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The Good News Blossoms in Gambia Through the Greatest Journey

“Thank you, Operation Christmas Child, for the great opportunity to reach out to kids,” Johnjames, a missionary, said. “My involvement with the Samaritan’s Purse project has really encouraged my ministry in Gambia."

5 Leadership Reminders When Launching a New Church

God used the pandemic to birth four new congregations, officially launching last weekend. My heart is so full as I write this. I am so proud of our team and so thankful to be able to see a new church in those amazing cities.

2 Reasons You Can’t Find Volunteers

Working with ministries around the world the one question we hear more than any other is, “How do you find volunteers?”

6 Things to Do When Prayer Doesn’t Work

What do you do when prayer doesn't work? You know God loves you. You know He answers prayer. You know your eternal destiny is secured. But have you ever secretly, quietly, wondered, “God are you with me right now?”

The One Sentence Pastors Hate to Hear

There is one sentence you should never say to your pastor or church staff. Even as the first few words are spoken, the listener feels his or her emotions plummeting.

How to Honor Disrespectful People

None of us are perfect, but that doesn’t mean we are to withhold honor from people who are dishonorable.

11 Signs of an Emotionally Mature Christian

Why are so many Christians judgmental and defensive? Part of the answer lies in a failure to be a mature Christian.

Three SBC Leaders Reflect on 9/11

Twenty years later, our call to love others, uphold religious liberty, and share the gospel remains.

12 Characteristics of Evangelistic Pastors

In almost 25 years of studying churches in North America, never have I yet found an evangelistic church that was not led by a strongly evangelistic pastor. Here are 12 characteristics of evangelistic pastors.

Singles Church Events – Please Give Us Space to Mingle

Even well-meaning church leaders might be unaware of the pain a lot of Christian singles feel when it comes to finding a potential spouse. The church can step in to create singles events that are just the right balance of intentionality and fluidity.

L.A. Is Struggling. Here’s What Motivates Me To Stay and Serve

Matthew Barnett of the Dream Center: "We are currently living in the most outrageous ministry era that looks like the set of a motion picture."

It’s Not for Teenagers Only: Verses on Sexual Purity

If we look at Bible verses about sexual purity, it's obvious that purity is just as much for the Gen X’ers and the Baby Boomers as it is for Generation Z. Basically, it doesn’t matter if your 15 or 55. We're all called to be pure.

Relationship with Jesus – Heart Over Intellect

An omniscient God is not impressed with the size of our intellect, but he is impressed with the size of our heart. He desires relationship with Jesus over intellectual skill.

Vaccine Mandates and Religious Exemptions – We Need Wisdom

The question of vaccine mandates and religious exemptions calls for wisdom. Jason Thacker offers a way forward.

8 Terrible Reasons People Leave Church

The recent climate has given way to a mass exodus from churches, mostly for terrible reasons people leave church.

5 Ways to Activate Faith Over Fear

These are uncommon days when fear can wear down even the most courageous, positive, and level-headed leaders. More than ever, we need people who are leading from faith.

Ed Stetzer: The Church Is on the Move

In 2020, we were the church on our heels. A global pandemic shut down much of our world. But the church has been on the move since it was birthed; it will continue to be on the move until God makes all things new.

Top 7 Reasons Guests Come Back to Church

What are the most common reasons people come back to church after their first visit or two? Put your energy here.

The Gospel Is a Call to Urgency – Do You Feel It?

Passivity was not the model of Jesus. He went into the world. He spent time with those who were far apart from God. His was a life of urgency. And we are called to the same.

12 Questions for Pastors in Churches Needing Revitalization

I work a lot with pastors who are seeking to revitalize the church they lead. So that all of us might pray more passionately and strategically for these leaders, I’ve compiled this list of questions these pastors are often asking.

Wife Who Fought to ‘Save Saeed’ Says Christian Leaders Failed to...

Naghmeh Panahi, who fought to "Save Saeed" Abedini, her pastor husband who had been imprisoned in Iran, now claims that key Christian leaders, including Franklin Graham, failed to act on her claims that Abedini was physically and emotionally abusive to her.

Brian Tome: What It Was Like to Pastor Through the ‘Worst...

“You can go through a desert," says Brian Tome, "and not lose your faith and still be used by God, even though you don't feel like you're being used by God.”

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