Community and Culture

2013 The Nines Conference


In this 3-minute session from the 2013 The Nines Conference by Leadership Network, Linda Stanley sits down with David McDonald and Noel Heikkinen to talk about what is working well in their churches. Linda Stanley is Vice President and Team Leader at Leadership Network. David McDonald is Lead Pastor at Westwinds Community Church in Jackson, Michigan and the author of several books. Noel Heikkinen is a pastor at Riverview Church in the Lansing, Michigan area. Noel also serves as the US Midwest Network Director for Acts 29. 


Which of their points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you?
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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David described the model for community involvement that is blessing his congregants and the community. Noel shared how his church’s commitment to being doctrinally conservative, yet culturally fluid makes people feel comfortable and open to hearing the gospel. Consider what is working well at your church.  


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