50 Things You May Not Have Known About Luther

Today’s guest post comes to us from Timothy J. Wengert for LivingLutheran.com. As we commemorate the 501st anniversary of the Reformation, we’ll revisit Living Lutheran’s series on 50 Reformation things you may not know about Martin Luther. This list is not meant as an all-encompassing compendium of everything essential to the Reformation and its theology, but rather as a glimpse … Read More


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Northstar Church Helping Community After Hurricane Michael

Today’s post comes with a prayerful heart as longtime coaching alumni church Northstar grapples with the effects of Hurricane Michael in all three of their locations near Panama City, Florida. Northstar is currently on the front lines of helping people and providing needed food, water and supplies. Northstar Church was started in 1998 by Lead Pastor Marty Martin. Marty felt a God-given … Read More


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Leaders Watch Over Themselves and Others

“So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders.” —Acts 20:28 (NLT)


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Carey On the Root of Godliness

“Prayer — secret, fervent, believing prayer — lies at the root of all personal Godliness.” – William Carey, “Father of Modern Missions”, Particular Baptist minister, and founder of Serampore College in India August 17, 1761 – June 9, 1834


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Planning for Christmas Now

Today’s guest post comes to us from Peter Mead for EvangelicalFocus.com.  The summer is over and the busy autumn schedule is in full swing. Before you know it, it will be Christmas. I know, this is where most people moan about consumerism and advertising, but for church leaders now is the time to be thinking beyond the shopping to the … Read More


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7 Advantages of Time-Bound Small Groups

The below excerpt is from my book Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups. This revised and expanded edition shows church leaders how to make their small groups work.  Putting time boundaries on groups not only helps people grow, it also facilitates more eager sign-ups and takes the pressure off the system. Too often, in the Christian bubble we’ve created, we … Read More


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Happy Birthday Dr. Elmer Towns (Up to 86% off for his 86th!)

If you haven’t yet met Dr. Elmer Towns, I’d like to introduce you to one of my mentors who celebrated 86 years young this past Sunday! Dr. Towns is a spiritual giant who you’ll also find to be a great encourager to pastors. He is someone I have studied and looked up to since day one when I went into ministry. … Read More


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Fulfill Your Calling with a Tender Heart and a Tough Hide: Part 1 of 2

When God first let you know He wanted you to be a messenger for His kingdom, you didn’t have everything required to be successful. You likely didn’t have much of anything. I know I didn’t. Humbled by the call, you started a long process of gathering the tools you would need to fulfill it. You began to cultivate insights, biblical knowledge, like-minded … Read More


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Let the Lord Lead Your Path

“The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’” – Psalm 32:8 (NLT)


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