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Mar 3, 2015
Missiology

Our New Virtual Face: Reflections on Social Media and Identity

Jayson Georges reflects on the ways in which social media can tempt us to believe one of the oldest lies in history.
Our New Virtual Face: Reflections on Social Media and Identity

I am a millennial, who began using Facebook in 2013 and Twitter 2014. (Yes, I was that late to the party.)

This recent foray into social media has revealed a dark facet of my heart—my identity is warped by shame, and I crave status.

I noticed social media caused ...

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Mar 2, 2015
Missiology

4 Keys to Evangelism in Honor-Shame Cultures

Jackson Wu shares about how evangelism can happen in honor-shame cultures throughout the world.
4 Keys to Evangelism in Honor-Shame Cultures
Jakob Montrasio / Flickr

I’ll never forget when an atheist, Chinese taxi driver shared the gospel with me. It was one of the best presentations I’ve heard.

He didn’t believe it, of course, but he had heard the message so many times that he could rattle it off like Billy Graham ...

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Feb 23, 2015
Missiology

A Brief History of ‘Missional’: Moving From Concept and Conversation to Living It Out

Just because we talk about being missional doesn’t mean we are. It is easier to talk about missional living than it is to live it out.
A Brief History of ‘Missional’: Moving From Concept and Conversation to Living It Out
David Ball / Wikimedia

One of the things we’ve all heard a lot of talk about is what it means to be missional. It’s a relatively new word that has emerged into the conversation over the last few decades. It serves to remind the people of God that we are to live on mission.

While the ...

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Feb 16, 2015
Missiology

Organizing for Denominational Revitalization

Revitalization can be a tenuous task, but it is a worthy goal. How can you lead your churches or denominations to new life?
Organizing for Denominational Revitalization

Churches and denominations need a revitalization movement. That much is clear to most people. But how do we create or facilitate that revitalization? Our answer is important for the future of churches.

I co-wrote a book specifically around church revitalization called Comeback ...

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Feb 9, 2015
Missiology

Revitalizing Denominations Through Church Planting

Church planting is crucial to church health and revitalization.
Revitalizing Denominations Through Church Planting

From 1795 to 1810 the Baptists and the Methodists planted 3,000 churches in 15 years on the western frontier: Kentucky and Tennessee. But today, Methodists and Baptists are declining.

Methodists and Baptists—now in many different denominations—are seeking to ...

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Feb 2, 2015
Missiology

3 Ways to Encourage Peace Between Generations in Denominations

Your denomination is not defined by a style. So don’t let style become a point of contention.
3 Ways to Encourage Peace Between Generations in Denominations
David DeJong / Wikipedia

It takes work to have a harmonious family.

That's true of your biological family and your church family.

It's also true of your denominational family.

The fact is, each member within a family has a tendency to find their own style and way in life. But as each ...

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Jan 26, 2015
Missiology

Rethinking Church Plant Funding

What do you do when the well runs dry? You dig another well.
Rethinking Church Plant Funding
At.money.tota / Wikipedia

Since the turn of the century, many denominations have made a strong effort to funnel resources toward church planting. This support helps to secure facilities, execute marketing campaigns, provide equipment for ministry, and even underwrite pastoral support.

That's ...

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Jan 23, 2015
Church

The 10 Most Influential Churches of the Last Century

There is much to learn from some key trends in the last 100 years of church history.
The 10 Most Influential Churches of the Last Century

At some level, all Christians want their churches to be influential in carrying out the work of God. One pathway to increased influence is a road we often overlook—the one behind us.

Looking back can be good. It can give us wisdom and perspective. It can also help ...

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Jan 19, 2015
Worship Services

The Most Segregated Hour of the Week?

Reflections on church diversity on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The Most Segregated Hour of the Week?
History Channel

The Most Segregated Hour of the Week, by Bryan Loritts

It’s a tragedy of history that many of us are not familiar with one of the necessary arteries of the civil rights movement, known simply as “kneel ins”. On Sunday mornings throughout the South, black ...

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Jan 5, 2015
Missiology

Do Small Churches Need Self-Assessment?

Numbers don't determine a church's health in-and-of themselves, but facts are our friends.
Do Small Churches Need Self-Assessment?
John Vachon / Wikipedia

Facts are our friends, and we need to use them with care. A church assessment is about giving you the facts you need, even if a lot of people don’t recognize that. Churches of all sizes, even small ones, should engage in some form of assessment because it is necessary, ...

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Dec 22, 2014
Missiology

Some Churches Should Die and Stay Dead

How replanting could be the best answer for a dying church
Some Churches Should Die and Stay Dead
Bankhallbretherton / wikipedia

Sometimes churches die, and sometimes they should.

As shocking as this may be, the death of a church might be the best thing that could happen for the sake of the gospel within a given community.

Churches are not meant to be mere holding tanks for folks who remember “the ...

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Dec 8, 2014
Missiology

Counting Correctly: Create the Right Scorecard for Churches

Church assessment matters, and counting certain numbers is a key part of assessment.
Counting Correctly: Create the Right Scorecard for Churches
Wesha / Wikipedia

Fifty years ago, many churches had signs posted within the building showing weekly numbers on them: worship service attendance, Sunday School attendance, offering total, and even how many people brought their Bibles. We live in a different age now.

Today, some frown upon ...

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Dec 1, 2014
Missiology

The Real Reasons Young Adults Drop Out of Church

Young adults drop out of church because their faith isn't their own.
The Real Reasons Young Adults Drop Out of Church
Jeffery Vock / Wikipedia

Despite all the fear driven presentations you’ve heard, not every young person is walking out of the church the moment they finish high school and never coming back.

Here’s what you need to know. The young adults who do drop out of church often lack a first-hand ...

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Nov 24, 2014
Missiology

Want to Be Missional in the Way of Jesus?—Don’t Make These Five Mistakes

Living on mission is important, and Christ must be the center of the missional Christian's message.
Want to Be Missional in the Way of Jesus?—Don’t Make These Five Mistakes
diibdiib1 / pixabay

One of the attractions of the “missional” label is the inherent affirmation of Christ’s mission in and to the world. If we are followers of Christ, then part of that mission must include the idea that we want all people to know Him.

The term “missional” ...

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Nov 10, 2014
Missiology

6 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches

Let’s plant churches that plant churches that plant churches.
6 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches
Ian Muttoo / Flickr

If you are reading this, you are most likely involved in an established church. Maybe your are thriving, but probably not—depending on the denomination, we are talking about 70% of churches are plateaued or declining. But, maybe the title did not scare you away, so ...

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