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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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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 I – Personal Benefits

Rachel Ankers January 22, 2018

Short-term missions is a popular way for churches around the world to get their congregations involved in overseas missions projects without requiring a long-term commitment.  There are many personal benefits to serving on mission for a short period of time. Teams go overseas for a couple of weeks to serve in a variety of ways…. Continue Reading »

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The Power to Say No: When Quitting is a Good Thing

Rachel Ankers December 29, 2017

The New Year is right around the corner. This is when we begin reflection and self-evaluation, which is really a nice way of saying we may look back at 2017 with frustration and disappointment. Too often as we recount 12 months of working toward meeting the resolutions we made last January, we realize we did… Continue Reading »

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Focusing on the Meaning Instead of the Perfection

Rachel Ankers December 22, 2017

We all want to experience the meaning of Christmas and create memories with our families. We want beautifully decorated Christmas trees and holiday get-togethers around tables filled with our favorite Christmas treats. The reality, however, is often far different from what we dream. As hard as we try, most things just don’t turn out the… Continue Reading »

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5 Things First-Time Visitors Want Your Ministry to Consider

Rachel Ankers December 19, 2017

Christmas means decorated trees, holiday parties, Advent wreaths, and for most churches, lots of visitors. Christmas is one of the times each year when attendance at most churches is highest. Many people only attend church in a calendar year for a Christmas service. This means that our Christmas services are extremely important and can have… Continue Reading »

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