Examining the “Spiritual but Not Religious” Group

Today’s guest post comes to us from Barna Group. “I’m spiritual but not religious.” You’ve heard it—maybe even said it—before. But what does it actually mean? Can you be one without the other? Once synonymous, “religious” and “spiritual” have now come to describe seemingly distinct (but sometimes overlapping) domains of human activity. The twin cultural trends of deinstitutionalization and individualism … Read More

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R.A. Torrey on Outreach

“There are two ways of reaching people. One way is to invite them to come to you, the other way is to go to them.” – R.A. Torrey, 19th Century Evangelist, Founder of BIOLA

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Keys to Worship Planning: Reframing Secular Songs

  “In addition to singing songs during the service, you can incorporate music into your service in another way.  I have a theory that if you take a secular song and reframe it around a theological idea, that idea will lodge in people’s minds on an even deeper level. Recently, I taught on the Ephesians passage about husbands respecting their … Read More

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Resting for Health (Thursdays are for Health)

“How much sleep did you get last night? Did you take a Sabbath last week or did you feel like you couldn’t afford to? Rest is critically important to keeping you and me healthy now and in years to come, but we always tend to think we can get by with a little less of it. Lack of sleep leads … Read More

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Customer Experience Lessons – Part 3 of 3

In this final installment of a three-part blog series, I want to share with you the final customer experience which I think will help you better prepare for the first-time guests God will send you. Customer Experience #3 “I’ll call you as soon as it comes in.” The Scenario: At the Country Music Hall of Fame, there is a special gift … Read More

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Our Recent Church Planting Conference (pics)

Church planters from NYC to Nigeria joined our CLI team last week in New York for hands-on training on “launching large.” Our Executive Pastor at The Journey Church, Kerrick Thomas, led this one-day event where we shared the latest, proven strategies on launching and growing an effective church plant. It was a one-of-a-kind event full of practical, “how-to” instruction for … Read More

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Keys to Worship Planning: Connecting with God Through Music

  “The psalmist tells us that God inhabits the praises of his people (Ps. 22:3 KJV). Accordingly, I believe that music opens people’s hearts to hear from him. As God indwells the praises of his people, they are drawn into his presence. Their defenses are lowered. Their hearts attune to his. The importance of well-planned, intentional music in a worship … Read More

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Get Moving! (Thursdays are for Health)

“We were made to move, but given the nature of our work most of us spend our days sitting down. Current research shows that physical inactivity significantly raises the risk of heart disease, cancer and obesity. A sedentary lifestyle is the new smoking. But don’t worry – there are ways to work regular exercise and more overall movement into your … Read More

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Customer Experience Lessons – Part 2 of 3

Last week I shared the first of three unique customer service experiences that can offer lessons to help you better prepare for the first-time guests God will send you. Today, I’ll share my second experience. Customer Experience #2 “Sorry, we can’t ship that.” The Scenario: After leaving the Nashville airport, my wife and I had a very enjoyable breakfast at … Read More

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