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Mar
29

ONE CHURCH – ONE BODY – ONE FAMILY

Mar 29, 2017

Josh Robinson

As we prepare for the Capital Region National Day of Prayer it is imperative that we understand God’s desire for ONE CHURCH – ONE BODY – ONE FAMILY. There are people from every tribe, tongue and nation amongst us, but there are also six generations of people represented on the earth at this current time. God raises up generation after generation to know Him and to be His representatives here on earth.   One of the fundamental principles of scripture is that God is always seeking to do something greater. In Haggai chapter two we read of the second temple that was built after the people came out of captivity and back to the land that God had promised their forefathers. Although, this was an... Read more

Mar
20

Leadership Clusters Part 7 Christ is honored!

Mar 20, 2017

Steve King

     Part 7 - Christ is honored! ​Video   Our ultimate goal is to honor Jesus Christ by obeying the Great Command to love God and people above all else (Matthew 22:37-40) and the Great Commission to make disciples of all peoples (Matthew 28:18-20).  We are learning how to honor Jesus Christ together in the power of the Holy Spirit for the welfare of our city (Jeremiah 29:7). We believe doing so puts the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ on display and fulfills our calling (John 13:34-35; Matthew 5:16).   We are seeking to discover were Jesus is already working in our area and join Him in His work (John 5:17). This involves intentionally walking with Him each day, faithfully shepherding His... Read more

Mar
15

Leadership Clusters Part 6 Co-labor

Mar 15, 2017

Steve King

     Part 6 - Co-labor ​Video   Co-laboring is both a mind-set and a learned skill. It is so easy to focus only on our own local churches and ministries and not invest any time in “kingdom” work.  Consider “tithing” your time each week to connect with other pastors and ministry leaders for the purpose of advancing the gospel in your metro area. At my own local church, we include in our pastoral prayer each week one of our “co-laboring” Band of Brothers local churches. In addition, I mention in messages what God is doing in our area through the Band of Brothers. These simple steps have always encouraged our flock and reminded them that we are not in this alone. We have experienced great... Read more

Mar
12

Leadership Clusters Part 5 Christ - Centeredness

Mar 12, 2017

Steve King

     Part 5 - Christ - Centeredness ​Video   Christ-centeredness is a non-negotiable! There are many needs and pressing issues in our communities that could bring us together but nothing trumps Christ-centeredness. When Jesus Christ is in the center we are compelled to humble ourselves, love each other, value differences and persevere in working together. We have discovered a format for our weekly meetings which naturally reinforces Christ-centeredness. After greeting each other we invite a brother to open in prayer and then we each share “a word from The Word”. Each person is invited to briefly share from God’s Word an insight, a promise or a teaching that has been meaningful to them in... Read more

Mar
08

Leadership Clusters Part 4 Consistency

Mar 8, 2017

Steve King

     Part 4 - Consistency ​Video   Consistency is essential for building trust and advancing the gospel together. Over the years I have tried to bring pastors together in various settings: monthly gatherings for lunch and prayer, bi-weekly meetings for fellowship and encouragement and weekly gatherings for prayer, encouragement and ministry planning.  We have tried rotating the gathering place so that different pastors host and thus “own” the fellowship. Over time we have developed a pattern that provides consistency: we meet weekly at the same place from 7:30 to 9 on Wednesday mornings. Pastors and ministry leaders are busy and providing a consistent place to meet each week makes it easy... Read more

Mar
06

Leadership Clusters Part 3 Connection

Mar 6, 2017

Steve King

     Part 3 - Connection ​Video   Connection with other pastors and ministry leaders must be rooted in genuine care for each other.  Start with the ones you know or the ones in your community that you should know. Share your convictions by modeling your message – genuinely seek to get to know your co-laborers in Christ. Listen, learn, love and pray. When I first attempted to start a fellowship, I tried to build it around a National Association of Evangelicals Doctrine statement. Our group could all sign the document without hesitation but I discovered this was not the place to start. It created an environment in which we were trying to label and categorize each other. When I shifted the... Read more

Mar
01

Leadership Clusters Part 2 Conviction

Mar 1, 2017

Steve King

     Part 2 - Conviction ​Video   Conviction is absolutely essential if one is to effectively persuade pastors and ministry leaders to habitually come together for prayer, encouragement and ministry. A conviction is a core belief that does not change with pressure as opposed to a preference which fluctuates with circumstances. My biblically-based convictions have pushed me through dozens of quitting points for over 30 years and compelled me to persevere in bringing pastors and ministry leaders together. Before you attempt to bring pastors and ministry leaders’ together, shore up your convictions! Are you convinced that Jesus Christ established his church to advance his kingdom around the... Read more

Feb
27

Leadership Clusters | Intro

Feb 27, 2017

Steve King

       Part 1 - Introduction ​Video   Are you longing for a safe place in your area to experience on-going encouragement, equipping and motivation for ministry with other pastors and ministry leaders? Our calling as pastors is sacred and we need this from those walking in the same shoes to thrive in life and ministry.   Listen to the heart of Pastor Bobby Manning who was responding to peoples’ comments on social media: “Some of y'all come for pastors on social media like y'all know what this job is like. As if our job is as easy as it looks. As if anyone could do this. You will never know what it's like to be accountable to God for the well-being of people's souls. You will never know what... Read more

Nov
09

The Pain & Joy Of Planting

Nov 9, 2016

John McGowan

This past Sunday we took an exciting step at Restoration City Church – I did my best to get a bunch of people to leave!  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve unintentionally gotten plenty of people to leave our church since we were planted two years ago.  But this wasn’t about bad jokes or unintentionally offensive comments in the sermon.  This was about asking our congregation to buy into the vision of helping plant Grace Hill Church in Herndon, VA next year.  I’ll be honest, asking people to leave our church is one of the best and hardest things I’ve ever done as a pastor. It’s a really big deal for us as a church to be a part of gospel multiplication here in the DC area and that’s what church... Read more

Nov
03

Millennials and the Church: Love them or Lose them

Nov 3, 2016

Jeremy White

Much has been made about the relationship between young adults, particularly millennials and the church today. I’ve spoken with many pastors and church leaders who have confessed they really don’t understand how to reach out to this demographic. Within the American Christian Church, we are witnessing a decline in church attendance nationally which is no coincidence.  According to the Pew Research Center, the percentage of citizens claiming the Christian faith has dropped from nearly 80 percent to 70 percent since 2007. Much of this drop can be attributed to millennials as slightly over one-quarter of this group is half as likely to attend religious services on a weekly basis as are their... Read more

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