The Five Smooth Stones

Robertson McQuilken

B&H Publishing Group (publisher)

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Bemused by the constant rising and falling of new methodologies whenhe began a career in ministry over fifty years ago, university presidentRobertson McQuilkin has ever since committed his work to a core groupof enduring ministry principles that he calls “the five smooth stones.”In summary, these principles are: the Bible (making it the functionalauthority), the Congregation (aligning it with the biblical purposes), theSpirit (releasing his energizing power), the Plan of Redemption (the missionof every disciple), and the Lord Jesus (model of servant leadership).While that outline may seem very obvious, one must ask why so manychurches and other ministries fail somewhere along the way. Could it bea simple lack of commitment to relentlessly measure every effort by thesekey standards?McQuilkin has witnessed the success of his method through five decadesof dynamic service, from church planting to foreign missions to theacademic arena. The Five Smooth Stones is his invitation to join in thedeep reflection, honest evaluation, and courageous integration of eachprinciple here in order to bless every aspect of your ministry.

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