Saving Time: Why and What You Should Automate

Some people may object that it takes too much work to automate. After all, you will need to educate yourself on automation services. You will have to enter all of your information and preferences before automation can begin. But for renegade pastors automation isn’t a luxury–it’s a necessity. The benefits of automation far outweigh the initial effort it takes to … Read More


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Rethinking Your Small Groups: Using Diversity to Encourage Growth

When you give your leaders the freedom to lead interesting, creative groups, you infuse your small group system with life. There are many advantages to allowing your leaders to choose the theme and/or topic of their groups each semester. Here are a few: The availability of different topics each semester decreases the chances that people will sign up for the … Read More


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Expanding God’s Kingdom: Tithing in the Local Church

Often people question not the amount of a proper gift but where it should be given. Some people believe they should be able to distribute their tithe as they see fit. They want to control how their money is spent. If they aren’t happy with the way their local church handles its finances, they think they should have the freedom … Read More


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Fulfilling Your Calling: Slack Leads to Lack

Fulfilling your calling inherently means rising to the highest level of potential God has put in you. In order to reach your potential, you need a coach. Why shouldn’t you? The greatest business leaders, entertainers and athletes the world has ever known have had coaches to guide them to the top of their game. As part of your personal growth … Read More


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Roy Fish on Evangelism

“Evangelizing in the church is like fishing in a bathtub: it’s terribly convenient, but you don’t catch much.” — 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 his passion for personal … Read More


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Leaders Place Their Trust in God

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”  — Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)


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Made to Move: How to Have Better Physical Health

We were made to move. Our bodies were created for physical activity. God never intended for us to sit all day, overfilling our stomachs and letting our systems atrophy. But sedentary lifestyles have become the norm. The typical American is sedentary 60 percent of their waking hours. This lack of physical activity is associated with a number of health problems, … Read More


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The Trust Issue: Rethinking Small Group Leadership

In Matthew 18:20, Jesus made a promise: “For where two or three gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (NKJV). When you take that promise to heart, trusting small group leaders with people in your church becomes much easier. But what does that trust look like in action? It starts with simple things. Let … Read More


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Saving for Eternity: Where is Your Money Going?

Understanding God’s ultimate ownership means that we also recognize our role as conduits of his resources. We were not put on this earth to amass treasures for ourselves but to let treasure pass through us and back to a greater purpose. The “get all we can while we can” mind-set that most of us live with is what has driven … Read More


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