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ELDER'SDIGEST"New members must be surrounded by the influencesmost favorable to spiritual growth. " E.G. whiteRead the article: New members and the extended family.

TABLE OF CONTENTSPrimacy of Spirituality in Eider's MinistryJoe/ Sor/iElder's DigestAPreaching is Like Growing a Garden. Ministerial Association[inference of Seventh-clay AdventistsMike SticklandNew Members and Their Extended FamilyMinisterial Association Secretary .Editor .James A. CressContributing EditorsWorship ServiceSharon CressWillrnore D. EvaCarl JohnstonJulia W. NorcottJohn Killinger QDivision ConsultantsPastoral PrayerRevelation Speaks PeaceSouthern Asia .Southern Asia-Pacific .Trans-European.Southern Africa UnionBernod/ne DelafieldI gCopyeditor and ProofreaderMargarida F. SarliCover Design/Layout. .Tanya HollandEditorial Assistant . . . Gladys RfosMarketing Manager . . Cathy PayneThe Law of LoveSubscription and Circulation . Tim MorrisonMargarida F. SarliSubscription rates and address changes:Slices of LifeTo Writers: Articles about the work of the local elder arc 1Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904-6516. Astamped, self-addressed envelope should accompanyunsolicited manuscripts.Successful Christian LeadershipI kief's Digest is published quarterly by the Seventh-dayAdventist Ministerial Association 2001, which retainsfull editorial control. It is printed by the Pacific Press Pub. Assn., 1350 N. Kings Road, Nampa, ID 81687-319)PRINTED IN THE U.S.A.Sit and WaitVirginia L Smith, PhD27. . Antonio RfosUSS9.95 for one year (four issues; andUSS 25.00 for three years; US 3.00 single issue.Please send all subscriptions and address changeslo Oder's Digest, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver SprinMD 20904-651 6.Ellen G. White25. Andrews Eaurence Ewoo. Zacchaeus Mathema. Gabriel Maurer. Ivan Manilich. Ivan Omana. David Osborne. Jairyong Eee. Alcjandro Bullon. Anthony Kent. Paulraj Isaiah. John Duroe. Peter Roennfeldt. Raymond ZeemanThere is a Right Direction in LifeHenry Feyerabend20Leslie PollardNikolaus SatelmajerTed WilsonAfrica-Indian Ocean .I astern Africa .liuro-Africa.Euro-Asia .Inler-Amerita .North America .Northern Asia-Pacific.South America .Editor's FilesI 0. lames A. CressEditor's Note: The articles in this publication have beenrevised slightly or updated to conform to the intendedaudience and nature of t/der's Digest.Questions & AnswersNumber 3Francis D. NicholCover photos by digital STOCK and PhotoDiscElder's Digest July-September 20022

EDITORIALPrimacy of SpiritualityinElder's MinistryJoel SarliIt is quite easy to be entangled in so manyactivities in the congregation and forgettingthat a successful elder needs to keep himself ingood relationship with the Lord.This may be easier said than done for you, theelder, just because you are about the Lord's workdoes not automatically mean that you are going tokeep a spiritual freshness. And the solution is not aseasy as the deodorant commercial where a brandswap will keep you fresh all day. You can't justswap a few Scripture verses to heighten your spiritual freshness. Consider and work on the following asyou reach for spiritual well-being.minister because time alone with God builds yourspirit to be more like Jesus. Your quiet time withGod will help you maintain perspective in all thedemands of life. You will find God's place in allthat you do."Sometimes I shut the door on all the worldAnd go alone to that most secret placeWhere there is only GodJust God and I! ThenTogether we go over subtle acts,Mistakes, and small hypocrisies of mine.I strip myself from shams, from shackles free,Spiritual failureEconomical failure means a situation where billsand debts greatly exceed your true ability to pay. It isbeing so far behind with absolutely no way of catching up. It may even include someone else taking overcontrol of your income. It may mean a drasticchange in lifestyle. Synonymous terms include financial failure, insolvency, defaulting, economic death,or financial disaster. Can the same happen spiritually? Yes! You can find yourself in a state of spiritualinsolvency. It happens. Here are some ways to avoidfinding yourself spiritually overdrawn.And stand aghast at my duplicity."Author UnknownThis is something that happened only in thosequiet places.RestThere are two types of rest physical and emotional. Both feed your spiritual well-being.Physically, to be in your spiritual best you must haveadequate rest. Sleep allows your body time torebuild and refresh. E. G. White indicates aboutseven to seven and one-half hours sleep is optimalto maintain your physical integrity.The other type of rest is time away. Mark 6:31 tellsof Jesus' admonition to come away for a time of rest.Make time to get away. The real ticking time bombin the church or in a home is an explosivefather/elder. It is not a cultural, denominational, ortheological issue but the person of a leader crashing.Time away from the "press of the crowd" willdefuse this time bomb. Move away from a scheduleof side calls, funerals, sermon preparation, counseling, and committee meetings to a time of spiritualMeditationDevotion is not the same as preparation for a ministerial duty, likepreaching or teaching. This is preparation for you. A few moments withGod make your spirit ready for thebattles ahead. It is a regular time oflistening to Cod through Scriptureand prayer. Out of your spiritualreserve from personal devotionyou will find the resources to(Continued on page 29)Elder's Digest July-September 20023

