James Nored's Blog – April 2011 Archive (11)

Can an established church make the missional church transition?

Can an established church make the missional church transition? This is a good question. 


In The Forgotten Ways, Alan Hirsch says that the missional church “is a community of God’s people that defines itself, and organizes its life around, the real purpose of being an agent of God’s mission to the world. In other words, the church’s true and authentic…


Added by James Nored on April 22, 2011 at 10:11am — 7 Comments

What is Your Easter Follow-up for Easter Guests?


Unless you are a church where all of the young people leave to go see their parents, your highest worship attendance this year will most likely be on Easter. I would guess that the average church receives at least a 20% bump in…


Added by James Nored on April 21, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Why the Gospel Should Be Shared as a Narrative (Story), not as Propositions

The Story of Redemption is an eight part evangelistic Bible study that I have written to help lead unchurched, postmodern people to faith in Jesus Christ. This story is largely narrative in form, which is appropriate for many reasons. [1]

  • Humans are storytellers, and they make sense of their lives through narrative.[2]
  • Most of Scripture is narrative, and the Christian faith was presented…

Added by James Nored on April 20, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

End Worship Service with a "Sending" - Missional Thought of the Day

J esus said to his disciples, "As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you" (Jn. 20:21). Being sent is a part of who and what God does.


The more that the missional understanding is taking hold, the more this understanding causes us to rethink all of our daily lives and church life and practice. Mission was once relegated to a side ministry of the church. In…


Added by James Nored on April 14, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

99% of Churches are not growing by reaching unchurched - Easter Sunday can help reverse the trend

Back in 2008, David Laubach presented some statistics at the Baptist World Alliance gathering in Prague. There he stated that church attendance was stagnant or declining in 75% of churches in America. Of the remaining churches, 24% of churches were “growing” by getting members from the declining churches. Only 1% of churches are growing from reaching the unchurched.…


Added by James Nored on April 13, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Service is the Pathway to Impacting the Community and Kingdom Growth

If your church one day ceased to exist, what would people in the community say? 

  • Good! I'm glad to get rid of those mean-spirited, difficult people; or
  • I didn't even know they existed; or
  • Oh no. What will we do? This church has meant everything to do this community!

When I first heard this question years ago, it struck me. Perhaps it was because most churches I was a part of growing up seemed to be little known in the community. …


Added by James Nored on April 13, 2011 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Don't Assume that People Know that Jesus is God - When you baptize, explain the Trinity!

In our fellowship, usually the only thing that people ask about to determine if someone is Christian and part of the body of Christ is, have they been baptized?


There are several problems with this, but the one that comes to mind right now has to do with Mormonism. Mormons baptize. They even immerse and baptize for the forgiveness of sins. Are they…


Added by James Nored on April 5, 2011 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Leaders, stop trying to control everything!

In the Old Testament, God's Spirit was given only to select leaders. In the New Testament, however, it is clear that the Spirit of God has been given to all of God's people. On the Day of Pentecost, the Spirit was outpoured:


17 “‘In the last days, God says, 

   I will pour out my Spirit on all people

Your sons and daughters will prophesy, 

   your young men will see…


Added by James Nored on April 4, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

A Visitor's Perspective on Church



Last night I got this message from a contact form on our website:

"I've recently moved to McKinney and I'm looking for a new church home and would like to visit this Sunday if possible. I didn't know if notice was necessary? Any info would be helpful. Please feel free to email…


Added by James Nored on April 2, 2011 at 12:07pm — 3 Comments

The Great Commission Must Be Interpreted in Light of All of Matthew

In Matthew 28:18-20 we find what is typically referred to as "The Great Commission." Here it is:


19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of…


Added by James Nored on April 1, 2011 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Chan Returns to Cornerstone, Says He Was “Just Kidding”

ChurchLeaders.com reported this shocking announcement:

Less than a year after his departure, Chan has returned.

SIMI VALLEY – Bestselling author and Pastor Francis Chan made a return to the platform last Sunday at Cornerstone, his former church in Simi Valley. He announced that he had “big news” to share with the church. “I’m coming back,” he said. It was on Sunday, April 18, 2010 that Chan announced to his congregation that he felt “called to resign” his role at the church.… Continue

Added by James Nored on April 1, 2011 at 9:31am — 5 Comments

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