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3 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues

John Gilman December 7, 2017

People don’t expect to experience the blues during the holidays. Those precious days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are supposed to be spent celebrating family and the magic of Christmas, with cookie exchanges, shopping for the perfect present and decorating with all things green, red and sparkly. But the honest truth is many church leaders struggle… Continue Reading »

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Do We Still Need International Missions?

Meredith Mahon Morris November 29, 2017

As church leaders, we have a keen interest in the concept of a “shrinking globe.” When we look at the church around the world, it seems there are more churches, more Christians, and more faith-based initiatives in just about every nation thanks to international missions.  It seems as if, surely, Christianity must be close to… Continue Reading »

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Valuing Volunteers: The Key to Volunteer Retention

Jennifer Byrd November 16, 2017

Many churches, missions and non-profit organizations rely on volunteers to accomplish their goals.  Volunteerism reduces payroll costs and can be an effective way to engage more people in the important work of the Kingdom of God. Working with those volunteers can present some unique challenges, though.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind… Continue Reading »

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Be on the Lookout: What to Ask When Donating Money

Rachel Ankers November 10, 2017

As church leaders, we all want to get our churches and our congregations involved in efforts locally and globally that will make a positive impact for the Kingdom of God.  Many times, this means contributing financially and donating to churches or individuals who are doing the Lord’s work. Wanting to steward God’s resources properly, there… Continue Reading »

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Learning from the Top 10 Ideals of the Global South Church – Part 2

Rachel Ankers November 8, 2017

Today, we continue in our series examining ways the Global South Church is inspiring churches of the West with their ideals as they grow and mature at a rapid rate. 6) Kingdom Mindset, Holistic View of Spiritual Life In the Global North Church, we are extremely adept at compartmentalizing the various areas of our lives. … Continue Reading »

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Learning from the Top 10 Ideals of the Global South Church – Part 1

Rachel Ankers November 6, 2017

Reports from around the world are coming in at a rapid rate detailing the amazing growth of believers and church congregations in the Global South.  After living overseas in a third-world country for two decades and witnessing first-hand this incredible growth, I can confirm it’s true!  These churches in developing and persecution-filled parts of the… Continue Reading »

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5 Ways You Can Participate in Orphan Care this Year

Rachel Ankers November 2, 2017

November is National Adoption Month, and many churches set aside the first Sunday in November as Orphan Sunday. They focus time during their service on the plight of the fatherless and the opportunities we have as believers to make a difference in this issue.  In both the Old and New Testament, Scripture speaks to our… Continue Reading »

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A Piece of the Pie: A Guide to Generous Missions Giving

Jennifer Byrd October 30, 2017

As leaders in growing churches, we receive so many requests every day, requests that demand our time, our energy and, certainly, our church’s funding. Whether it is a staff member wanting to start a new project, a homeless person in need of immediate aid or an international partner seeking to grow and expand a ministry,… Continue Reading »

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4 Simple Steps to Move Your Church Toward Inclusion

John Gilman October 26, 2017

A trending topic in our nation is inclusion. This conversation has begun to slowly cross over into our churches as well, particularly regarding individuals with special needs. October is Down Syndrome awareness month and places the spotlight on the 1 in 700 babies born every year with this diagnosis. Churches are becoming more aware of… Continue Reading »

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Time for a Check-Up! Is Your Church Globally Healthy?

Rachel Ankers October 24, 2017

Living in America today means living in an ethnically and socially diverse nation. We are more aware than ever of the immigrants from around the world landing on American soil in search of jobs, family and freedom, still chasing the American Dream. At the same time, global travel is easier and cheaper than ever before…. Continue Reading »

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