PREACHINGPreaching is LikeGrowing a GardenMike SticklandPeople who take the troubleto enroll in a course onpreaching usually want toknow the answer to abasic and pressing question: "How do youactually make a sermon?" This lesson isthe first step in providing an answer. Itmay not be theanswer you hadhoped for (if you wereonly looking for a quicksource of sermons) butthe principle suggested inthis lesson provides anindispensable ingredient in theongoing process of preparing sermons, not just for the immediate crisis but for the relentless demands for freshsermons in the future.fIP\\Preparing to preach: A continuous study programThe art of sermon preparation has been likenedto the art of horticulture. Imagine yourself with anallotment in which you plan to grow vegetables,grains, and fruits. There may already be soft fruitsplanted in the past or vegetables growing selfsown, which you could plunder for a quickreturn. Some people use that method of sermonpreparation. They prepare little, sow little, but yetcream off the crop what has been previouslyestablished. What this lesson proposes is a systemof preparing the ground, bringing on seedlings,transplanting and weeding, and careful crop cultivation, which will provide an ever-increasingsupply of fresh produce. In preparing the landto yield crops, the"farmer" must ploughthe ground (see Hos.10:11-12).Then he must harrowthe soil to break itdown and cultivate it(Job 39:10; Isa. 28:24).When the soil is prepared, the seed mustbe sown (Gen. 47:23).To avoid adulterationof the pure Word (Jer.23:28), this seed must notbe mixed (Lev. 19:19).He will want to avoidwasting the seed on troddenearth or amongst thorns (Matt.13:19-22; Jer. 4:3).The good seed will yield a sure harvestwhen preceded by appropriate preparation(Matt.13:23, 24).Then with practice, the farmer can expect toreap the fruits of his labor (James 5:7).%In the same way, a preacher must prepare the"soil" of his or her own mind and spirit. This lessonshows you how this may be achieved.Preparing to preach: Using the talent of timeIt isn't that we do not have the time. It is that wechoose to use it one way or another, and it is upto us whether we choose to allocate time for thiscultivation of the soul."Upon the right improvement o/ our time dependsour success in acquiring knowledge and mental cul ture . . . Only let the moments be treasured . . . AElder's Digest July-September 20024

