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Aug 14, 2017
outreach, leadership

Breaking Church-Growth Barriers: Build A Bigger Leadership Table

Making disciples and exerting cultural influence.
Breaking Church-Growth Barriers: Build A Bigger Leadership Table
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This article originally appeared in Outreach Magazine.

How many of us would admit that we have experienced more failures than we’d have liked in leading our churches? It’s never easy to reflect honestly on our leadership mistakes; however, measurable outcomes and ...

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Aug 7, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 25)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 25)

Episode Twenty-Five | Starting a Gospel Conversation by Talking about Prayer

Michael Hakmin Lee, Research Fellow at the Billy Graham Center, discusses the challenges for Christians seeking to share their faith in a more privatized culture, where talking about faith can seem anathema. ...

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Aug 2, 2017
religious, spiritual, none

How We Lead in Times of Cultural Shift

In many ways, we have lost our home field advantage.
How We Lead in Times of Cultural Shift
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It’s pretty obvious the English-speaking Western world is rapidly changing in regards to faith. The culture is moving in secular and pluralist directions, and away from a more Judeo-Christian influence. As a result, Christians need to re-learn how to lead effectively in ...

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Aug 1, 2017
pastor, teacher, coach

Types of Interim Pastors: An Overview

Some ways churches engage interim pastors
Types of Interim Pastors: An Overview
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For the past year I have had the privilege of serving as interim teaching pastor at Moody Church in Chicago. It’s been a fascinating experience and I am continually amazed at the people there and the legacy of the church. But having worked as a pastor in different contexts ...

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Jul 31, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 24)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 24)

Episode Twenty-Four | Where Are You Opening Your Umbrella?

Christina Walker, Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Billy Graham Center, talks about what she recently learned from a cohort of pastors from Every Nation. One story in particular stuck out; it was about a ...

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Jul 3, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 20)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 20)

Episode Twenty | Are You Seeking to be a Fisherman or a Shepherd?

Colleen Cooper, Development Coordinator at the Billy Graham Center, shares a personal example of working through conflict in order to bring deeper conversation and trust. Colleen reminds us that in evangelism, ...

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Jun 26, 2017
character, leadership, accountability

Character: The Secret to Leading for the Long Term

D.L. Moody described character as “what you are in the dark.”
Character: The Secret to Leading for the Long Term
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It comes as no surprise to anyone when I say that pastoring is hard. Pastors bear the spiritual responsibility of a church. They grow it to sustainability, help it thrive, drive the vision, and care for the culture.

I recently wrote an article for Influence Magazine on “Leading ...

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Jun 23, 2017
Southern Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Alt-Right
Here's a Resolution: Denominations Should Stop Shooting Themselves in the Foot

Dwight McKissic called the most recent SBC drama a “24-hour roller coaster ride.”

I called it shooting yourself in the foot. Again. Publicly.

What could have been a Tuesday condemnation of racism became a Wednesday mea culpa.

So, what really happened on Tuesday when ...

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Jun 21, 2017
leadership

Five Leadership Axioms That Shape Your Ministry

Healthy leaders make for healthy organizations.
Five Leadership Axioms That Shape Your Ministry
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1. Value People More Than Tasks

This first leadership axiom is one that I will occasionally just put on a post-it note on the top of my computer. Slow down and see people. Because I'm such a driven leader, I can be task before people by nature. I am sure there are others ...

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Jun 19, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 19)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 19)

Episode Nineteen | Developing a Spirit of Acceptance When We Reach Out to the Unchurched

Rick Richardson, Professor at Wheaton College and head of academic programs and research at the Billy Graham Center, shares a story of a recent evangelism encounter. Rick explains that once ...

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Jun 19, 2017
mentor, accountability, confession

Saving Your Ministry Before You Lose It

A wise leader does not wait for God to send a messenger to uncover his or her sin.
Saving Your Ministry Before You Lose It
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He spoke only a few words and I knew something was wrong…desperately wrong. When my phone rang and I saw who it was, I was happy. Ken (not his real name) was a faithful friend and pastor of a local church in our community. I had known him for about a decade and I respected ...

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Jun 16, 2017
evangelism, freedom, persecution

Like a Knife in the Heart: When Our Witness Is Costly

In some parts of the world, a life of witness requires great courage.
Like a Knife in the Heart: When Our Witness Is Costly
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The first time I wrote for this blog, I shared that many Americans are actually open to hearing about the Christian faith. Research shows that previously unchurched people are looking for a welcoming, including environment that makes them feel like church members want them to ...

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Jun 15, 2017
evangelism, Amplify

The Power of Polarity

It’s past time the ongoing divide between justice and evangelism was broken down.
The Power of Polarity
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The Western mind, by default, seeks resolution of tension, elimination of ambiguity, and distinction in borders. This is true in the world of music, which is mostly storytelling set to song. It is true in the world of television and film, which is mostly storytelling set to ...

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Jun 14, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 18)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 18)

Episode Eighteen | Two Practical Ways to Show and Share the Love of Jesus with Others

Wes Holland, Program Administrator of the Rural Matters Institute at the Billy Graham Center, reminds us that God went on a rescue mission for us, and that we must do the same for others. He ...

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Jun 14, 2017
Southern Baptist, racism, alt-right
Southern Baptists, Racism, and the Alt-Right: It's Time to Make This Right, Plain, and Clear
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Update: #SBC17 just passed a resolution condemning the alt-right white nationalist movement. 99.9% vote, followed by standing ovation. Here’s the original article:

Last night, here in Phoenix at the Southern Baptist Convention, things got a bit unhinged.

Emma Green explains ...

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