Evaluating Your Preaching

Today’s guest post comes to us from Sterling Edwards for the North American Mission Board. There are many aspects of preaching that are so important and so vital to our ministry. Every time that we get up to preach we are aware of the fact that: There are people who hear us every week and there are people who have come … Read More

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Fusion Fridays: The Role of Assimilation

“Encouraging people to stick around our churches is not about making our auditoriums look full and our numbers impressive; it’s about leading them to faith in Jesus, through the Spirit’s prompting. Putting a strong, strategic assimilation system in place is the best way to ensure that our newcomers will stay with us long enough to respond to Christ’s pull.”   … Read More

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Dangerous Food (Thursdays are for Health)

“While living foods are the foods that God made, dead foods are foods produced or drastically altered (think potato chips rather than fresh produce) by humans. The name is apropos because not only do they contain no living energy, but if you eat enough of them you will find yourself on the fast track toward sickness and death. That food … Read More

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Six Ways God Grows You (Part 4 of 4)

In this four-part blog series, we’ve looked at the six primary ways God grows you and how to develop an effective personal growth plan anchored by four cornerstones. In last week’s post I shared the first two cornerstones. Here are the other two: Cornerstone #3: Seminars and Conferences Now there’s no shortage of conferences vying for your attendance. Be selective … Read More

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10 Mistakes Churches Make at Christmastime

Today’s guest post comes to us from Jonathan Howe for ThomRainer.com. Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. Some would even say it’s the most wonderful time of the year. While it still has its wonderment, Christmastime has a tendency to be stressful as well—especially in the church. Unfortunately, stress can lead churches to plan poorly and make unnecessary … Read More

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Sunday Scripture: Shepherding God’s Flock

“Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly – not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown … Read More

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Donald McGavran on Church Growth

“Church growth follows where Christians show faithfulness in finding the lost. The purpose is not to search, but to find…Church growth follows where the lost are not merely found but restored to normal life within the fold…When existing Christians, marching obediently under the Lord’s command and filled with his compassion, fold in the wanderers and feed the flock, then churches … Read More

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Fusion Fridays: Assimilation Opens Unchurched Hearts

“At The Journey, the crux of assimilation is also the heart of our overall mission: to give people the best possible opportunity to become fully developing followers of Jesus Christ. We know, as I’m sure you do, that the majority of people who visit a church do not come to Christ on their first visit – or their second or … Read More

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Back to Basics (Thursdays are for Health)

“To reclaim our health and begin functioning the way God intended, we have to get back to his original plan for our eating habits. We have to get back to basics. Here are three overarching guidelines that, if incorporated into our thinking on a daily basis, can revolutionize our health and put us back on track to physical wellbeing: Eat … Read More

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