PREACHINGresolute purpose, persistent industry, and carefuleconomy of time, will enable men to acquire knowl edge and mental discipline which will qualify themfor almost any position of influence and usefulness."E. G. White, Christ's Object Lessons, pp. 343, 344 .Preparing to preach: First and foremost is the studyof ScriptureSince the Scripture should be the source andinspiration of every sermon, it needs to be thebook we study most. But we are talking here ofgeneral, continuous preparation-not specific, concentrated study in pursuit of a particular sermon.The preacher should find fulfillment in readingScripture often, just for the pleasure of exposure tothe Word of God. He or she should read wholebooks or sections of Scripture at a time, just toimbibe the influence of the Spirit. He or sheshould read often and at length."Those who stand before the people as teachersof truth are to grapple with great themes. They arenot to occupy precious time in talking of trivialsubjects. Let them study the Word and preach theWord." E. G. White, Evangelism, p. 151."It is a sin for those who attempt to teach theWord to others, to be themselves neglectful of itsstudy." E. G. White, Gospel Workers, p. 249.This is where modern, well-established translations of the Bible come to their forte, as well asindividual works by men such as Dr. WilliamBarclay and Dr. J. B. Phillips, which have similarlyreceived wide approval. We should tend to avoidusing paraphrases (of which The Living Bible is oneexample) except for occasional devotional reading.Several profitable ways to study scripture:Study by topicTake a topic, theme, or word and trace everyBible reference you can find on it. In this case, a"study Bible" is very useful because it providesmany leads and marginal references which willtake you to related topics.Study by book, chapter, or sectionSit and read a whole letter of Paul, a whole book ofa prophet, or a whole Gospel at one sitting, or withinone week. Read it often and from different translations.Study by whole story or incidentRead John 7 through 10 to experience the interaction between Jesus and the people and the Jewsduring the visit to the Feast of Tabernacles sixmonths before the crucifixion. Or read Matthew 12and follow the actions and reactions of Jesus, disciples, and, people to the miracle of healing thedumb and blind possessed man. Follow throughinto Chapter 13 and see how Jesus use of parableswas brought about by the Chapter 12 incident.Always avoid the tendency to read a verse here anda verse there without reading the whole context.Study by biographyThe Bible has many biographies. Read the life ofDavid, the life of Samuel, the life of Ezekiel, the lifeof Paul. Study how God spoke to them, calledthem, used them, blessed them, corrected them.Scripture should never be studied without prayer.It was the Holy Spirit who inspired men to write.We need that same Spirit to disclose what Hemeant, so that we may avoid unsound or personalinterpretation.Let's say it again!Let us repeat what we are talking of here ispersonal study and reading of the Word with thepurpose of generally widening and deepeningone's personal grasp of the Scripture. This shouldbe disciplined, purposeful reading and researchduring which you are seeking to expand your personal knowledge, but not necessarily with a sermon appointment in mind yet. You are ploughingand harrowing, sowing the seed, and nurturing it.You are not just looking for a quick cash crop.At risk of sounding the drum once too often,keep reminding yourself that not all your readingand study of Scripture has to do with immediatesermon preparation. The great weight of Biblereading is for broadening your knowledge of Godand the way He works with humankind. It is tocreate a deep pool from which your own soul isrefreshed. Arising from that wide and deep reading, you will discover relevant lines of study topursue for a variety of subsequent sermons.Mike Stickland writes from Watford, England.Elder's Digest July-September 2002

NURTURENew Members and Their"Extended Family"James A. CressWappropriately to expandthe understanding ofCod's will in variousreal-life circumstances.5. Providing a Variety ofExposures. Specialevents, public meetings,or gospel presentationswhich move beyondone-on-one spiritualencounters, but towhich the extendedfamily members arebrought by the newbeliever who becomesthe catalyst for his/herextended family'sincreasing involvementwith spiritual things.6. Developing Patience.Remembering that eachperson in the extendedfamily is at a differentlevel of spiritual development. Not all fruitripens at the same time.Consistency from thenew believer towardhis/her extended family is more to be desiredthan quick results, iExpecting and enabling new believers to ministeris obedience to our Lord's command and it is anecessary part of the process by which new believers become disciples. McGavran and Hunter, discussing "Training the Laity for Church Growth,"argue that all three terms in the title are crucial:For Church Growth. The training must be forgrowth, the goal must be clear, and it must bein and Charles Arnpoint out thatinvolving new members inwitnessing activities is notan optional, but an essential part of the process ofeffective disciple making.They point out that someof the most receptive people to the gospel are the"extended family" members of new believersfriends, relatives, and associates who are outside ofChrist and a church. TheArns have also developeda six-step process for introducing these "extendedfamily" members to Christby teaching new convertsto relate to their extendedfamilies by:1. Caring. PersonifyingChrist's love.Attempting to meetthe felt needs ofthose with whom thenew believer has anacquaintance relationship.2. Strengthening Relationships. Table-talk settingsin which stronger relationships are builtthrough casual and comfortable interaction.3. Involving Other Members of the Body.Introducing extended family to other believersas a way of introducing them to the widevariety of ways in which Jesus works in thelives of people.4. Enhancing Personal Witness. Using ScriptureElder's Digest July-September 20026

