The most powerful communication contains three elements: information, inspiration and invitation. All three are necessary to deeply engage the hearts and minds of those with whom we are building relationships.
A Fellowship of Differents
author: Scot McKnight
If you were to ask 100 people, “What is the church supposed to look like?” you might get an astonishing variety of answers. Despite their cultural and ecclesiological variety, however, these answers ought all to be shaped by the Bible – specifically the teachings of Jesus and Paul.
Menno Simons wrote more than two dozen books and pamphlets. He placed the following on the title page of all his writings: “For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11, ESV).
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You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church…And Rethinking FaithAuthor: David KinnamanFollowing up with students who have graduated out of your youth group can be one of the most rewarding aspects of that ministry – or one of the most terrifying.
I imagine I must have looked like a pretty grouchy 10-year-old, as I slumped into the church pew on a cold winter morning. There I was, stuck listening to a boring sermon while the rest of my hockey team was pursuing glory on the rinks of southern Alberta.
A constant hum of voices – simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and French, and explanatory words in Portuguese, German, and Russian – animated each of the sessions of the International Community of Mennonite Brethren’s Higher Education Consultation at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, June 13–17, as participants from around the world engaged with presentations on the theme “Church and School: Compañeros (co-labourers) in growing people of God.”
I love questions. I love dreaming them up, twisting, stretching, pulling, and bending them, letting them stew in my brain and heart. I’d rather simmer in a good question than a hot-tub any day. Sometimes I get into trouble asking people to join me in the pot but I think I’m in good company.