Author: Gary V Carter

The Most Important Rule

If a thoughtful person came to you and asked, “What is the most important precept in your church?” what would you say? I’m guessing you would roll through your memory and quickly land on Matthew 22:36-40. “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” One Rule or Two If the inquirer says,...

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Vision

“Vision casting” is a fascinating term associated with leadership — especially church leadership. So what does the “casting” part mean anyway? Is that like something done in a forge or in a fishing boat? Perhaps we know what it is without a precise definition because it is attached to the noun vision. People talk about doing it but I think most Christian leaders need to hone the skill more. Words are the primary tools of vision casting. Choose them carefully. Here are a few tips. Tip #1: Speak If you have a clear picture in your heart of how...

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Top 10 Fallacies Inhibiting Church Starting

I have worked with more than a dozen church starts over the years. Some have thrived; some have not; some failed. I learned more from the failures than the successes. Along the way, I have watched and identified with the yearning of some to get more happening on the “church planting” front. For starters, I don’t think the term “church planting” communicates to the outside world it is insider talk. Another common piece of insider talk is the term “vision casting” which is seldom used outside church circles. If we want to get this right we have to get...

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Out Reach or In Suck?

Are we better at “Out Reach” or “In Suck?” Or perhaps neither?   Some are now eschewing (now there is an old word) the word “outreach.” It seems we gave up on the word “evangelism” some time ago. And we never liked the word the bad guys use in discussion of our efforts — “proselytization.”   We took our eye off the ball when we decided to focus on those we deemed to be “seekers” so that word is now in decline. The way I see it the Bible describes Jesus as the seeker.   We drifted into the...

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