Ralph D. Winter On Opportunities Untaken

“My concern is not with closed doors; my concern is with the doors that are open which we do not enter.” — Ralph D. Winter, Unreached Peoples Missiologist (December 8, 1924 – May 20, 2009) Winter was a pioneer in the area of developing strategies to evangelize unreached people groups. He was a longtime professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, and … Read More


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In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace, by Pew Forum

The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their … Read More


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Get Smart About Your Small Groups: Setting Your Calendar

When it comes time to set your calendar for the next semester of your church small groups, it’s important to put every date for the upcoming semester in writing on a master calendar that covers at least six months–from the focus month all the way through the end of that small group semester. If you are starting to plan for … Read More


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How to Make Friends by Being a Friend First

You have to be a friend to have a friend. Have you heard that little piece of advice before? It couldn’t be truer. Most of us spend a great deal of time and energy looking for people who will listen to us, accept us, share our point of view, be there for us when we need them . . . and yet … Read More


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The 3 Characteristics of a Generous Life

A generous life is characterized by three main things: 1. A willingness to stretch yourself. Instead of giving the minimum tithe every year, you stretch yourself to take even larger steps of faith. What kind of giver does God want you to be? Is he stretching you to give 11 or 12 percent each year? Maybe even 15 or 20 … Read More


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Overly Stressed? The 4 Reactions to Watch For

I don’t need to tell you that being a pastor is a demanding occupation. We need to keep in mind that our stress levels can rise every minute of the day. If we aren’t careful, we can find ourselves continually building pressure until we are ready to explode. The reason this happens is that we don’t let stresses go. We … Read More


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Ralph D. Winter On the Great Sin of the World

“The great sin of the world is not that the human race has failed to work for God so as to increase his glory, but that we have failed to delight in God so as to reflect his glory.” — Ralph D. Winter, Unreached Peoples Missiologist (December 8, 1924 – May 20, 2009) Winter was a pioneer in the area of … Read More


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6 Mistakes the Church Often Makes with New Believers, by Facts & Trends

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’re aware by now that rapper Kanye West has openly professed faith in Christ, hosting Sunday services featuring gospel preachers, and has released an album, Jesus is King, full of Bible references. West’s apparent conversion has provoked all kinds of reaction from Christians from jubilation to skepticism. Some have compared his conversion to that of … Read More


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Bad Meeting Blues: The Signs You’re Leading a Bad Meeting

While meetings may not be particularly fun, they are a necessary part of life in any organization. People don’t like meetings largely because most of them are run so badly. The following are some telltale signs of a bad meeting: They start late. When you start a meeting late, you send the signal that the meeting isn’t important and neither is … Read More


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