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If You’re Thinking of Leaving a Church

If You’re Thinking of Leaving a Church

This blog post is excerpted from Mark Dever’s book “What is a Healthy Church” – Pages 57

Before You Decide to Leave 

  1. Pray
  2. Let your current pastor know about your thinking before you move to another church or make your decision to relocate to another city. As for his counsel.
  3. Weigh your motives. Is your desire to leave because of sinful, personal conflict or disappointment? If it’s because of doctrinal reasons, are these doctrinal issues significant?
  4.  Do everything within your power to reconcile broken relationships.
  5. Be sure to consider all the “evidences of grace” you’ve seen in the church’s life – places where Gods work is evident. If you cannot see any evidences of God’s grace, you might want to examine your own heart once more (Matthew 7:3-5)
  6. Be humble. Recognize you don’t have all the facts and assess people and circumstances charitably (give them the benefit of the doubt).

If You Go

  1. Don’t divide the body
  2.  Take the utmost care not to sow discontent even among your closest friends. Remember, you don’t want anything to hinder their growth in grace in this church. Deny any desire to gossip (sometimes referred to as “venting” or “saying how you feel”).
  3. Pray for and bless the congregation and its leadership. Look for ways of doing this practically.
  4.  If there has been hurt, then forgive – even as you have been forgiven.
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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Church Planting and Development


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Teaching Toolkit – Part 3 of 3

Teaching Toolkit – Part 3 of 3
  1. Problem Solving – The task of finding a viable answer to a perplexing situation, either by an individual learner or as a group assignment
  2. Project – Practical assignment that includes learning or an application of lessons already learned
  3. Question and Answer – Planned an guided process of involving students in the learning process, through the use of pre-chosen questions
  4. React Statement – The presentation  of a provocative statement, followed by an invitation for learners to react to it…agree or disagree and why
  5. Research and Report – An assigned task to investigate  some topic and subsequently to present the findings to the entire class
  6. Role Play – Generally, an unrehearsed dramatic enactment of a human situation, for the purpose of class analysis
  7. Scripture Search – An assigned, guided Bible search-study; usually with a follow up report to the class and/or discussion
  8. Story – A true or fictional account of a “happening”, generally for the purpose of illustrating some valued principle
  9. Symposium – A series of short speeches before an audience, presenting different aspects of a topic (may or may not be followed by discussion)
  10. Testing – Process of evaluating students’ knowledge in a subject area related to a current educational context (can be done in a non-threatening way)

This “Teaching Toolkit” is produced by courtesy of (Haston, Wayne: Centre for Excellence in Ministry (CEIM): ABWE: 2001)

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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Teaching Tools


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Teaching Toolkit – Part 2 of 3

Teaching Toolkit – Part 2 of 3
  1. Game – A fun activity that is designed and directed for the purpose of communicating a lesson-related principle
  2. Group Discussion – A planned and focused conversation by several persons on a selected educational topic
  3. Handwork – An assigned “hand-on” activity that is designed to teach or reinforce a lesson
  4. Interview – A meeting in which a person is asked to present his or her views or experiences regarding a specific topic or set of topics
  5. Lecture – Oral presentation of a subject, sometimes accompanied by audio visual media and sometimes accompanied by class discussion
  6. Listening Teams – Sub groups in a class that are assigned tasks of listening for specific tyoes of information presented during a presentation
  7. Memorization­ – To commit lesson related information to memory, because of its perceived ongoing value to the learner
  8. Media Production – Assigned tasks of creating and presenting an audio and/or visual presentation that explains, illustrates, or reinforces the lesson
  9. Music – The embodiment and presentation of a lesson message in a musical format, presented by the teacher an or by the student(s)
  10. Panel – A planned conversation on a selected topic before an audience, involving multiple panellists and a leader

This “Teaching Toolkit” is produced by courtesy of (Haston, Wayne: Centre for Excellence in Ministry (CEIM): ABWE: 2001)

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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in Teaching Tools


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