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Nov 21, 2014
CPLF

Church Planting Leadership Fellowship November 2014: Dallas, TX

Check out what happened at CPLF November 2014 in Dallas, TX.
Church Planting Leadership Fellowship November 2014: Dallas, TX

What could happen if we gathered together a large room full of the most significant and influential church planting leaders in the country? That was the question I asked myself a few years ago. It occurred to me that leaders who lead church planting efforts at the denominational ...

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Nov 21, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: November 21, 2014

All About That Grace; Dribbling a Football; People
Church Signs of the Week: November 21, 2014

I could not keep track of how many people sent me this sign this week.

I don't even understand sports and I can appreciate this reference.

People. People are happening at 10am.

Thanks to Bryan Fordham and Dan Nichols for sending these in. As always, send me your ...

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Nov 20, 2014
Research

Immigration and Church—Why It Matters

New research shows pastors recognize the responsibility of caring for the immigrant.
Immigration and Church—Why It Matters

Tonight, President Barack Obama is speaking in prime-time on the issue of immigration. Many think he is going to explain and enact an executive order protecting approximately five million people from being deported out of the United States.

Like many other evangelical leaders, ...

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Nov 20, 2014
Thinkers

Evangelism: It’s Too Complicated: A guest post by Trillia Newbell

Don't make evangelism more complicated than it already is. Trillia shares ways to simplify evangelism.
Evangelism: It’s Too Complicated: A guest post by Trillia Newbell

According to a LifeWay Research study conducted in 2012, 80 percent of church-going American Protestants who attend church one or more times a month believes they have a responsibility to share their faith. Of that same group, however, 61 percent have not shared the gospel ...

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Nov 20, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 11/20/14

Overspending Churches; Converting Catholics; Bob Jones University Investigation

Nov 19, 2014
Worship

A Letter to My Worship Leaders (Part 2)

Silence, flow, and theology all play important parts in the work of a worship leader.
A Letter to My Worship Leaders (Part 2)
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After sharing points one through four yesterday, let's pick back up with points five through eight:

5. Churches and worship leaders are all over the board as it pertains to the amount of talking the worship leader does.

We, as a church, lean more toward the less talking ...

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Nov 19, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 11/19/14

End of Mideast Christianity?; Atheism in China; Exercising Power and Wise Boundaries
Morning Roundup 11/19/14
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Is This the End for Mideast Christianity?—Philip Jenkins

Fascinating long form article from Philip Jenkins in Christianity Today. This is the reason you should be subscribing to things like CT. We need such writing.

For more from Jenkins, read my interview with him ...

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Nov 18, 2014
Worship

A Letter to My Worship Leaders (Part 1)

Worship leaders have one of the most important roles in the church, here is my letter to mine.
A Letter to My Worship Leaders (Part 1)
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Dear worship leader,

You are one of the most important people in the life of our church.

You are entrusted with the task of standing before our people weekly and leading them into the very presence of God. Your role is to point people to Jesus, not yourself; yet, you ...

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Nov 18, 2014
LifeWay

Want to Be My Executive Assistant?

I'm looking for a new Executive Assistant to serve on the team at LifeWay.
Want to Be My Executive Assistant?

So, I am looking for a new Executive Assistant.

My current EA is Dwayne Ewers. You might want to know that as you get more interested. He can fill you in on what it is like.

Dwayne has been faithfully serving for almost three years now. When he came, I asked him to serve ...

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Nov 18, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 11/18/14

Christian Fighting; Disarray of American Theology; Pro-Life Democrats
Morning Roundup 11/18/14

Stuff First-Century Christians Fought AboutDerwin Gray

My friend Derwin Gray continues to pound the multicultural drum...and he has the chops and theology to do so.

American theology in disarray, survey showsNick Eicher

Nick Eicher calls the theology of Americans ...

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Nov 17, 2014
Interview

Statistics and the Church: An Interview with WORLD Magazine

Warren Cole Smith of WORLD Magazine asked me a few questions about statistics and the church.
Statistics and the Church: An Interview with WORLD Magazine

Ed, what is LifeWay Research? We do research for evangelical clients to help inform churches, organizations, and ministries to be more effective and engaging their culture for the gospel.

As its leader, you have become an evangelical guru. Since I lead an organization that’s ...

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Nov 17, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 11/17/14

Paying Pastors; People Changing Faiths; Australian Radio Interview
Morning Roundup 11/17/14
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Marryin' & Buryin': How Much Should I Pay the Pastor?—Mark "aka pastor guy"

You may have read Art Rainer's article on paying the guest preacher. Here, Mark (who goes to Grace Church) shares his insight on weddings and funerals.

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Nov 16, 2014
Millennials

Sunday is For Series: Reaching the Younger Generation

How can churches reach and retain students and millenials?
Sunday is For Series: Reaching the Younger Generation
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One of the greatest challenges for the church in the 21st century remains to be how to engage and mobilize millennials and students, who, to some, often appear indifferent to the gospel.

This Sunday I am going to focus on a series of posts that I have written dealing with ...

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Nov 14, 2014
Transformation

Stories of Transformation: Crossroads Christian Fellowship Improves Communication

Effective church assessment is necessary for healthy church growth.
Stories of Transformation: Crossroads Christian Fellowship Improves Communication

James and Becky Valekis have been at Crossroads Christian Fellowship since 1999, when James became the senior pastor there. Crossroads is a “re-birthed” congregation, and the church has been experiencing a significant amount of change over the last 10 or 15 years ...

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Nov 14, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: November 14, 2014

Twitter's Golden Rule; Sun Worship; Real Ministries
Church Signs of the Week: November 14, 2014

We all need to be reminded of the Golden Rule of Twitter. Agreeing to this needs to be a requirement for every Twitter user.

Sun worship!? What's going on here? I'm also wondering if there's a secret code that has to do with that red "E."

Finally, ...

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