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Oct 21, 2014
Church Planting

Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: The Summit Church

Exponential growth requires sacrificial planting, and The Summit Church shows that.
Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: The Summit Church

The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham has been planting churches in both North America and Internationally since the beginning. Over the years they have planted 23 churches in North America and 47 churches internationally. They have recently made an intentional shift in strategy ...

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Oct 21, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/21/14

Church Culture; InterVarsity and California; Preaching the Gospel
Morning Roundup 10/21/14

How to Shape Your Church’s CultureAndrew Hebert

Helpful look at culture from Andrew Hebert, a new friend and good thinker. Also, you can see the new church leaders site we have launched at LifeWay.

California State University SystemInterVarsity

Since I ...

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Oct 20, 2014
Missiology

Strategy Matters: The Importance of Strategic Thinking in the Church (Part 2)

Strategy matters, even when it comes to something like sermon prep.
Strategy Matters: The Importance of Strategic Thinking in the Church (Part 2)

Sermon Prep Strategy

Not only are we seeing churches take their groups seriously, in regard to strategy, we are also seeing new and intriguing trends in respect to sermon preparation. In my mind this is a particularly unique, and helpful, phenomenon.

In an era where too ...

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Oct 20, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/20/14

Big Tip; Ebola Story; American Prayer

Oct 17, 2014
Biblical Literacy

Biblical Illiteracy by the Numbers Part 1: The Challenge

How well do American Christians know their Bibles? Hint: not well.
Biblical Illiteracy by the Numbers Part 1: The Challenge
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America can be proud of many things: our innovation, generosity and entrepreneurial spirit are unsurpassed. Yet when it comes to our nation understanding one of the greatest gifts ever given to humanity—the Bible—we're moving from dumb to dumber ... and it's ...

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Oct 17, 2014
The Gospel Project

The Gospel Project: Men Discipling Their Sons

Over 775,000 people study God's Word through The Gospel Project every week.
The Gospel Project: Men Discipling Their Sons

The Gospel Project team believes that it is important for kids, students, and adults to not learn only Bible stories but also learn the Bible story. The story of redemption through Jesus Christ. This is why we fashion every study in such a way that each participant not only ...

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Oct 17, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: October 17, 2014

Broken; DisciPILEship; Lukewarm
Church Signs of the Week: October 17, 2014

I actually think this church sign is quite brilliant. Good use of the accident.

I'm not sure what discipileship is, but I sure hope it's something like discipleship. #spellcheck

I really hope "The Lukewarm Church" is the title of the message and not ...

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Oct 16, 2014
Thinkers

Thursday is for Thinkers: 3 Things Atheists Have Taught Me About God

Sarah Bowler on what she's learned about God from unbelievers.
Thursday is for Thinkers: 3 Things Atheists Have Taught Me About God
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If you are a Christian who is passionate about living out your faith, then chances are you have engaged in at least a few religious discussions with agnostics and/or atheists.

I can still picture cafeteria debates from my freshman year of high school. What was actually ...

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Oct 16, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/16/14

Change of Mind; Divinity School for Liberals; Religion's Demise
Morning Roundup 10/16/14

When Should Leaders Change Their Minds?Jeff Iorg

If you are not reading Jeff Iorg’s leadership insights, you are missing out. Here is a guest post from him on Eric Geiger's blog.

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Oct 15, 2014
Leadership

Learning to Lead Differently as You Age

As we get older and the world changes around us, we must learn to lead differently and adapt our vision.
Learning to Lead Differently as You Age
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As we watch the news, we often see leaders retire. It happens in the sports world, the political realm, the educational system, and even in the religious community.

The pope retired. Pastors retire from their church ministry. Leaders of Christian organizations retire.

We ...

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Oct 15, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/15/14

American Prayer Trends; Social Justice; Toxic Church Leaders

Oct 14, 2014
Prayer

Gossip and Prayer Requests: A guest post by Matt Mitchell

At what point do those prayer requests become sinful gossip?
Gossip and Prayer Requests: A guest post by Matt Mitchell

Oh, those infamous prayer requests!

“We need to pray for Olivia and Liam. I heard that they might be getting a divorce!”

“I’m calling to ask for prayer for the church board. Something big is happening tonight. The chairman might resign!”

“How ...

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Oct 14, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/14/14

Suicide Prevention; Obstacle for Women in Evangelicalism; Ken Silva
Morning Roundup 10/14/14
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Suicide Prevention: What the Church can doAdrian Warnock

So helpful from Adrian Warnock. I appreciate his writing and his passion for the hurting.

The Perception Obstacle for Women Pursuing Leadership in Evangelical WorkplacesKaren Swallow Prior

Karen Swallow ...

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Oct 13, 2014
Mental Illness

Mental Illness and the Church: An Analysis, a guest post by David Murray

What do the stats tell us about how the church deals with mental illness?
Mental Illness and the Church: An Analysis, a guest post by David Murray

Just over a year ago, a Christian family that has struggled with severe mental illness in their family circles for many years decided to donate a large sum of money to fund research into acute mental illness and the Christian faith. Their burden and passion was to help sufferers, ...

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Oct 13, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/13/14

Stop Fixing Problems; New Women's Program; Lecrae in the Mainstream
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