NURTUREdefended against multitudinous good things whichobscure it.The Laity. The laity must be trained. It might startwith the clergy, but only as it surges out beyondthese professionals and enrolls great numbers ofyour members will danger be averted.Training. The process includes motivating, goalsetting, instructing, exhorting, building up convictions, harnessing sociological data, practice (actually doing), feedback, and improvement. This is not aquick and easy gimmick. It is a costly venture withthe unalterable purpose to seek and save the lost.2Allan Hadidian approaches putting new members to work in ministry from a similar perspective.He says, "Three processes must be used: teaching,training and transforming. Teaching involvesknowledge and emphasizes the principles a disciple should know. Training involves skill andemphasizes the practical things a disciple shouldbe able to do. Transforming involves convictionand emphasizes the perspective a disciple shouldhave."i Notice the emphasis on "doables." Far toooften new members are led to believe that theyshould be spectators rather than participants. Infact, spiritual strength and maturity will come onlyas they participate as "co-laborers" with Christ forthe lost.Actions confirm belief. By ministering, newbelievers live out Jesus' own life of service as Heempowers them by the Holy Spirit. To paraphrasePeter Wagner, any scheme that separates ministryaction from discipleship has built into itself its owndestruction.Lindgren and Shawchuck call this process of putting new members into ministry "spiritual empowerment." They say, "Our understanding of spiritualempowerment is that it is an ongoing pilgrimageinvolving an open search for, and sensitivity toexperiencing, a growing relationship with God thatexpresses itself in behavioral action both personallyand corporately." 4In other words, the process of conversionremains incomplete until new believers areinvolved in meaningful personal ministry as anintegral part of a wider corporate strategy of utilizing the gifts of the Holy Spirit to their fullest potential for the salvation of the lost.In reality, this is what many people are lookingfor and longing to receive from the church. Theyneed something more than just a friendly greeting,no matter how genuine or well intentioned such awelcome is. They need and expect involvement.Nelson Annan says, "Some churches welcome people the first time they visit, but no other interactionever takes place. Newcomers are not challenged toget involved in the church. Eventually they beginattending some other church where they are notonly warmly welcomed, but also encouraged to bean active part of the family." 5Appropriate balance is the issue. Calling, equipping, and sending must occur simultaneously withinthe body. While some are being trained, others arebeing deployed who are calling yet others to decision and discipleship. Dudley and Cummings say:"Church growth must involve all of this. Its insistence on quality balances its concern for quantity.The whole includes proclaiming the gospel, winning and baptizing converts, incorporating theminto responsible membership, nurturing their spiritual development, equipping them for further service,motivating them to missionary tasks, and supportingthem as they go out to exercise their gifts in bringing in still others. Unless the whole cycle is in placeand functioning, the feverish attempt to add to themembership rolls by baptizing will soon breakdown for lack of a support system." &lames A. Cress writes from Silver Spring, Maryland.He is the Ministerial Secretary of the GeneralConference of Seventh-day Adventists.References:1. Win and Charles Arn, ed. The Master's Plan forMaking Disciples, p. 95-109.2. Donald McGavran and Gerge G. Hunter III,Church Growth: Strategies that Work, pp. 79-80.3. Alien Hadidian. Discipleship : Helping OtherChristians Grow, p. 81.4. Alvin J. Lindgren and Norman Shawchuck. Let MyPeople Go: Empowering Laity for Ministry,pp. 22.5. Nelson Annan. More People! Is Church GrowthWorth It?, p. 46.6. Roger L. Dudley and Des Cumming. Adventuresin Church Growth, p. 32.Elder's Digest July -September 20027

