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7 Ways You Can Reach Out to Others This Thanksgiving
7 Ways You Can Reach Out to Others This Thanksgiving

By: Brent McDougal
This Thanksgiving, you can share the love of God in natural ways, ones that fit your plans and hopes for the holiday. So try one of these seven ways to be on mission for God this season. Check out No. 4.

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Why Your Church Needs More Than One Theologian
Why Your Church Needs More Than One Theologian

By: Barry Howard
Your church will be healthier if members are equipped to be good theologians. There are two categories of theology: folk and academic theology. Both are extremely important to the health of the church.

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Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 1
Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 1

By: Suzie Lahoud
While the flood of Syrian refugees has taken its toll on Lebanon, it is unjust for some to place the blame for the nation's problems on the shoulders of Syrian refugees. Christians must demask this scapegoating.

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Putting Leaves of Encouragement on Our Branches
Putting Leaves of Encouragement on Our Branches

By: Matt Sapp
Like leaves on a tree, our lives are covered with people used by God to influence and encourage us. If we take that a step further, is each of us ready to be the kind of person who influences and encourages others?

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Is Your Church Culture Creating New Pastoral Leaders?
Is Your Church Culture Creating New Pastoral Leaders?

By: Bill Wilson
Where are our next pastoral leaders going to come from? They'll come from your church, but only if your church takes seriously their role in creating a healthy culture of call.

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Interfaith Households Growing? Depends on Your Definition
Interfaith Households Growing? Depends on Your Definition

By: Zach Dawes
A recent Pew survey declared that interfaith households are growing, with one in five adults raised in interfaith homes. However, the survey's definition of interfaith makes the findings problematic.

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Using the Latest Tools to Communicate the Gospel
Using the Latest Tools to Communicate the Gospel

By: Dennis Bickers
If you want to reach young adults, you won't do it by mailing them your monthly newsletter. That may have worked years ago, but churches must change their communication strategies to reflect the times.

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3 Ways Good Mission Funding Can Do Great Harm
3 Ways Good Mission Funding Can Do Great Harm

By: Mike Kuhn
Mission funding is a powerful force flooding the Middle East like a sudden storm in an arid desert. It changes the entire environment - sometimes doing great good, but with the potential to do great harm.

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Beating Burnout: Why Every Moses Needs a Jethro
Beating Burnout: Why Every Moses Needs a Jethro

By: Jim Kelsey
Overcome by other tasks, some pastors lose that gripping purpose that once consumed their imagination and called forth the best they had to give. They need someone who can help them claim their original calling.

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3 Ways Your Church Can Launch New Churches
3 Ways Your Church Can Launch New Churches

By: Shannon Youell
Most churches believe church planting is a great idea but don't have an intentional plan for it. Here are three ways that churches can take an active approach to starting new churches.

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Questioning Reports of Declining Church Attendance
Questioning Reports of Declining Church Attendance

By: Roger Olson
Various reports have bemoaned the dramatic decrease in church attendance across the nation. However, here are three facts that these reports might not be taking into consideration.

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Why Many Religious Folks Don't Trust Their Leaders
Why Many Religious Folks Don't Trust Their Leaders

By: Matt Sapp
The poll is in, and it's not good. Only 17 percent of religiously affiliated Americans are confident their religious leaders act in the best interest of the public. Only two alternatives explain this poll.

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The Danger When We Make God Our Tribal Deity
The Danger When We Make God Our Tribal Deity

By: Ron Rolheiser
Thanks to innate narcissism, false patriotism and a propensity for tribalism, many of us believe that God has specially blessed us, but God doesn't value some races and some countries more than others.

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'Why Don't More Black Men Attend Our Churches?'
'Why Don't More Black Men Attend Our Churches?'

By: Terrell Carter
Many churches want to increase minority participation, but achieving diversity must be a conscious choice to invite and welcome people who are not like the vast majority in the congregation.

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3 Ways Stewardship Differs from Philanthropy
3 Ways Stewardship Differs from Philanthropy

By: David Hull
Philanthropy is motivated by a mutual love of humanity. Stewardship is based on an allegiance to God who has entrusted us to manage all that belongs to God. Too often, we confuse the two.

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4 Toxic Mistakes to Flush Out Regarding Islam
4 Toxic Mistakes to Flush Out Regarding Islam

By: Martin Accad
Election Day is fast approaching. To encourage voters to be less fear-driven and rational and socially compassionate, here are four mistakes we often make in our thinking about Islam and Muslims.

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Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths
Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
How do we build relationships with people of other faiths? Here are five points to consider when your congregation takes steps to reach out to your Muslim neighbors.

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What the Bible Says About Intergenerational Ministry
What the Bible Says About Intergenerational Ministry

By: Christina Embree
Intergenerational ministry is not a new craze. It's a practice that dates back to Christianity's origins. While age-appropriate ministry still has value, we can find ways to both in our churches.

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Healthy Congregations Know When to Adapt - Part 2
Healthy Congregations Know When to Adapt - Part 2

By: Mark Tidsworth
Every church is engaging in the adaptive process, given the large-scale changes happening all around us. Some are intentional, some haphazard. Here are 7 types of churches positioned for adaptive change.

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Healthy Congregations Know When to Adapt - Part 1
Healthy Congregations Know When to Adapt - Part 1

By: Mark Tidsworth
While some churches want to cling onto their cherished practices or the way they've always done things, healthy churches learn to adapt. Here are 9 indicators your church faces roadblocks to change.

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Why You Have Two Hearts and Two Minds
Why You Have Two Hearts and Two Minds

By: Ron Rolheiser
People are both big-hearted and petty, open-minded and bigoted, trusting and suspicious, saint and narcissist, warm and cold. The question is to which heart and mind are you linked?

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Why Is the Church Silent About Access to Medical Care?
Why Is the Church Silent About Access to Medical Care?

By: William Hooper
The U.S., on the whole, doesn't provide universal access to low-cost, tax-funded medical care that can preserve life. Where is the church's prophetic voice defending those who need care?

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Why Great Churches Are Like Your Best Vacation
Why Great Churches Are Like Your Best Vacation

By: Bill Wilson
Most churches are unable to offer a clear purpose that's shared and embraced with passion by many of their people. That's why pushing people to purpose is a necessary and invaluable process for leaders.

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Amish Grace: The Only Option for Jesus' Followers
Amish Grace: The Only Option for Jesus' Followers

By: Leroy Seat
Ten years ago, a man entered an Amish school and shot 10 girls, killing five and leaving one with a severe brain injury. The Amish community's response of grace and forgiveness is a lesson for all.

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Don't Be Blind to Idolatry's Silent Partner
Don't Be Blind to Idolatry's Silent Partner

By: Colin Harris
While the presumption of divine prerogative may be the more obvious expression of idolatry, the failure to see the divine presence in the life of the "other" seems to be a subtle partner that is just as damaging.

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