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“Sanctified Disruption” A Millennial Conversation with Mingo Palacios

By John Poitevent: Recently, Leadership Network VP Greg Ligon and Innovate:NOW! Director John Poitevent talked with Mingo Palacios, Pastor of Evangelism and Culture at Saddleback Church. Drawing from his experience with young adults, “micro sites” and creative worship, Mingo shared his thoughts on the future of the church and how “sanctified disruption” might […]

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What is a Church Plant Management Team?

By Patrick Bradley: Autonomous church planters should come under the authority of a church plant Management Team. Here’s what a Management Team is: The New Testament makes a strong case for congregations being overseen by a plurality of Elders. But when you’re starting a new church from scratch, you won’t […]

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14 Vital Facts About Email Marketing

By Brandon A. Cox: The growth of email users and their frequency of use is incredible… The number of e-mail users worldwide is forecasted to rise to 2.9 billion users by 2019. (Source). The number of e-mail users in the US is projected to grow to 244.5 million by the […]

How to Begin with a New Discipleship Group

By Josh Patrick: This is the third part of a series on starting a discipleship group. To access previous blogs in this series, click here. We sat down with preacher and author Josh Patrick and asked him some basic questions about how Jesus made disciples. Here’s what he told us. […]

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Innovate:NOW! Radical Generosity Recap

By John Poitevent: Our April Innovate:NOW! gathering focused on Radical Generosity. Church leaders from around the country gained valuable insight from stewardship experts and learned from the real-life experiences of pastors who have seen breakthroughs in giving. We received so much great feedback from Chris Willard’s opening talk on Creating a Culture […]

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Why Busy Leaders Make Bad Leaders

by Carey Nieuwhof: Ask a lot of people how they are, and they’ll shoot you a single word answer: Busy. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that’s a pet peeve of mine. I hate it when people tell me they’re busy. What does that really accomplish in the first place? Nothing. How […]

How to Choose Persons For a Discipleship Group

by Bobby Harrington: This is the second part of a series on starting a discipleship group. To access previous blogs in this series, click here. We sat down with preacher and author Josh Patrick and asked him some basic questions about how Jesus made disciples. Here’s what he told us. […]

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3 Components That Come Together in an Effective Sermon

by Brandon A. Cox: There are certain elements that must be included in every single sermon you ever preach. They are non-negotiable. To put it another way, every sermon you preach has three key components. Understanding them and helping them to play well together is half the battle of preaching […]

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Unleashing Disciple-Makers

By Dhati Lewis: Unleashing Disciple-Makers When I was six, my dad told me, “Son, you have a God-given talent.” I just finished my first football game and had a good game. For better or worse, those words shaped my identity for years. I doubt he knew how significant they were. […]

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Making Our Church the Same Age as Our Neighborhood

By Lee Kricher: Our church needed to make a tough decision. In the fall of 2003, I became Senior Pastor of Amplify Church, an evangelical church in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh. Weekend attendance had been in steady decline for several years and was hovering around 200 people. We were on […]