How Christians Can Share Jesus Without Freaking Out

Today’s guest post comes to us from Alvin Reid for Fear comes in many forms. For many, the word evangelism conjures up all kinds of negative images. Just the mention of the E-word can make many Christians cringe. Unfortunately, many believers freak out about sharing their faith. I know Christians who would rather wrap their hands around a snake … Read More

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William Booth on the Mission of Ministry

“We are not sent to minister to a congregation and be content if we keep things going. We are sent to make war and to stop short of nothing but the subjugation of the world to the sway of the Lord Jesus.” – William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army

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Keys to Worship Planning: Clarity is Key

  “If your services aren’t clear to you in advance, they won’t be clear to your attendees on the day in question, which means they won’t lead to radically transformed lives.”                – Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley The above quote is from p. 110 of Engage: A Guide to Creating Life-Transforming Worship Services. Engage … Read More

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Eating for Life (Thursdays are for Health)

“In the Bible, God gives specific instructions for the types of food he created to keep our bodies thriving. Unfortunately, you and I have largely traded his diet advice for nutritionally defunct helpings of speed and convenience. Worse, the foods most of us have trained our bodies to love are the very foods that keep us slaves to excess weight, … Read More

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Customer Experience Lessons – Part 1 of 3

I’ve been preoccupied with Assimilation for over eleven years, sharing this powerful system with churches to improve how that they greet, treat, and seat their first-time guests. During my recent travels, I had some unique experiences that offer surprising lessons to help you better prepare for the first-time guests God will send you. Customer Experience #1 “You don’t need a … Read More

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Evangelistic Approaches Which Probably Don’t Work

Today’s guest post come to us from Martin Saunders for I’m not suggesting that evangelism isn’t vitally important, or that there aren’t good ways of attempting it. However, a mix of our natural embarrassment around the practice, and our culture’s predisposition to quick, easy and painless solutions can mean that we often put aside any commitment to traditional evangelism, and … Read More

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Keys to Worship Planning: Creative Meetings

  “The best creative planning meetings happen when those in attendance know the series topic in advance and arrive with some ideas already formulated. When everyone comes prepared, the synergy in the room pushes the best ideas to the top and then makes them even better.”                – Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley The above … Read More

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Adopt a Lifestyle of Health (Thursdays are for Health)

“In order to become healthy, you also have to adopt a lifestyle of health – one that honors God and that he can honor in return; one that sows seeds of physical vitality and strength rather than seeds of sloth and sickness. To get there, focus on making ongoing lifestyle changes in four areas:  How you eat.  How much you … Read More

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Martin Luther’s Reformation Isn’t Over

October 31 this year will mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation. On this date in 1517, a young German, Augustinian monk named Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the Castle church door in Wittenberg. This document challenged the Catholic Church’s corrupt practice of selling “indulgences” to absolve sin. So why does this still matter today? … Read More

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