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Feb 9, 2016

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

In the future, church planters will choose to work in the marketplace
Trend #2 for the Future of Church Planting—Bivocational Ministry

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 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 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 3, 2016
Interview

Exploring Evangelicalism: An Interview With Brian Brodersen of Calvary Chapel—Part 2

Brian Brodersen explains what some Evangelicals have misunderstood about Calvary Chapel
Exploring Evangelicalism: An Interview With Brian Brodersen of Calvary Chapel—Part 2
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ES: What do many Evangelicals often misunderstand about your movement?

BB: One of the most common misunderstandings about Calvary Chapel that I’ve encountered is on the issue of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. It seems that the non-Charismatics think we are Charismatics, ...

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Feb 2, 2016
Church Planting

Trend #1 For The Future Of Church Planting—Kingdom Collaboration

Church planting will thrive when we work together
Trend #1 For The Future Of Church Planting—Kingdom Collaboration

As I’ve been consulting with denominations, networks, and churches regarding their strategy to assess, train, coach, and fund church planters, there are a few trends that I’m beginning to notice. In fact, a few of these trends were the focus of Ed Stetzer’s ...

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Jan 31, 2016
Church

Sunday Journeys: Millcreek Community Church in Erie, PA, a Visit to a Church We Planted 20 Years Ago

I recently visited a church I planted nearly 20 years ago, and I was encouraged by their ministry.
Sunday Journeys: Millcreek Community Church in Erie, PA, a Visit to a Church We Planted 20 Years Ago

Whenever I visit a church, I like to blog on it. And when I blog, I like to mention some of the practices of the church to learn from others and describe a bit of the church’s background.

I recently visited a church Donna and I planted twenty years ago—we were ...

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Jan 30, 2016
Seminars

Saturday Is For Seminars: West Palm, Long Beach, and Talbot Seminary at Biola University

Several conferences are coming up. I hope to see you at one of them.
Saturday Is For Seminars: West Palm, Long Beach, and Talbot Seminary at Biola University

Today—SYNERGOI Church Ministry Conference

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I will look at the state of the culture and how the church might engage emerging cultural trends. Combining statistics, theology, a call to mission, and humor, I will challenge and encourage church leaders to be faithful ...

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Jan 29, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition: January 29, 2016

The GC2 Summit, HuffPo Christianity, Americans on gambling, and more
Weekend Edition: January 29, 2016

Evangelical leaders see Syrian refugees as opportunityTimothy C. Morgan

Religion News Service picks up the story of the GC2 summit, also covered here by Micah Fries and me.

Which Christianity?John Stonestreet

Is American Christianity more like HuffPo Christianity? ...

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Jan 28, 2016
Interview

That Great Teacher: What We Learn From Insecurity

Insecurity teaches us by revealing where we are not surrendered to God
That Great Teacher: What We Learn From Insecurity

A few weeks ago I sat on the couch, opposite my husband, as we shared our dreams for the future. He is a pastor and I am a writer, two vocations that walk well together, hand-in-hand. We talked about ministry, calling, and vision. We hashed out our plans, our successes, our ...

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Jan 27, 2016
Interview

Faith of the Candidates: An Interview w/ Ben Carson (Part 2)

Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson talks about salvation, hell, and helping the poor
Faith of the Candidates: An Interview w/ Ben Carson (Part 2)

Ed Stetzer: Are there people you look to for spiritual advice and counsel that might shape your spiritual journey?

Dr. Carson: We have a spiritual counsel­—a number of ministers around the country that we talk to on a regular basis.

My strong feeling is that if this ...

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Jan 27, 2016
Refugees

Reflections From the GC2 Summit: Evangelicals and Refugees

In light of the worldwide refugee crisis, Evangelicals consider ways to respond
Reflections From the GC2 Summit: Evangelicals and Refugees
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Near the end of 2015, the attention of the world was focused on the Syrian refugee crisis. Drowned children, desperate parents, displaced families, and United Nations camps filled the news. American Christians responded with divided voices; some called for us to help provide ...

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Jan 23, 2016
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars: Orlando, West Palm, and Atlanta

Pray for us for several upcoming events for pastors, leaders, and missionaries.
Saturday is for Seminars: Orlando, West Palm, and Atlanta

This coming week, I will be at events in Atlanta, GA and West Palm Beach, FL, and you can read more about those events here.

The second week of February, I am going to be spending some time in Orlando, Florida with a few different groups, but in several different venues, ...

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Jan 22, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition: January 22, 2016

Ministry strategy, investing in your marriage, and more.
Weekend Edition: January 22, 2016

My Real Life Hosea Story—Craig Keener

I was deeply moved by this story—what a picture of pain and forgiveness.

Three Ways to Define and Demystify Ministry StrategyEric Geiger

When Geiger writes on strategy, you should read him on strategy!

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Jan 21, 2016
Parenting

The New Morality: Raising Kids in a Confused Culture

Parenting amidst a rapidly-changing culture can be terrifying. We must rest in Jesus.
The New Morality: Raising Kids in a Confused Culture

The world is changing—that’s always a true statement—but perhaps never as fast as it has been changing the last few decades, and never more evident when it comes to issues of morality and sexuality.

The reality is, we as parents have an obligation to teach ...

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Jan 15, 2016
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars: GC2 Changes Location, and More

The GC2 Summit is this coming week. Take note of the location change and join us!
Saturday is for Seminars: GC2 Changes Location, and More

"Saturday is for Seminars" is where I share my upcoming travel, to both invite you along and solicit your prayers.

Next week is an important week because the GC2 Summit is almost here!

We have several hundred people already registered and know that far more ...

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