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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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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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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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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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4 Reasons to Make Gratitude a Habit

Rachel Ankers November 20, 2017

November brings with it the flurry of falling leaves, cooler temperatures and holiday preparations. We celebrate Thanksgiving during this long month before December and, unfortunately, this under commercialized holiday is often overlooked and gets swept into the rush of Christmas preparations. This is unfortunate because the emphasis Thanksgiving brings to what is going on inside… Continue Reading »

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5 Ways You Can Participate in Orphan Care this Year

Rachel Ankers November 2, 2017

November is National Adoption Month, and many churches set aside the first Sunday in November as Orphan Sunday. They focus time during their service on the plight of the fatherless and the opportunities we have as believers to make a difference in this issue.  In both the Old and New Testament, Scripture speaks to our… Continue Reading »

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4 Simple Steps to Move Your Church Toward Inclusion

John Gilman October 26, 2017

A trending topic in our nation is inclusion. This conversation has begun to slowly cross over into our churches as well, particularly regarding individuals with special needs. October is Down Syndrome awareness month and places the spotlight on the 1 in 700 babies born every year with this diagnosis. Churches are becoming more aware of… Continue Reading »

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Time for a Check-Up! Is Your Church Globally Healthy?

Rachel Ankers October 24, 2017

Living in America today means living in an ethnically and socially diverse nation. We are more aware than ever of the immigrants from around the world landing on American soil in search of jobs, family and freedom, still chasing the American Dream. At the same time, global travel is easier and cheaper than ever before…. 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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