In Part 1 of our series on James K. Smith’s You Are What You Love (Part 1), we considered Smith’s thesis that people at their very core are most significantly formed by what they love. What a person loves is more formative even than what they think or what they believe. We narrowed our focus […]
What if your neighbor actually loves liturgy more than you? In November at the Regional Church Extension Conference, multiple sessions were dedicated to the topic of 2 recent books by James K.A. Smith—Desiring the Kingdom and You Are What You Love. I (Brad Hertzog) led the sessions with 25 men—chairmen of Presbytery Missions Committees and […]
Sometimes our sincere efforts to welcome visitors on a Sunday can actually be unwelcoming and we don’t even know it. This is our third installment highlighting one of the sessions entitled “Building a Culture of Evangelism” at the 2018 Church Planter Training Conference. In previous posts, we looked at an overview of loving people in […]
The Outward OPC podcast is born! This will be an occasional podcast, not a set time of weekly or monthly. When we have opportunity, we will be interviewing OPC pastors and some other guests to talk about outreach and evangelism. You can listen to the podcast right here (orange play button) or download it with […]
We continue our series of highlights from the Church Planters Conference in St. Augustine. Last week, we considered some matters relating to “Building A Culture of Evangelism” in our churches (Link). During the same session Eric Watkins, the host pastor, led a brief discussion on the role of preaching and evangelism. Eric had an interesting […]
Last week was the annual Church Planter Training Conference in St. Augustine. One of the sessions was an extended consideration of “Building a Culture of Evangelism.” John Shaw led this with contributions by Al Tricarico and host pastor Eric Watkins. John & Eric completed teaching their first MTI-OPC class on Evangelism this past August. We […]
“The First Church of Intersectionality” “Why Asian Americans Struggle to Feel at Home in White-Majority Churches” “Generation X, Y, Z, and Others” These are 3 recent articles from Steve Doe’s monthly curated selections that he passes on to his presbytery. Steve is the Regional Home Missionary for the Presbytery of the MidAtlantic. He […]
Take a first look at part of a new intro video about the vision of OPC Home Missions. The full video will be released in the future, but we wanted followers here to get a preview.
A couple of years ago the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic was doing some preliminary work in regard to planting in Washington, D.C. When they expressed the goal of the project they stated it this way: “We do not presume to know, at this time, whether the Lord would have this presbytery engage in church planting […]
The October issue of New Horizons includes a well thought out vision of church planting for Houston from Mark Sumpter (You can download the pdf of that issue here: October 2017 New Horizons). As noted, that article was written before the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Talk about an immediate challenge to your church planting vision! […]
Before we get into the next consideration of results, we note that there was a rush to the survey during our last post. 33 people went and took the survey, almost a 50% increase in a couple of days. We were wondering if we were going to see the Outwardly OPC Reader Survey trending on Twitter! (If […]
Consider these selected quotes that have been pieced together and we’ll say more about them below: In the archives at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia is preserved a handwritten sermon by J. Gresham Machen dated March 30, 1925. It deals with 1 Timothy 3:15 and is entitled “The Church of the Living God, the Pillar and […]
Thanks to all who have taken a few minutes to take our initial survey. (If you haven’t there’s still time–How Outwardly Facing Are We? ). We expect to learn a lot from this and future surveys. So far 75 people have taken it. At this point it’s almost all OPC. That’s intentional, and will change […]
In the early stages of developing Outward OPC, one of our goals is to share the stories and ideas of what churches are doing to reach people. Last week at the Regional Church Extension Conference in Orlando this need was again discussed. The chairmen of the Presbytery Missions Committees and our Regional Home Missionaries suggested […]
It would be a great help for all of us if you took this quick 5 question (anonymous) survey. We plan to share and discuss results in coming days.
A potential visitor to your church takes a look at your website to get a sense of what you are about. When they look for your location, hopefully they see a map that tells them at a glance where they will be going. But then, Sunday morning they hop into the car, pull out their […]