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February 12, 2019
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8 Signs Your Church Is Actually Reaching Unchurched People

Reshared with kind permission from Carey Nnieuwhof So are you really reaching unchurched people at your church? How would you know…for real? Just because a church is growing doesn’t mean it’s filling up with unchurched people. Hoping to reach unchurched people is one thing. Reaching the unchurched is quite another. When unchurched people actually start connecting with your church, things change deeply. So how can you tell you’re really making inroads with the unchurched? When you see these 8 signs pop up in your church, you will know that you are really making inroads with the unchurched. Hoping to reach unchurched people […]
February 7, 2019
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How to Recover from Preaching

Sharing with kind permission from Josh Reich. If I got to rank what I love about my job, preaching would be in the top two. I love the prep, working through a passage, a series, thinking through how to best present an idea, and praying about those who will be there, that God would work in their lives and draw them to Himself through my meager attempts at presenting His Word. There is a downside to this love. It is what happens after preaching. The recovery. I remember when Katie and I met with a doctor to talk about how […]
January 18, 2019

LEADING-WELL, Free Online Mentoring Resource

Perhaps you are encountering a new need in your ministry but can’t find anyone else familiar with your specific situation. For instance, maybe you are being led to start a ministry to refugees and are asking the Lord to place someone in your path who can help guide you. With experts from a wide range of backgrounds, such as leadership development, pastoral training, church planting, Muslim-Christian relations, evangelism, etc., Leading-Well offers users a variety of experienced ministry leaders to connect with for free, one-on-one coaching. Watch this short video interview with the visionary behind the Leading-Well platform, Brother C.J. Davison, […]
January 8, 2019

Unashamed Servant-Leadership

One year ago, Unashamed Servant-Leadership was released by Langham Publishing as part of the Global Perspectives Series.  How it came about to be published is another story but one that began at the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers in 2016.  Prior to that, this was just a research done to fulfill my doctoral study requirements at Tabor Adelaide, Australia.  At the Congress, I met Dr. Riad Kassis, a Langham Partnership Director and scholar who encouraged me to send my manuscript to the extended publishing arm of Langham.  There were no promises that the manuscript would be accepted.  I had sat on […]
January 1, 2019
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The Addiction of Being Busy

Post reshared with kind permission from Joshua Reich.  There is an addiction in our culture to being busy, to not overloading our schedules. Some of this comes from personalities, saying we want our kids to have things we didn’t have, but many of us are afraid to miss out. We are also afraid of the silence and stillness that comes from unaccounted for moments. We afraid of the silence and stillness that comes from unaccounted for moments. Click To Tweet Many of us are too busy, running from work, kids games and practices, church programs, exercise, eating in the car, etc. I […]
December 25, 2018
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5 Keys to Making Sure Your Christmas Break Doesn’t Break You Or Your Family (A Post for Driven Leaders

So Christmas break (following your Christmas services) is almost here and you’re trying to take some time off. Ever notice that’s what driven leaders say all the time? I’m going to try to take two weeks off. I’ll try to unplug. I’m trying to relax. We A-types stink at vacation, don’t we? It’s also really tough if you’re married to us. Or, we’re your parents. How do I know this? Because I’m one of you. I’m speaking my native tongue. Being a driven kind of person, the idea of doing nothing but resting is unsettling for me. But I also understand how important it is. Sabbath is God’s idea. And, […]
December 18, 2018
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Understanding the Trinity

In this episode, Dr. Darrell Bock and Dr. Fred Sanders discuss the Trinity, focusing on how a biblical understanding of this doctrine affects the Christian life in a holistic manner. Transcript below: Darrell Bock: Welcome to The Table where we discuss issues of God and culture. I’m Darrell Bock, Executive Director for Cultural Engagement at the Hendricks Center at Dallas Theological Seminary. And I my guest today is Fred Sanders, who is professor of theology at the Torrey Honors – is it the Torrey Honors Institute within Biola University? Do I have that right?Fred SandersThat’s correct. Darrell Bock: Well and […]
December 13, 2018

5 Hard Truths About Healthy Church Growth

Most church leaders I know would love to see their church grow. Similarly, most leaders I’ve met want their church to grow for what we might call the ‘right’ reasons: they sincerely want more people to encounter the love of Jesus Christ. That’s amazing. And yet there’s a strong reaction against growing churches by many leaders. For some reason, many people love to take pot-shots at growing churches and large churches. Some are categorical denouncements. I don’t know what to do with those. Sometimes I sense that underneath the anger are jealousy and resentment on the part of leaders whose […]
December 11, 2018
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Why Preach Overview Sermons of Bible Books

Article shared with kind permission from author Kevin Halloran of Leadership Resources. Preachers want their people to love the Word of God. They also want to grow as preachers and keep their preaching calendar fresh. Preaching a whole book of the Bible in one sermon is one way to accomplish all three of these objectives and might be worth adding to your preaching repertoire. Here are a few reasons: Preaching book-overview sermons encourages Bible engagement in the congregation. All preachers should want their preaching to engender responses like, “I can read this for myself!” The more exposure your people have to […]