WORSHIPCreative Ideas for RenewingWorship ServiceJohn KillingerElder's Digest filePerformed music1. Schedule some unusual instrument for thespecial item a harmonica, saw, musical bottles, etc. Have the performer tell how he orshe happened to learn to play that instrument.2. Have an entire family provide the musicalitem.3. Include the story behind how the song happened to be written.4. Try the old-fashioned musical monologue background music while the wordsare read or recited.5. Try an "illustrated song." An artist can do achalk drawing or sketch while the song issung. Or slides can be shown on a screen.6. Have a group of singers lead a rousingpraise service, providing an item or twothemselves.Congregational music1. Feature a variety of instrumental accompaniments to complement the organ and/orpiano. It can be stringed instruments oneweek, brass the next, etc. Any instrumentaladdition will help to raise the decibels andincrease the quality of the congregationalsinging.2. Conclude a moving sermon that featuresan appeal with a song of commitment, sungwhile the entire congregation holds hands asa symbol of commitment and unity.3. Take 20 to 25 minutes to create an"entire-church choir." Have the basses, sopranos, tenors, and altos all move to differentquadrants of the church so they can learntheir part. After a practice run or two, havethe "choir" render the special item.4. Learn a new hymn from the hymnal.5. Sing one hymn's words to another hymn's ' Bfejgtglfetune. The hymn's meter is listed in the hymnal. If the meters match, the words and tunesare interchangeable.6. Sing Scripture songs one week instead ofhymns from the hymnal. Use an overheadprojector so people can see the words.7. Feature choruses for the young one week.8. Divide the church into two or moregroups and try some of the canons (rounds) inthe new hymnal.9. Have those who announce the hymnschoose their favorite hymn and tell why itmeans something special to them. It will helpthe congregation to get to know that memberbetter. It may even give the hymn new meaning for some of the others in the congregationas well.10. Have two or more "support singers" sitting in the front row singing into microphonesduring the hymn singing. It helps to "fill out"the sound and encourages better singing.Prayer1. Have people from different groups withinthe congregation offer the prayer each week.Introduce the person as representing thatgroup grandparents, parents, youth, singles,young couples, university students, etc.2. Use a written prayer for variation. Manybooks of prayers are available, offering a variety of beautiful prayers.3. Have three people share the prayer. Onecan be responsible for praise, another forthanksgiving, and another for intercession.4. Invite a child to offer the morning prayer.The words may be simple, but the impactmay be great.5. Instead of a person up front offering theentire prayer, he or she can invoke God, thensuggest topics for the congregation to prayabout silently. The prayer leader shouldElder's Digest July-September 2002

WORSHIPpause after each topic suggestion. Topics caninclude things to praise God for, things tothank God for, and various people and activities for which a blessing is sought. It is crucialto explain before the prayer begins just how itis going to proceed.6. Try a responsive prayer, with a refrain fromthe congregation. Psalm 136 could be used asa prayer for this purpose. Or the prayer leadercould compose a prayer with a congregationalrefrain, following the pattern of Psalm 136.7. Have a family, Sabbath school class, children's division, etc., all pray, each offeringonly sentence prayers. Active participation isa crucial element to long-term enjoyment ofthe worship hour. Get as many people aspossible involved.8. On a special occasion plan a "season" ofprayer, with several people praying. Be careful not to make it too drawn out or it willhave a negative impact, particularly on theyounger worshipers.Scripture1. Have a family read the Scripture, each takinga segment.2. Try antiphonal Scripture reading, withyoung and old or male and female responsively reading segments of the Scripture.3. Have a shut-in or isolated member read theScripture. Videotape it, then replay it onSabbath. Churches often make provision for theshut-ins to hear the sermon, but rarely providefor their active participation in the service. Ifvideo facilities aren't available, voice tape andphotographic slides will work well.4. Vary the people reading the Scripturesingles, couples, single parents, ethnics, etc.Reflect the diversity of the church throughthe participants.5. Prepare an illustrated Scripture reading.Many of the psalms lend themselves toillustration through nature slides, film, orvideo.6. Provide a musical background to theScripture reading.7. Invite the congregation to read theScripture responsively. If diversity of translations is a problem, put the verse on anoverhead transparency.8. Invite someone to paraphrase a wellknown passage, showing how he or sheperceives the passage and its message.Offering1. Have several families be responsible forcollecting the offering.2. If it is Christian Education Day, havechildren in school uniforms collect theoffering.3. Invite the congregation to "bring" theiroffering to God by actually coming forwardand depositing it in a basket at the front ofthe church. It provides movement for theyounger worshipers and has significantsymbolism.4. Sing a hymn while the offering is collected.5. Read Scripture i.e., the story of thewidow's mites during the offering collection.6. Have someone read poetry while theoffering is collected.7. Invite each member of the congregationto offer a silent prayer on his or her offeringbefore it is taken, rather than having theprayer from the front.Elder's Digest July-September 20029(To be continued)

