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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: Research

Meredith Mahon Morris March 5, 2018

When trying to promote and experience growth of the local church, whether in numbers or in depth of spiritual walk, church leaders must approach this growth both spiritually and practically.  One of the ways in which church leaders can intentionally seek after this outcome is by conducting a variety of research studies with regard to… 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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Principles of Church Growth: Setting Goals

Jennifer Byrd February 19, 2018

Setting goals is an important part of being successful.  Very seldom does success come randomly or by accident.  Success very often requires intentionality and planning.  This is true when considering church growth as well.  What kinds of goals should church leaders consider?  How do we make it about the people and not the numbers?  How… 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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9 Ways to Engage with Your Supported Missionaries

John Gilman February 13, 2018

In recent years there has been a shift in how churches support and engage with missionaries. Gone are the days of walls full of photos of supported missionaries the church does not know well. Churches are choosing instead to invest more heavily and engage more deeply with fewer missionaries closely aligned with the mission and… 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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#MeToo: 4 Ways Your Church Can Support those who are Hurting

Meredith Mahon Morris February 5, 2018

Every day, the media is full of new reports of men in leadership roles being accused of sexual misconduct and harassment. These are men in key positions in government, the media, sports, etc. No one seems exempt from the sudden accusation and spotlight. The #MeToo movement has brought a clandestine but paramount subject straight to… 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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