Why I LOVE the Church by Kathy Escobar
Oct27

Why I LOVE the Church by Kathy Escobar

Yes, I call out unhealthy church systems all the time.Yes, I rant and rave about equality.Yes, I believe sometimes people need to leave church-as-they-knew-it to save their souls. Yes, I am deeply disturbed by how power and control has hurt so many.   But I also still do love the “church.”   I believe in what it’s supposed to be.   I believe in its power.   I believe in its possibility.   I believe in its purpose.  ...

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How to get The Mind of Christ Through Open Participation
Sep10

How to get The Mind of Christ Through Open Participation

Consensus can be looked at from many angles, but here I will focus on the importance of all voices being heard in the pursuit of Christ’s will. As I have traveled among all kinds of fellowships since 1977, the number one concern that has come from the saints’ hearts has been expressed in statements like — “a few voices have the clout, the rest don’t matter,” “no one has ever asked for my thoughts,” “I felt ignored or put down...

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Relationships and the City Church Concept
Aug28

Relationships and the City Church Concept

In church, as in all things relationship trumps geography or in this case, the city church concept. This could be a small business success white paper or this could be a marriage and dating advice column the answer would still be the same. Relationship will always trump geography. Everyday people drive past many restaurants to get to the one where the waitress treats them right. Likewise, when a Navy wife is in love and her husband...

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7 Levels of Church Relationships
Aug22

7 Levels of Church Relationships

Relationships created and formed by the love of God and established and maintained in the unity of the Spirit, are the pillars of the Church the Lord is building today. As the Lord continues to shake everything that can be shaken in the 21st century, we are coming to realize that nothing but love will remain. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that...

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Church Services, Meetings, and Gatherings
Jul29

Church Services, Meetings, and Gatherings

Until we deal directly with issues like the difference between church services, meetings and gatherings the organized traditional systems will pass us off as a fad. We are all in agreement that Father God is transitioning His church for optimal effectiveness and impact in this darkened world. The problem comes when we make adjustments to how we do things without knowing where or why the Lord is moving us. Needless to say, for many it...

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It’s Time to UNCHURCH the CHURCH! by Bert Farias
Jul01

It’s Time to UNCHURCH the CHURCH! by Bert Farias

In a survey conducted in Amsterdam in the 1990’s, young people were asked two questions: Are you interested in God? Are you interested in church? 100% stated they were interested God, while 99% stated they were NOT interested in church. The pastors blamed the youth. I believe one of the greatest barriers to effectively fulfilling the great commission could very well be the Church itself. As someone once said, “The quickest way to...

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