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When we aren’t feeling proud about church because…

What do you reply when someone asks, “How is church?”. I recently asked this of two persons from the same church. “It’s…okay..”, came the response. It isn’t an easy question to answer is it? We don’t want to sound cliché; and in truth, most of us have some concerns or issues with our local churches. […]

Where do pastors go to retire, if they should/could?

I am reaching my personal jubilee and have started thinking about things which I never did; such as retirement. In the current ever-new world with a possible economic shift, where do pastors go to retire? Actually, I don’t believe in retirement. The reason is simple: work is a gift and a mandate given by God. […]

Community: what comes to mind?

by Jenni You may be an introvert, and extrovert or a bit of both. You may have grown up in a large rowdy family or a small quiet one. You may have walked into church one day all by yourself or was ushered in by a friend or more.   I remember the ah-ha moment […]

These 4Cs foundational to 5fold and all maturing, stable, impacting churches based on Ephesians 4

“Live a life worthy of the calling…”. Paul begins at chapter 4 of Ephesians. Why start off with this imperative? Because actions grow out of beliefs. Do we believe that our lives have the call of God upon them? It may be easy to say this when you are young and fiery. But after some storms […]

Jesus’ parting words and Hebrews 12: how to soldier on leader.

Leaders know about resistance, criticism, even rejection. In a way, a leader is like a lightning rod – he/she sticks out and attracts both the praise and the electrical charges that come in a storm. There is plenty of good wisdom out there about this reality. But what struck me as I listened to Scripture […]