Paraklesis Fall 2016: Growing Churches

Paraklesis Fall 2016: Growing Churches

Published December 7, 2016 A Message From the BBS Dean Paraklesis is designed to bring you encouragement, exhortation, motivation and ministry ideas in the midst of your busy schedule. Our desire at Baptist Bible Seminary is to partner with you to proclaim the gospel...

Paraklesis Fall 2016: Growing Churches

Simple Tips For Growing A Multicultural Church

Published December 7, 2016 Although churches are as unique as individuals, there are general principles that can be helpful in many contexts. Here are four tips we have found helpful for fostering a nourishing environment for our multicultural church. 1. Develop a...

Paraklesis Fall 2016: Growing Churches

While We’re On the Subject

Published December 7, 2016 Recommended Study Related to Growing Churches FREE Baptist Bible Seminary Course January 3-13, 2017 Urban and Ethnic/Multiethnic Church Planting with Dr. Ken Davis Free to qualified students who have never taken a BBS course. Email to...

Paraklesis Fall 2016: Growing Churches

Best Practices: Examples of Effective Ministry from Alumni

Published December 7, 2016 Consistent Experiences Barry Kilmer (’86) Earned: B.S. Became: Lead Pastor at Bridgewater Church, New York and Pennsylvania “'Best practice’ is a term I was first exposed to in the world of business. It was the anthem of my John Deere...

Paraklesis Fall 2016: Growing Churches

Can the Church Grow Amid Persecution?

Published December 7, 2016 I’m a fourth-generation Russian evangelical believer. Both of my great-grandfathers were evangelical Christians. By God’s grace, I’m now a minister at Russian Bible Church of Moscow. My great-grandfather, Moisey Sikorsky, was shot because of...

Paraklesis Fall 2016: Growing Churches

Am I a Revitalizer?

Published December 7, 2016 Is God calling you to restore health and vitality to churches in crisis and in need? Do you have gifts and experiences that are uniquely suited toward church renewal, revitalization and replanting? Here are nine characteristics commonly...

Paraklesis Fall 2016: Growing Churches

Should I Rescue or Plant a Church?

Published December 7, 2016 Christian leaders often debate whether revitalizing unhealthy churches is as vital for gospel advance as starting new ones. Here are some helpful questions to help you determine if you should set out to rescue or plant a church. Is this...

Paraklesis Fall 2016: Growing Churches

The Great Turnaround: When and How to Revitalize a Church

Published December 7, 2016 Many American churches struggle with declining attendance. As a church planter, for years I advocated conventional church-growth wisdom: “It’s easier to have babies than raise the dead.” In recent years, I’ve become convinced that we often...

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