Turnaround Fellowship – Part 7, Increased Care/Attention Toward Sunday Assemblies

Whether we like it or not, the Sunday assembly is still the primary way in which most people engage the church for the first time. I know some may disagree with this—particularly those who read a lot of ministry books. Some of today's most popular ministry books are encouraging people to deemphasize the assembly in favor of more incarnational or relational forms of evangelism and ministry. I personally do not see them as mutually...

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Note: Turnaround Fellowship posts return tomorrow. Yesterday was a special day at NCCC. Normally, we are forced into four assemblies by our facility limitations. Yesterday, however, we were able to worship together as One Body. We worshiped at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, just across the street from where we normally gather. The service was multicultural, with both English and Spanish-speaking members of NCCC...

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Vision Sunday

This Sunday, North County is having its "Vision Sunday." It's important at least once a year for a church to be reminded of what it's doing and why. Our facility limits us to four services on Sunday mornings, so we are packing up for a day and moving across the street to the California Center for the Arts—a stunning facility that holds 1600 people. I'm secretly praying (ssshhhh….) that God will draw 1,000...

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Staff Retreats

Monday and Tuesday I will be sojourning to an undisclosed location with the crack staff of NCCC I'm blessed to work with a gifted, spiritual and fun group of ministers at NCCC. Staff retreats are important for us to do at least once a year for the following reasons…and then some: Our unity and teamwork is vital to the work of the church. It's important we recommit to our basic principles of life together in ministry...

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Old School – Integrative Preaching

Several years back, I made a shift in my preaching to focusing on one central idea, and to try to get more of the church engaged in the message series in various ways. Intuitively, I just felt like I was missing the opportunity to maximize whatever teaching I was doing for God's glory. I did some praying, thinking and reading, and became an increasingly bigger fan of what I call "integrative preaching." It's a spin...

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