The inactive church member is perhaps the most neglected aspect of the total church program, yet he symbolizes one of the greatest untapped resources for strengthening the local church. Here MINISTRY editor J.R. Spangler interviews Dr. John S. Savage, who as director of LEAD Consultants has developed a successful program to tap this largely overlooked resource.
Blessing motorcycles, issuing trading stamps, raffling whiskey, or any number of strange innovations can never substitute for the church's clear task. The churches that are growing and healthy are those that
are more concerned to follow God's guidelines than to adapt themselves
to the feelings and desires of sinners.
When the disciples questioned Jesus about the timing of His prediction concerning Jerusalem's fall, He responded with a prophetic discourse that seems to link His second coming with that first-century event. Did He really intend to return that soon? Was He simply mistaken? How are we to understand His words?
Moving to a new pastorate is never easy, but it can be made much less complicated and traumatic with just a little forethought. Here are some suggestions for making life a great deal simpler for the one who follows you. And you can hope that the one you follow will do the same for you.
Recent advances in electronic technology have done more than make it possible for teen-agers to play video games. New devices, as well as
improved capabilities for familiar equipment, are opening up all sorts of opportunities for the local church to use. And the cost is often surprisingly affordable.
Introducing the Christian faith to one's children is something like a relay race. The most critical time comes at the passing of the baton. Once it has been successfully passed, the runner rarely drops it.