The usual story is of a pastor who staunches a church’s decline by introducing “contemporary” worship. But Macedonia Baptist in Pittsburgh capped its growth with a return to “traditional.”
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Worship focused on the eucharist, and that focused on a tradition-free personal relationship with Jesus, are two different ballgames.
What would you recommend to someone who has been trained with a high sacramental theology but ends up in a more entrepreneurial, low-church setting?
Lillian Daniel, a teacher of preaching, responds to first-year pastor Tom Arthur's question from last week.
Advice from an elder preacher and leader to a younger: let the listeners do some of the work, and leave space for the Spirit.
It is a helpful exercise for leaders to place themselves in the shoes of those who are new to their organizations.
Serving the Lord’s Supper always seems always to result in a mess. And given the nature of our work as leaders, maybe that’s as it should be.