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Jul 28, 2015
Books

20 Truths from Gaining by Losing by J.D. Greear

You need to check out this new resource from J.D. Greear on how your church can be a Great Commission church.
20 Truths from Gaining by Losing by J.D. Greear

1. Jesus did not say come and grow, but come and die. (17)

2. We live by losing. We gain by giving away. What we achieve by building our personal platform will never be as great as what God achieves through what we give away in faith. (18)

3. Study after study shows that ...

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Jul 27, 2015
Church Planting

Finding the Right Church Plant Model: An Introduction to Church Models (Part 1)

Which church planting model is best for you? Multiple options exist, and it can be tough to decide.
Finding the Right Church Plant Model: An Introduction to Church Models (Part 1)

We just got another car. Well, truthfully, Donna (my wife) made me get one. To be completely honest, she went and bought it and brought it home and basically said, "You're getting another car."

You see, I hate car buying. I hate picking the right make and ...

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Jul 14, 2015
Missions

Lead Your Church to Be a Sending Church

No matter how small or young your church may be, you can lead your church to be a sending church.
Lead Your Church to Be a Sending Church

June was a good month at our church.

Part of our core values has been sending. We want to move beyond the cliche that sending capacity is more important than seating capacity.

Over the last few years, I’ve has the privilege of leading a Pastoral Apprentice Team. ...

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Jul 10, 2015
Wheaton College

Partnering with Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism

I'm looking forward to working with Wheaton College and the BGCE on important evangelism research and initiatives.
Partnering with Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism
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Yesterday, it was announced that LifeWay Research will be partering with, and I will be the Senior Fellow of, the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College.

Wheaton is often called the Harvard of evangelicalism. And, the Billy Graham Center is a denominational ...

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Jun 22, 2015
Missiology

Defining the Church as Evangelicals

Have we become so generous with the definition of “church” that the word has lost meaning?
Defining the Church as Evangelicals
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I think we need to have a conversation about ecclesiology (the theological doctrine relating to the church), because in many evangelical circles there’s not a lot of clarity about what church is and why that matters.

Everyone has their own way of identifying a church. ...

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Jun 17, 2015
Ministry

Am I My City’s Keeper?

Jesus served people he came to save. We should join him in that mission.
Am I My City’s Keeper?
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There is much talk today about “seeking the welfare of the city.” To various people it means different things. As a biblical phrase, it has serious missional connotations. I want to look at what that phrase means to us in the church today, and also tease out what ...

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Jun 15, 2015
Missiology

Can a Failed Church Planter Plant Again?

Is church planter reassessment necessary after failure?
Can a Failed Church Planter Plant Again?
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Failure can be a factor for reassessment of a church planter, but it is not the deciding factor.

I am a big believer in the value of assessment. We have learned much about what works (and doesn’t work) in ministry over the years through vast amounts of research. So ...

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Jun 12, 2015
Denominations

The Rapid Rise of Nondenominational Christianity: My Most Recent Piece at CNN

Membership, baptism, and weekly attendance numbers are down in the largest evangelical denomination, but evangelicalism is a different story.
The Rapid Rise of Nondenominational Christianity: My Most Recent Piece at CNN
Courtesy of the General Sociological Survey

CNN has posted a story I wrote describing the drastic rise of nondenominationalism among those whose religious preference is "Protestant." Here is the chart that tells the story visually, that we describe there verbally.

Using a baseline average from 1972–1976, ...

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Jun 8, 2015
Missiology

Involving Large Church Pastors in Multiplication

Uniting small and large churches around the mission of the denomination is important.
Involving Large Church Pastors in Multiplication
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One of the common struggles denominations often face is a difficulty relating to the largest, most innovative, and the most “Antiochish” of their churches. These churches and their leaders are often creative and/or proprietary in their approach to, well, everything, ...

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Jun 1, 2015
Canada

The State of Evangelicalism in Canada

What do Canadian evangelicals believe, and how are they viewed by Canada as a whole? Some new stats provide insight.
The State of Evangelicalism in Canada
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A study on religion and faith in Canada conducted by the Angus Reid Institute was released a few weeks ago detailing the views of various faiths in Canada and how Canadians perceive faith and religion as a whole. It is a fascinating study, and I think some of its data is ...

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May 29, 2015
Books

20 Truths from A Field Guild to Everyday Mission

What does it look like to live on mission in the routine of everyday life?
20 Truths from A Field Guild to Everyday Mission

1. Fix broken things: Jesus saw blindness and other disabilities as symbolic of spiritual brokenness; we can to. Pick up trash, paint fences, help a neighbor with rehab, or clean a park.

2. Be generous: Sacrifice your time, money, and resources for the good of others. This ...

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May 27, 2015
Australia

Australian Christianity: An Interview with the Australian Bible Society

Recent Pew data revealed Christianity's place in America. What is Christianity like in Australia?
Australian Christianity: An Interview with the Australian Bible Society
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I was in Australia recently, on a bit of a tour, working with several schools and organizations, including Christian Media Australia, Ridley College, St. Phillips York Street Anglican, Mentone Baptist Church, The Geneva Push, Moore Theological College, and Queensland Theological ...

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May 19, 2015
Missiology

Help Me Write Planting Missional Churches (3rd Edition)

Share your church planting story and you might end up in the newest edition of Planting Missional Churches.
Help Me Write Planting Missional Churches (3rd Edition)

I have some exciting news! This next year we are going to be releasing the third version of Planting Missional Churches. This time it’s going to be with my coauthor, Daniel Im, who is the Church Multiplication Specialist at LifeWay.

It’s been 10 years since ...

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May 11, 2015
Missiology

How the Church Can Reach Nominals and Seculars

Regardless of the groups we are trying to reach, we need evangelism strategies.
How the Church Can Reach Nominals and Seculars

Evangelism requires a strategy.

Whether you’re reaching out to Muslims, bikers, students, business people, previously unreached people—it doesn’t matter—there’s a unique way to go about it, ending in the same gospel. The mission is always the ...

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May 4, 2015
Missiology

Missional Angst and Western Church Norms

We need to be willing to do church differently than we may feel is comfortable and easy.
Missional Angst and Western Church Norms
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Consumer-driven forms of Christianity are creating much angst.

The prevailing model of how we do church in our Western context has been called into question, and many are proposing alternative expressions of church life.

Sharing much of that angst, I have been writing ...

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