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New Website Called “NewChurchPerspective.com”

Here is some interesting news emailed to me by Brian Smith.  He writes: “I would like to plug an awesome new project called ‘NewChurchPerspective.com’. Its basically an online magazine about New Church topics. NCPerspective now has articles by over 10 writers on a wide variety of topics. This is designed to be a platform which allows people to express their ideas, questions and efforts to apply concepts from the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. As a reader have the opportunity to read and respond in the comment lines. You are also warmly encouraged to write and submit what ever New Church topics have been burning on your mind.”

To check out the website follow this link: New Church Perspective

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Council of the Clergy Resolution

“While acknowledging with appreciation many of the exciting new initiatives that have been recently undertaken;

the clergy would also like to express sincere reservations and concerns with the seemingly rapid change in direction of the Bryn Athyn College and the General Church resulting from decisions and actions being made without sufficient prior counsel and discussion;

and we appeal to the bishop to provide leadership in implementing processes that will actively involve the Clergy in the review of past decisions that appear to stray from the Charter Purposes and meaningfully include the Clergy in the development of future plans.”

64 yea, 7 nay, 12 abstain

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Day two of meeting with non no…

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Day two of meeting with non north American clergy. These meetings have been fantastic.

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The Church of Truth Banquet

The Saturday evening “Stairway to Heaven Banquet” was a smashing success. There were over 125 people in attendance for well scripted program that included a well known gospel choir, songs and dance. The most powerful part for me was the original songs and poetry that were based on New Church thought. These were intensely personal portrayals of rising out of one’s heredity and environment, to a more spiritual state as guided by the Lord.

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In Louisville celebrating “the…

In Louisville celebrating “the Stairway to Heaven” banquet with the Church of Truth

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Financial Impact of New Planting Model on Denomination

Here are 2 spreadsheets taking the data from the Austin Plant model and asking the question of what is the overall financial impact on the funding denomination if we were to roll out a new church plant every other year.  The two spread sheets are very similar in conclusion, however, I favor the model assuming 30% success, 30% failure and 30% moderate success because it more closely mirrors success statistics in church planting in the United States today.GC Plantexpns303030 GC Plant expense raw GC Plantexpns303030

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Model for Austin Texas Church Plant in 2010

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There are many strategies for starting new churches that have been used throughout the ages.  The Austin model is one we developed after intensive research evaluating what would provide the highest chances for a new movement to gain momentum and permanence in a short amount of time.  You might notice that the plan includes the concept that plant congregations should be using their resources to sow the seeds for future church plants.  As such, we see this as the beginning of a new system that is replicating.   In time, this system will serve as the key force for establishing New Church Congregations at a level we have never been able to accomplish using an endowment driven model. This new model while initially supported by endowment, ultimately will be funded by other successful church plants.  He hope you will help us kick the tires of this model through dialogue and sharing your insights for how to start new churches.  Special thanks go to Mac Frazier for the countless hours devoted to this project. Lets plan to have a grand celebration of his efforts at the Salt Lick barbeque joint just south of Austin.

Finally, our prayer is that we can use this natural tool to serve the Lord in His vineyard for we ultimately recognize that while we till the soil, the Lord alone provides for germination and growth.

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Church of truth radio program …

Church of truth radio program tonight at 6:30. Wllv 1240 am.

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Memorial Address Materials in PDF Format

Here is a PFD of Brian Keith’s collection of passages that are arranged topically for memorial services.  It is a wonderful resource for writing Eulogies etc.

Memorial Address Material – reformatted

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How to Start a Youth Program

The New Church of Boulder Valley has gradually build a youth group over the last 5 years into a thriving program.  Andrea describes the initial vision and process they used to successfully cultivate the program.    You can view Andrea describing the program in the YouTube Video here.  Please take a little time to share your thoughts about youth programs by making a comment.

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