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Going Above and Beyond!

Meredith Mahon Morris May 18, 2018

Average.  Normal.  Common.  Usual.   Those words don’t usually describe someone who goes above and beyond. In and of themselves, these are not bad words.  In fact, in some ways they can be good words.  Take the word “average,” for example.  By definition it means that roughly 50% are better than you, but at the same… Continue Reading »

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4 Ways to Finish the School Year Well

Meredith Mahon Morris May 1, 2018

Spring has sprung, and with our calendar now reading May, most school districts only have a few weeks left! Spring break is behind us, and students and teachers are charging toward the finish line. Most aren’t in sprint mode though; it is more like limping toward the last day of school. Our teachers, seniors, students,… Continue Reading »

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4 Early Steps to VBS Success

Meredith Mahon Morris April 4, 2018

Spring is upon us, and summer is right around the corner. This brings the anticipation of sunshine, beach excursions, and for most children’s ministry leaders, it also means Vacation Bible School! It may feel early to begin the planning process, but there are at least 4 things you can put in place now to help… Continue Reading »

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Principles of Church Growth: Research

Meredith Mahon Morris March 5, 2018

When trying to promote and experience growth of the local church, whether in numbers or in depth of spiritual walk, church leaders must approach this growth both spiritually and practically.  One of the ways in which church leaders can intentionally seek after this outcome is by conducting a variety of research studies with regard to… 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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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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Becoming Globally Minded: Commit, Learn, and Do

Meredith Mahon Morris December 27, 2017

As church leaders, it is our duty and responsibility to lead our congregations in the ways in which God has called us.  Without a doubt, part of that call is an outward focus on the people of the world.  But how do we develop this kind of a missional, globally minded worldview in the minds… 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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3 MUST-HAVES for a Successful Fall Festival

Meredith Mahon Morris October 19, 2017

October is the prime time for church fall festivals. Hosting a Hallelujah Harvest, Trunk or Treat or some other fall festival is a great way to introduce your church to new families in a non-intimidating way. Most churches invest money and time in the hopes of holding a successful outreach event for families. Families are… Continue Reading »

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