Lyle Schaller on Fostering Creativity to Create Change

“One of the most important dimensions of a change agent’s job may be to foster creativity by asking questions rather than by suggesting answers.” — Lyle Schaller (April 19, 1923 – March 18, 2015), the Dean of Church Consultants, began his career as an urban planner for the city of Madison, Wisconsin. He left that life to pursue his calling as … Read More


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8 Ways to Impact Your Community By Blessing Local Schools, by Facts & Trends

There are many ways for a church to have a lasting impact on its local community. Perhaps one of the most profound ways is through local schools. In Las Cruces, New Mexico, where I live, the local school system has nearly 25,000 students and 3,200 employees. When you factor in parents and grandparents of students, local schools connect with more … Read More


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A Closer Look at the 3-Step Process of Biblical Forgiveness

Once you understand what forgiveness is not, forgiving becomes easier. But how exactly do you go about it? You can begin by working through the three-step process of biblical forgiveness: Remember How Much You Have Been Forgiven Release the Person Who Hurt You Reestablish the Relationship, as Much as Possible Let’s take a closer look at each of the three … Read More


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How to Break Activities You Should Avoid

There are many benefits to taking some break time for yourself. Unfortunately, it is really easy to fall into some bad habits during those breaks. The problems with the activities we are about to talk about is not so much that they are time-wasters (which they certainly are). The problem is that they are counterproductive. You will come back from … Read More


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How to Honor God by Learning to Give

In 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, Paul writes, “Now about the collection for God’s people…On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income” (NIV). In this short passage, Paul gives us insight into how we ought to bring our gift to God. First of all, he talks about … Read More


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Reshaping Small Groups as Places to Meet Friends

How should our small groups function? The answer is simple: groups should be safe, comfortable places where individuals have the opportunity to make new friends, learn something, and grow spiritually within a social context. Here are three steps you can take to make sure your small groups are structured for relational success. Have specific beginning and end dates for your … Read More


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Leader’s Are Called to God’s Purpose

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” –Romans 8:28 (NLT)


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Roy Fish On Strong Invitations

“Every preacher might not have the ability which would make him a great preacher, but each one can give a strong invitation.” — Roy Fish (February 7, 1930 – September 10, 2012) was an American preacher who is best known as a longtime professor of evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) in Fort Worth, Texas. He was known for … Read More


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Manhattan’s Journey Church baptizes 51 at the beach

Our own Journey Church NYC was featured in the Baptist Press, as part of their series of articles leading up to Sunday, Sept. 8, which is Baptism Sunday in the Southern Baptist Convention.  People crowded onto Jacob Riis Park and Beach in Queens on a hot July afternoon witnessed a rare event for a New York City beach — 51 … Read More


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