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|42011017250||Berks Bible Church||29 E. Lancaster Avenue||Shillington||Berks||PA||19607-2631||4202||Central Region||5271||2266|
|34007014480||Bible Baptist Church||1000 Laurel Rd||Lindenwold||Camden||NJ||08021-3544||3401||South Jersey Region||5694||2536|
|42043023150||Dayspring Ministries||1600 Spring Garden Dr||Middletown||Dauphin||PA||17057-0550||4202||Central Region||5601||2028|
|34005018610||Delaware Valley Baptist Church||493 Beverly Rancocas Road||Willingboro||Burlington||NJ||08046-3517||3401||South Jersey Region||3851||1214|
|42041027500||East Pennsboro Baptist Church||112 North Enola Drive||Enola||Cumberland||PA||17025||4202||Central Region||5359||2366|
|42043024180||East Shore Baptist Church||6721 Jonestown Rd||Harrisburg||Dauphin||PA||17112-3329||4202||Central Region||6527||2659|
|42071031620||Emmanuel Baptist Church||25 Beechwood Lane||Elizabethtown||Lancaster||PA||17022-1701||4202||Central Region||5688||2282|
|42091011880||First Baptist Church of Crestmont||1678 Fairview Ave||Willow Grove||Montgomery||PA||19090||4201||Philadelphia Region||4350||1741|
|42043026240||First Spirit Filled Missionary Baptist Church||2605 Locust Lane||Harrisburg||Dauphin||PA||17109-3464||4202||Central Region||5111||2231|
|42101002380||Goshen Community Baptist Church||P. O. Box 16644||Philadelphia||Philadelphia||PA||19139||4201||Philadelphia Region||2267||736|
|42091024760||Hope Church Philly||8480 Limekiln Pike||Wyncote||Montgomery||PA||19095-2805||4201||Philadelphia Region||5671||2443|
|42133026990||Hope Fellowship Baptist Church||4200 Fifth Avenue||York||York||PA||17402-0632||4202||Central Region||5721||2372|
|42043011970||Living Legacy Church||228 McCorkle Rd||Hershey||Dauphin||PA||17033||4202||Central Region||4392||1451|
|42091008440||Macedonia Baptist Church||2633 Hillcrest Ave||Norristown||Montgomery||PA||19401-1763||4201||Philadelphia Region||3540||1671|
|42003030230||Monroeville Community Church||2456 Tilbrook Rd||Monroeville||Allegheny||PA||15146-4235||4203||West Region||4116||2078|
|42077029210||New Beginnings Fellowship||3710 Hamilton Blvd||Allentown||Lehigh||PA||18103-4503||4201||Philadelphia Region||4061||1601|
|42003016620||North Park Baptist Church||1600 Sample Rd||Allison Park||Allegheny||PA||15101-2760||4203||West Region||5698||2527|
|42041030910||Oakwood Baptist Church||4315 Chestnut Street||Camp Hill||Cumberland||PA||17011||4202||Central Region||4988||2502|
|42029020500||Paoli Baptist Church||33 E Lancaster Ave||Paoli||Chester||PA||19301-1419||4202||Central Region||2310||1107|
|42003030230||Pittsburgh International Japanese Church||2456 Tillbrook Road||Monroeville||Allegheny||PA||15146||4203||West Region||4116||2078|
|42079021840||Restored Church||47 North Franklin Street||Wilkes-Barre||Luzerne||PA||18702||4202||Central Region||2742||781|
|42077023750||Riverbend Community Church||795 Roble Rd||Allentown||Lehigh||PA||18109||4201||Philadelphia Region||1582||721|
|42091006360||Riverside Community Church||239 Columbia Ave||Horsham||Montgomery||PA||19044||4201||Philadelphia Region||5471||2234|
|42003003960||Slavic Baptist Church (Ukrainian)||271 Francis Road||Pittsburgh||Allegheny||PA||15239||4203||West Region||3619||1473|
|34015019000||South Jersey Bible Church Int'l||311 Oakcrest Ave||Pitman||Gloucester||NJ||08071-1502||3401||South Jersey Region||3687||1431|
|34015019000||The Church of the Good Shepherd-S Phil||311 Oakcrest Avenue||Pitman||Gloucester||NJ||8071||3401||South Jersey Region||3687||1431|
|42029008790||The Journey||200 South Church Street||West Chester||Chester||PA||19382||4202||Central Region||3965||1895|
|42091008440||The Living Word Church||2302 Sienna Drive||East Norriton||Montgomery||PA||19401-1827||4201||Philadelphia Region||3540||1671|
|42043024180||Transcend Church||5718 Kenwood Avenue||Harrisburg||Dauphin||PA||17112||4202||Central Region||6527||2659|
|42091006360||Trinity Church||239 Columbia Avenue||Horsham||Montgomery||PA||19044||4201||Philadelphia Region||5471||2234|
The Key Church strategy recognizes cultural diversity in North America and presents the Christian message in a way that respects and communicates the indigenous concerns of different cultural groups. At the heart of the key church strategy is the belief that a church can be comprised of many congregations, meeting separately yet ministering together, in a variety of different settings‚¬a strategy that has been adopted by 300 churches in 27 states. In the Foreword, Lyle E. Schaller calls it one of the most innovative, practical, and effective approaches to outreach ministries I have encountered in nearly four decades of working with congregations.
