The need for exponential faith thinking

As a proponent of church health and growth, I’ve come to believe in the necessity ofexponential faith-thinking. To explain this in very practical terms, consider adding a zero to every goal. Do you want to reach 1,000 for Christ in your community? Why not, in faith, set a goal to reach 10,000? Faith means setting… [ Read More ]

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What to Stop and Start in 2012

Stop ignoring the dysfunction Many churches and ministries suffer from I like to call “terminal niceness”.   We just aren’t very good at hard conversations.  For the most part we are polite, sensitive, and hate conflict.  So, we beat around the bush and make nice. One of the byproducts of our “terminal niceness” can be… [ Read More ]

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The “Share Your Faith” app

Sharing your faith isn’t easy. It’s hard to know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it. Timing and location play a role. Information is crucial. Sharing the full Truth is key. And to top it all off…be yourself! Talk about a lot to remember! Take a look at the Share… [ Read More ]

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A Pastor must be in a small group

A pastor must be in a small group. You need to show your congregation that small groups are so important for spiritual growth that even you belong to one. This allows you to share about your experiences, such as how being in a small group helped you during a difficult time or how the small… [ Read More ]

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iSing Worship, a small group resource

Does your small group sing worship music during your group time? Do you struggle with no musicians? iSing Worship may help. There are many smaller churches and small groups meeting regularly who struggle to make their worship effective due to a lack of available musicians. Some have turned to commercially available CDs or instrumental backing… [ Read More ]

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God’s Strategy for your Success, part 4

This month I will be discussing the final principle for success. To recap, the first four principles are: 1. Be clear in your direction 2. Be confident in your desires 3. Be committed to your decision 4. Be corrected by your defeats  Now, the final principle.  5. BE CONSCIOUS OF GOD’S DEPENDABILITY.  Joshua 1 is… [ Read More ]

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An Unsung Hero

By Steve Gladen Because of where I work and what I do, God has positioned me too often be in the public eye.  But it is often the people around me that really make things happen.  One such person has been Cheryl Shireman. In 2006, God laid it on my heart to launch the Small… [ Read More ]

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Rick & Kay Warren interviews

Here is a recent interview that Rick Warren gave on the state of the American Church, politics, and society. It’s a strong interview, and we thought you’d enjoy it. Here is an interview that Rick and Kay did on Kay’s new book, Choose Joy. It’s a book that could change the way you view pain… [ Read More ]

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What’s On Your Mind: Part Three

This month I will continue to look at how you can stay mentally fit by looking at some practical suggestions.  1. SCHEDULE SOME THINK TIME EACH WEEK.  Every week, you need to schedule some alone time with the Holy Spirit. Sit down, get alone, get quiet, and think. Don’t read, don’t talk, don’t listen to… [ Read More ]

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The Best Season of All

I inherited a church small-group ministry that insisted small groups break for the summer. But I am a huge fan of small groups meeting throughout the summer. Our policy now is that small groups can take a break anytime they want—for the entire summer, or even just a couple of weeks—but they’re never forced to. Here are… [ Read More ]

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