Six years ago, our congregation found a church building that had just been put up for sale. It was the right size at the right price in the right area of Lexington. It seemed that doors had miraculously opened to pave the way to ownership.
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J. Michael Feazell: Welcome to Dimensions of Ministry, where we take a candid look at the opportunities, resources, possibilities, and challenges facing Christian pastors in today’s multi-faceted world. We’re talking with Rod Koop, National Director of Church Multiplication Ministries for the Foursquare Church. Rod’s experience includes service as a youth pastor in California and Oregon, as a senior pastor in Stanwood, Washington, and as a District Administrator and Director of Church Multiplication in the Midwest District of the Foursquare Church.
I came to live in the USA from Trinidad and Tobago in 1975. My wife, Renee, is from the Philippines. We met in Connecticut while attending military school and have been married for 28 years. We are out of the military now, and I work as a senior network engineer supporting the Department of Homeland Security (U. S. Coast Guard) computer network systems. My wife works in the same department as a Program Analyst. We live in San Francisco, California. And we moved here for the purpose of planting a church.
Is bigger always better? Are numbers the only way to measure success? Not according to Ruth Tucker, author of Left Behind in a Megachurch World.
By Sheila Graham
A conversation with Dr. Karl Moore, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Management, McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He also taught at Oxford University from 1995-2000. He has worked as a consultant on the area of study called “Change” for several denominations.
Question: Some people think the traditional congregational style of church within a denomination is doomed. Do you agree with that?
Little did I know in my senior year of college that we were having fun participating in a centuries-old form of theater. My friends and I simply thought we had created a unique style of entertainment.
Pikeville, Kentucky, had a problem. Flat land is scarce in the Appalachians, and this horseshoe-shaped city had to share its narrow valley with the Big Sandy River, three major roads and a railroad. Hemmed in by the mountains, Pikeville was dusty, congested, and susceptible to flooding. With nowhere to go, it was also held back in economic development.
Two Friday evenings each month members of Abundant Grace Church gather in their building in the Charlotte Community of Rochester, New York, to live and share the gospel of Jesus with their community neighbors in a special way. Mary Elwell, ministry leader of the church food cupboard, leads the team in prayer before turning them loose to fill sacks with canned food and other staples. At the same time, Pastor Leonard Banks makes final preparation for the worship service that will occur before the food distribution.