Articles

  • 9 May 2007

    What price are we prepared to pay to find space in our busy lives for serving our local community as an integral part of our life of faith? A woman living and working in the lower North Island shares her personal journey with us, but has reasons for wishing to remain anonymous. Her story is both thought-provoking and inspiring. more»
  • 7 May 2007

    I have heard some pretty preposterous statements about evangelism over the years. As an evangelist myself I have had to face off with some obstacles to reaching wounded people by many, if not most congregations. Here are a few of the most wrong-headed statements I picked up about evangelism. more»
  • 7 May 2007

    Pastor Aaron Jayne of The Dream Center in Los Angeles, the church that made ‘Adopt-A-Block’ famous, highlights the key ingredients of a successful ‘Adopt-A-Block’  more»
  • 29 March 2007

    A member of a Canadian evangelical group says efforts by New Zealand churches to find groundbreaking ways to reach out to their communities has in some ways put them ahead of churches in his own country. more»
  • 29 March 2007

    That's one of the reasons that Jesus' call to love our neighbour as ourself is such a radical thing. It's not just that it demands sacrifice, love and sheer sportsmanship. It also demands that we break out of the automatic default setting that drives us all, that we stop seeing the world as pivoting in some way on the fact that I once joined it and it thus began its useful life. more»
  • 29 March 2007

    This month Pastor Aaron Jayne of The Dream Center in Los Angeles, the church that made 'Adopt-A-Block' famous, explains how it all started and shares the strategy for a successful 'Adopt-A-Block' more»
  • 26 February 2007

    If road accidents keep occurring at a particular crossroads, it is not more ambulances that are needed but the installation of traffic lights to prevent accidents. It is always good to feed the hungry; it is better if possible to eradicate the causes of hunger. So if we truly love our neighbours, and want to serve them, our service may oblige us to take (or solicit) political action on their behalf. more»
  • 26 February 2007

    Externally focused churches want less talk and more action outside the walls. Large service events can serve as a catalyst for changing a church's culture from an internal to external focus. An article from Leadership Network. more»
  • 26 February 2007

    Ever since I began reading about using simple acts of kindness to demonstrate God's love, I've wanted to practice it more and more. I've wanted the church of which I'm a part to share in that enthusiasm and activity too. The challenge is helping to make that happen. more»
  • 12 December 2006

    There's a lot of talking going on about leadership and church and mission. And rightly so. Sometimes, however, I confess, it all starts to sound the same to me and feels as though it's not moving anywhere. Most of it seems to be about ourselves. About our churches and our programmes. And some of it seems, well, a bit muddled. Like there's no clear big picture. more»
  • 11 December 2006

    With Christianity marginalised, on the edge is the place to beBy John McNeil of Challenge Weekly, New Zealand Special to ASSIST News Service NELSON, NZ (ANS) -- Stories from churches on the edge more»
  • 8 December 2006

    They are sitting in the pews on Sunday, alert to the sermon and open to how it applies to their lives. But, they have yet to find a permanent place of service; in fact, they might not be actively looking for one. "They" are marketplace leaders, individuals who have achieved community stature and business success. more»
  • 8 December 2006

    One of Mahatma Gandhi's more famous quotes was supposedly spoken to a group of British journalists as they rode on a train through English-held India. He was asked, ?Ǩ?Why is it that you speak so highly of Jesus yet you are not a Christian??Ǩ He quickly responded, ?Ǩ?I would become a Christian?Ǩ if I could just find one?Ǩ?Ǩ more»
  • 24 August 2006

    Having done a few of these projects over the last 2 years, we haven't seen anyone come to our church as a result and because of this, there could be a temptation to think that this isn't working. But this kind of pragmatic way of evaluating such a ministry misses a fundamental point more»
  • 24 August 2006

    Ever wondered why it's so hard to get men involved at church? Why less than 40% of the adults in your worship services are male? Why more than a fifth of married women in your congregation sit alone every Sunday?

    A business guru once said, "Your system is perfectly designed to give you the results you're getting." Christianity's primary delivery system, the local church, is perfectly designed to reach women and older folks more»
  • 24 August 2006

    A bulk supermarket that gives away all its food has provided a helping hand to 18,000 Christchurch families and individuals in just over four years.

    Since opening in November 2001, 0800 HUNGRY has become the largest food distributor in New Zealand, collecting and distributing more than $8 million worth of recovered food and household products more»
  • 24 August 2006

    In the book, "The Kingdom Assignment", pastor Denny Bellisi talks about a valuable lesson in stewardship he taught his church in November 2000. He gave members of his church 100 dollars and told them the money was not theirs, it was God's and they should invest it to build God's kingdom. The book relates the experiences of the believers who used the money to feed the homeless, help build churches, and many other projects. A church elder got excited about this idea and decided to give out several copies of the book, including $100 seed money. One person who he gave the book and money to was 14-year old Kylynn Gutierrez more»
  • 30 November 1999

    Is cleaning toilets a conduit to Christ? Servant evangelism leaders have seen how doing vs. telling the Gospel draws people closer to Christ -- and transforms churches. more»
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