Church and Ministry Articles

"From Christ the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work" (Eph 4:16).

What is the church?
Six functions of the church
Upward, inward and outward in word and deed
The goal of the Christian life
Turn-key or makeover?
Whatever happened to church growth?
Why don't more people go to church?
When goals are bigger than our accomplishments
"Ministry" means "service"
Leadership roles in the church
Leadership in the church
Lay ministries
Lay members' role in the early church
"To one another" — living in Christian community
Articles about spiritual gifts
Working together for the gospel
Give me one good reason to go to church 
Why you need the church 
The quest for the ideal church 
Your church needs you 
Building unity: the story of Euodia and Syntyche
Church buildings and church growth 
Good things in small packages 
What makes a church grow? 
Giving love and honor to pastors  
The bivocational pastor 
Code of ethics for elders

Articles about women and women in ministry

Youth ministry articles

Children's ministry articles

Church history articles

U.S. Church Administration Manual


Ministry and money

Small groups 

Cell-based church: community, nurturing and outreach 
Small groups or cell groups? 
Edification through holistic small groups 
Spiritual formation — 15 small group lesson plans

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