PRAYER*% mm.aEditor's file1. Emphasis on the presence of the Holy SpiritDear Heavenly Father,In this moment we bow before You in humble supplication. We understand that without You we can donothing. So we pray for the special gift of the Holy Spirit today.Come, Holy Spirit, Counselor and Defender.Come as wind to clear our thick clouds of ignorance and unbelief that the eyes of our hearts may seewithout confusion your glory and your will for our lives.Come as fire; make us shine with eagerness and joy as we obey your command to make disciples of allnations.Come with eloquence for our tongues that we may be articulate witnesses to those before whom youwould have us testify concerning the grace and glory of God Almighty.Come with power, energizing our hearts with holy boldness so that we dare to display your love beforeanyone and everyone.Come with your holy gifts of ministry so that as one body we can speak and interpret, discern andteach, heal and bless in the spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord.Come with blessing, so filling our souls with abundance that we delight to share our resources as freelyand generously as did our ancestors in faith so long ago.Come, renew us, transform us, train us and send us so that we can become vessels of your life-givinglove, for Jesus' sake. Amen.2. For Christmas seasonDear Lord Most Longed For,To you, the mender of time and fulfiller of hopes, we lift the dreams and yearnings of our hearts. To youwe offer the wisps of hopes we may not dare speak before others: We dream of being more than we nowappear stronger, wiser, truer, more accomplished.You alone know our true potential.You alone imagine the rich possibilities held within your will for us. Help us recognize and realize thegoals to which you draw us.From you come all good deeds and all worthy aspirations. But we confess that not all our desires for thefuture are either good or worthy.We are the sort of people who can imagine revenge and long for it.We can imagine winning great wealth and spending it on bloated luxury.Elder's Digest July-September 200210

PRAYERWe can imagine getting the better of someone in business and find ourselves thirsting for the fiscal blood ofur competitors.This Advent season, fit us with new dreams.In this season of hope and fresh beginnings, kindle our desire to soothe the wounded world with yourospel.Fire us with a passion for justice, a commitment to mercy and a burning desire to work for reconciliationmong those whose lives we are able to touch.Supply us with both motive and means to fulfill your vision of what our lives are meant to be.Let our obedience mirror that of Jesus, who though he was one with you, refused to seize his rightful statust the expense of your people's salvation.Consecrate our dreams, that with all our heart and mind and strength we may honor you, now and forever.In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Spiritual heritage and witness)ur Heavenly Father, God of History and Hope,How good you have been to us, how generous to generations yet unborn!You have given us great leaders and examples of faith and commitment.We thank you for the witness of our mothers and fathers in faith, past and present.In every time and place, you have raised up men and women whose devotion and integrity inspired others to)llow you.Thank you for the witness of prophets and apostles; for Mary, the first to proclaim the Good News of your resurxtion; for Priscilla and Aquila, who opened their home as a center of mission and ministry.We thank you for the millions of disciples whose names are known only to you, who led their children, theireighbors and their friends to follow you in faith.Thank you for the courageous reformers and pioneers of the church, for Luther, Calvin, Wesley, William Miller,lien G. White, and other messengers you have sent to guide your peopleThank you for the sacrificial love of those missionaries who have served the sick, the wounded, the hungry andne dying.We praise you for the acts of grace and mercy you accomplished through those men and women dedicated toreach the Gospel of Jesus.Give us the desire and the steadfast faith to be your willing witnesses, your helping hands, in the places whereve live and work.Continue the great Adventist heritage of faith through our children and our children's children.Work through us and through them so that many may come to know the power of your love and we can beeady for the great day of the coming of Jesus, our Savior.We pray through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you for ever and ever. Amen.Elder's Digest July-September 200211

COMMUNICATIONHalifax, Nova Scotia to host NET 2002Revelation Speaks PeaceOctober 18-November 17, 2002Are NETS still effective?NET events have been one of the highs of evangelismsince 1995 when Mark Finley was asked to hold the firstevangelistic series to be up linked via satellite. The highly technical approach to evangelism, which remainsunique to Adventism today, revolutionized the way inwhich the Adventist Church could reach the world withthe gospel.Satellite evangelism works for the global churchbecause it is a strategically sound way to fulfill thegospel commission through one major effort and without excessive expense at every participating site.Glenn Aufderhar, NET 2002 coordinator, noted that,"Technology is not the power in the NETs. The powerlies in a large percentage of churches doing the samething at the same time." Surveys show that the numberof participating sites grew with the NETs.NET '95 . 676 sitesNET'96. 1,700 sitesNET'98. . 1,985 sitesMultichurch pastors are grateful to turn sermon preparation and presentation over to seasoned evangelists.Especially

source of sermons) but the principle suggested in this lesson provides an indispensable ingredient in the ongoing process of preparing ser mons, not just for the immediate cri sis but for the relentless demands for fresh sermons in the future. Preparing to preach: A continuous stu