Every Church is a Liturgical Church

by Ben Sternke on August 10, 2015

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I first began dreaming about planting a church back in 2005, partly because I was beginning to see some weaknesses in the stuff we did on Sundays every week.

We were a Vineyard-esque evangelical church, so we’d sing worship songs for 30 minutes or so, take an offering, hear some announcements, hear a sermon, and have a time of ministry (with more singing). Pretty much every week, that was the pattern.

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What Ministry Is All About, and What It’s Not

by Ben Sternke on August 3, 2015

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Ministry is nothing more and nothing less than joining in God’s continued action in the world.

That’s a quote from Andrew Root’s phenomenal book The Relational Pastor, and when I put it on Twitter a few weeks ago, I was surprised by how enthusiastically it was retweeted.

I like it as a definition of ministry because it resonates strongly with my own experience and theology of ministry. The implications of really believing and practicing this are staggering. It has completely changed the way I think of and practice ministry (for the better).

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7 Kinds of Books Every Pastor Should Read

July 13, 2015
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I used to only read nonfiction so I could “get better at ministry.” Eugene Peterson ruined that for me, and opened up a new literary world of fiction, history, poetry, and more.

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How to Proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom

June 2, 2015
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4 ways to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom, faithfully and effectively, in the way of Jesus: consistently, patiently, creatively, and embodiedly.

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Why You Can’t Make Disciples

May 18, 2015
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The reason you can’t make disciples is probably something that’s built into your culture that sabotages your best intentions before you even start.

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How Asking Questions Is Transforming My Parenting

May 14, 2015
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My wife Deb Sternke writes about how instead of giving answers, we are learning that asking questions is a much more effective way to empower our kids.

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Disciples and Pilgrims, Not Experts and Conquerors

May 11, 2015
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Eugene Peterson says two important images for people of faith are that of being disciples and pilgrims. What does it look like when we don’t embrace them?

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Why Being Filled Up Is Not Enough

May 7, 2015
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In this guest post from my wife, Deb Sternke, she describes a dynamic all disciples of Jesus in their life… having and inflow AND and outflow…

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8 Things I’ve Learned About Bringing Culture Change

May 4, 2015
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I’ve always been interested in bringing culture change. Here are 8 things I’ve learned about it from 21 years of ministry experience.

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Will Your Church Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

April 27, 2015
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I’ve always been fascinated by stories about zombie apocalypses. And I think we can learn a lot about our churches by asking whether we’d survive one.

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