Small groups are a great place to connect with other churchgoers, but many wonder, is this all there is? Is sitting in a living room, talking about a book or watching a video the extent of what we can do together? Isn't being a Christian community about something more than this? Pastor and author Scott Boren thinks so. In this latest release from missional thinktank Allelon, Boren gives leaders and members of small groups the tools they need to make an impact on their communities. Beginning with…
Missional Communities (MCs) are a hot topic right now in the church, and many are excited about the potential of MCs to be a vehicle that allows the church to better live out its mission in the world. But if we embrace and implement MCs merely as a new program, they wont live up to their potential and well be on to the next hot topic in a few months. MCs are helpful only if we use them as a vehicle that allows us to point ourselves towards a much deeper issue: how we can learn to live our every…
The classic book on the subject published by the Home Mission Board, SBC in 1993.
You are exploring something new. That is threatening, so I commend you for thinking radically. That is what Jesus led disciples to do. The situation has changed. The neighborhood is not like it was thirty years ago. America is not a Christian nation. There is no longer a churched culture from which to draw people to Christ. It is hard work. It takes much more than theatrics and visitation to lead people to Christ. In this culture, the Christian leader either feels like a failure or like a success. There is grave danger in both. We are desperate. We are struggling with how to reach our communities. There are evangelism strategies and plans. That may not be the problem. The real problem is that our towns do not look like they did. People live in different arrangements. Apartment living has become the arrangement of choice for many of our people. Students live in off campus housing, while senior adults are downsizing to patio home communities. Young professionals on the go dont want to fix things or manicure lawns. Instead, they are looking for living arrangements that fit their lifestyles. The apartment offers what they want; no matter that they are not building equity. In our cities, over 50% of our people live in some form of multihousing community. Only 4% have any Christian connection.
Discusses cultivating a community of moral witness, "the way," forgiveness, God's new age; gratitude and generosity, giftedness, discernment, and worship.
Clusters: Creative Mid-sized Missional Communities explores the principles, history and implementation of clusters/mid-sized communities, which are currently forming a growing movement within the church, releasing ordained and lay leaders alike into their missionary calling and rediscovering the dynamics of biblical missionary congregation.
The phrase thin place comes from Celtic Christianity and is used to describe locations where heaven and earth are thinly separated. Thin Places expands on this idea and offers a much needed curriculum for people both within and outside of the institutional church to initiate missional community and practice. Thin Places seeks to take your community through postures and practices that help form apprentices of Jesus.
"Many of us who are pastors of local mainline churches have long felt that something is amiss in the life of our congregations. It's hard for us to name exactly what is wrong, but occasionally we are aware of a nagging sense that something is just not working any more. . . . Our best efforts at ministry feel like they're about a half beat behind some new pulse beginning to course through the culture," writes author Jim Kitchens. Congregational leaders who recognize Kitchens' description of congr…
Today s college students are in the midst ofa seismic shift. They are balancing dramaticchanges in their own lives while dealing withuncertainties in a world around them. In aculture that is no longer predominantlyChristian, college ministry workers can nolonger assume the students on their campuseshave a basic understanding of Christ or hisChurch.In College Ministry in a Post-Christian Culture,Stephen Lutz translates missional theology tothe practice of college ministry ministry as aproactive m…
Mission Arlington Story-- . . . Read the beginning of the most Successful Inner-City Missions Enterprise in Evangelical Church Life . . . An expression of the collective imagination of Christian men and women!
The third book in the trilogy that explores the popular missional movementFrom Reggie McNeal, the bestselling author of The Present Future and Missional Renaissance, comes the third book in the series that helps to define and illuminate the popular missional movement. This newest book in the trilogy examines a natural outgrowth of the move toward a missional orientation: the deconstruction of congregations into very small Christian communities. For all those thousands of churches and leaders who…
God is at work in the multihousing world. Owners and managers have put out the welcome mats for people who want to minister in their communities. People groups from all over the world are moving into multihousing. For many middle and upper income people, multihousing is becoming the preferred choice for housing because of shared amenities, community life, and price. In low income communities, people are crying out for someone to come and help them. As a follower of Christ, you have the opportunity to join God as He works to impact people who live in multihousing with the gospel. The vast number of people who live in multihousing may make it seem like an impossible assignment. Nevertheless, Jesus commands us to go to them. God is the Master of doing the impossible by using ordinary people to do extraordinary things!
Multihousing Ministry/Church Planting has come along way from the work begun in the 1980s. Onsite property managers knew very little about our work and had very little trust at that time. Churches also knew very little about how to manage to get onsite to be able to minister to the residents. The separation of church and state created a problem to both entities. As time went on, more and more multihousing personnel saw what a wonderful asset it was to have a good moral Activities/Chaplaincy Group ministering onsite. As conditions on properties improved and as fewer and fewer problems arose, managers began to spread the word that to work with Southern Baptists was a positive move. Twenty years later, we have ministry and church sites all over the country and hundreds of thousands of residents have been led to the Lord and discipled. Congregations have sprung up on properties remaining there for years and years. Sometimes the congregation changes in ethnic population, but the Christian presence stays strong. Maybe you have determined that your church or your association wants to reach out to this unreached people group which is one of the largest in our nation. Hopefully this training booklet will give you a place to begin. There is much more to say than these few pages permit but much of what is learned or taught is through OJT(On the job training). This booklet will give some practical steps.
In a world where the church is being ignored, it is time to bring the church to the people, and not the people to the church, says researcher and church strategy consultant Wolfgang Simson. His book Houses that Change the World (originally published in the UK) is widely recognized as a classic of the house church movement. Now revised as The House Church Book, this definitive work offers a comprehensive understanding of the past, present, and future of the house church movement --and the vital role of "ordinary" people in saturating the world with God's truth.