References

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

References

  1. Daniel R. Sanchez, Church Planting Movements in North America (Fort Worth, TX: Church Starting Network, 2007), 18.
  2. Allan Hirsch, The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church(Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2007), 45.
  3. David Olson, The American Church in Crisis: Groundbreaking Research Based on a National Database of over 200,000 Churches (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008), 29-43. Also see Power Point
  4. David Olson, The American Church Research Project: The State of the American Church 2006.ppt  (http://www.TheAmericanChurch.org), slide 25.
  5. William Tenny-Brittian, House Church Manual (St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2004), 67-68.
  6. Larry Kreider and Floyd McClung, Starting a House Church (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2007), 107.
  7. ibid, 30.
  8. David Olson, The American Church Research Project: The State of the American Church 2006.ppt  (http://www.TheAmericanChurch.org), slide 74.
  9. Rebecca Barnes and Lindy Lowry, “Special Report: The American Church in Crisis” Outreach magazine, May/June 2006, 5.
  10. Pastoral Care, http://pastoralcareinc.com/WhyPastoralCare/Statistics.php (accessed August 10, 2010).
  11. Ken Burrill, Vice President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Florida Conference, quoted in a seminar presentation, 2008.
  12. Monte Sahlin, Center for Creative Ministry, April 9, 2009 email correspondence.
  13. Adventist Review, October 9, 2008, 7.
  14. Stetzer, Ed and Rainer, Thom S. Transformational Church: Creating a New Scorecard for Congregations (accessed June 21, 2009).
  15. George Barna, Revolution (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2005), 13, 64-65, 103.
  16. Ellen White, Great Controversy: Between Christ and Satan, 464.
  17. Ellen White, Gospel workers, 363
  18. Allan Hirsch, The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church(Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2007), 19.
  19. Markus Barth and Helmut Blanke, The Letter to Philemon (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2000), 261. (Italics supplied).
  20. David B. Barrett, Todd M. Johnson, Christopher Guidry, and Peter Crossing, World Christian Trends, Ad 30-Ad 2200: Interpreting the Annual Christian Megacensus , AD 30 to AD 2200. (Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2001), 520-529.
  21. Neil Cole, Church Planting Movements video.
  22. Simson, Wolfgang, Houses that Change the World (Emmelsbull, Germany: C&P Publishing, 1999. Barna, George; Dale, Tony & Felicity,The Rabbit and the Elephant: Why Small Is the New Big for Today’s Church (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2009).
  23. Hosted by veteran actor and narrator Hal Holbrook, this 11-part documentary series traces the amazing history of the Sabbath in human history. This fascinating look at the Sabbath and its universal meaning in our lives looks back to the earliest written records to discover the foundations of human time, exposes past and current political and religious intrigue regarding the seventh day, and uncovers hidden truth about the future of the Sabbath. Blending history and current events chronicling the seventh-day Sabbath, this epic story, worldwide in scope, is the perfect opportunity to understand and share God’s gift of Sabbath rest in a profoundly moving and in-depth way. A heavy read by Samuele Bacchiocchi, From Sabbath to Sunday : A Historical Investigation of the Rise of Sunday Observance in Early Christianity (Biblical Perspective, 2000), provides comprehensive documentation.
  24. Tony & Felicity Dale, August 24, 2010 presentation in Melbourne. (Thanks to Ed Gallagher for sharing his notes.)
  25. Ellen White, Ministry of Healing, p. 147
  26. Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” ~ Jesus, Matthew 28:18-29.
  27. Josh Packard, Church Refugees: Sociologists reveal why people are DONE with church but not their faith (group.com, 2015), p. 16, 94.

“The gospel commission had been given to the twelve when Christ met with them in the upper chamber; but it [the gospel commission] was now to be given to a larger number. At the meeting on a mountain in Galilee,all the believers who could be called together were assembled.” –Desire of the Ages, p. 818. (italics supplied).