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Oct 20, 2014
Missiology

Strategy Matters: The Importance of Strategic Thinking in the Church (Part 2)

Strategy matters, even when it comes to something like sermon prep.
Strategy Matters: The Importance of Strategic Thinking in the Church (Part 2)

Sermon Prep Strategy

Not only are we seeing churches take their groups seriously, in regard to strategy, we are also seeing new and intriguing trends in respect to sermon preparation. In my mind this is a particularly unique, and helpful, phenomenon.

In an era where too ...

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Oct 6, 2014
Missiology

Strategy Matters: The Importance of Strategic Thinking in the Church (Part 1)

Effective strategies help form fruitful ministries.
Strategy Matters: The Importance of Strategic Thinking in the Church (Part 1)
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I’m pretty sure that I’ve never met anyone who became a pastor so that they could spend their time worrying about strategy.

Those of us who are pastors and church leaders generally invest in ministry because we love people, not because we love spreadsheets and ...

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Sep 19, 2014
Pastors

We Need an Additional Way to Credential Pastors

For the sake of Kingdom work and church planting, we may want to consider a new way to credential pastors.
We Need an Additional Way to Credential Pastors
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The normal track for credentialing pastors includes college, seminary, and an ordination council. But what about credentialing pastors who take non-traditional routes? Is there space in your denomination for that? Should there be?

Furthermore, is there a biblical way to ...

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Sep 15, 2014
Missiology

How to Effectively Reach and Retain Millennials

Three ways churches can find and keep young adults
How to Effectively Reach and Retain Millennials
Courtesy of Mudpreacher

In my book Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and Churches that Reach Them, we focused on the generation often called "Millennials" today. The first part of the book dealt with the views of the unchurched. However, we didn't just want to write a book about ...

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Sep 9, 2014
Missiology

House Church Critiques of the Megachurch: 3 Ways to Make it Better

House churches can learn from megachurches, and megachurches can learn from house churches.
House Church Critiques of the Megachurch: 3 Ways to Make it Better
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Some people are passionate about the debate between megachurches or house churches. This can be good, but passionate people tend to be enthusiastic to the point that they can exaggerate their position—even when research and data do not back up their claims.

For example, ...

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Sep 7, 2014
Series

Sunday is for Series: Strategic Evangelism

A brief look at tools and strategies for effective evangelism.
Sunday is for Series: Strategic Evangelism

Evangelism is the responsibility of every believer. All Christians have the obligation and privilege to share the gospel. But this glorious task is often fraught with difficulty and at times can be random and aimless. In this series, I want to focus on what you and your church ...

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Aug 31, 2014
Contexualization

Sunday is for Series: Contextualize This! The Gospel in a Worldly Context

Effective contextualization is important.
Sunday is for Series: Contextualize This! The Gospel in a Worldly Context

Culture is inescapable. Each an every one of us, who claims the name of Christ has been called to exist within the diverse cultures of this world and to do so as Aliens.

Citizens of a heavenly realm inhabiting earthly kingdoms. To inhabit this world faithfully is to contend ...

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Aug 18, 2014
Missiology

What Numbers Count? Churches Need Accurate Scorecards

How can churches accurately measure ministry effectiveness?
What Numbers Count? Churches Need Accurate Scorecards
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Winston Churchill was an amazing leader, diplomat, and politician. One of the most notable parts of his legacy, however, is his collection of inspiring, and often humorous, quotations.

For example, Lady Astor, the first woman Parliament member, told him at a weekend house ...

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Aug 11, 2014
Missiology

Mission, Self, and God's Glory (Part 2)

What does it practically look like to live a life of mission focused on the glory of God?
Mission, Self, and God's Glory (Part 2)

Reflect being with God

Many times what we bring to the leadership role is our education, experience, and expertise. But if those are the only things we bring, we will fail to cultivate a true missional culture and effort in our churches.

In Israel's early days, Moses ...

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Aug 4, 2014
Missiology

Mission, Self, and God's Glory (Part 1)

Pastors must lead their people to live on mission, focused on God, not themselves.
Mission, Self, and God's Glory (Part 1)
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Mission is the opposite of self. That sounds simple and obvious, yet the sad truth is that we revert to non-mission—or self-centered mission—very simply and very obviously.

The ease with which we slide into self-centered mission means requires us to pay constant ...

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Jul 28, 2014
Missiology

Why Defining Missional Matters

What you think of when you hear the word "missional" matters to how you seek to be missional yourself.
Why Defining Missional Matters

A few months ago, progressive mission-thinker Steve Knight critiqued a post I wrote here on The Exchange.

I like Steve. He's smart and engaging. And, I like the name of his blog, Missional Shift (particularly since David Hesselgrave and I edited a book called MissionShift). ...

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Jul 21, 2014
Missiology

Strategic Evangelism: The Power of an Invitation

Our God pursues the lost and so should we.
Strategic Evangelism: The Power of an Invitation
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The church is to be on mission with God. The God of the Bible is a missionary God who graciously pursues people.

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The church exists to proclaim the gospel and demonstrate the kingdom of God in a lost and dying world. In being faithful to her calling, the church should ...

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Jul 14, 2014
Missiology

Strategic Evangelism: Helpful Outreach Tools

In order to do the work of evangelism effectively, the church could use some tools.
Strategic Evangelism: Helpful Outreach Tools

Churches desire to make disciples and they want people to be actively sharing their faith and interacting with unchurched people. That's a good thing.

Many believers would like to be bold about witnessing for Christ, but there is often a disconnect between aspiration ...

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Jul 7, 2014
Missiology

Strategic Evangelism: 3 Effective Outreach Opportunities

What are some of the best times to share the gospel?
Strategic Evangelism: 3 Effective Outreach Opportunities
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Evangelism is the responsibility of every believer. There is no such thing as the "gift of evangelism," rather, all Christians have the obligation to share the gospel. It is, and should be, on the heart of every believer to look for opportunities to share. That's ...

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