When a Church Meets in a Factory

LifeQuest Church (RCA) meets in the Integrated Fabric Resource (IFR) factory in Zeeland, Michigan. And the unconventional location isn’t the only unusual thing about the church’s arrangement with IFR. When LifeQuest asked the company president about moving into his building, he came back to them with a request of his own. “His comment was that […]

WHEN “MINISTRY CENTER” MEANS SO MUCH MORE THAN “CHURCH”

Count yourself lucky if you have met Ann Bilbrew. Energetic, as likely to laugh as pray, and apt to rave about her children, Bilbrew is the pastor at Living Springs Riverdale Ministry Center in Riverdale, Illinois, a church plant associated with Living Springs Community Church (RCA) in Glenwood. The idea for the Riverdale Ministry Center […]

When a Sanctuary Offers Sanctuary

Originally posted on the RCA Website. Used with permission. What happens when a 50-member congregation decides to live rather than die? To bless the community rather than fade into obscurity? When Church of the Master in Warren, Michigan, began praying over missional opportunities rather than size and resources, they began to experience God’s surprising economy. […]

Hospitality in the House of God, Lesson Ten

The Deacon’s Witness Text: Acts 8:26-40 Cross-cultural evangelism and mission is a topic of great discussion in church circles and at mission conferences these days. Peter Wagner speaks of people most like ourselves as M-1 people; M-2’s are those who are different but whom we might be able to reach with some adaptation; and M-3’s […]

Hospitality in the House of God, Lesson Nine

Jesus’ Last Words Text: Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus said and did so many things that John says, “If every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (21:25). That being the case, what is the most important thing that Jesus said? Is there […]

Hospitality in the House of God: Lesson Eight

Jesus’ Heart of Compassion Text: Mark 6:34 (cf. Matthew 9:36) “Your Church Does Not Need an Evangelism Program.” That title for one of my evangelism workshops often surprises constituents, but it is a fact. Programs come and go. Some of them are very effective; others are not. They have their place in the life and […]

Hospitality in the House of God: Lesson Seven

Jesus’ Ministry to “Insiders” and “Outsiders” Text: Matthew 9:9-15 (cf. Mark 2:13-17; Luke 5:27-32) What was the focus of Jesus’ ministry? Whom did he seek to save? What were his priorities? Was his ministry directed mainly at the people of Israel, the Pharisees, and the religious aristocrats? Or was he mainly sent by the Father […]