So, What Comes After Church Growth?

So, What Comes After Church Growth?

Characteristics of the Church Growth Movement itself present challenges to church multiplication.


The regrettable shortage of multiplying churches can be explained, at least in part, by the lingering implications of the wholesale adoption of business principles and pragmatic schemes that distinguished the church growth era. Today, we awaken to a church growth hangover that colors our thoughts on what we should do next.

Mattresses, Experiences, and Instagramming Your Worship Service

Mattresses, Experiences, and Instagramming Your Worship Service

What place does social media have in our worship services?


When was the last time you bought a mattress? Did you walk around a showroom and awkwardly lie down on several of them? Did you close your eyes, try to get comfortable, and imagine what it would be like to sleep on it day after day? Did you then pay too much, and wait too long for it to be delivered to your house?

One-on-One with Karen Swallow Prior on ‘On Reading Well’

One-on-One with Karen Swallow Prior on ‘On Reading Well’

Reading good literature well is in itself a practice of virtue.


Ed: The subtitle of your book is “Finding the Good Life through Great Books.” What do you mean by “the good life”?

Renewing Your Church: The Power of Revitalization

Renewing Your Church: The Power of Revitalization

There is nothing more exciting than a ministry that demonstrably requires the resurrection power of Jesus Christ from day one.


God’s Global Mission in an Era of the Autonomous Self

God’s Global Mission in an Era of the Autonomous Self

How do we approach mission work in a context of hyper-individuality and globalization?


Many church leaders do cultural studies and wrestle with the sociology of place. On a different track, others try to get their heads around the social imaginaries that make up the personality of our cities (sometimes referred to as a horizon or a space).

How Can We Overcome Our Fear of Evangelism?

How Can We Overcome Our Fear of Evangelism?

Confidence in evangelism begins in the love of God.


A short while ago I was talking with a student about the fact that so few people in North America actually engage in sharing the gospel with others. I asked her why she thought this might be so.

Where Have All the Church Planters Gone?

Where Have All the Church Planters Gone?

What’s the greatest hindrance to effective church planting?


What’s the greatest hindrance to effective church planting?

You might expect to get varied answers to this question from church planting theorists, strategists, and practitioners, but among those consistently participating in this conversation one comment bubbles to the top almost every time: A scarcity of prepared leaders.

Secularism and Diversity: Lessons from Canada

Secularism and Diversity: Lessons from Canada

The implications of the Canadian Supreme Court's refusal to accredit the Trinity Western University law program.


Trinity Western University, a Canadian liberal arts university, planned to open a law school as part of its vision to prepare Christians to serve in public and civic life. It wasn’t long before their plan triggered the ire of provincial law societies.

Necessary Conversations: The Church, Suicide, and Mental Health

Necessary Conversations: The Church, Suicide, and Mental Health

The church is for the broken. A church without the broken is a broken church.


For many around the world, mental illness is a not just a theoretical issue. Instead, it plays itself out in many ways and can impact nearly every moment of every day. For some, the struggle is manageable; although disruptive, they are still able to function at near normal capacity.

A Fascinating Lost Email from Larry Norman on Music and Ministry

A Fascinating Lost Email from Larry Norman on Music and Ministry

Our worship music is very often about 'us' and 'I' more than about God.


Ed Stetzer:

Thanks, Larry,

I appreciate it so much.

One of these days, I would like to get more of your thoughts on Christian music. It is such an important area.

I pray that your health will improve and I am sorry that I had to bother you during this challenging time.

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