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7 Steps to Launching A Successful Ministry

John Gilman February 21, 2017

Don’t fly a plane before it’s built. Don’t move into a house that’s under construction and don’t launch a ministry before it’s ready. I’ve seen many people with a love for God and a heart for people launch ministries with enthusiasm that haven’t lasted. I’ve seen small groups fail, youth outreaches come and go, churches… Continue Reading »

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Pointing to God’s Love this Valentine’s Day

John Gilman February 14, 2017

February is traditionally known as the month of love.  Valentine’s Day certainly gives us an opportunity to show those special people in our lives how much we love and care about them.  This day seems very important to people based on a few key spending statistics.  Here are some raw numbers: •    $13.2 billion –… Continue Reading »

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Valentine’s Day Ideas for Your Church: The Good, the Bad, and the Cheesy

John Gilman February 2, 2017

Valentine’s Day is a secular celebration that has little to do with the 3rd century saint it’s named after, but you can leverage the natural rhythm of culture for your congregation or community. A simple Google search brings up tons of “churchey” Valentine’s ideas. Here are some for your church. Some are innovative … and… Continue Reading »

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Reaching the Selfie Generation

John Gilman January 18, 2017

The Selfie Generation lives by the motto, “this is our world and everyone else is just living it.” We are the Selfie Generation. Selfies dominate social networks. Kids take selfies, parents take selfies, and even our president takes selfies. People take far more pictures of themselves than they do of others. We are the centers… Continue Reading »

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Motivating Others in the New Year

John Gilman December 30, 2016

2016 has been a rough year. The political landscape was exhausting, several beloved celebrities have passed, and most people are worn out. Thankfully, 2017 is a blank canvas that, by God’s grace, we can make into something beautiful. Many people need fresh motivation, and leaders must find ways to motivate others if they are going… Continue Reading »

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Recruiting Volunteers by Sharing your “Why”

John Gilman November 15, 2016

Recruiting new volunteers is an ongoing need in growing congregations. As people move or experience a change in life circumstances, they move out of certain volunteer roles, leaving gaps in serving areas. It can be challenging to communicate needs to the congregation without sounding desperate or pleading. The goal is to recruit volunteers who are… Continue Reading »

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5 Steps to Engaging with your Congregation

John Gilman October 28, 2016

Church attendance seems to be trending down these days for sure. Commitment is lacking and there are plenty of distractions that keep the average church-goer’s attention away from church. Church leaders should be concerned about this and asking themselves how we can keep our congregation focused and engaged in our ministry. There are many opinions… Continue Reading »

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The Importance of Small Groups in your Ministry

John Gilman October 24, 2016

Church growth strategies come and go with new trends all the time.  Today’s church culture shows that most churches have plateaued and are actually in decline.  Today’s churchgoer doesn’t just want to be a casual attender, but be involved in genuine relationships with others who do life together.  Therefore, as a church leader, it is… Continue Reading »

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