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August 17, 2017 by Jeff Christopherson | Send Network
“How did they do that?” We’ve all asked this question from time to time. Whether you are watching American Ninja Warrior or perusing a handmade furniture store. It’s fascinating to consider how someone can accomplish a challenge that seems downright impossible. The story of the first church,...
August 17, 2017 by Ben Pilgreen | Send Network
What is the vision God has given you for your church? What are the dreams you have for impacting your city? What would you love to see happen in the next 12 months in your setting? I’m sure you could easily answer these questions. But I also think there’s something that could be standing in the...
August 16, 2017 by Dean Inserra | Send Network
On a scale from 1-10, my administration skills fall somewhere between 1 and a separate scale created that includes negative numbers. In other words, I am a walking train wreck when it comes to anything administrative. There's a big problem with this on the surface because on a scale from 1-10,...
August 15, 2017 by Joseph Velarde | Send Network
I was recently in a conversation with a friend that was all too familiar. It had to do with fundraising. As we began to talk more, I could see the anxiety rising, and he looked completely overwhelmed. He told me that he would rather be doing the ministry stuff and not have to do the fundraising...
August 14, 2017 by Milton Campbell | Send Network
Anyone that has ever attempted to start a business quickly learned this truth: There is a major contrast between what you thought you’d be doing verses what must get done. You thought working for yourself would give you more time to do what you love doing. However, the grunt work of start-up CEOs...
August 10, 2017 by Brandon Clements | Send Network
In church planting, you are trying to lead a group of people to make disciples through everyday, ordinary life in your community. For some of us, the stark reality that we stumble upon in planting is that this will not happen on accident. Non-Christians in your community are unlikely to somehow...
August 9, 2017 by Peyton Jones | Send Network
Church planting, when done properly, is proof that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. This was brought home forcefully to me when I planted a multiplying church in the heart of urban Long Beach. We had just sent out our second church plant in two years and were gearing up for a...
August 8, 2017 by Bob Bickford | Send Network
Of the many rites of passage in ministry, receiving an anonymous letter that is critical of your ministry, leadership, family or some other thing, suddenly ushers you as a pastor into a select brotherhood who know the unique joy as well as the real pain and continual challenge of leading a...
August 8, 2017 by Noah Oldham | Send Network
Early on in the church planting process, every planter figures out this painful truth: To be a successful church planter, you must become a generalist. There are a lot of things that must be done, especially in the beginning stages of a church plant, and many, if not most, of them fall on the...
August 7, 2017 by Matt Rogers | Send Network
The label “intern” used to be code word for the person who does anything and everything their boss doesn’t want to do. Interns are the best when you are in charge. Don’t want to scrape the gum out of the carpet at the church? Don’t worry. The interns got that! Tired of pestering people to sign up...
August 3, 2017 by Clint Clifton | Send Network
The Great Commission is a call to an ongoing ministry. Baptism is the front door to the local church; the entry point to an ongoing relationship with the family of God. Disciple-making will continue throughout our Christian life, and teaching all that Jesus commanded will take some time, too....
August 3, 2017 by Bob Bickford | Send Network
I’m regularly surprised, though I shouldn’t be, at the level of dysfunction, mean-spiritedness and sinfulness that can be displayed at a church business meeting. Some of the Pastor’s I speak with relay stories and incidences that sound more like a Jerry Springer show and less like a gathering of...