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Christian Order or The Remnant - With PDF Documents

Christian Order or The Remnant? Where does the “Pilgrim Church” fit in the Christian landscape? How does our view of ourselves affect our interaction with other Christians? How does our view of ourselves affect the way we go about planting churches? Is there a way to help new believers experience the full benefits of Christian fellowship and still maintain a pure church? A text version of this address as well as charts used in the topic are available as a PDF download at this link.

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Helping Churches Grow Greener Grass

One of the biggest temptations for church planters is to grow their church with transfers from other churches. What if Christians today would follow the example of the Apostle Paul who discipled Onesimus, sent him back to his master, and then gave Philemon some suggestions for growing greener grass? It is typical for Anabaptist churches to gladly (or sometimes reluctantly) receive members from other Anabaptist congregations who are looking for “greener grass.” Churches take it as a compliment that someone else wants what they have to offer. However, if someone leaves their church for another church, they can often see wrong motives in the person or take it as an offense. Some churches will at least check with the former congregation to see if there is any reason why they should not take the folks in as members, but the default is still to take them in. Rarely if ever do Anabaptist churches have a vision for helping their neighboring churches grow the kind of “grass” that will keep the sheep satisfied and content.

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How Leaders Can Encourage Local Outreach and Church Planting

A responsibility of leaders found in Ephesians 4:12 is to “equip the saints for the work of ministry for building up the body of Christ.” Is this perhaps the most significant calling that God has for church leaders today? There are many Christians who would like to be involved in local outreach, evangelism, discipling new believers, and church planting; and they desire encouragement, blessing, and direction from their leaders in undertaking these important tasks. In this message, suggestions are given for how church leaders and other influential people in the church can prepare, equip, and bless individuals who are willing to help fulfill the great commission.

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Healthy Church

What 3 things are needed for healthy church life?

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Church Planting Opportunity in Greece

The Refugee Crisis in Southern Europe has opened the doors for Christians, particularly peace loving Christians, to share the Gospel with people from all over the Mid-east and northern Africa. In this topic Dean Taylor takes us on a tour of his work in the refugee camps and his vision for church planting in Greece and eventually all over Europe.

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