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10 Ways Privilege Hurts The Church

Privilege hurts the church. It robs us of what God intended for us. It stands in stark contrast to the life of Jesus. In Philippians 2:5-11 we read a powerful example of how Jesus set aside his privilege(s) for you and I. ...who though he existed in the form of...

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7 Steps to Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church

The great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning.” Despite his valiant efforts, little has changed over these many years. Becoming a multi-ethnic...

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5 Steps Towards Normalizing the Multi-Ethnic Church

We live in a large metropolitan area where there are churches of every kind within walking distance from most of our homes. Many of those are what we call "multi-ethnic". One that I will particularly focus on is near the heart of Dallas proper. Their stated mission,...

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The Need for Church Planting and Revitalization

The strategic emphasis in most denominational or network circles is on church planting. I suspect that few would disagree with this, as it builds up new church bodies, expands the impact in communities, and reaches larger amounts of individuals. After all some...

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Baptizing Your Church Through Revitalization

Statisticians generally agree that church attendance in America is on the decline.  This issue remains challenging to understand, yet also carries just as many opinions on correcting it, as there are writers willing to confirm it. While views on church growth vary,...

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Are You Ready for Church Revitalization?

Revitalization: To give new life to; to give vitality or vigor. Reading this definition makes me tired! But...it also causes me to reflect on the churches we have served recently; churches that cry for someone to step in and give a hand in order to regain some margin;...

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Making an Impact Through Ministries to Women

The availability and variety of ministries to women that exist today are exponentially more than what I found when I was a new believer and getting more involved in church. Our church hosted women’s Bible studies, women's luncheons, and the majority of us worked...

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What is a Leadership Pipeline?

When we use the term leadership pipeline, we need to define exactly what we mean if we value clarity. Otherwise, we may assume that we know and agree on what we're talking about when we don't. What is a leadership pipeline? A leadership pipeline is another term for...

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9 Obstacles to Effective Communication in the Church

Few people know how to deliver effective communication in the church. With all the choices and options we have today, how does one know the best way to ensure the congregation gets the right information? If you struggle with this, you are not alone. You may have...

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Youth are the Future of the Church

Everywhere I go, I ask people when they came to faith and nearly everybody says before the age of 20. Why, then, do churches tend to focus on adult (or senior adult!) ministries and let ministry to kids fall to the wayside?

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3 Critical Tips for Aligning Church Staff

Aligning church staff is a critical factor to having a successful ministry. When you successfully align your staff, the impact you make on the kingdom will increase substantially. The next time you prepare to hire a new staff member consider these tips for aligning...

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10 Warning Signs of a Church Plateau

The warning light in my car came on. I couldn't believe it. You've felt that emotion too. That moment when you look down and see the warning light on. Really!? "Why did this have to happen to me today?" I asked myself. As I pulled out of the driveway with kids in...

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A Vision for Church Revitalization

In past blogs, I’ve surfaced the problems Christ’s churches are facing in North America. We wanted you to get a feel for the problem. Now it’s time to move on and look at some solutions to our problems and how to re-envision our churches. We believe that we have a...

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The State of the American Church: Plateaued or Declining

The State of the American Church concerns me. 80-85% of churches are plateaued or declining. In the mid-1960’s church leaders began to notice a disturbing trend in the state of the American Church. Something previously unnoticed in America: many major denominations...

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Sticky Issues Pastors’ Wives Face in Ministry

There are some very sensitive issues pastors’ wives face, and they certainly affect many of us who have been faced with the exact situation in ministry. I’d like to offer some suggestions of how to face these issues when they come across your path.

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Lessons Learned From Being a Pastor’s Wife

Being a mother, housekeeper, peacemaker, friend, fixer of all things, nurse on call, wisdom giver, teacher, volunteer, servant, and pastor's wife can be so overwhelming that it is exhausting. Sounds like something unreal, right? It's superhuman! So how do you...

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11 Church Hospitality Tips to Serve Guests

"No one greeted me." "The church was unfriendly." "They clearly don’t plan to have any guests." No pastor wants their church to be known for any of these. We created a list of 11 small things your church can do to make your guests feel more welcome. 1. Provide guest...

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DNA of an Unfriendly Church

Imagine the worst church experience you have ever had.   I do not believe we should have a critical attitude towards churches. Churches get enough criticism as it is. But churches should regularly evaluate themselves. However, if you've ever struggled to worship...

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Paul’s Discipleship Strategy (Part I)

Paul's discipleship strategy was very intense, personal, and emotional.  That is why it was also so effective. One of the many passages where he expresses that strategy is found in 1 Thessalonians 2:1-19, where he expresses his deep affection for the Thessalonian...

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