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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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Nov 3, 2014
Missiology

4 Ways (Im)migration Impacts the Mission of the Church

Immigration is changing how the Church thinks about mission and outreach in North America.
4 Ways (Im)migration Impacts the Mission of the Church

Immigration is changing how churches think about mission and outreach in North America, and rightly so.

People are slowly waking up to the new cultural landscape that surrounds them—a landscape that offers new opportunities for sharing the gospel, but also new challenges ...

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Oct 27, 2014
Missiology

3 Ways Technology Enables the Mission of the Church

Technology is a resource the church must wisely steward to accomplish the Great Commission.
3 Ways Technology Enables the Mission of the Church
Colin / Wikipedia

The technological-ification of the church is a huge issue, and every congregation and every pastor needs to take advantage of technology in order to enable the church’s mission.

I believe technology is a resource that we can use for God’s glory. Here’s ...

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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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