The Right Question to Ask if You Want to Grow Your Small Groups

  “When you set up a small group system with your committed churchgoers in mind, you inevitably create a process that makes it easy for members and regular attenders to get signed up or signed up again. And yes, this is a problem. When something seems like second nature to your regulars, there’s a good chance that people who are … Read More

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Happy 4th of July!

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy 4th of July! I’m getting to celebrate the 4th today with my family. Anyone have a good recipe for grilled ribs and apple pie? I am truly grateful to be a small part of your ministry and look forward to serving you for many years in … Read More

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The Power of Systems to Grow Your Church (Part 1 of 3)

Think about the system you have for getting dressed in the morning. You don’t put on your deodorant until you get out of the shower. You drink your coffee before you brush your teeth. Right? There’s a system to the way you prepare yourself for the day that makes getting out of the house faster and easier. You also have … Read More

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8 Vital Instructions for Every Pastor and Church Leader

Today’s guest post comes to us from Brandon A. Cox, church planter, pastor, author and coach. Brandon is the lead pastor at Grace Hills Church in Betonville, Arkansas, and is the Community Facilitator at and He is the author of Rewired and is the Leadership & Marketing Coaching Coach for Courage to Lead. If you’re a pastor or ministry … Read More

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Sunday Scripture: Appointed by God

“And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead. He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name.” – Acts 10:42-43 (NLT)

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Spurgeon Defines Happiness

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon,  influential 19th Century Pastor and author, known as the “Prince of Preachers”

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The 2 Things You Should Say in Every New Guest Follow-up Email

“Within a day and a half after their visit, each and every one of your first-time guests should receive an email that (1) thanks them for attending your church and (2) invites them to come back. Make sure you do both of these things. Too often, churches thank their guests for attending but fail to give them a direct invitation … Read More

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The Healthy Pastor: Being a Representative of God’s Excellence

“I want to live a disciplined, healthy life so I can lead others I care about to do the same. How about you? As representatives of God’s excellence, this is not just a personal choice; it’s our responsibility. In light of that reality, we don’t have the luxury of focusing on how we feel moment to moment. We have to … Read More

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8 Biblical Principles for Recruiting New Volunteers – Part 4 of 4

Over the last few weeks I’ve shared the first six biblical principles that guide us at The Journey for recruiting new volunteers. Below are the final two. As you read them, know that my prayer for you is that these principles will help you in developing a system which will equip your people to do God’s work, and to build up … Read More

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Why You Can’t Just ‘Give Them the Gospel’

Today’s post comes to us from Sam Chan for Christians believe that the gospel is universal and normative for all peoples at all times and in all places. But we often forget that the gospel is not acultural, as if it hovers above culture and is devoid of any culture. Instead, the gospel is deeply enculturated. That is why … Read More

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