5 Church Growth Essentials from the Apostle Paul

Today’s guest post comes to us from Charles Stone for ChurchLeaders.com. When I was in seminary, Church Growth 101 was a required course. I took interest in the whole field and became a student of church growth. I read a pile of books and attended most of the big church growth conferences. Some of the principles I’ve applied have worked. … Read More

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Keys to Worship Planning – Don’t Change that Message!

  “Every pastor is sometimes tempted to change a message at the last minute. But if you have planned prayerfully and properly – trusting that God knows the exact message that needs to be preached at the exact moment it needs to be preached – you should never change your message based on last-minute feelings or circumstances. Every time I have … Read More

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Make Time for Healthy Living Now (Thursdays are for Health)

“Part of our calling is to care for the needs of others. So, when we don’t have time to eat well or work out because we are busy serving other people, well, that’s just the price we pay for doing God’s work, right? Wrong. This is nothing more than a righteous-sounding reason for taking our temple for granted. In reality, … Read More

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The Power of Reflection (Part 4 of 4)

In this final installment of a four part blog series,  I want to share with you how best to reflect on life moments in an effort to increase personal growth. Remember, evaluated experience is the best teacher. You need to build moments of reflection into your life, so you can look back and ask God to help you learn from … Read More

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Eat, Pray, Lent: What Americans Actually Abstain From

Today’s guest post comes to us from Bob Smietana for ChristianityToday.com. During the season of Lent, some Americans give up chocolate or alcohol. Others dump guilty pleasures like social media or binge-watching television. LifeWay asked Americans who observe Lent how they do it. Fasting from a favorite food or beverage (57%) and going to church (57%) are the most common … Read More

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R.A. Torrey on a Pastor’s Primary Job

“We must always bear in mind that the primary purpose of our work is not to get persons to join the church or to give up their bad habits or to do anything else than this – to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour.” -R.A. Torrey, 19th Century Evangelist, Founder of BIOLA  

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Keys to Worship Planning – Don’t Plan Your Preaching Calendar Solo

  “Don’t fall into the temptation of planning by yourself. Let God use the creative souls he has placed around you. When you plan alone, you only get your ideas. The problem is, your ideas may not be the best ideas.  By accepting input from the people God has placed around you, you will create a sharper, more in-tune preaching … Read More

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A Question of Priorities (Thursdays are for Health)

“Do you have time to get before God each day? Do you have time to spend with your kids? Do you have time to connect with your staff about weekend service? Of course you do, because you understand the importance of those things. When you understand the importance of being proactive about your health – and hopefully that won’t be … Read More

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The Power of Reflection (Part 3 of 4)

Last week in part 2 of this series I mentioned how I’d once heard that failure is a few errors in judgement repeated every day. To stop this cycle of failure, you need time to reflect. I shared when to reflect and this week I want to share some key areas to reflect on. In no particular order: Physical Health … Read More

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