A Reflection on Church Planting in the Churches of Christ

By Dr. Stanley E. Granberg What’s the future of Churches of Christ? The Covid-19 is like a change accelerant on a fire for churches. Covid is causing us to do things that it may have taken us ten more years to do, if at all. Many church leaders are feeling like they’re leading phantom churches; […]

Study: Creating and Sustaining a Discipling Culture

By Micah Cobb I first learned about discipling and discipleship from a conversation with Gailyn Van Rheenan, Mission Alive’s former Executive Director. In my first conversation with him, he told me about Mike Breen and 3DM’s approach to ministry. I studied Breen’s Building a Discipling Cultureover the following weekend. The framework and insights contained in Breen’s […]

Jesus in the Wilderness, Living the Israel Story (Mt. 4.1-11)

This post is an exercise in “thinking out loud” as we read the Bible. It is a reflection on Matthew 4.1-11. The Gospel of Matthew proclaims to today’s Gentile church, “Ya’ll cannot have Jesus without the Hebrew Bible and Israel. Ya’ll cannot have the person of Yeshua without his DNA. In fact Jesus, according to […]

Mission Alive’s Discipleship Cohorts Are Making An Impact at York College

By Sam GarnerVice President for Spiritual Development, York College Though York College sits in the middle of the Great Plains, our students regularly arrive here from over twenty states and at least a handful of other countries. They represent a wide array of cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds, which contradicts our otherwise rural Nebraska setting. […]

What you Want Most Is A Symptom of Who You Really Are

“You’re unlikely to get everything you want. That’s a good thing, because wants are part of what define us. It’s entirely possible that you’ll get most of what you need, though. The trick is in being clear about what you put into each category.” – Seth Godin Isn’t that the truth. Our wants are an […]

Longing For Spiritual Growth in Your Life? Try This Resource

By Diane Reynolds “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”   2 Corinthians 3:18  Are you being transformed? I want to be transformed. I long to be transformed. I pray and plead to be transformed. Looking […]

After the Dust Settles

By Craig Cottongim The direction this article is taking: Address why church planting is more relevant now than ever in recent history, why many plants fail, clarify what a church plant is, and discuss the nitty-gritty of church plants. Why planting matters now With the Covid-19 crisis, many churches will run low on funds, fold […]

Churches of Christ Will Have an Uncertain Future Unless We…

Teach sound doctrine? Worship correctly? How about plant more churches? That’s what I am talking about. If we don’t plant more churches, we are effectively gone in 30 years. 99.9% of churches don’t last 100 years. Most of our churches are 60-80 years old. That means, if we don’t plant new churches we are gone […]