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Short-Term Missions: Part II – Benefits for the Host Church

Jennifer Byrd January 24, 2018

In Part II of our four-part series on short-term missions, we look at the benefits for the host church.  In general, short-term involvement can be a huge encouragement to Global South churches. It can also serve as a catalyst for the church’s ability to build trust in a community.  Many times short-term missions can have… Continue Reading »

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3 Ways to Choose Connections Over Your Calendar

Jennifer Byrd January 15, 2018

January is a time for resolutions and reevaluating the way we spent our time, finances, and energy last year. Most of us take a hard look at our calendars and decide what we need to continue in 2018 and what needs to come off our calendar. Unfortunately, those face-to-face interactions we need are the first… Continue Reading »

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Making Disciples 101: Understanding the Disciple-Making Process

Jennifer Byrd December 21, 2017

“Therefore, go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” –Matthew 28:19 The Great Commission.  Jesus’ ultimate instruction to his followers – those living 2,000 years ago, and those living today in the 21st century.  Go… Continue Reading »

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Find Your Match: Using a Matching Campaign to Maximize Giving

Jennifer Byrd November 27, 2017

It’s nearly the end of the year, a time when thankfulness and a spirit of giving are in abundance.  Every day in our mailboxes and our email inboxes we as church leaders, and as members of the general population, are almost inundated by appeals from worthy causes for meaningful year-end contributions. A few of those… 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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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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Creating a Conflict-Free Climate

Jennifer Byrd October 6, 2017

Anytime people gather together, there’s always a chance that conflict will happen. Christian or not, people disagree, hurt each other, and take offense at the things others do. Conflict creates toxic environments that keep people from the purpose God intended for them. Conflict comes with community. Since churches thrive in community, we must become experts… Continue Reading »

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4 Ways to Make Time for What’s Most Important

Jennifer Byrd September 19, 2017

The busyness of a new school year is upon us and time seems to pass more quickly each day. As fall approaches and the sun begins to set earlier, it feels more difficult to fit into our schedules the things that are actually most important. Between family schedules and work deadlines, we can very quickly… Continue Reading »

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Millennials: 5 Things They’re Looking for in your Church

Jennifer Byrd August 23, 2017

An ongoing conversation among church leaders is how to engage the elusive millennial. This group, identified as the 80 million Americans born after 1980 and before 2000, is the first generation to grow up in a fully digital world. As a result, they seem to have unique desires and perspectives on what they want out… Continue Reading »

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