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Feb 9, 2016
Trend #2 for the Future of Church Planting—Bivocational Ministry

Trend #2 for the Future of Church Planting—Bivocational Ministry

In the future, church planters will choose to work in the marketplace

Church planting today is not what it used to be. In the past, church planters were the ones who couldn’t get a "real ministry position” at a church, so they started their own. Although, there were those entrepreneurial few who defied all odds and purposefully ...

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Feb 8, 2016
Church

Nominal Nation—The Shift Away From Self-Identified Christianity

The decline of nominal Christianity is an opportunity for the gospel
Nominal Nation—The Shift Away From Self-Identified Christianity
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There was a time in American history when it seemed like everyone was a Christian. Now, depending on where in America you live, it can seem like no one is a Christian. In reality, in our lifetimes, there was never a time when everyone was a Christian, and there will never ...

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Feb 7, 2016

Sunday Journeys: Millcreek Community Church and Starting New Things

Starting new things leads to celebration later.
Sunday Journeys: Millcreek Community Church and Starting New Things

I recently had the opportunity to visit a church we planted 20 years ago.

Yes, that made me feel old! It’s called Millcreek Community Church. The pastor is an old friend named Todd Cyphers.

I blogged about it last week, but I wanted to come back and add one more ...

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Feb 6, 2016
Leadershipi

Saturday Is For Seminars: Moody Church, Journey Church (STL), and Mission America (Long Beach)

Chicago, Saint Louis, and Long Beach, here we come!
Saturday Is For Seminars: Moody Church, Journey Church (STL), and Mission America (Long Beach)

I often use this space to share upcoming conference events, hence the snappy title, "Saturday is for Seminars," at the top!

Today, I thought I'd ask you to pray for upcoming preaching.

Most weeks, including tomorrow, I preach at Grace Church, a church we ...

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Feb 5, 2016
Missions

A Strategy To Serve The Suffering In The Middle East

Chris Seiple talks about ministry to victims of ISIS
A Strategy To Serve The Suffering In The Middle East
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Three months after the fall of Mosul (Nineveh) to ISIS, and a visit to the region, we started The Cradle Fund at IGE: we work to rescue, restore, and return Middle Eastern Christians and other religious and ethnic groups to a home where they can live and practice their faith ...

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Feb 4, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition: February 5, 2016

Engaging in politics, What loves is not, Single Christians, and more
Weekend Edition: February 5, 2016

POLITICS IS NEVER ENOUGHAaron Earls

Aaron Earls is a consistently solid writer, and this post on how Christians engage politics is no exception.

Solo But Not AloneErin Straza

Living single in a mostly married world is always a challenge.

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Feb 4, 2016
Interview

Church Planting At Thomas Road Baptist Church—An Interview with Jonathan Falwell

Thomas Road's pastor discusses the church's 60-year history of planting churches
Church Planting At Thomas Road Baptist Church—An Interview with Jonathan Falwell
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Ed Stetzer: Tell me about the church planting history of Thomas Roads Baptist Church as you look back at your 60 years.

Jonathan Falwell: My dad was always about church planting. He planted Thomas Road in 1956 and planted the first church out of Thomas Road just a year later. ...

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