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Happy (Late) National Superhero Day!

John Gilman May 4, 2018

In case you didn’t know, April 28th was National Superhero Day. While I’m not one to celebrate all of these unusual new holidays that highlight random things such as National Pancake Day, Wiggle Your Toes Day, or National Spaghetti Day, this one actually has me interested. There is certainly no shortage of movies about superheroes…. 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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Hearing the Call for Overseas Mission Work

Rachel Ankers April 24, 2018

As church leaders, we often have church members who come to us for counsel about moving overseas to work as missionaries, professionals, or humanitarians.  Their desires are generally good ones, and their motives are generally pure.  Many times they feel they’ve heard a call but aren’t sure if it really came from God. They want our endorsement… Continue Reading »

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Realm Pathways: When Ministry is Stuck in Neutral

Keith Hudgins April 11, 2018

Ever feel like your ministry is stuck in neutral? You have a vision. You have a plan. The problem lies in the execution.  It reminds me of a song called “Everybody Said (But Nobody Did)” by Acapella. Here is the chorus: Everybody said that anybody could do, The important things somebody should do, Everybody knows… Continue Reading »

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How to Help Members Find the Right Place in Ministry

Jennifer Byrd April 9, 2018

As church leaders, one of our goals is to help the members of our congregation grow in their relationships with Christ and get involved in meaningful ministries that align with their gifting, experiences, and abilities.  For many of our people, this is not an easy thing.  They need our guidance and assistance to help them… 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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Only a Disciple Can Make Disciples: 3 Keys to Encouraging Discipleship

John Gilman March 12, 2018

Discipleship is an integral part of the spiritual growth and development of a believer. Once an individual comes to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, the next step is discipleship. What that looks like, however, can be very different for each person. Much of our responsibility as church leaders is to create opportunities and environments… 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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Principles of Church Growth: Clarifying Vision and Mission

Jennifer Byrd March 2, 2018

Clarity is something people crave.  Few people are satisfied with ambiguity or fuzziness in different areas of life.  Take our eyesight for example.  We all want to see the world around us clearly.  Clear sight helps us to know where we are going, as well as helping us to avoid hazards or obstacles along the… Continue Reading »

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Principles of Church Growth: Creating Ownership

Jennifer Byrd February 27, 2018

Creating growth in the local church is not only the responsibility church leaders have.  While the leaders are often the ones to establish the vision and set goals for any desired growth, the members of the  congregation must buy in and actively participate in achieving the goals.  The personal investment of members is essential to… Continue Reading »

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