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  • Healthy Congregations Are Diverse Congregations Series

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Jan 30, 2018
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,096 views

    a church must have diversity to be a healthy church

    The Episcopal Church prides itself in the acceptance of all people – those of diverse cultures, ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual identity, and abilities. This allows congregations that share the wonderful uniqueness of each person, celebrate their varied differences, and promote stronger ...read more

  • A Great Congregation

    Contributed by Tony Cansler on Apr 30, 2001
    based on 64 ratings
     | 1,201 views

    A Message to the Church

    A Great Congregation Nehemiah 8:1-18 Introduction All Kinds of People Gathered there Worshipping Saint Wayward Saint Wondering Stranger Unified Congregation v 1 “And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they ...read more

  • The Power Of The Congregation

    Contributed by Ian Johnson on Jun 10, 2004
    based on 21 ratings
     | 2,636 views

    There is so much talk among self appointed prophets that the day of the gathering Church is over. I can’t sit back and let these words go un-challenged. God is into unity and its impossible to have unity sitting at home by ourselves or cutting ourselves o

    The power of the congregation There is so much talk among self appointed prophets that the day of the gathering Church is over. I can’t sit back and let these words go un-challenged. God is into unity and its impossible to have unity sitting at home by ourselves or cutting ourselves off from the ...read more

  • The Comatose Congregation Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jun 24, 2002
    based on 97 ratings
     | 16,447 views

    Sardis was a church that had a reputation for being alive - but Jesus saw it as dead. How can we avoid falling into the same patterns that threatened Sardis?

    OPEN: I once heard about a church that was so dead, that when a member happened to die during the worship service – the paramedics actually carried out 5 people before they finally got the right one. APPLY: Have you ever seen a dead church? (I asked for a show of hands). What does a dead ...read more

  • Congregational Polity Series

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Sep 10, 2011
     | 1,496 views

    Exploration of the congregational government in the apostolic church.

    “In these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, ‘It is not right that we should give up ...read more

  • Reasons We Congregate Series

    Contributed by Terry Laughlin on Mar 20, 2007
    based on 7 ratings
     | 11,315 views

    David expresses joy that is in the heart of the child of God who is offered a personal invitation to go to the house of public worship. This announcement meets the desire of the heart that is in the child of God who is in love with Christ and the invitat

    Turn Your Bibles to Psalm 122:1 Title: Reasons We Congregate Theme: Reasons for Congregational Worship Services Series: Girding up the Local Church Introduction: Our key text today is written by King David (The Treasury of David; The Pulpit Commentary; Matthew Henry Commentary) and is ...read more

  • Becoming A Prayer Centered Congregation Series

    Contributed by Bryan Fink on Feb 18, 2012
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,450 views

    To lay out the vision and strategies for becoming a prayer centered and prayer driven church.

    [S] I went to visit members in the hospital on Thursday when I ran into one of older members strolling the hall with his walker and his physical therapist. So, I joined the journey. We walked up and the down hall together and then entered a series of short hallways that wrapped around the ...read more

  • The Pastor's Relationships Within The Congregation

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Jan 11, 2014
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,952 views

    Broadly addressing the relationship of the pastor with several groups within the congregation, Paul instructs Timothy in the conduct of his life.

    “Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. “Honor widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to ...read more

  • Elders, Deacons, And The Congregation Series

    Contributed by Freddy Fritz on Feb 20, 2014
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,368 views

    This message highlights a few comments about elders, deacons, and the congregation.

    Scripture It is our great joy today to ordain and install Doug Knox, who has been duly elected by the communicant members of this congregation, into the office of Ruling Elder; and to ordain and install Garry Gawrych, who also has been duly elected by the communicant members of this ...read more

  • Creating Congregational Health Series

    Contributed by Bruce Willis on Jan 25, 2007
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,669 views

    This sermon is the first in a series of five on The Church Health Review which attempts to make members aware that there is a health cycle of the congregation of God’s people.

    Robert Dale in his book “To Dream Again: How To Help Your Church Come Alive,” says that there are four ways to revitalize a church. The strategies would be: change policies, change personnel, change programs or clarify purpose. The fourth way to revitalize a church is to define and act on its ...read more

  • Congregational Candlelight Service

    Contributed by Jeffrey Hall on Dec 28, 2006
    based on 10 ratings
     | 4,027 views

    Congregational candlelight service. Excellent symbolism. May be used for Christmas, Good Friday or Easter

    –Candlelight Service– Supplies – 3 place Candelabra (2 white, 1 red cnadle) 1 White Pastor’s Candle 2 Red Usher Candles Congregational Candles Drip Protectors -Pass out candles (no one under 6yrs) John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who ...read more

  • Elders, Deacons, And The Congregation Series

    Contributed by Freddy Fritz on May 9, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,694 views

    In this installation service we briefly examine the qualifications and duties of elders, deacons, and the congregation.

    Scripture It is our great joy today to install one man, who has been duly elected by the members of this congregation, into the office of Ruling Elder. The church is a living community of people redeemed by Jesus Christ. No one is more visible to the watching world than those who are in ...read more

  • Elders, Deacons, And The Congregation Series

    Contributed by Freddy Fritz on Jan 28, 2009
    based on 9 ratings
     | 10,946 views

    This sermon briefly examines the qualifications and duties of elders and deacons serving the congregation.

    Scripture It is our great joy today to ordain and install one man, who has been duly elected by the members of this congregation, into the office of Deacon. The church is a living community of people redeemed by Jesus Christ. No one is more visible to the watching world than those who are in ...read more

  • When Death Invades A Congregation Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Oct 27, 2008
     | 4,906 views

    Paul provides three insights for a congregation faced with the death of one of its members.

    Friday was a difficult day for this congregation when we learned that a person who often worshiped with us had suddenly passed away. We all recognize that life can be cut short at any time, but when it happens without warning to a person so young, whose family we have come to ...read more

  • Pergamum--A Compromised Congregation Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Jul 6, 2002
    based on 85 ratings
     | 5,939 views

    We’re to stand firm & faithful in the midst of a fallen world, in spite of opposition.

    "Pergamum--a compromised congregation", Revelation 2:12-17 Pastor Bob Leroe, Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus, Massachusetts -Series on the 7 Churches of Rev 2-3 Do you have a mentor, someone with experience and expertise, who helps you learn to do a better job? Mentors care enough to ...read more