Biblijska Predanost zahtjevi kulturni Relevantnost Paul Alexander

Mnogo je toga rečeno i napisano u posljednjih nekoliko godina, nudi sve vrste kritike suvremenih crkava za kompromis pridržavanja Evanđelja Isusa Krista za suvremenim metodama ga komuniciranje. Zanimljivo je da je velika većina ovom pitanju kritike putem drugih Crkava. Typically it comes from Churches that are not growing criticizing Churches that are growing. After all, if a Church is growing, they’ve got to be doing something wrong don’t they?

I have a tendency to go the other way on this one. Zapravo, I’d go so far as to say if a Church isn’t working hard to be culturally relevant, it isn’t working hard to remain true to the Scriptures! You can’t be radically committed to the Scriptures without being radically committed to communicating the Scriptures in a culturally relevant manner.

It’s an easy statement to make because God has always communicated his message to people in a culturally relevant manner. Language, the time, place, ethnicity, gender, community, governance, and more has always been taken into consideration as the message of God was communicated to a particular audience.

The Apostle Paul, a master missionary, knew this about the heart of God and understood that the Gospel must be contextualized to each specific culture:

#1 Take time to understand the culture of your audience.

"…for as I was walking along I saw your many altars…” Acts 17:23

#2 Be positive, not negative, about the culture of your audience.

“So Paul, standing before the Council, addressed them as follows: ’Men of Athens, I noticed that you are very religious…” Acts 17:22

#3 Use the culture of your audience to connect with the heart of your audience.

“His purpose in all of this was that the nations should seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As one of your own poets says, ‘We are his offspring.’” Acts 17:27-28

#4 Relationally speak truth to your audience.

“For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.” Acts 17:31


About The Author

Paul Alexander is a Pastor, Leader, and Church Strategist. He has spent the last ten years of ministry serving in three mega-church settings as a Youth Pastor, Executive Pastor, and Lead Pastor. He has been married to his wife Lisa for 14 godine. Together they have three children Kennedy, Mia, and Lincoln. You can follow Paul on Cvrkut or at his blog.

Idealno-Sized Kongregacija? Pokušajte 500! Steve Sjogren

congregationVelike crkve dolaze u različitim veličinama, vrlo velika,, srednjih one i manjih.

Some are frustrated with the mega church scene in our day for a variety of reasons. It is a mistake to discount the vital role mega churches play in God’s strategy for reaching the world. God has in mind to use mega churches in great ways in our day. Above all else he wants to redeem these churches to do great works of evangelism across America. Done rightly such churches can serve as catalysts for the greater community they find themselves in so that churches of all sizes can gain confidence for evangelism.

I believe the most efficient church size is…500.
I stated this conclusion several years ago in a book based on the numerous observations made in that book (Making A Good Church Great, Regal, 2010). I am more convinced now than ever that my original hunch was correct.

Ponder this: it would be more productive to produce 10 life-giving churches of 500 in weekend attendance than in building one mega church of 5,000. I believe there is abundant evidence to make the point that the per capita level of spiritual vitality is usually greater at a medium-sized church versus a single mega one. The individual Believer will likely evidence greater fruit of discipleship in medium sized churches than in mega ones.

Mega church pastors are called by God to accomplish great things.
I don’t wish anything ominous upon the shoulders of my mega church brethren, yet it is a fact that to whom much is given much is required. Those who lead very large congregations will stand before God in the not too distant future to give an account of the way they acted as stewards of the provision of God in their time as the leader of an immense congregation with immense resources.

How did I do as a teacher? Did I boldly and lovingly present to my people the uncompromising truth of the Gospel?
How did I do as a model? Did I show my people the life of Jesus through my life?
Did we do the work of evangelism? Did we consistently, profoundly seek to bring our city to Jesus?
Were the poor shown an abundance of the mercy of God?

Such questions put the fear of the Lord in me. With this burden of responsibility in mind I don’t miss a day of my time of leading a mega church. I pray mercy upon you if you are a pastor in a congregation of this sort.

If you are a pastor in another size congregation you have it easier in many ways. Pray for mega church pastors near you. I hope you will mutually stir up the “love and good deeds” Scripture calls us to walk in.


Steve Sjogren is a veteran church planter and pastor of five churches in he US and Europe, several of which have grown to mega church status. He is currently operating in his ideal role by leading an outward-focused congregation of 500 in the Greater Portland area. He is the author of several best-selling books and many free PDF booklets. The Steve Sjogren Blog is published daily as a focus on evangelism, outreach and the power of the Spirit to accomplish this.

Intervju s Mikeom klanja Steve sjogren

***Zahvaljujući Tim u Bereji, OH koji je poslao ultra-optimiziran za video datoteku koja je samo 60MB!***

Mike Slaughter dijeli svoje srce kao što se odnosi na više 30 godine čvrstom službe u Crkvi u Ginghamsburg TIPP City (Dayton), Ohio. Klanje promišlja kako je njegov početni Crkva strategija rasta misfired. Morao je dobiti viziju odozgo.

Njegov put je obilježen umjereno, ali dosljedna rasta otkad. Iste rast je ponovio iz godine u godinu kao što je to tražio da učenik malog broja ljudi u njegovom span skrbi - nikad više od desetak ljudi u isto vrijeme ipak. Poslušajte kako je to jednostavno pristup vanjske njege i dalje promijeniti živote svojih vođa i svoj grad danas.

On dijeli misli na profit od crkve koja je namijenjena vanjskosti koji vodi do zdravlja. To je uzbudljivo perspektive da će podići vaše srce i um.

Evo MP3 intervju možete poslušati ili preuzeti. To je 84MB (da ćemo dobiti ovaj manji uskoro).

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Klanja najnovija knjiga je u završnim fazama kreativnih s nakladnicima:
Promijeniti svijet – ponovnom otkrivanju službu i Isusovu poruku.
Datum objave siječnja, 2010 (Abingdon Press).

Mike Slaughter
Mike Slaughter

O Mike pokolja
Načelnik sanjar, Crkva Ginghamsburg
Mike Slaughter, dovesti župnikom u Ginghamsburg Crkve, je tri desetljeća dreamer of Ginghamsburg Crkve i duhovne poduzetnik ministarstva tržnice inovacija. Njegov doživotni strasti do izgubili i postaviti potlačenih besplatno sada je napravio ga je neumorni i vodeći zagovornik za prognane djece, Žene i muškarci Darfuru, Sudan, imenovan od strane U.N. kao najgora humanitarna kriza u svijetu danas. Pod vodstvom Mike, Ginghamsburg Crkva je postala poznata kao rani inovator malih skupina ministarstva, Crkva "Mediji preporod" i cyberministry, s Ginghamsburg web uprosječivanja 50,000 posjeta mjesečno iz cijelog svijeta. Od pokretanja projekta Sudanu u siječnju 2005, Ginghamsburg je uložio više $3.7 milijuna dolara u humanitarne pomoći u Darfuru. Rezultanta poljoprivredna projekt, Program razvoja djeteta i sigurno vode Inicijativa se širi doći do četvrt milijuna sudanskih izbjeglica i seljaka. Kao mentor, Mike putuje diljem svijeta govoriti i koristiti svoj "dar" iritacije za opremanje Ministarstva kako bi se smanjili vođe cigle i povećali misiju, tako da oni mogu u potpunosti implementirati Isusovo poslanje u svijetu. Mike je također autor više knjiga za crkvenih vođa. Za više informacija o Mikeu, posjetiti www.mikeslaughter.com.