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Month: April 2012

Holy Saturday – Waiting for What We Don’t Know

Holy Saturday – Waiting for What We Don’t Know

Reflections on Holy Saturday April 7, 2012 George Martin What is it that allows us to have just a hint of hope and the ability to grit our teeth in moments of crisis—those times when fear arises like a tsunami—and to respond in the same way at other times of foreboding doom that creeps ever so slowly like a storm on the horizon? I’m not talking about a kind of foolhardy charge of the light brigade into a thunderous blaze…

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Books and Articles by George Martin

Books and Articles by George Martin

Publications List: George Martin What is Coming Next: I am writing a book about the St. Paul you’d never thought you’d find. You are going to be surprised and I think a great many people are going to enjoy meeting this St. Paul. It’s actually the Paul who was always there, but who has been mis-read for at least 1500 years or more. I’ve been a serious student of Paul for over four years in which I’ve read the serious…

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Door-to-door Ministry Notebook Republished as an eBook

Door-to-door Ministry Notebook Republished as an eBook

The following post is taken  from the Introduction to the Door-to-door Ministry Notebook. This book is available on Amazon.com in print for $9.95 and it is an ebook (kindle.com) as well. I’m convinced that this is a methodology that is still relevant for ALL churches to consider, especially those who want to return to the vision that most likely was functioning in their early days. By George Martin ……. From the Introduction   Introduction Door to Door Ministry: A Lifesaving Ministry…

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Guidelines for A Great Consultation

Guidelines for A Great Consultation

Rule One for a good consultation is to never presume that you know ahead of time what will be found or what will happen.  The process involves asking lots of questions, and then active listening, in which stories are told. What matters is the data and trying to be as honest as possible about what has happened, including all the good things, and those things that didn’t work. A good consultation though doesn’t fuel the flames of nostalgia too much,…

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Three Consulting Examples

Three Consulting Examples

What happens in a consultation? Example 1: I am thinking about a church in a Southern diocese, which had all kinds of growth taking place around it (e.g. new homes going up), but it wasn’t growing. The bishop of the diocese asked me to meet with their Bishop’s committee and church leaders. We met over a three day period.  Upon my return I sent them and the bishop a long report. I haven’t returned, but have consulted with the Bishop…

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