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8 Signs Your Church May Be Closing Soon

8 Signs Your Church May Be Closing Soon

If a church has four or more of these signs present, it is likely in deep trouble. Indeed, it could be closing sooner than almost anyone in the church would anticipate.
You Simply Cannot Grow A Church Without This

You Simply Cannot Grow a Church Without This

"Smart churches invest their best talent and best resources in children’s ministry."
How I Recovered From Burnout: 12 Keys To Finding Your New Normal

How I Recovered From Burnout: 12 Keys to Finding Your New Normal

To recover from burnout and overwhelm, you need better patterns, not just a better attitude.
Why You Are Allowed to Be Angry With God

Why You Are Allowed to Be Angry With God

"You are allowed to hate God. If you don’t believe me I encourage you to read the “Psalms of Lament.”

There Are Way Too Many Churches—Plus Two Other Hard but Necessary Truths

"People are exploring churches online more than they used to."
4 Super Effective Ways to Help Graduates Keep Their Faith in College

4 Super Effective Ways to Help Graduates Keep Their Faith in College

Prayer is a vastly underrated tool in helping our teenagers keep their faith long-term.
4 Ways Satan Uses Christian Generosity for Evil

4 Ways Satan Uses Christian Generosity for Evil

"Let’s be generous, but in helpful ways."
When Church Members Insist on Their Rights

When Church Members Insist on Their Rights

I tell my brethren that putting up with such trash talk is why the Lord has to call people into this work, instead of them lining up to volunteer. It’s why they pay us the big bucks.
3 Ways We Hate Sin in Others More Than in Ourselves

3 Ways We Hate Sin in Others More Than in Ourselves

After David committed adultery and murder and the Lord regarded all of it as evil, the Lord sent a prophet named Nathan to confront...
How Scarcity Can Help Your Ministry Grow

How Scarcity Can Help Your Ministry Grow

"Scarcity is a powerful tool to help drive engagement and, ultimately, growth at your church."
Does God Want You to Be Happy or Holy?

Does God Want You to Be Happy or Holy?

"When we separate God from happiness and from our longing for happiness, we undermine the Christian worldview."
Why Do Churches Get Stuck in Growth

Why Do Churches Get Stuck in Growth

They love each other, but no one has a growth vision for the future. The family of God enjoys a maintenance mode that doesn’t require change.
Is God Interested in Making You Happy?

Is God Interested in Making You Happy?

“He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness." -Hebrews 12:10
How Telling Someone "You're Going to Hell" Can Be the Kindest Thing

How Telling Someone “You’re Going to Hell” Can Be the Kindest Thing

"Kindness may be one of the most overlooked pieces of the fruit of the Spirit."
Prayers To Make It Through 2017

Prayers to Make It Through 2017

In 2017, we need Jesus and to become more like Him.
Modern Outreach Has Shifted: 5 Keys Your Church Needs to Know

Modern Outreach Has Shifted: 5 Keys Your Church Needs to Know

"You can't "build it" and have them come, but you can "create it" and have them be invited."
Why We Do Parent Commissioning Instead of Baby Dedication

Why We Do Parent Commissioning Instead of Baby Dedication

There are a lot of roles our church can fulfill—ministers to the least of these, gospel advocates to the unreached—but one role that we must never take on is that of being the primary discipler of all our kids.
8 Reasons Churches Became Too Busy

8 Reasons Churches Became Too Busy

Most churches keep their members so busy they don’t have time to do ministry.
How 5 Minutes Can Save Your Marriage

How 5 Minutes Can Save Your Marriage

"There are always two kinds of divorces—ones that people see coming a mile away, and those that completely blindside people."
How to Bridge the Gap With Your Creatives

How to Bridge the Gap With Your Creatives

"There can be some tension because you have two different values rubbing against each other."
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