Survey Shocker: Music Last, Sermons First as Worship Draws

Today’s guest post comes to us from Jeff Brumley for Americans who attend church say the sermons – not the music – keep them coming back. In fact, music finished in last place among every category of church life – from volunteer opportunities to children’s programs – in Gallup’s April 14 survey “Sermon Content Is What Appeals Most to … Read More

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Sunday Scripture: Eager to Serve

“Then I heard the Lord asking, ‘Whom should I send as a messenger to my people? Who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Lord, I’ll go! Send me.’” – Isaiah 6:8 (NLT)

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Leonard Ravenhill on Leadership

“A true shepherd leads the way. He does not merely point the way.” – Leonard Ravenhill, English Christian evangelist of prayer & revival

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Keys to Worship Planning: The Weekly Message Run-Through

  “The responsibility you and I have to bring God’s Word to his people is too great for us to ever get comfortable. We should always be pressing toward improvement. The only way we are going to get better – and the only way our messages are going to be as strong as they can be week to week – … Read More

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Small Changes for Big Rewards (Thursdays are for Health)

“What if you could improve your health by just 10% over the next six months? What if you could improve it by 10% more the following six? That would make you 20% healthier this time next year.” If you could do that again the following year, you’d be 40% healthier two years from now. Small changes to your lifestyle will … Read More

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Protecting Your Voice: 5 Helpful Tips (Part 1 of 2)

The voice is a tool that God has given us for the purposes of his kingdom. God has left the proclamation of the good news of the Bible totally dependent on the voices of His preachers. Taking care of our voices is part of our calling. These tips help protect my voice, which survives preaching 40-something weeks out of the … Read More

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Diagnosing Sheep

Today’s guest post comes to us from Peter Mead for In pastoral ministry, there is a great need for the right diagnosis of sheep. Just as a medical doctor cannot ignore the person in front of them and assume the same treatment will be equally effective for all, so the pastoral worker cannot assume all need the same type … Read More

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Keys to Worship Planning: The Value of Pre-Preaching

  “One of my mantras has become, “Never preach a message once.” And preaching it at multiple services doesn’t count. Your first service is not your trial run. If you want to increase the value of your preaching, you must develop the habit of pre-preaching – that is, preaching your message ahead of time, gathering feedback, and integrating changes into your … Read More

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