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4 Early Steps to VBS Success

Meredith Mahon Morris April 4, 2018

Spring is upon us, and summer is right around the corner. This brings the anticipation of sunshine, beach excursions, and for most children’s ministry leaders, it also means Vacation Bible School! It may feel early to begin the planning process, but there are at least 4 things you can put in place now to help… 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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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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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 III – Benefits of the Sending Church

Meredith Mahon Morris January 26, 2018

In Part III of our four-part series on short-term missions, we look at the benefits for the Global North sending church.  In general, short-term involvement can be a game-changer for Western churches seeking the development of congregants. It broadens perspective and can challenge people’s world view as few other things can. The following are four… Continue Reading »

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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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Becoming Globally Minded: Commit, Learn, and Do

Meredith Mahon Morris December 27, 2017

As church leaders, it is our duty and responsibility to lead our congregations in the ways in which God has called us.  Without a doubt, part of that call is an outward focus on the people of the world.  But how do we develop this kind of a missional, globally minded worldview in the minds… Continue Reading »

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Do We Still Need International Missions?

Meredith Mahon Morris November 29, 2017

As church leaders, we have a keen interest in the concept of a “shrinking globe.” When we look at the church around the world, it seems there are more churches, more Christians, and more faith-based initiatives in just about every nation thanks to international missions.  It seems as if, surely, Christianity must be close to… Continue Reading »

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