Fling Open the Doors by Paul Nixon

By Paul Nixon

The temptation to concentration in simple terms on their lonesome inner difficulties and concerns is robust for congregations. with no understanding it, even church buildings that experience a protracted culture of outreach and social involvement turn into founded on problems with institutional survival and renovation. Worst of all are congregations that undertake a "fortress mentality," addressing the bigger group hardly, and basically within the "language of Zion" after they do. This tendency to isolation and insularity flies at once within the face of the gospel principal to unfold the excellent news of Jesus Christ. Christian congregations exist as God’s redeeming presence within the groups during which they're situated. If church buildings are to reside as if they take that heavily, they have to learn how to supply themselves away to the neighborhood. the focal point of each ministry and software needs to be to arrive and make disciples of the unchurched. during this e-book, Paul Nixon paints an image of what group dependent ministry is all approximately. Drawing on his studies inside of a congregation that has visible twenty-five years of elevated worship attendance, he lays out functional steps that church buildings can take to plant themselves firmly in the lives of the groups they serve. He demonstrates how church buildings can set up their amenities to turn into neighborhood facilities, determine a number of destinations for ministry in the course of the neighborhood, and empower each member to develop into a minister of the congregation. Written with an infectious feel of desire, this publication becomes a severe instrument for church leaders trying to remodel their congregations into outward-looking our bodies of witness.

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Two of our staff share an office. Too many churches eat up ministry space with administrative functions. Whenever I have needed to meet with more than two people, we have simply moved the meeting outside my office. There are plenty of places in the world to meet with people, ranging from other rooms in our church’s facilities to the Waffle House. I spend perhaps only a quarter of the time in my “office” that I spent ten years ago. With a laptop computer that can access email practically anywhere in the world, voice mail, and a cell phone, the world can be my office.

Under the first category, we would include Sunday worship, Bible classes, support groups for widows/widowers, divorce recovery, a camping/backpacking ministry, a women’s support group, Christian concerts, large-scale ministry events for high schoolers, children’s ministry events ranging from Vacation Bible School to weeknight children’s discipleship ministries, middle school fellowships ranging from drama to skateboarding, Christian weight loss ministry, financial stress management classes, etc.

During the 2000 football season, an area high school team ate dinner and relaxed in the building before games each week. We even shared space with a Presbyterian congregation who were without a home until their building was complete. They worshiped rent-free in our center for ten months. The final category—community groups that simply rent space for meetings— have, for us, included a private employment agency, several area homeowner associations, the United States Department of Census, bridge clubs, and a host of private parties.

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