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Jun 5, 2018
Church size

Large or Small? What Is the Ideal Church Size, Anyways?

Whether large or small, congregations of different sizes offer both challenges and blessings to all involved.
Large or Small? What Is the Ideal Church Size, Anyways?
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The title to this article is a trick question, of course. The “ideal size” when it comes to churches is whatever God calls you to be. That said, whether large or small, congregations of different sizes offer both challenges and blessings to all involved. Being aware ...

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Jun 2, 2018
Rural America

Reaching and Revitalizing Rural America: Overcoming Misconceptions, and Answering the Call (Part 3)

Christians belong in the space of need and desperation because we carry a message of hope that is vitally needed in those contexts.
Reaching and Revitalizing Rural America: Overcoming Misconceptions, and Answering the Call (Part 3)
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Multiple voices have articulated a burden for this area, and they are no longer distant and inaudible. Many of these leaders grew up in rural areas and have answered God’s call to return and minister there.

In his book, Transforming Church in Rural America: Breaking All ...

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May 28, 2018
Rural America

Reaching and Revitalizing Rural America: Overcoming Misconceptions, and Answering the Call (Part 1)

To paint any people with a broad brush is not to see them for who they truly are.
Reaching and Revitalizing Rural America: Overcoming Misconceptions, and Answering the Call (Part 1)
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We live in a world of paradoxes.

As in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, it is the best of times and somehow also the worst of times. It appears to be the age of information and knowledge, yet proves to be an age of foolishness. It is an era of belief and a time of ...

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May 6, 2018
Rural church

One-on-One with Glenn Daman on ‘The Forgotten Church’

The presence of the rural church is critical if the gospel is to make an impact in the community.
One-on-One with Glenn Daman on ‘The Forgotten Church’

One-on-One with Glenn Daman on ‘The Forgotten Church’

Ed: How did you come to write The Forgotten Church?

Glenn: I was initially approached by Moody Publishers in 2016 to write a book highlighting the struggles and issues that are confronting rural America and how ...

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Apr 30, 2018
church-planting

Why Lay People Can (and Should) Plant Churches

We should remember that it is God (not boards or faculties) who raises up leaders.
Why Lay People Can (and Should) Plant Churches
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The desire to plant churches using lay people is not new, but it is finding a renewed emphasis. This is partly because we’ve found that when we primarily go the Bible college/seminary route to find all our church planters, we don't naturally develop bi-vocational paths ...

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Apr 27, 2018
evangelism

Is Your Church Really Focused on Evangelism? Maybe Not.

For pastors, avoiding the topic of evangelism cannot become the default choice.
Is Your Church Really Focused on Evangelism? Maybe Not.
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Evangelism has the ability to make some of us very uncomfortable. We worry about offending people. We agonize over saying something wrong, unorthodox, or unhelpful that might end up leading someone further from Christ in lieu of closer to him.

While we certainly don’t want ...

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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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Mar 27, 2018
Church Planting

Chicagoland Church Planting Alliance Spring 2018 | Chicagoland. Context. Evangelism.

Chicago presents a unique context for evangelism and church planting.
Chicagoland Church Planting Alliance Spring 2018 | Chicagoland. Context. Evangelism.

I remember as a child taking Saturday day trips with my parents, driving from the Quad Cities to Chicago and being enamored by the sheer size and diversity of the city. My dad knew some families who helped start an Alliance church in the city and we’d visit them on occasion. ...

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Mar 19, 2018
small churches

Getting Small Churches on Mission (Part 4)

More ways small churches can serve their communities
Getting Small Churches on Mission (Part 4)
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8. Small churches could develop a jail ministry.

Local and county jails almost always appreciate any attempt to lower recidivism and the evangelism and discipleship of inmates is a proven way to lower repeat offenses. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the ...

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Mar 13, 2018
Church Planting

Three Elements of an Explosive Church Planting Movement

Developing better systems to reflect the best in kingdom expansion
Three Elements of an Explosive Church Planting Movement
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Church planting is an important and broad topic. It seems that most people have an opinion on church planting—some have several opinions! If you want to see some excitement, ask a group of church planters or church leaders in general what an explosive church planting movement ...

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Feb 7, 2018
book, church planting, coaching

One on One with Dino Senesi on Sending Well: A Field Guide to Great Church Planter Coaching

Every planter needs a coach because every planter needs a lot of help.
One on One with Dino Senesi on Sending Well: A Field Guide to Great Church Planter Coaching
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Ed Stetzer: Share a little about your experience with church planting and church planter coaching.

Dino Senesi: My journey with church planting began in New Orleans in the late 1980s. The church I pastored at the time was in a more urban location and God gave us the opportunity ...

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Jan 11, 2018
rural church, small town, multisite

Video-Driven, Multisite Church Planting in Rural North America

Bringing big church opportunities to small communities

“Honestly, I think you’re crazy.”

That was the conversation stopper offered by a friend and colleague. We had gone to seminary together in the Dallas – Fort Worth metro area, served on staff at the same church, and now lived halfway across the country ...

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Jan 4, 2018
rural church, small town

I’m a Rural Pastor! What Now?

Do not make any changes in the first year.
I’m a Rural Pastor! What Now?
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I’ll never forget the sunny day that Carole and I pulled into the parking lot of the Finchford Community Bible Church in Finchford, Iowa (population: 57) with all our possessions in the back of a small moving truck. About 30 smiling, friendly, and curious (“Oh! You ...

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Dec 15, 2017
evangelical, ecumenical

I'm an Evangelical Ecumenist? What Does That Even Mean?

Working with other believers on common issues
I'm an Evangelical Ecumenist? What Does That Even Mean?

I consider myself an Evangelical ecumenist. Big ‘E’ for Evangelical, little ‘e’ for ecumenist, because I don’t follow the classic approach to ecumenism.

To put it another way, I don’t believe in searching for the lowest common theological denominator ...

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Dec 5, 2017
church planting, leadership, culture

The Need for Culturally Agile Leaders in Church Planting

The mission of God knows no cultural boundaries
The Need for Culturally Agile Leaders in Church Planting
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We’re in one of the best times in history to start globally-minded churches in North America—churches that are rooted in North American cities, but effectively minister to and minister through global citizens. This isn’t just for cities like New York or Chicago. ...

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