Dear Pastor, I Lost My Job | Follower of One

Dear Pastor, I Lost My Job

I lost my job today. They called it “a reduction in force” which means I’m not totally worthless; I was just doing a job that’s no longer of any value. I guess that’s supposed to make me feel better, but it doesn’t. They gave me a few weeks pay, but I have to pay for my own health insurance and I have to look for work.

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Pray, Care and Notice: Universal Actions for Marketplace Ministers | Follower of One

Pray, Care and Notice – Universal Actions for Marketplace Ministers

I searched Google for terms like “workplace ministry ideas” and “marketplace faith.” Many marketplace people and pastors work to take their faith into the marketplace. At Follower of One want to help.
However, our first step can’t be that we either 1) tell everyone we meet or that we try to 2) shut our faith off. No one wants to talk to someone who incessantly steers conversations. At the same time, we can’t shut our faith off, either. We can’t be something we’re not.

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Church Ministry vs. Marketplace Ministry | Follower of One

Church Ministry vs. Marketplace Ministry

Most Christians in the Western world experience the Christian faith on Sunday at a worship service or small group meeting that fits a particular pattern. Some denominations take different forms, but for many the experience takes much the same form each week. Some people preach or sing or play music from a stage. We follow an order of service. Everyone appears to be pretty much what we’d like to be. They don’t seem to have any problems. They look “fine” and sound “fine.”

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Being Christ-Like | Follower of One

Being Christ-like

Every Sunday millions of people flock to buildings or people’s homes to worship Jesus Christ. Many of us believe the primary purpose of our faith in Christ is to attend those meetings and become better people in this life.
1. We know we’re supposed to become more Christ-like.

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How to Become a Full-Time Minister | Follower of One

How to Become a Full-Time Minister

The term “full-time minister” has always sounded wrong to me. Only recently have I begun to embrace my challenge with it. When a pastor or a missionary says they’ve been called into full-time ministry, I understand they decided to pursue a career working for a faith-based service organization such as a church or para-church organization. When we decide to follow Jesus, we receive the Holy Spirit and we begin the process of bending our entire life to Jesus.

When a pastor or a missionary says they’ve been called into full-time ministry, I understand they decided to pursue a career working for a faith-based service organization such as a church or para-church organization. But careless use of the term suggests that anyone else must be a part-time ministers or a no-time minister.

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Cultural Relevance | Follower of One

Cultural Relevance – Values Part 7

The word “relevant” seems to be both overused and misused quite often lately. It even made it on to the list of “Christianese” terms in Micah Tyler’s funny ad for Rosetta Stone – Christianese. But what role should cultural relevance have in how we share our faith?

According to Webster, relevant means…

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Biblical Authority | Follower of One

Biblical Authority – Values Part 5

We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. We believe God is powerful enough to get his point across. Biblical authority is described withing scripture. “All scripture is inspired by God is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 1 Timothy 3:16-17

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