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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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Apr 14, 2018
Persecution

This Week, Speak the Name of Andrew Brunson, A Persecuted Brother in Turkey

Please join us in standing with Brunson’s family and home church in lifting the name of Andrew Brunson to the God he serves.
This Week, Speak the Name of Andrew Brunson, A Persecuted Brother in Turkey
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On July 15, 2016, Christian pastor Andrew Brunson had no idea that a group of Turkish rebels were about to make a choice that would put his own life in serious danger.

On this day, a group within the Turkish armed forces attempted to overthrow their government. Over 300 were ...

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Apr 12, 2018
race relations

Preaching on Racism from the 'White' Pulpit: Reflections from David Platt’s Talk at T4G

The learning curve in this conversation about race is steep and more complex than the Black-White binary. And because of that, it can become emotionally exhausting for all of us.
Preaching on Racism from the 'White' Pulpit: Reflections from David Platt’s Talk at T4G
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Expository Faithfulness and Racism

Attention prominent White pastor: If you want to avoid controversy, do not preach sermons on race at large evangelical conferences. In 2018, that will not go well for you. This week, David Platt discovered this at Together for the Gospel (T4G) ...

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Apr 12, 2018
Leadership

20 Truths from Leading Major Change in Your Ministry

God has an amazing capacity to use leaders in their present situation
20 Truths from Leading Major Change in Your Ministry
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1.God has an amazing capacity to use leaders in their present situation, while at the same time using that present situation to train them for future ministry challenges. (p. xvii)

2.When leaders serve their followers—meeting personal needs in practical ways—word ...

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