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Principles of Church Growth: Setting Goals

Jennifer Byrd February 19, 2018

Setting goals is an important part of being successful.  Very seldom does success come randomly or by accident.  Success very often requires intentionality and planning.  This is true when considering church growth as well.  What kinds of goals should church leaders consider?  How do we make it about the people and not the numbers?  How… Continue Reading »

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A Very Special Season: Four Things to Focus on During Lent

Rachel Ankers February 17, 2018

Although it seems that the new year just started, we have already entered into the run up to Easter, perhaps the most important holiday for Christians around the world.  Celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus is the center of our faith and cause for much rejoicing. As we prepare ourselves and our congregations for… Continue Reading »

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Principles of Church Growth: Commitment to Prayer

Rachel Ankers February 16, 2018

Church leaders everywhere are called by God through the Scriptures to build and expand the church, making disciples in every nation, people, tribe and tongue.  It is a huge task that no single pastor or church leader can do alone, and certainly not without God’s guidance and constant prayer. There is a wide variety of… Continue Reading »

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Pointing to God’s Love this Valentine’s Day

John Gilman February 14, 2018

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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9 Ways to Engage with Your Supported Missionaries

John Gilman February 13, 2018

In recent years there has been a shift in how churches support and engage with missionaries. Gone are the days of walls full of photos of supported missionaries the church does not know well. Churches are choosing instead to invest more heavily and engage more deeply with fewer missionaries closely aligned with the mission and… Continue Reading »

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Home Sweet Home: Serving Your Overseas Missionaries When They Come Home

Rachel Ankers February 8, 2018

Missionaries and other Christian workers serving overseas work diligently while in the field.  They face cultural challenges and professional difficulties, all while rejoicing as they see the Kingdom of God expanded around the world.  Mid- to long-term missionaries live the majority of their lives away from their home culture, seeking to thrive in occasionally adverse… Continue Reading »

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#MeToo: 4 Ways Your Church Can Support those who are Hurting

Meredith Mahon Morris February 5, 2018

Every day, the media is full of new reports of men in leadership roles being accused of sexual misconduct and harassment. These are men in key positions in government, the media, sports, etc. No one seems exempt from the sudden accusation and spotlight. The #MeToo movement has brought a clandestine but paramount subject straight to… Continue Reading »

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10 Ways to Do Valentine’s Day Differently This Year

John Gilman February 2, 2018

Wouldn’t it be a nice change to shift the focus of Valentine’s Day from ourselves to look up at the people around us? There are people all around us who need to know that someone sees them and cares. And they need to know that Jesus cares. Wouldn’t it be just like Jesus to challenge… Continue Reading »

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Short-Term Missions: Part IV – The Possible Pitfalls

Rachel Ankers January 30, 2018

In the first three parts of this series, we considered some of the possible benefits of short-term missions.  Now in this final part of the series, we turn to another important aspect to consider: the possible pitfalls.  While most people enter into short-term missions with honorable intentions, things can go awry if the sending church… Continue Reading »

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Short-Term Missions: Part III – Benefits of the Sending Church

Meredith Mahon Morris January 26, 2018

In Part III of our four-part series on short-term missions, we look at the benefits for the Global North sending church.  In general, short-term involvement can be a game-changer for Western churches seeking the development of congregants. It broadens perspective and can challenge people’s world view as few other things can. The following are four… Continue Reading »

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