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The Crisis in American Missions and What You Can Do About It

Due to a subtle, yet profound, shift in decision-making, missions activities in U.S. congregations are less impactful because they are designed to satisfy members’ needs rather than make a difference in the world. 

How to Implement a Healthy Discipleship Process

"There are five questions that must be answered by every church’s leadership about their discipleship strategy."

Don’t Be an Idiot – Beyond Covid-19, It’s Still Good Advice

Don't be an idiot means don’t be the fool who still insists churches keep meeting together during the Coronavirus when thousands of people are dying.

Ten Critical Keys for Designing a Creative Culture

Right now, during this time of turmoil around the world, creativity will be vital in providing a roadmap out. So right now is the time to develop a creative culture inside your organization.

15 Powerful Bible Verses About God’s Deep Personal Care for You

Do you ever feel like God is far off? Do you need Bible verses about God's care for you? That maybe he has forgotten about you? That he isn’t that involved in your life? Do you ever wonder if God really cares for you?

Entertainment Fatigue: Are People Tired of Church ?

"We as the church will always lose our way when anything other than Jesus captures our attention." Find out more about how church entertainment fatigue. is making people tired of church.

When We Take Communion We Proclaim These 4 Truths

No matter what kinds of failures or struggles we bring into this moment, when we take communion we recognize that Jesus has saved you a seat at his table and invites us to sit with him.

When the Church Wounds You

Every single person in ministry bears their own wounds and has their own stories of how they’ve been hurt.

My Homeless Friend

In recent months, a man began standing at the top of the interstate off-ramp near my home with a small, cardboard sign asking for money. He is homeless. His name is Darren.

5 Short-Timers Who Don’t Really Help Church Attendance

There are five types of individuals who are most likely to not stay very long. I’m afraid there is nothing in this article that will help you keep them. But perhaps, if you have advanced warning, their departure won’t hurt so much.

In a Cluttered World, Do You Stand Out?

In today’s economy there are millions of interchangeable workers, but what we need are people who stand out. People who get noticed. People who do remarkable things.

7 Truths About Following Jesus That Will Change Your Life

Following Jesus no longer seems like an impossibility. Now it feels like God is empowering me to do it!

Don’t Change People – Love Them

I love seeing people changed by the love God. But regardless of how much God decides to use me, I alone cannot change people. This is God’s job, not mine.

Shepherding: Where The Shepherds Are Shaped by the Sheep

I can’t imagine a better scenario or a sweeter season for my first pastorate. I learned that in shepherding, the sheep shape the shepherd.

Sharing the Peace – What Does it Mean?

Whether or not we touch physically sharing the Peace with each other is to, through prayer, cultivate a greater awareness of our deep unity with and connection to each other as the Body of Christ.

The Silence of the Church on LGBT Issues and Steps Toward Change

LGBT issues are the issues of the day. The Church cannot afford to remain silent on those issues.

You Don’t Have to Panic (or Even Respond) to Every Social Media Critic

Certainly there are posts that should be responded to, and some critics can be taken offline. On the other hand, there are also some who dedicate an enormous amount of time to trying to destroy your reputation online.

Most Churches Are Not Ready to Be Ethnically Diverse – Here’s Why

While specific churches are leading the way toward being ethnically diverse, a movement of tens of thousands of churches does not exist. Perhaps we’re at the beginning stages of such a movement.

Rehab for the Fault-Finding Addicts We’ve Become

There is a lot of faultfinding in the world these days. The problem with the world, it seems, is other people. Many have given up loving one another for the sake of “othering” one another instead.

To Share Your Faith You Should Mark Your New Testament

While cleaning out my mother’s house, I recently came across my grandmother’s Bible. I was surprised and encouraged to see that someone had taught her how to use the New Testament to share your faith.

Church Was Built on ‘Lies, Deceit, Abuse, Rape, and Fear’: Another...

Jessi Kline posted a statement on Facebook claiming that one of John Lowe II’s relatives, Jeremy, raped her when he babysat for her and her brother when they were “young, prepubescent children.”

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