Ten Observations about the New Testament Church

Today’s guest post comes to us from Scot McKnight, a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. Scot has also authored more than fifty books and is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL. A local church has the capacity to adjust itself to its environment and, so long as the … Read More

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Ten Reasons Christianity is Declining

Today’s guest post comes to us from David Gushee for ReligionNews.com.  The number of Christians and cultural strength of Christianity are both declining in the United States. This decline is noticeable and is affecting church life, culture, and politics. It is also deeply disturbing to most Christians, including me. I could now spend several paragraphs inviting a debate over whether … Read More

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A. B. Simpson on Being Used By God

“No Christian worker can ever be used of God until the proud self-will is broken, and the heart is ready to yield to God’s every touch, no matter through whom it may come.” A. B. Simpson (1843–1919) was a pastor, revival leader, and the founder of The Christian and Missionary Alliance.

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Grace & The Millenial’s Work Ethic

Here’s a great post I read recently which discusses the millenial and the impact that grace has on their work ethic. Hard work is no longer cool among young Christians. Although millennials seek to accomplish the most, they are willing to sacrifice the least. They want to change the world–as long as they can stay updated on Instagram. They wish … Read More

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What Attracts People Looking for a New Church?

Today’s guest post comes to us from Lauren Markoe for Religion News Service. Read on to discover insights on what attracts people to new houses of worship. Top-notch preaching most attracts people looking for a new place to pray. That’s the conclusion of a new Pew Research Center study, released Tuesday (Aug. 23), which asked 5,000 people about their search for a … Read More

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4 Truths and a Lie (When Volunteers Say No)

The following sentence contains a lie — See if you can find it: ** Every time I ask a volunteer to serve at The Journey Church, they always say “YES!” ** Did you see the lie? Before I confess it, let me state what is true in the sentence above: True: I ask volunteers to serve all the time. True: The Journey … Read More

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LAST CHANCE – Quick Survey Plus FREE E-book on Recruiting Volunteers!

Did you miss it? I’ve been doing a survey on volunteer challenges and I’d like to get your feedback. It’s a brief 45-second survey – www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/volunteersurvey As a thank you, I’ll send you my brand new E-Book on recruiting volunteers: EIGHT BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES FOR RECRUITING NEW VOLUNTEERS: Miss Any of These and You’ll Always Lack Volunteers ($29.95 Value, yours FREE). … Read More

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New E-Book on Recruiting Volunteers – Get Your FREE Copy!

It happens every week.  You try to recruit as many volunteers as possible so that you can have the greatest impact possible. Some people jump at the opportunity to volunteer and others get that ‘deer in the headlight’ look, shocked that you would ask. As a pastor, it seems like I’ve heard every excuse in the book as to why … Read More

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Six Popular Fictitious Pastors

Today’s guest blog comes to us from Adam Marshall for Christianity Today. Adam’s article highlights the most popular – and mostly fictitious – portrayals of ministry. We should hardly be surprised to find ministers serving, preaching, praying, and leading in the stories we watch, listen to, and read. After all, art imitates life, and pastors are deeply engaged in the … Read More

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