3 August, 2021

Real Churches, Missional Ministry

by | 18 June, 2013 | 0 comments

By Mark A. Taylor

Of all the articles about missional ministry we”ve posted this month, I like the stories from churches most. Maybe you agree.

Although we”re energized by the insights of missional leaders like Matt Smay and Alan Hirsch, their ideas come to life in the strategies, experiences, successes, and failures of local congregations. Rivertree Christian Church, Massillon, Ohio; Community Christian Church, Naperville, Illinois; and Southland Christian Church, Lexington, Kentucky, encourage us with the new paths they”re blazing.

HeartShaperLogo-VectorAnd now you can hear leaders from these three churches discuss their ministry. We”re bringing them to you via CHRISTIAN STANDARD”s new monthly interview program called Beyond the Standard.

This Thursday, June 20, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, I”ll be talking with Greg Nettle from RiverTree Christian, Jon Ferguson from Community Christian, and Jon Weece from Southland Christian. I”m anticipating a freewheeling discussion about why they”re ministering as they are, how the missional approach is truly different from the ministry strategies they pursued before, and what they”ve learned along the way.

You can listen to their discussion and even ask your own questions. The program is free. Just follow this link to log on and listen in at BlogTalkRadio where our program is hosted.

Our friends at BlogTalkRadio will archive the program for you to hear anytime. If you”re not available for the live presentation, just click here whenever you”re free. You might want to listen live this Thursday and then invite a circle of other leaders from your church to hear the discussion later at an elders meeting or staff retreat.

Almost 2,000 listeners have done just that with the first program in this series. George Ross, Tim Harlow, and Brian Mavis shared their heart and hope for taking Christian truth with Christlike love to the troubled people surrounding their congregations. You can listen to their discussion, labeled “Integrity in a Shifting Culture,” too. Find the program among the listings on the Standard Publishing channel at BlogTalkRadio.

We”re doing all of this for four reasons. First, we know our writers have more to share than we can contain in what we publish. Second, we know our readers would like to interact with our writers””ask them questions, clarify their points of view. Third, some folks absorb more by listening than by reading. Fourth””and maybe this should be first””the topics we”re considering in these monthly broadcasts are vital to the church and its ministry.

We think you”ll agree when you listen each month to Beyond the Standard.

<a href="https://christianstandard.com/author/admin/" target="_self">Christian Standard</a>

Christian Standard

Contact us at cs@christianstandardmedia.com

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest Articles

Stories

By taking these symbols of Jesus’ body and blood, we announce we believe there really was a Jesus, and he really did die for us and carried all our sins down to a grave . . .

Documentary Highlights Christian Response to Pandemics

Southeast Christian Church’s “Purpose in Pandemics” is a documentary that follows the response of the church to pandemics throughout history. The “Purpose in Pandemics” website also includes a study guide for small groups and individuals.

Used of God

I soaked up Sam Stone’s wit and wisdom during our lunches together. Afterward, I’d take notes about our conversations. After hearing of his passing, inspired by his wordsmithing, I felt compelled to share just a small part of his story.

Sam E. Stone: ‘He Tried to Speak the Truth in Love’

In memory and appreciation of our former editor, Sam E. Stone, who died early this week, we share this 2011 column from Christian Standard’s archives in which Sam discussed four Scripture verses significant to his life.

Elliott Library ‘Cornerstone’ Laid

Three Bibles of historical significance to Cincinnati Christian University were the first books place on the shelves during relocation of the George Mark Elliott Library.

The Death of Evil

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. saw in minority groups’ struggles for social equality in America a parallel with Israel’s bondage in Egypt. King envisioned God’s goodness would deliver the U.S. from the evil of segregation.

Mark Scott’s Greatest Kingdom Impact

Since I first enrolled at Ozark Christian College, Mark Scott has been my kingdom hero, and I’m not the only young preacher Mark has shaped. Over his 35 years at OCC, Mark has inspired generations of students.

‘Have We Plans for 1921?’

“All the Standard asks is the opportunity to serve, and it yearns to render in 1921 the greatest, finest, and best service of its history. . . .”

CCLF Concluding Strong First Year in Greater Cincinnati

In its first full year, the Christian Church Leadership Foundation has accomplished much to ensure Christian education and resources would continue to be available to people in the Greater Cincinnati area.

News Briefs for Dec. 9

Items from Timber Lake Christian Church (Moberly, Mo.), Choateville Christian Church (Frankfort, Ky.), Johnson University, and more.

My Counsel for Young Preachers

If I were counseling an aspiring young preacher fresh out of Bible college or seminary, champing at the bit to lead in the church, I would offer these three bits of advice.

My Memories of Marshall Leggett

By Ben Merold
As I think about Marshall Leggett, who passed away on March 2 at age 90, two personal experiences keep coming to my mind . . .

Powell Quintuplets Graduating from High School

When the Powell quintuplets were born in 2001, all of Kentucky celebrated, including Southeast Christian Church, where the Powells are longtime members. Now the quints are 18 and are all headed to the same university.

Reentry: It May Be Harder Than We Think

When the COVID-19 crisis eases, I anticipate that reentry is going to be harder than some people think. Churches, especially, need to prepare for this.

How the Local Church Can Make a Difference in Foster Care

A ministry that serves the foster care system isn’t simple. The situations are complicated and the answers are never easy, but it’s been an incredible honor for Christ’s Church of Oronogo to be invited into families’ stories.

An Altar of Earth

We no longer sacrifice burnt offerings on an altar because Jesus came as the ultimate and final sacrifice for our sins. But we should remember an old command as we come before God to worship him.

Aug. 8 | Which Righteousness?

Having called the Galatians back to the true gospel, defended his own apostleship, and having confronted Peter (i.e., Cephas), Paul begins to argue for the gospel of righteousness.

Aug. 8 | Application

A biblical text normally has a single meaning, but it can have many applications. Consider Galatians 2:20 . . .

Follow Us