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“It’s Too Loud!”: Responding to Volume Critics at Your Church

by Rich Birch: The scene is set. It’s a Sunday morning, and the band is cranking through the second of a four-song set. You loved the latest Hillsong or Bethel song and things are moving in the right direction. However, at the back of the room is an individual you’ve […]

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7 Things They Didn’t Teach You in Seminary About Funerals

by Rich Birch: Performing funerals is a reality of being the pastor of a church of any size and style. Even if your church is primarily filled with young people, from time to time you will be called upon by families to perform a funeral. These moments, while incredibly touching, […]

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5 Ways Your Church Can Use Text-Messaging to Reach More People

by Brandon A. Cox: 59% of millennials who grew up in church have dropped out.  Why? That’s a huge can of worms. There are plenty of theories – some based on data and others based on mere opinion. I believe at least one reason why we’ve failed to reach this younger generation of […]

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Episode 336: How to Exegete Your Community

In Episode 336 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Todd answer the question about how to exegete your community. Here is today’s question: “What is the best way to exegete your community in order to know your context as you plant your church?” In This Episode, You’ll Discover: How […]

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Sermon 2.0: The Future of the Preaching and Reaching The Unchurched

by Carey Nieuwhof: In a world where everything’s changing, how should the church change to reach more (not fewer) people? The struggle you have is the likely the struggle most church leaders have: reaching new people seems to be getting harder and harder every year. What if it didn’t have to […]

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The Truth About Jesus’ Commandments in Discipling Relationships

by Bobby Harrington: In his great commission, King Jesus told us to make disciples who “obey everything that he commanded” (Matt. 28:18-20). If we are honest, that presents us with a big challenge today: we must be clear on Jesus’ commandments so that we can obey them. But how can we be […]

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Finding the Pathway To True Wisdom In A Land Of Relativism

by Jim Putman: What is wisdom? The dictionary defines wisdom as the ability to discern what is true or right. This is a problematic definition for me because our modern culture believes that what is right for you is right for you and what is right for me is right for me. So–how do we discern what […]

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Why Cool Church Doesn’t Work Anymore (More on the Future Church)

by Carey Nieuwhof: Everything has its season. And the season of the cool church is, in many ways, coming to an end. Recently, I wrote a post that generated a lot of discussion online and offline about why charismatic churches are growing and attractional churches are past peak. You can read that […]

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Think Disciples, Not Steeples

by Bill Hull and Bobby Harrington: The gospel and covenant commitment we wrote about in Chapter 1 of the free eBook, Evangelism or Discipleship: Can They Effectively Work Together? will ensure that evangelism more naturally leads to discipleship. The process takes us beyond a focus on decisions to a focus on entering […]

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CNLP 224: Levi Lusko on Planting Churches Where Nobody Plants Churches

by Carey Nieuwhof: 12 years ago, Levi Lusko left Southern California to plant a church in Montana. Today, Fresh Life Church has 12 locations, most of them in very small towns where few people would plant churches. Levi talks about why and how they did it, how he handled the […]