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Apr 21, 2018
Church Growth
One-on-One with Brian Stiller on “From Jerusalem to Timbuktu”

One-on-One with Brian Stiller on “From Jerusalem to Timbuktu”

The gospel springs into life and people are transformed.

Ed: What led you to write From Jerusalem to Timbuktu?

Brian: North America media promotes the perception that the church is slowly dying. But in my travels, I see amazing communities of faith. In Latin America in 1900, there were 50,000 evangelicals. Today, there are over 100 ...

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Apr 20, 2018
mental health

The Church and Mental Health: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?

Why is it uniquely challenging for us to address issues often associated with mental illness?
The Church and Mental Health: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?
Image: By Eakachai Leesin via shutterstock

Most of us know someone who is in counseling, on medication, or has even taken his or her own life as a result of a mental illness. There are many difficult issues for Christians to talk about, and mental health would certainly be near the top of that list.

Yet, this is a conversation ...

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Apr 19, 2018
disaster relief, humanitarian relief

One-on-One with Jamie Aten on the Disaster Ministry Conference

Below I talk with Dr. Jamie Aten about the upcoming Disaster Ministry Conference.
One-on-One with Jamie Aten on the Disaster Ministry Conference

Ed: What’s can attendees expect from HDI’s Disaster Ministry Conference?

Jamie: The Disaster Ministry Conference will equip church and lay leaders to prepare and care for small localized crises to large national events. When most people hear the word “disaster” ...

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Apr 18, 2018
Church Growth

Bob Buford, Founder of Leadership Network and Halftime, Has Died: He Was a Catalyst that Fostered a Movement

Meet one of the most influential, but least known, church leaders: Bob Buford.
Bob Buford, Founder of Leadership Network and Halftime, Has Died: He Was a Catalyst that Fostered a Movement
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The Church Growth Movement began to lose its mojo. That's not exactly a scholarly word, but you get the point. After a promising start, it began to decline in the 1980s.

In 1956, Donald McGavran published a book entitled The Bridges of God. It looked at the strategies that ...

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Apr 17, 2018
Chick-fil-A

Creepy Chick-fil-A and New York(er) Values: The Shock (and Slander) are Getting Old

The treatment the fast food restaurant has received for its “pervasive Christian traditionalism” is getting old and tired.
Creepy Chick-fil-A and New York(er) Values: The Shock (and Slander) are Getting Old
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Just a few days ago, an article was published in The New Yorker discussing the “infiltration” of a certain fast food brand throughout Manhattan: Chick-fil-A.

The headline says they are creepy, but probably not in the way that some people talk about, say immigrant ...

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Apr 16, 2018
Church Planting

Why Has It Become Harder To Stock the Church Planter Pipeline?

It’s become more difficult to recruit church planters today compared to the recent past
Why Has It Become Harder To Stock the Church Planter Pipeline?
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Today in ministry leadership, many have adopted this phrase used in business and organizational psychology: pipeline. The concept is simple.

A pipeline is an intentional process of discovering, developing, and deploying leaders within an organization or a movement.

The imagery ...

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Apr 16, 2018
leadership

The Humble Leader

Leadership is often very humbling, and leadership is most dangerous when it ceases to be.
The Humble Leader
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Leadership is often very humbling, and leadership is most dangerous when it ceases to be. Here is what I mean: Leadership is humbling because it is extremely challenging. Being a leader can be deeply sanctifying because humbling opportunities abound.

The messiness of life gets ...

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