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What Church Unity Is … and Isn’t

What Church Unity Is … and Isn’t

In churches that are reaching unchurched people, there are always going to be issues of unity. Because the issues reach across political lines, we have to wade through messy political discussions. Because they reach across ethnic boundaries, we have to wade through uncomfortable cultural clashes. Because they reach across financial boundaries, we have to discuss how the poor and the wealthy do life together. When the early church in Corinth faced such issues, Paul told

5 Key Ways We Create and Cultivate Culture

5 Key Ways We Create and Cultivate Culture

Since the beginning of creation, humanity has been creating and cultivating—bringing into existence new ideas and new life, while simultaneously establishing a culture where ideas and life either flourish or flail. As Andy Crouch states in his book Culture Making, “Like our first parents, we are to be creators and cultivators. Or to put it more poetically, we are artists and gardeners… creaturely creators, tending and shaping the world that the original Creator made.” And

Empowering the Church for Missional Movement

Empowering the Church for Missional Movement

In this new season of (almost) post-COVID ecclesiology, we’re seeing pastors, church leaders, and planters struggle to find movement. Not only are congregants increasingly tired, mentally retreating, and instilling new rhythms in their life, but leaders are facing these new paradigms as well. All of this results in lower attendance and engagement, with tired leaders trying to find new movement in their community. We see the shifting patterns of church life and faith as opportunities

Celebrating the Faithfulness of God

Celebrating the Faithfulness of God

Earlier this year, two healthy multiethnic churches in and near Charlotte, NC, celebrated double-digit anniversaries.  Together with the people of Mosaic Church (Charlotte), founding pastors Naeem and Ashley Fazal celebrated sixteen years of fruitful ministry on the north side of the city. Further south, founding pastors Derwin and Vicki Gray celebrated twelve years of similar fruit and effectiveness with the people of Transformation Church (Indian Land, South Carolina). Of course, the anniversary of any plant