6 types of atheists and what they mean for outreach
Not all nonbelievers—be they atheists, agnostics, humanists, secularists, or some mixture of all of these identities—are identical, and we are mistaken if we develop a singular, cookie-cutter approach in our interactions with them. Just as we do not want to be reduced to a simplistic stereotype, we also should not reduce our ideas about nonbelievers to some image developed through media or a few past friendships.
Sociologist George Yancey outlines the different types of nonbelievers and how Christians can effectively engage them with the gospel.Source: Christianity Today
Leaders: Don’t just make decisions, orchestrate them
Is the role of the manager to make decisions, or to make sure that decisions get made? The answer, of course, is both — but many managers focus so much on the first role that they neglect the second. The reality, however, is that decision-making often is not a solo activity, but rather an orchestrated process by which the manager engages other people in reaching a conclusion. Doing this effectively not only improves the quality of the decision, but also ensures that everyone is more committed to its implementation.
Ron Ashkenas, author and managing partner of Schaffer Consulting, describes a way to involve and encourage those around you in the decision-making process.Source: Harvard Business Review
Why your children should hear gospel-centered music
While listening to the song “Hail the King” by the Mars Hill band Citizens, the ears of my 4-year-old daughter Emma Grace perked up and she asked me, “Why did he say, ‘Our sin defeated through his blood’?” This gave me a great opportunity to explain a necessary aspect of the gospel—the atonement—to my daughter on a 4-year-old level.
Pastor Jon Akin details the need for parents to play more than just the standard fare on Christian radio for their children. He also shares some artists that can help elicit theological conversations.Source: Baptist21
How to make billboards work for your church
No matter the size of your church, there is an effective billboard marketing strategy for you. Billboards can be used as a powerful marketing tool to reinforce your church’s message. As with any marketing medium, there are good ways and bad ways to use billboards. Hopefully we’ve outlined some of the good ways and offered some helpful ideas for your church.
Darren Leach, an outdoor advertising specialist with Billboard Source, provides churches with guidelines for using billboards as part of their marketing strategy.Source: CMS
Mediocrity can often be disguised as “Good”. Let’s not be afraid to be Excellent for the Lord, Ourselves & Others.
— Sho Baraka (@AmIshoBaraka) August 8, 2013
What is the church? “once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Pet. 2:10)
— Bruce Ashford (@BruceAshford) August 12, 2013
— jaredcwilson (@jaredcwilson) August 8, 2013