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Building a Dynamic Church Training Manual

Second Edition

Description of the Manual

Manual Having a dynamic church which is developing in a way that brings glory to God is vital. This should be the objective of the pastor and elders in an existing church, as well as that of the evangelist (church planter or cross-cultural missionary) as he starts new churches in his home country or abroad.

The purpose of this manual is to assist church leaders in rethinking such issues as:
  • why the church exists
  • the goals and purpose of the church
  • why church structure is important
  • who should be in leadership roles
  • what ministries the church should be engaged in
  • women's roles in the church
  • the pastor's spiritual walk, family, preaching and teaching ministry
  • additional topics
Following most chapters is an application section with practical questions for pastors, elders and evangelists. These questions are written to enable them to evaluate their ministries, either affirming what they are currently doing, or helping them consider ways to approach their ministries differently for improved results.

The main goal of this manual is to present supracultural principles for the reader to apply in his specific context. Supracultural principles are the mandates of Scripture which the church is to follow. Culture is the context in which they are applied. Therefore, it is the reader's objective to apply the Word of God in such a way that culture does not overshadow or become more important than biblical mandates. Yet, the reader still needs to understand the world in which he lives in order to integrate supracultural principles in a way that his church is biblical and relevant.

This 300-page manual was written primarily to assist the churches of the former Soviet Union. Though that is true, much of the manual is applicable to many cultures around the world. My desire is that it be used wherever possible, so please download a copy for yourself and others. My only restriction is that it not be modified or reproduced without my authorization.

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FOUNDATIONAL ISSUES

The Word of God in Ministry

Church: Purpose of

Church: Goals of

Church: Foundational Truths About and Responsibilities of

Church: Growth of

ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES:

Pastor’s & Evangelist’s Equipping Ministry

Church Leadership Roles Defined

Church Organization

Church Finances

ORDINANCES:

Baptism

Lord’s Supper

MINISTRIES OF THE CHURCH:

Worship

Fellowship

Giving

Service

Outreach

Discipleship

Member Care

Church Discipline

WOMEN’S ISSUES:

Women: Keeping Silent in the Church

Women: Roles Defined

THE PASTOR:

Pastor’s Family

Pastor’s Needs

Pastor’s Wife

Pastor to Pastor

CHURCH LEADER’S PERSONAL GROWTH:

Personal Devotions

Spiritual Disciplines

Bible Study Methods

Message Preparation

APPENDIX:

Baptism: Difficult Passages

Call of God

Child Dedication

Church Defined

Church Life Cycle

Deborah

Hades Defined

Head Coverings

Idealism and the Slavic Church

Lord’s Supper: Related Issues

Missionary Process

Mobilizing Members for Evangelism

Music

Persecution and the church

Pastors’ Wives Know Joy & Pain