21st Century Temptations and Distractions Facing the Church – Panel Discussion

What are some distractions and temptations the church is facing today? Join these four men along with Nathan Overholt as they wrestle with these four topics relevant to our day.

“Are you infinitely distracted,” Trent Eikenberry asks us, “with up to the minute news from the other side of the world?” He suggests that this relatively new phenomenon is keeping us from seeing real needs and lost souls right around us. How much should we be “in the know”?

Next, Elisha Byler introduces what he calls “pop up theology”. This is old heresy covered with a skimpy varnish of Christian terminology that spreads quickly through social media platforms. These half truths we are bombarded with can distract us from deep genuine Bible study. How are you combating this distraction?

What about materialism? Philip Showalter tells us that far too often our souls are lean and sickly and we lack the power of God, but our bank accounts are fat and our businesses are flourishing. Hard work and industry are good, but the problem is our accumulation of money. He challenges us to stop justifying materialism and to repent of our love for money. What is first place in your life?

Lastly, Kevin Brechbill calls out the sin of gossip. A gossip is a person who habitually reveals personal and sensational facts about others. Churches are struggling to be united because of this root problem of massive gossip. The most effective way to combat gossip is to talk a good report about others. Ask your brother or your sister to tell you when you are gossiping. Are you building others up or tearing them down with your words?

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God’s Blueprint for Heaven on Earth

We all yearn to witness the realization of heaven on earth, but the question remains: How does this transformation occur? Does God suddenly change us into completely new Christlike people? Will it come with a group of averagely good individuals? Or will heaven truly come to earth only when we as individuals and churches press into intentional growth into mature Christians.

This message presents and emphasizes the importance of Christlike maturity becoming an intentional pursuit of every individual and the core passion of each church. Maturity serves as the gateway to building trust, which is the currency of credibility for both individuals and churches. It creates an avenue for churches to experience sustainability and longevity.

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Teams That Work: Calling, Screening, Walking Together – Panel discussion

How can callings contribute to good team relationships and how can they hinder good working relationships? Should a team screen those who want to join the team? What are some good questions that team members should ask each other before committing themselves to each other? What stages do teams often go through before they become productive and effective. What are some things that can bring conflict in a church or team? In this panel discussion, the panelists Andrew Kurtz, Dwight Nisly, and Kevin Brechbill reflect on their life observations and experiences. Panel discussion moderated by Ernest Eby.

This message was given at the Church Growth Seminar 2022, which is a segment organized by the Church Planters’ Forum.

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Growing the Church

From which three groups do churches grow their numbers? What principles should churches keep in mind as they seek to grow their churches? What should churches avoid and what should they concentrate on if they want their church to reflect a cross section of the local population?

This message was given at the Church Growth Seminar 2022, which is a segment organized by the Church Planters’ Forum.

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