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5 Ways to Use Scarcity to Drive Engagement at Your Church

by Rich Birch: Supply and demand is not only a fundamental economic principle, but a cultural assumption. When the supply of a product or service becomes scarce, it becomes more valuable. If there is an unlimited availability, it simply remains worthless for people. Is it possible to leverage scarcity to […]

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3 Keys to Making Disciple Makers

  The following is an excerpt from the download, “Three Keys to Making Disciple Makers”, written by Dave Buehring, Founder & President of Lionshare. Download the rest of these keys through their website here and look for “3 Keys to Making Disciple-Makers!” Key #1: Obedience is the Engine of Transformation […]

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Saying ‘Jesus is Lord’ Today

by Bobby Harrington: We gathered in a small group and a lady in the group, who is a new friend of ours, stated her desire to be baptized. I was excited! The grace of Jesus had captured her, and our group was happy. This was a wonderfully momentous decision for […]

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Pastors, Spend Time with Non-Pastors

Most pastors have a rightful desire to train up future pastors. We realize that one day, our ministry will end and we ought be preparing the next generation to take the gospel to the land we cannot go. This focus, however, can lead us to overemphasize pastoral training at the cost […]

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12 Church Sub-Calendars You Need Today

Church sub-calendars are a great way to keep everything organized at your church. Setting them up is relatively easy and it solves the following 3 problems. Whether or not you’re a program-driven church, there are things that happen in the life of your church each year. Keeping them all straight […]

Equipping Parents To Lead Spiritually

Which Children’s Ministry goal is hardest for a church plant to achieve? Church plants have an inherent problem fulfilling one of the most common goals in children’s ministry. It’s the goal that states, “Parents are equipped to be the primary spiritual leaders of their children.” This is a great and […]

Rowing in the Same Direction — Effective Assimilation

Church planter Jeff Gauss was concerned. He was observing that the very people he was trying to attract to his church were unintentionally being made to feel excluded or inferior. “There was this barrier for our un-churched people who would come in to a small group and they felt like […]

Gaining Momentum in the Midst of Turmoil

Transitions can be awkward! Much is written about the more awkward church transitions – going from one service to two, growing from a school gymnasium to your own building, starting up a new campus. And perhaps the most awkward transitions of all are those that take you from nothing to […]

Why Do We Plant Churches?

I care about church planting because my world was turned upside down by the Gospel. I encountered the truth and love of Jesus and it transformed my life. And since then, I have also seen the Gospel transform the lives of countless others. I just finished an 11-month church-planting residency with […]

Church-Follower or Christ-Follower?

Where does your discipleship strategy lead? If making disciples is in your mission statement, it should translate into your resource allocation. At Church @ The Springs in Ocala, Florida, led by church-planting expert Ron Sylvia, there was great concern about the results of Willow Creek’s Reveal Study a number of […]