren pastors at Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, Maryland, and is author of More Ready Than You Realize: Evangelism as Dance in the Postmodern Matrix (Zondervan, more»
  • 18 September 2008

    The God who commands us to disciple all nations also commands us to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. We still struggle to 'relate' these things to one another when we ought never to have split them apart in the first place. But sadly we did. We have been guilty of putting asunder what God has joined together. Lausanne, in its commitment to holistic mission, believes in the integration of all these things because anything less is untrue to the Bible. more»
  • 8 September 2008

    Mark Beale has written a book to mark the 20th anniversary of the church, entitled 'Full of Surprises'. It is both an entertaining and a thought-provoking read. What stands out for me is what a mixture of faith, optimism, clear-eyed practicality and plain hard work can achieve by God's grace. It is little wonder that Mark was appointed Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001 for services to the community. more»
  • 15 August 2008

    I was recently visiting a friend who is a wonderfully gifted pastor and teacher. He passionately loves people and has keen spiritual insight, but the church he pastors is at a virtual standstill. His frustration level is off the charts and his sheep are reluctantly wandering away to other flocks. more»
  • 15 August 2008

    Rallying Christians and non-Christians around community needs may invigorate your outreach.
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  • 15 August 2008

    It may not be a coincidence that when James Choung, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, set out to help college students explain the gospel to their friends, he turned to the most beloved tool in an engineer's arsenal: the napkin diagram. more»
  • 15 July 2008

    It isn't hard to find reasons to avoid reaching out to others with the good news of Jesus Christ. Here is how I respond to ten common objections.1.       "I don't have more»
  • 14 July 2008

    Instead of keeping prayer within their walls, two Chicago churches are making prayer their gift to the neighborhood. more»
  • 1 July 2008

    The gospel has been described as a pool in which a toddler can wade and yet an elephant can swim. It is both simple enough to tell to a child and profound enough for the greatest minds to explore. Indeed, even angels never tire of looking into it (1 Peter 1:12). Humans are by no means angels, however, so rather than contemplating it, we argue about it. more»
  • 11 June 2008

    As members of Forest Meadow Baptist Church discovered, a church's brand is more than a professionally designed logo and an impressive website. The brand is the reputation a church has in its community. . . more»
  • 21 March 2008

    You can see them any Sunday - crowds of fans, desperately in need of exercise, watching a small group of players desperately in need of a rest. No, I'm not talking about a football game, I'm talking about how lots of churches practice ministry on Sunday morning and every other day of the week.

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  • 20 March 2008

    When I'm around church people, I always check whether they are misled by the modern secular vision. Have they substituted the vision of service for the only thing that will make people whole - community? Are they service peddlers or community builders? Peddling services is unchristian - even if you're hell-bent on helping people. Peddling services instead of building communities is the one way you can be sure not to help. more»
  • 19 March 2008

    Bill Hybels is senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois, and one of the founders of the seeker-friendly movement. He talked to Rev! recently about his latest book, Just Walk Across the Room (Zondervan), and reflected on the way his views on evangelism have changed in the 10 years since he co-authored the bestseller Becoming a Contagious Christian.
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  • 18 March 2008

    John and Gary were the gay neighbors I tried to avoid. When they walked their dog or drove up to their home, I'd conveniently look the other way or at the most give the obligatory half-wave and nod. But I never went out of my way to connect with them.

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  • 17 September 2007

    In the ungodly and challenging environment of first century Crete the grace of God became visible as those who had come to belong to God set about reversing the downward spiral in their communities, introducing an unexpected dose of goodness into situations instead of joining in with the bad, living generously instead of selfishly, showing gentle respect in place of animosity and aggression. more»
  • 13 September 2007

    In our church, we have a simplistic view regarding teaching. People learn by watching and getting involved, rather than just listening to us talking about stuff. If we want to teach the stuff in 'the Book,' we better be living it. If we want the big mass of Them to learn it, we need to get them involved.
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  • 13 September 2007

    Under the radar of all but a fragment of the media, a quiet revolution is taking place in the vexed field of social welfare delivery in New Zealand.

    Put simply, it is that churches and other faith-based agencies are reawakening to the fact that it is their duty to provide for the less fortunate in the communities in which they stand.
    Throughout the country, church-based social services more»
  • 13 September 2007

    As we set our congregations free to be ministers in the wider community, we quickly learn that the most important skill we all need is not knowing what to say, but knowing how to listen -- really listen. more»
  • 28 August 2007

    Of one thing we can be certain: God has given us the greatest show on earth, a drama full of intrigue that is not only interesting but actually brings us up onto the stage, writing us into the script as actors in the ongoing production. It gives us a role that contrasts sharply with those one-dimensional characters and shallow story lines of this present age. And because it is more than a play, 'putting on Christ' involves a lot more than trying on different costumes and masks... more»
  • 15 June 2007

    Pastor Aaron Jayne of The Dream Center in Los Angeles, the church that made ‘Adopt-A-Block’ famous, tells how to keep an Adopt-A-Block going long-term  Why Does Adopt-a-Block more»
  • 14 June 2007

    I read something not long ago that I instantly bristled over. Most Christians are so far out of touch with the world around them that they know little of its fears, problems, concerns, or issues?Ǩ (Conspiracy of Kindness. 2003, p. 233). I know those words are true. For nearly 10-years I existed in an entirely Christian bubble. When I left high school to attend ?Ǩ?preacher school,?Ǩ I left all my non-Christians friends behind. more»
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