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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
Image: Courtesy of Leadership Network

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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Jan 22, 2018

List of Pastors' Retreats and Getaways

Here are some free or discounted retreat opportunities for pastors.
List of Pastors' Retreats and Getaways
Alabama

AnchorLight Bed and Breakfast
Crane Hill, AL

Camp Victory
Samson, AL

Alaska

Uncle Jimmy's Cabin
Sterling, AK
(free to pastors and ministers between Labor Day (Sep.) to Memorial Day (May). Sleeps 4.)
Call David and Joyce at 907-420-7470

Arizona

Oasis Renew Sonoita, ...

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Jan 6, 2015
Roundup

Morning Roundup 1/6/15

Top 30 Christian Blogs; Christian Mission in a Post-Christian World; Christian College vs. Hookup Culture
Morning Roundup 1/6/15
Image: Heinrich Böll Stiftung / Wikipedia

The Top 30 Blogs Christian Leaders Need To Read In 2015Brian Dodd

Nice list from Brian—some good blogs to add to your blog reader.

Christian Mission in a Post-Christian World (Interview)Desiring God and Jonathan Dodson

I really found this interview helpful—from ...

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Jan 5, 2015
Roundup

Morning Roundup 1/5/15

Newsweek on the Bible and the Christian response
Morning Roundup 1/5/15

The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a SinKurt Eichenwald

Newsweek dropped an article on the Bible, just before Christmas, by Kurt Eichenwald. You can read it here, but it is surprisingly bad—not bad as in liberal scholarship, but just bad as in poorly researched. ...

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Jan 2, 2015
Worship

A Letter to My Worship Leaders (Part 3)

A few final thoughts for worship leaders
A Letter to My Worship Leaders (Part 3)
Image: Peter Kraayvanger / Pixabay

Part 1 and Part 2 detailed thoughts one through eight. Here are thoughts nine through 12:

9. This one is simple: please avoid empty, repetitive language that has no real bearing on the worship service.

Worship leaders can sometimes fill down time in songs with empty phrases ...

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Jan 2, 2015
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: January 2, 2015

Spiritual Fitness; Men's Breakfast; Bulletins and Booze
Church Signs of the Week: January 2, 2015

Trying to achieve physical fitness in 2015? Try spiritual fitness, sinners.

I can't believe that they left the apostrophe out of "men's."

Bulletins and booze?

Thanks to Keith Ross, Duane Biggs, and Michael Carpenter for sending these in. As always, ...

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Jan 1, 2015
Some Reflections in the Christian Post on 2014's Evangelical News
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What were the most talked about topics discussed within the evangelical community in 2014? The Christian Post had a chance to chat with Ed Stetzer, author, speaker, and executive director of LifeWay Research Division and go over what issues seemed to gain the most attention ...
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Dec 31, 2014
Salvation

Salvation and the Mission of God: John Hammett Part 2

In part two of his thoughts on salvation, Dr. John Hammett focuses on evangelism and ministry.
Salvation and the Mission of God: John Hammett Part 2

Salvation and Evangelism

One’s view on the order of salvation should not affect how evangelism is done, or at least not much. A more Arminian order of salvation may give an added urgency to how we do evangelism, and a more Calvinistic order in which one affirms unconditional ...

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Dec 31, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/31/14

Church and Civil Rights Activism; Top Theology Stories; Response to Worship Leader Letter
Morning Roundup 12/31/14
Image: Courtesy of RNS

Black churches are no longer ground zero for civil rights activismAdelle M. Banks

Fascinating article from Adelle on the shape of activism today.

My Top 10 Theology Stories of 2014Collin Hansen

I love this list every year, probably because I am a huge theology ...

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Dec 30, 2014
Year in Review

The Top 10 Exchange Blog Posts of 2014

Here are the top 10 most viewed blog posts on the Exchange in the last year.
The Top 10 Exchange Blog Posts of 2014

We are in the final days of 2014, which means blogland is chocked full of year-end "Top Blog Posts" lists. We've got our own list here at The Exchange, and there is a pretty clear theme: controversy.

Every one of our top 10 blog posts of 2014 has some element ...

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Dec 30, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/30/14

Christmas/Easter Christians; Focus on the Family Filmmaking; Urban Islands Project
Morning Roundup 12/30/14
Image: Brian Jeffery Beggerly / Flickr

In Defense of Christmas-and-Easter ChristiansJacob Lupfer

In The Atlantic Magazine, Jacob (who I had the privilege of recently visiting in D.C.) writes on nominal Christians. He also cites this post.

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Dec 29, 2014
Exponential

The Spiritual Openness of the Younger Unchurched

What's the status of the church and how might we share the gospel in this time?
The Spiritual Openness of the Younger Unchurched

There's an idea that Christianity in America is dying. No serious researcher—not one—thinks that. However, I still am surprised that some people think this. (For a quick analysis, see this article.)

Facts are our friends, in this and in every situation, ...

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Dec 29, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/29/14

Rafael Ramos; United Methodist Church; Battlestar Galactica
Morning Roundup 12/29/14
Image: Kevin.B / Wikipedia

NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos saw streets as his ministryMichael Martinez and Camille Cava

CNN does a great story here on Officer Ramos, his family, faith, and church (Christ Tabernacle).

Two Jurisdictions in One United Methodist Church?—Ben Witherington

The Methodist ...

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Dec 27, 2014
Mission

Sunday is for Series: Mission, Self and, God's Glory

How can pastors lead their congregations to embrace a missional lifestyle?
Sunday is for Series: Mission, Self and, God's Glory
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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 life—very simply and very obviously.

One way Satan undermines the missional effectiveness of pastors and leaders is luring ...

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Dec 26, 2014
Transformation

Stories of Transformation: Temple Baptist Church's Assessment Leads to Changes

Assessment is a crucial part of ministry effectiveness, and Temple Baptist Church knows that.
Stories of Transformation: Temple Baptist Church's Assessment Leads to Changes

For H.D. Jones, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in White House, Tennessee, using the Transformational Church Assessment Tool (TCAT) a few years ago was like getting a physical.

It was a change to get an outside expert’s view of how the church was doing.

“We ...

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