Bill Bright on His 50-Year Prayer Request

“I want before God that everything, every thought, attitude, action, motive, desire in my heart be pleasing to Him. I ask Him, ‘Keep the spotlight of your Spirit on me so there would be nothing impure or unholy in my life.’ That’s been my prayer for 50 years.” — William R. “Bill” Bright (October 19, 1921 – July 19, 2003) … Read More


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5 Ways to Teach Kids about Missions, by International Mission Board

Each week in our children’s ministry, we gather our elementary-age kids for a time of worship. It includes praise songs, hand motions, call-and-response Bible and catechism memory, creative Bible teaching, and a time of prayer. We enjoy each of these assembly gatherings. We cherish the opportunity to sing and teach the good news to kids every week. But a few … Read More


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4 Ways to Be a Lifelong Learner in Your Ministry

The call to ministry is the call to prepare — and preparation is an ongoing process. You will never learn all there is to be learned about any subject; you’ll never reach the pinnacle point in any area. And who would want to? It’s the continual reaching that grows you, equipping you to live and minister at an ever-increasing level. … Read More


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Don’t Miss the Last Systems Boot Camp of the Decade

The 2019 Church Systems Checkup & Boot Camp will be my last one.* Let me explain. There will be no 2020 gathering as I will be using that year to focus on special plans that you will hear about soon. But, I am committed to making 2019 the best ever! I am loading up 2019 Boot Camp with more immediately … Read More


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How to Strengthen Your Personal and Spiritual Foundation

When you’re feeling out of sorts, you may need to strengthen your personal and spiritual foundation. There are two main categories to consider when doing this: public activities and private disciplines. When you are feeling emotionally drained, anxious, or depressed, lean even harder on both. Make sure to be intentional about the following: Your connection with your church. Stay connected … Read More


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Leaders Seek Counsel

“Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.” — Proverbs 11:14 (NLT)


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Bill Bright on Exercising Your Faith Muscles

“I had to learn how to trust the Lord. My faith muscles grew. Just like, you’re exercising your muscles and they may be sore for a while, but they become stronger with exercise.” — William R. “Bill” Bright (October 19, 1921 – July 19, 2003) was an American evangelist and Christian leader. His influence spanned the last half of the … Read More


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10 ways to identify and develop missionaries from your student ministry, by The Baptist Messenger

Student pastors have a unique opportunity to raise up missionaries from within their student ministries. During the 2019 Student Pastor Summit at Midwestern Seminary, I had the opportunity to address a room chock-full of student pastors on the topic of how to help students take their first steps toward missions. Student pastors must be intentionally taking steps to identify and … Read More


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Assimilation Lessons from a BIG Mistake

One Sunday not too long ago, at one of our Journey early services, we had zero first-time guests. I’m confessing this to you in hopes that you will avoid making a similar mistake and take action today in evaluating your own Assimilation system. It is very rare for us to have zero anything! We always have first-time guests, new believers, … Read More


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