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Jared Ingle
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Uncomfortable church growth stats: 80% of American congregations are at a plateau or declining, and only 50% of congregations will add 1 new convert in next 2 years. Only 5% of congregations are growing. What do growing congregations have in common? They are bringing in new converts. - Frank Damazio, "Strategic Church"

"Unity of the Spirit: The Basics of Community Development" Sunday message 11.19.17
"This Generation" Midweek Gatherings
#mtz #tcmi #nwmi #traversecity

On Ephesians 4.15. Speaking truth without love abuses others. Loving without truth enables others to keep making mistakes. “But speaking the truth in love” empowers others and Christians.

MtZ message, 11.12.17 The How-To’s of Community

“We process more information in a 24 hour period than a medieval peasant would have processed in his entire lifetime” - James Hampton

This Generation, Midweek Gatherings, Wednesdays 7 pm, MtZ

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We are delightfully overjoyed to announce the arrival of our first winter snow. My youngest son thinks it’s Christmas. Yesterday’s fantastic temperatures for our family: Dallas 64 degrees, Joplin 57, Roanoke 52, Traverse City . . . “Feels like 8.” I cant wait to brew coffee at #MtZ in the morning. Brrrrr

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Sunday we continue our series Unity of the Spirit. “Paul clearly states in Ephesians 4:11-16 that the equipping of the saints for compassionate service in Christ’s name must happen in community.” - Byron Klaus

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Happy Reformation Day! Did anyone else sing "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" to their 4 year old at bedtime? Of course I had to play the classic a cappella version by GLAD as well.

Son: "Dad are they singing that song to us? To you and to me?"
Dad: "You know son, I believe Martin Luther had every Christian in mind when he wrote that. He wanted to encourage us that God is stronger than anything else!"
Son: "Does everybody have that on their phone?"
Dad: "I don't know."
Son: "Maybe you should tell them!"

#Reformation500

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We want to take a moment to thank those who are involved in events like our Fall Family Festival, and post some fun pics for you to enjoy from the evening! [new blog post]

#mtz #tcmi #nwmi #traversecity

"At last meditating day and night, by the mercy of God, I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that through which the righteous live by a gift of God, namely by faith . . . Here I felt as if I were entirely born again and had entered paradise itself through the gates that had been flung open." ~ Martin Luther on his conversion and Romans 1.17 (Habakkuk 2.4)

#reformation500 tomorrow!

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No disrespect meant at all and probably only a few of my friends will get this anyway, but I couldn't pass it up . . . "Apophatic Tea-ology"
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