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Aug 13, 2007

New beginnings.

First day of fourth grade--new school, new clothes, and the nervous hope for new friends to fill in for the ones she left behind in Georgia. This morning was my oldest daughter's first day of school. We were both nervous, she was brave, and I was proud. She marched ...

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Aug 8, 2007

Today, I will be out of pocket as I am at the Assesmblies of God General Council 2007 Leadership Seminar.

Jim Johnston will be our guest blogger today. He will be interacting in the comments.

Updates:

Mark Kelly has added an article on what helps young adults stay in church.

The ...

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Aug 8, 2007

USA TODAY's Tuesday story on young adult dropouts drew interest in the print version (inside the Life section) and online in the News section.

You can see the story here.

At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, a full day after the story posted, it was #2 on most emailed and #7 on most commented ...

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Aug 8, 2007

(Scott is the Director of Student Ministries at Lifeway.)

The issue of young adults dropping out of church has been a hot topic for several years. The long-term effectiveness of youth ministry has been called into question and there has been substantial concern raised about the ...

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Aug 7, 2007

See the USA Today story here.

See the full version here.

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Aug 7, 2007

There it was. My brand new Pontiac coupe. Shiny and spotless--except for the bubble in the factory paint. Ugh! I was so disappointed. But with my workmanship warrantee in hand, I was confident the dealer would fix it. Eighteen repair trips later I gave up. My view of "Mr. Goodwrench" ...

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Aug 7, 2007

I have a 20-something friend who is a short-term missionary in Spain. Her mission is to plant house churches in the midst of a collegiate community, because in her words, "most of these people would never think about setting foot inside a church."

If you want to know the truth ...

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Aug 6, 2007

One more post before we turn to tomorrow's research.

Last week in class at Indiana Wesleyan University, Rick Champ, one of my students, presented a good summary of The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church by Alan Hirsch. You can find the PowerPoint here.

I believe ...

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Aug 6, 2007

We will have several guest bloggers this week here at the Lifeway Research Blog.

Scott McConnell from Lifeway Research will interact about the research itself. You can post your questions on any of the guest blogs.

Also, Mark Lydecker and Jim Johnston will be engaging in ...

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Aug 5, 2007

Starting tomorrow, we will shift the discussion here to research. We will have 4 guest bloggers who will comment and interact.

Let me encourage you to watch USA Today for the story and see the Lifeway Research site for the details, graphs, and other info.

Here is the description: ...

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Aug 4, 2007

Now that I am no longer a teaching pastor/elder at Lake Ridge Church, I miss preaching. And, it has only been three weeks.

That is not a good sign for future marital bliss-- since Mrs. Stetzer wants to find a church to attend and join as soon as possible!

But, simply put. ...

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Aug 4, 2007

Now that I am out of the pulpit, I must confess the whole "call to preach" thing is a bit confusing to me. I am not sure that there is a "call" to preaching-- although I both value preaching and see it as essential.

Instead, I see a call to the office of pastor / elder which ...

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Aug 2, 2007

In January, I was blessed to preach at the Wesleyan National "Gathering" in Orlando, FL.

I made some new friends there and they invited me to teach at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. The school is quite impressive. (They tell me it is the fastest growing Christian ...

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Aug 1, 2007

My co-author and long time friend, Mike Dodson, will be teaching today as I make a one day trip to fellowship with friends and speak at the NAMB State Summer Leadership Meeting in Atlanta. I hvae missed the blissful fellowship and fried chicken of my Baptist fellowship...

Mike ...

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Aug 1, 2007

When I am asked to answer questions for an interview, I am going to make a habit of posting the answers here at the Lifeway Research Blog.

Since I am speaking today at the North American Mission Board, this seemed a good time to share about the future of mission agencies.

This ...

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