In this episode we continue our discussion about the church and the scorecards we keep. As pastors who serve the local church, we both love the body of Christ and desire to see God use the church to "turn the world upside down" with the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the head of the church. But there is a real and serious problem that we face: statistics seem to show that our communities are largely unreached with the gospel and the church is failing in the mission. In our own community it is estimated that 75% are not connected to Christ or His church. So, how do we solve this problem? What is the best approach of the local church to accomplish the mission given to us by Christ?
We wade into the issue of attractional vs. doctrinal vs. missional church models, and even discuss the use of gimmicks to draw a crowd. Ben asks the question, "What does God really want?" when it comes to our ministries, gatherings, and mission endeavors. It is an important question and one that every pastor and church member should think through. We try to think through it a little bit in this episode, and we are thankful to have you listen in and join in the conversation.
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Most of us believe that God is blessing our ministry and our churches, right? But how do we know? What should we look for as evidence that God's hand is on our church? In this episode we wade into the subject of "ministry scorecards." What are we keeping score of and why?
If you are a pastor, what is your scorecard that reveals to you that you are successful in ministry? If you are a member of a church, how do you recognize the blessing of God? What are you counting as proof that God is at work in your church?
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In episode 2 Ben shared his story of how a boy from Scranton finds himself a pastor in Denver, NC. Now in episode 3 it is Chris' turn to tell his story, which includes flunking out of college, questioning the faith he grew up with, and navigating bouts of depression while celebrating God's grace and mercy.
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Thanks for listening to The Front Pew! We want to take some time to introduce ourselves to you so that you might get to know us better, and in this episode Ben tells his story of how a boy from Scanton, PA winds up pastoring a church plant in Denver, NC. Ben also reveals the tragedy of having a Northern diet growing up.
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