Schuller on Attempting Greatness

“I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.” – Robert H. Schuller, pastor, evangelist, author, and motivational speaker September 16, 1926 – April 2, 2015

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New Poll Finds Even Religious Americans Feel the Good Vibrations

Today’s guest post comes to us from Yonat Shimron for A new Pew Research poll shows that beyond a small band of reliably predictable “Sunday Stalwarts,” as the survey calls them, American religiosity is pretty casual, with less than a quarter of Americans attending worship services weekly but nearly all religious groups adhering to some New Age beliefs. The … Read More

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Adapting a Cultural Norm for Maximum Small Groups Success

  “Taking a cue from the early gospel spreaders, my team and I asked an unusual question as we built the Activate system: What current cultural norms can be adapted to help give small groups momentum and success? The most obvious answer is the academic calendar. Our culture is defined by its educational system. People adhere to the flow of … Read More

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The Power of Vacation: Keeping Your Tank Full (Part 1)

Like most pastors, you may struggle when it comes to planning your time away. In my early years of church planting, when I was bivocational, I was greatly challenged in this area until I discovered the power of taking some extended time off. Though the word “vacation” is not found in the Bible, there’s nothing unspiritual about taking a vacation. … Read More

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4 Dangers Facing Pastors

Today’s guest post comes to us from Mark Dance for Real dangers were lurking among the crowds Jesus was feeding, healing, and teaching. These same dangers still exist in the congregations we serve today. Some are more obvious than others, so I’d like to point out a few. A PASTOR NEEDS PROTECTION FROM CRITICS. As Jesus was teaching at the … Read More

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Sunday Scripture: Leaders 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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Wagner on Effective Evangelism

“The single most effective evangelistic method under heaven is planting new churches.” – C. Peter Wagner, theologian, missionary, writer, teacher, and church growth specialist

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10 Questions Church Leaders Should Be Asking (But Probably Aren’t)

Today’s guest post comes to us from Rich Birch for Questions have a curious function in the life of a leader. A good question can often propel us forward more than a great answer. Our roles in leading our churches require us to not only work in our ministry but to also take a step back and work on … Read More

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The Pastor’s Role in Small Groups

  “Remind yourself often that you cannot engineer deep relationships in your groups. That’s not your job anyway; it’s the work of the Holy Spirit. Your job is to create effective social spaces where people can meet new friends and learn about God with like-minded others. When you do that, the personal and intimate relationships you want your people to … Read More

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