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Effective Prayers for Evangelism

Prayers for evangelism not only opens the door for effective outreach but it also prepares our hearts to evangelize more effectively.

Developing a Strategic Plan for Your Church

This is the second in a series of four artciles on developing a strategic plan for your church. Gavin Adams guides us through the process.

How to Follow Up With First-Time Guests Online

Many churches follow a Sunday morning ritual of asking “Who is new?” and then handing out connect cards to visitors. The next step is where many churches go wrong. Either they fail to follow up completely, or they only make a one-time effort to reach out to first-time guests. 

Death Leads to the Good Life

It is one of the foundational paradoxes of grace. You cannot understand God’s work of redemption if you don’t pursue this theological paradox: Death leads to life.

Jesus Left Sinful People in Charge of His Church

There’s one thing it seems we universally hate: Jesus left his church—his precious blood-bought bride—in the hands of sinful people.

How Will I Be Able to Enjoy Heaven if My Loved Ones Are in Hell?

Many people have lost loved ones who didn’t know Christ. Some people argue that people in Heaven won’t know Hell exists. But this would make Heaven’s joy dependent on ignorance, which is nowhere taught in Scripture.

How to Unite a Community – 5 Ways

Rick Muchow, longtime worship leader at Saddleback Church, offers these suggestions to how to unite a community and make sure you're doing everything you can to make your team into, well, a team.

Leading Your Heart Through Spiritual Battle

Spiritual battle calls for clear-headed diagnosis and strategic response. Ignoring it will eventually leave you exhausted and depleted, which is no way to lead forward. Your enemy wants you to lead from an empty, confused, foggy place.

Modern Scripture Meditation on the Good Samaritan

We should never confuse our musings and scripture meditation as having the authority of the Bible--far from it! But scripture meditation, when used humbly, can be a valuable tool in applying the Bible to our everyday lives.

Why the North American Church Is Unlikely to Experience Revival

While revival is a gift of God, our church culture doesn’t exhibit some of the characteristics that have preceded God’s great movements. Here are seven thoughts on why we may not see revival in America any time soon.

5 Signs of a Dying Church

Misdiagnosing the actual state of the union and what the real issues is a difficult business, but there are some sure signs of a dying church.

How to Love People at Church Drive You Crazy

There is an environment full of opportunities to be offended by people who drive you crazy. How else can we learn to forgive? It’s called “the church,” and it’s filled with people that will drive you crazy.

5 Essential Ingredients for Planting Churches

Growing larger isn’t the most beautiful part of our story. It’s that we’ve managed to spread out and multiply by planting churches.

Is Being Rich a Sin?

Money. Loot. Moola. Scratch. Greenbacks. Dough. Bank. Benjamins. Wad. Shekels. Bills. Dead presidents. Is being rich a sin?

The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church

The first sin of skipping church is the sin of failing to love others.

3 Ways We Should Live in a Politically Divisive Time

The good news is that we are not the only Christians to live in a politically divisive time, so thankfully we can learn from those who have gone before us.

When You Say You’ll Pray After a Prayer Request

We often say "I'll pray for you"—as a common and almost automatic response we give without even thinking. But then we go on our way and forget the prayer request altogether.

Why Your Church Isn’t Getting a Bigger Social Media Response

Here’s what you need to know about posting on social media and how to get a robust social media response.

Recovering the Lost Art of Encouragement

In their book, unChristian, my friends Gabe Lyons and Dave Kinnaman wrote a sobering commentary on Christianity’s decline in the West due to departure from the biblical vision to engage a secular world with grace and love. Similarly, Philip Yancey wrote in What’s So Amazing about Grace:

Bad Church Stewardship Ideas – 4 Mistakes Churches Make

Change can be hard. Evaluate where you are honestly, and consider these church stewardship ideas. Then take the next faithful step toward teaching your church how to be more generous.

‘Lord I Lift Your Name on High?’ Oakland Church Sues Police...

Zide Door in Oakland is suing police and the city over a raid of their facility, in which authorities confiscated $200,000 of cannabis and psychedelic mushrooms. Zide Door distributes the drugs to church members. 

Podcast Special: Dave Ferguson Gives 4 Habits for Healthy, Lasting Ministry

What are some of the practices that we can embrace as ministry leaders that will help sustain our joy through both the highs and lows of ministry? Join Dave Ferguson for a candid, backstage conversation.

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