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He is Risen: 3 Impacts of Easter

Rachel Ankers March 29, 2018

Easter is here once again, and we as church leaders are inundated with egg hunts, special programming, boosted attendance, and hard-core community outreach.  It is, after all, the day on which we commemorate the reason for Christianity: Christ’s death and resurrection. It is probably the most important day on the Church calendar.  It’s a day… Continue Reading »

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Follow Jesus: Using Communication and Discipleship to Reach Generations

Rachel Ankers March 19, 2018

Entering into their 73rd year of ministry, Lakeview Baptist Church in Hartsville, South Carolina, knows what it means to be focused on the purpose God has for them. The church, overlooking Prestwood Lake, was founded by members of other local churches who wanted to make it easier for people on the outskirts of town to… Continue Reading »

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You Belong Here: Restoring Families in Greater Detroit

Rachel Ankers March 15, 2018

With 60 years of ministry and three generations of pastors under their belt, Family Christian Church in Ecorse, Michigan, has turned their attention to developing and restoring families and making sure everyone who walks through the doors of their church feels and understands the mission… “You belong here.” Lead pastor, Eric Cedo says ”The biggest… Continue Reading »

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Community Connections through ChMS

Rachel Ankers March 13, 2018

Since its founding in 1855, First Presbyterian Church of Waco in Waco, Texas, has been focused on being a presence in the community through outreach and community development. While they have a strong outward focus, the congregation has spent 163 years looking for meaningful ways to make connections with each other, too. That’s why they’ve… Continue Reading »

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4 Ways to Support Those in Times of Transition

Rachel Ankers March 8, 2018

Every one of us experiences times of change.  Few people like and embrace change.  In fact, most of us, including church leaders, tend to run from change.  We feel safe in the status quo.  We feel comfortable in the way things are.  Times of change can be unsettling for our church members.  They might be… Continue Reading »

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Love, Live, and Lead like Jesus

Rachel Ankers February 28, 2018

Founded in 1989, Spring Hills Baptist Church in Granville, Ohio, quickly found their calling when the church grew from 16 people to more than 1,000 in just 10 years. Now, SHBC stands as a beacon of light for the community with their focus on missions, community outreach, and developing connections with people as they strive… 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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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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