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Ministry Paradigm Shift

The church is about to experience a paradigm shift in preparation for life in 2020. I believe the season for larger and larger houses of worship is coming to an end, as is the Field of Dreams ministry strategy that says if we build it, they will come. The idea that bigger is better, especially as it relates to bigger buildings, may be an approach to ministry that is about to transition into history. 

Today’s technological advances present options for doing ministry unknown in times past that can revolutionize life in the kingdom here on earth. What most of us in megachurches see on Sunday mornings—thousands of worshippers gathering in one location—is not a New Testament model. As the New Testament church grew, the mass gatherings with the Temple as the focal point of worship were replaced by smaller gatherings like the church in Aquila and Priscilla’s house. Certainly this shift was precipitated by the unique non-Jewish cultures of these young fledgling congregations, but I think there is a more universal principle being implied: In order to impact a city or culture, it may be more effective to shift from the church gathered in one large location to multiple smaller settings scattered throughout the community and connected by the prevailing technology of the day. If we were to corner some of my big-building, megaministry colleagues when the cameras aren’t rolling and the reporters aren’t taking notes, many would admit that if they had it to do again, they would not build as big. I don’t think we were out of the will of God; it may just be that we were par in a season whose time may be coming to an end. We shall see.

 

Kenneth UImer
Faithful Central Bible Church

 

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In a New Season?

"Sometimes we must step away from a situation to really see how God is working on our behalf. God is always doing something new. He has given you strategies and has shown you how to make it in dry places.  Rely on Him."

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. - Isaiah 43:19 read more

What Are You Standing On?

“Build your hope on the sure foundation of Jesus Christ, who is the solid rock.  When you do not know what to do, grab hold of His love. So when the rain, the floods and the winds come, you can endure them.”

Matthew 7:24-25

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. read more

Just One Look

“It often serves us best if we don't look back.  When Lot’s wife looked back she turned into a pillar of salt.  What would we turn into if we looked to the past?  It's time to move forward!”
Read Genesis 19:26
"But his wife (Lot’s wife) looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt" NKJV. read more

No Weapon Formed Will Prosper

Even if a weapon was formed against you it will not prosper.  So go ahead and stand firm in the faith and trust in the Lord your God!  He is able.
Isaiah 54:17

"No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” says the LORD. read more

I Am Victorious

Believe and say, today and everyday of your life, 'I refuse to be the victim.  By faith I know that all is well and because of Jesus Christ I am victorious every time!  

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. --1 Corinthians 15:57 read more

Take a Spiritual Inventory

"Assess all your issues. After you have reviewed them, make up in your mind that nothing shall separate you from the love of God."

 

 

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, not things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -- Romans 8:38-39

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