On Our Hearts


The title of this portion of our website says it: this is where you will find us writing about something that’s on our hearts—something important to us, something we’re thinking about, something vitally connected to life and ministry.  .

Here you may find a principle of church ministry, a theological reflection, a grappling with culture, a book review, a case study, or a challenge to action.  Here you will find things that we would pass along if we had the opportunity to sit down with each of you over coffee, or with several of you in a retreat setting.  By “you” we especially mean pastors and church leaders.  We’ll be sharing thoughts that are in some way strategically related to healthy and fruitful leadership in the church.

Frequently the On Our Hearts article will link to the NCD blog, inviting your response and interaction with what you read here.  Tell us what you think.  Let other NCD leaders hear and benefit from your perspective.

Look for a new On Our Hearts each month.

–NCD Staff

Mobilizing for Outreach – November 2016

Will Satan Win Because of This? – October 2016

Spiritual Warfare in Our Future Together  – September 2016

Disciple-Making Apprenticeship – July/August 2016

Faith Work Economics Movement: Local churches demonstrate their commitment to FEW – June 2016

Moving the Church from Survival to Multiplication – May 2016

The Search for a New Superintendent – March/April 2016

Walking With God – February 2016

Staying Connected to the Frontiers – January 2016

Essential Ingredients to being Disciple-Makers – November 2015

What Would Jesus do with a Bioethical Decision – October 2015

Lessons from the Third World – September 2015

Recalibrating with EFCA Past and Future – August 2015

Making Hay this Summer – June 2015

In the Name of Jesus Ministry – May 2015

How do your preconceived ideas affect the way you follow Jesus? – January 2015

How can we help our children become Disciples of Jesus – November 2014

Seeing the Trinity Sparkle – October 2014

What a Sabbatical Allows You (or Your Pastor) to Do – September 2014

No spiritually strategic life can be lived on the flesh level – Aug 2014

Grace Hindrances, Part 2 – June/July 2014

Grace Hindrances, Part 1 – May 2014

April 2014 District Conference Recap – April 2014

Don’t Misunderstand Grace – March 2014

Tests of the Fire  – February 2014

Significant Changes in EFCA Ministerial Credentials – January 2014

A Credentialing annoyance leading to Christmas Greeting – December 2013

Lessons from PTC speaker, Leith Anderson – November 2013

Facing Distress?  When God Interrupts – October 2013

Pastors Teaching Conference invitation – September 2013

Am I a Good Christ?  – July/August 2013

Counting that Helps –  June 2013

The Role the Body Plays in Personal Growth – May 2013

A Timely Word on Legalism – March 2013

How is Your Heart – February 2013

A Timely Book on a Timely Topic – January 2013

Emotionally Healthy in Marriage–and All of Life – November 2012

Two Resources for Spiritual Formation – September 2012

Electronic Giving – June 2012

Hidden Treasures – May 2012

Two Resources That Reach Deep  April 2012

2012 District Conference Speaker & Theme – March 2012

Eyes on the Dashboard – February 2012

Kingdom Beauty in an Election Year – January 2012

Intimacy with God  – December 2011

How do you look at conflict?  – November 2011

The Three Opportunities  – October 2011

God’s Command to Multiply  – September 2011

Church health in the Old Testament  – July 2011

Being Stewards of the Master’s Interests  – June 2011

Helping Pastors with Sexual Purity  – May 2011

Equipping Laborers for the Harvest  – April 2011

Training for Team-Oriented Ministry  – March 2011

Multi-Site / Multi-Venue  – February 2011

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