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May 24, 2017
evangelism, church planting, leadership

The Type of Leaders a Small Town Church Needs

Lessons from a Small Town Pastor

A pastor or church planter in a small town who wants to make a long-lasting impact on the community will need a strategy to develop good leaders. What should you be looking for?

Leaders Who Are Reliable

Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:1-2 to, “Entrust to faithful men who ...

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May 19, 2017
mass incarceration, criminal justice

NORP Think and the U.S. Criminal Justice System

NORP = Normal Ordinary Responsible Person

The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration. Although America is home to only about 1/20 of the world’s population, we house almost 1/4 of the world’s prisoners.

Criminologists have coined the term “mass incarceration” to capture the ...

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May 16, 2017
evangelism, church planting, gospel saturation

What is Christ Together Network and How Does It Work to Saturate a City?

The Directional Team of Christ Together Network talks "God's Gospel Saturation."
What is Christ Together Network and How Does It Work to Saturate a City?

Ed: Scott, what is Christ Together? What are you trying to accomplish?

Scott Chapman: Christ Together is a network of local churches that band together to reach every man, woman, and child in their city with the Gospel. The idea is that when the churches of a particular area ...

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May 15, 2017
evangelism, Amplify

Evangelism is a Four Letter Word

Evangelism isn’t what it used to be and is uncertain of what it should be.

I get it. Culture is changing rapidly and radically. The methods we have used successfully for decades have become ineffective, even counter-productive. Heaven? Spiritual laws? Bible verses? These no longer spark spiritual interest. Evangelism training isn’t what it used ...

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May 12, 2017
evangelism, scandal, exclusive

One-Path Evangelism: The Scandalizing Exclusivity of Jesus

We are sinful and desperately in need of rescue.
One-Path Evangelism: The Scandalizing Exclusivity of Jesus
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In today’s culture, claims of exclusivity are met with the resistance of a tired toddler pushing back a plate of broccoli. This is especially true of religious claims. Religious pluralism is more palatable for Western society and this worldview rules the day.

Pluralism ...

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May 4, 2017
evangelism, imagination, Amplify
The “E” Word: Why Many Avoid It, and How We Can Reimagine It
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To some, the term “reimagining evangelism” may sound cool and contextualized. To others, it may sound like we are trying to bring an outdated concept back into fashion. Either way, in my first post I shared why I believe that it is past time we reimagined our own ...

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May 2, 2017
evangelism, great commission

“Super Christians” Are Overrated

Somewhere along the line, many Christians have come to believe that it’s not their responsibility to tell others about Christ.
“Super Christians” Are Overrated
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I think there’s a misunderstanding out there that I’d like to confront.

The rationale behind this varies. Some think that it’s their pastor’s job to preach the gospel, not theirs. Others believe that proclaiming the hope of Christ is the domain of the ...

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May 1, 2017
backpack, children, hunger

Caring for Miami is the Miami-Dade Schools 2016-2017 District-Wide Exemplary Partner

Faith-based organization meets the physical needs of 1200 children each week.

Ed: What is the award, and who has won the award in the past?

Panos: On April 6, the Caring for Miami Backpack Program was honored with the District-Wide Exemplary Dade Partner Award for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Since its inception in 1978, Dade Partners has grown to ...

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Apr 28, 2017
evangelism, failure, repentance

When Failure Isn't an Option: How to Press Forward in Sharing Jesus Even When We Stumble

Failure and repentance secure for us a more ample conception of the grace of God.
When Failure Isn't an Option: How to Press Forward in Sharing Jesus Even When We Stumble
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When I was in college, one of my InterVarsity leaders introduced me to the book Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders. Even though it was published in 1967, the guidance I found in those pages changed my life.

One summer break, when I was back home with my family, I found ...

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Apr 26, 2017
evangelism, Amplify

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: What Does Evangelism Look Like in Your Day-to-Day Life?

As you go, wherever you go, make disciples of all people.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: What Does Evangelism Look Like in Your Day-to-Day Life?
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And the Lord added to their number …

What was behind the amazing growth of the Church in the Book of Acts? How did the Early Church grow—and grow so rapidly and with such diversity?

The 21st-century Body of Christ is exploding with evangelism-related resources. Christ-followers ...

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Apr 22, 2017
evangelism, conference, webinar

Cease Squirming and Know That I Am God: Why Don't We Share the Gospel?

We share the gospel because men and women need to know they are loved by God.
Cease Squirming and Know That I Am God: Why Don't We Share the Gospel?
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I’ve seen people squirm and fidget whenever the topic of evangelism is mentioned. Of course, the reasons vary from person to person.

Awkwardness

I wonder if some feel awkward engaging in an activity they’ve never, or seldom, done. They are awkward when it comes to ...

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Apr 21, 2017
Bill O'Reilly, Fox News

What Can the Church Learn about Sexual Harassment, Accusations, & Transparency from the Bill O'Reilly Debacle?

Powerful men, with organizations tending to cover things up, are a recipe for disaster.
What Can the Church Learn about Sexual Harassment, Accusations, & Transparency from the Bill O'Reilly Debacle?

The explosive controversy surrounding Bill O'Reilly has captured the attention of global news networks, and his sudden departure has sparked conversation about harassment, bullying, and organizational response. Wednesday night, I watched Fox News briefly mention O’Reilly ...

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Apr 20, 2017
ministry, success, leadership

Modeling the Ministry Success of Jesus

Why do we expect to be welcomed and cheered in our communities?
Modeling the Ministry Success of Jesus
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Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand ...
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Apr 7, 2017
webinar, evangelism

Why Has Evangelism Fallen On Hard Times?

Join Drs Richardson and Stetzer for the Billy Graham Center's first webinar.
Why Has Evangelism Fallen On Hard Times?

You know, the more I talk with pastors and leaders, the more I continue to see the need for evangelism resources to equip all levels of the Church—from senior pastors through lay Christians. Evangelism is a funny little word which captures the heart of what Jesus has commanded ...

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Mar 31, 2017
leadership, credibility

3 Keys to Protecting Your Leadership Credibility

Steward the influence God has given you.
3 Keys to Protecting Your Leadership Credibility
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This article originally appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of Outreach Magazine.

If you are reading Outreach magazine, then you likely have a leadership position of some kind, either as a senior leader or as a lay leader. And those under you likely have leadership responsibilities; ...

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