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Jul 17, 2018
Renewal

Renewing Your Church: Growing Together to Discover Our God-Given Purpose

I asked if they were ready to see God do something new. When they affirmed that they were, I told them that we would be changing absolutely everything.
Renewing Your Church: Growing Together to Discover Our God-Given Purpose
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November 2014 marked the month of my 32nd birthday and my first week as Lead Pastor of what was then known as Thornville Community Nazarene, in Thornville, OH. I would take the position as bi-vocational, being on a plane three days a week for my corporate job, with the hopes ...

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Jul 13, 2018
Revitalization

Five Key Things About Church Revitalization That Most Leaders Miss, Part 2

We need to patiently endure as leaders. Don’t give up.
Five Key Things About Church Revitalization That Most Leaders Miss, Part 2
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Third, most revitalization does not actually work at first.

Another thing about church revitalization most leaders miss is that most revitalization does not actually work at first.

Church revitalization is often a process of two steps forward, one step back. Sometimes, it’s ...

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Jul 12, 2018
Revitalization

Five Key Things About Church Revitalization That Most Leaders Miss, Part 1

If you went into ministry for everyone to like you, this was a poor decision.
Five Key Things About Church Revitalization That Most Leaders Miss, Part 1
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Many churches are stuck and stagnant. That doesn’t mean God isn’t working in and through them, but it can be frustrating for a church to be stuck in the same place for a long time. Sometimes it can feel like no matter what the leadership or the church community does, ...

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Jul 5, 2018
Preferences

Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 2

Giving up your preferences and reminding your congregation to do the same is not an easy road, but it is worth it for the sake of the gospel.
Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 2
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Third, exegete the culture.

If you are going to take the steps to walk through what it looks like to engage a culture wisely, then you need to exegete the culture. Exegeting a culture helps keep your preferences at bay. You need to step back and consider, “What is the culture ...

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Jul 4, 2018
preferences

Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 1

If we are really considering others as more significant than ourselves, then we will not insist on our own preferences.
Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 1
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Everyone has their own personal preferences.

I am an 80’s guy. In fact, I like 80’s music so much so that a worship leader at a church I planted in Tennessee called me “80’s Ed.” But some people prefer music from the 90’s, or music that has ...

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Jun 27, 2018
Evangelism

One-on-One with Nick Hall on Faith in the Next Generation, Part 2

The more we can mobilize our young people, the better.
One-on-One with Nick Hall on Faith in the Next Generation, Part 2
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Ed:Tell us more about Together 2018. What is it, and how can people get involved?

Nick: We believe there's a generation, with 18-20-year-olds at its center, that is experiencing a new movement of Jesus. So, we started to call Together the “Together Generation.” ...

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Jun 26, 2018
Abortion, free speech

Stopping Government Overreach: SCOTUS Rules Against California and for the Free Speech of Pro-Life Alternatives

One of the central rights of the constitution is freedom of expression, particularly as it relates to religion.
Stopping Government Overreach: SCOTUS Rules Against California and for the Free Speech of Pro-Life Alternatives
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Today the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) in a case likely to have significant impact in debates on abortion and free speech. The Court agreed with NIFLA that a California law requiring license pro-life pregnancy centers ...

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Jun 20, 2018
Evangelism

Stewarding a Gospel Movement in Chicago

We long to see the power of the Holy Spirit energizing the Church.
Stewarding a Gospel Movement in Chicago

I am excited to be a part of a new event, making its debut in Chicago this October, The Gospel and Our Cities: Chicago 2018. This new conference will bring together thought leaders and practitioners on key topics around urban ministry: justice, mercy, faith and work, church ...

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Jun 18, 2018
Violent Extremism

The Increase of Women’s Involvement in Violent Extremism

Christians must reach out to their Muslims neighbors and together prevent extremist abuse and violence.
The Increase of Women’s Involvement in Violent Extremism

While there is growing interest in the #METOO and #TIMESUP movements, and rightly so, we must not forget the women who are subjected to religious-based violence every day of their lives. Gender equality is not only defined by glass ceilings, pay raises, and workplace sexual ...

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Jun 15, 2018
Leadership

Earn a Global Leadership Certificate and More in Partnership with Wheaton College and the Global Leadership Summit

Whether you are a business leader, a community leader, a pastor, or a parent who wants to lead your family well, there is a place for you in the partnership between The Global Leadership Summit and Wheaton College.
Earn a Global Leadership Certificate and More in Partnership with Wheaton College and the Global Leadership Summit
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I truly believe that each of us, working together, can use our leadership influence to transform the people and communities around us.

That’s why I’m excited that Wheaton College and Billy Graham Center are partnering with the Global Leadership Summit to help attendees ...

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Jun 11, 2018
Family

Lending Our Voice to Family — It’s More Important than Government

Undocumented immigrants need to still be treated in line with the values of our country.
Lending Our Voice to Family — It’s More Important than Government

If you started your summer vacation early, chances are you missed the story about the 1,500 missing migrant children. Over the past few weeks, countless news agencies led with headlines accusing the U.S. government of losing 1,500 immigrant children. People all over the country ...

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Jun 8, 2018
Missions

A New Equation for Collaboration in Mission

The Great Commission plus the Great Commandment added to a Great Commitment, multiplied by Great Collaborations results in Great Communities
A New Equation for Collaboration in Mission
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The 21st-century church is struggling because we refuse (or even resist) to recognize that the enculturated presuppositions which have birthed our visions and undergirded our strategies are no longer effective. American culture, from Hollywood to Cupertino to Wall Street to ...

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Jun 7, 2018
Evangelism

Moving Our Congregations to More Effective Evangelism

Being a disciple of Christ means doing the work of evangelism.
Moving Our Congregations to More Effective Evangelism
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Too often, people view the connection between discipleship and evangelism in one of two ways: either they inseparably lump them into one category, or one gets relegated to the wastelands of our faith life. If we are honest, usually evangelism gets the short end of the stick. ...

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Jun 6, 2018
diversity

Leading in a Diverse World

Leaders have a unique role to play in creating the environments where diversity can be a benefit rather than a cause for division.
Leading in a Diverse World
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Every day, the world gets a little more connected.

In 2010, about 1.9 billion people were using the internet; just 6 years later that number grew by 60% to 3.2 billion (itu.int).

Despite the efforts from various governments to regulate or censor information shared across the internet, ...

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Jun 1, 2018
Wheaton

Announcing the New Wheaton College School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership, and Lots More on What's Going on at Wheaton's Billy Graham Center

There is a place for you in what God is doing at Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Center.
Announcing the New Wheaton College School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership, and Lots More on What's Going on at Wheaton's Billy Graham Center
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Two years ago, I made the decision to leave Lifeway Research, pack up my family, and head north to become the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and the new Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center there.

It was a huge transition, but ...

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