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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
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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
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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)
Sydney Missionary Bible College / Flickr

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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