Preaching Best Practice: The Message Run-Through (Part 1 of 2)

One of my mantras has become, “Never preach a message once.” And preaching it in multiple services during the same weekend doesn’t count. Your first service is not your trial run. If you want to increase the effectiveness of your preaching, you absolutely must develop the habit of doing a weekly message run-through — that is, the habit of preaching … Read More


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Why Educated Christians Are Sticking With Church

Today’s guest post comes to us from Emma Green for TheAtlantic.com. The idea is peppered through the writings of scholars, great thinkers, and New Atheist-types: Education is the cure for religion. Freud wrote that civilization “has little to fear from educated people and brain-workers” who have rejected religion. And “if religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained … Read More


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Sunday Scripture: Equipping Others

“He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” – Ephesians 4:11-12 (NLT)


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Keys to Worship Planning: Power of Evaluation

  “No service is finished until the pastor and worship pastor have evaluated it. Evaluating each service is key to keeping this relationship actively engaged. It is also the best way to make sure every weekend is better than the last.”                – Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley The above quote is from p. 146 … Read More


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Be a Vessel for Honor (Thursdays are for Health)

“God has blessed you with one body, one vessel, one life to live for him. You only have one heart, are you taking care of it? You only have one brain, are you protecting and utilizing it? You only have one digestive tract, are you overloading it? If you die as a result of negligent living, you won’t be able … Read More


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Multiply Your Impact Strategically (Part 4 of 4)

For the conclusion of this four-part series on Advanced Strategic Concepts, I want to wrap things up with the below key related law. The Law of Spiritual Readiness: God will never give us more than we are prepared to receive. I’ve seen this happen many times over — Your level of preparation is directly linked to the number of people God … Read More


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11 Reasons Churches Lose Momentum and Decline

Today’s guest post comes to us from Richard Frazer for ChurchCentral.com. Max De Pree wisely stated that the first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. It is often the most difficult thing to do as well. Churches have to directly face the reasons for decline and confront that which has been holding them back. Though there are numerous … Read More


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Sunday Scripture: Joyful Servant

“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 6:7-8 (NLT)


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John Wimber on God’s Provision

“When God calls you to an extraordinary task, He provides extraordinary resources.” – John Wimber, one of the founding members of the Vineyard Movement


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