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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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10 Ways to Do Valentine’s Day Differently This Year

John Gilman February 2, 2018

Wouldn’t it be a nice change to shift the focus of Valentine’s Day from ourselves to look up at the people around us? There are people all around us who need to know that someone sees them and cares. And they need to know that Jesus cares. Wouldn’t it be just like Jesus to challenge… 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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3 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues

John Gilman December 7, 2017

People don’t expect to experience the blues during the holidays. Those precious days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are supposed to be spent celebrating family and the magic of Christmas, with cookie exchanges, shopping for the perfect present and decorating with all things green, red and sparkly. But the honest truth is many church leaders struggle… 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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