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On Target: 4 Core Convictions About Church's Mission
On Target: 4 Core Convictions About Church's Mission

By: Sam Chaise
These core convictions about the church's mission are not rocket science, but if every church and Christian agency could get these key things right, we would be on the right path.

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Building Bridges with Asset-Based Pastoral Leadership
Building Bridges with Asset-Based Pastoral Leadership

By: Rhonda Abbott Blevins
Asset-based pastoral leadership begins with developing a simple habit: With each parishioner, find out something he or she could teach and something he or she wants to learn.

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Innovative Ways to Train New Ministers for Service
Innovative Ways to Train New Ministers for Service

By: Ircel Harrison
God still calls women and men to ministry, and churches need leaders. The traditional forms of providing theological education must change to meet the realities of individual lifestyles without sacrificing quality.

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Lessons Learned from Working with People in Poverty
Lessons Learned from Working with People in Poverty

By: Joel Snider
People who work with those in deeply engrained poverty must balance the need to alleviate desperation versus creating dependency. To understand the struggle of that decision, you must know the people in crisis.

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An Occupational Hazard That Trips Up Faithful Folks
An Occupational Hazard That Trips Up Faithful Folks

By: Ron Rolheiser
Too often, many Christians are embittered moralizers, secretly envying the amoral and criticizing our world out of bitterness. It's an occupational hazard for the good and faithful. Is it tripping you up?

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Should Churches Maintain Fossil-Fuel Investments?
Should Churches Maintain Fossil-Fuel Investments?

By: Margot and Martin Hodson
Churches have substantial investments, including pensions, in fossil fuel. Is it ethical for them to invest in fossil fuels? How can environmental ethics inform their decision making?

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No Matter Where You Serve in Church, We're All Together
No Matter Where You Serve in Church, We're All Together

By: David Fitch
Some folks serve their church in traditional organized functions; others serve outside the church walls. Both groups must come together in a way that's seamless and represents a whole of way of life.

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4 Ways for Bivocational Ministers to Find Balance
4 Ways for Bivocational Ministers to Find Balance

By: Angela Jackson
Can you be a bivocational minister and have a balanced life? Here are four ways one minister is able to manage her bivocational ministry with her other work and her family life.

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Broadening the Horizons of Our Faith Tradition
Broadening the Horizons of Our Faith Tradition

By: Colin Harris
Life seems to be a journey of expanding consciousness broadening our world with each step. Can we see our Christian faith in terms of increasingly wider horizons? Or will we remain focused on ourselves?

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2 Cultural Blinders Worn by U.S. Evangelicals
2 Cultural Blinders Worn by U.S. Evangelicals

By: Thomas Kidd
We're constantly at risk of developing tunnel vision because of our culture. For U.S. evangelicals, the two greatest risks to biblical faithfulness are the prosperity gospel and the gospel of American patriotism.

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The Difference Between True and False Worship
The Difference Between True and False Worship

By: Michael Shaw
At the heart of false worship is that it is all about us, all about what God can do for us, a warm feeling of self-satisfaction. By contrast, true worship hurts because it changes things for us and others around us.

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Being Braver, More Faithful with Communion
Being Braver, More Faithful with Communion

By: David Kerrigan
Why is it assumed that communion is only for believers? If we believe new truth can still break through from God's Word, dare we allow our prophetic imagination to see something potentially new?

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Will Your Church Turn the World Upside Down?
Will Your Church Turn the World Upside Down?

By: Bill Wilson
Turning the world upside down is risky business for churches. They must be ready to weigh new ideas, suggest alternatives, propose new methods or raise questions. And some folks won't like it.

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Why Few Christians Know What It Means to be One
Why Few Christians Know What It Means to be One

By: Robert Guffey
Far too many Christians think far too little about what it means to be a Christian. Their priorities focus on power, consumerism and celebrity, rather than Jesus' way of humility, kindness and grace.

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Is Your Church Doing Mission or Marketing?
Is Your Church Doing Mission or Marketing?

By: Phil Jump
No task is more important for a local church than to help people discover and become faithful followers of Jesus. What some churches describe as mission, however, is more aptly termed as marketing.

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Hide-and-Seekers: How Transparent is Your Church?
Hide-and-Seekers: How Transparent is Your Church?

By: Roger Olson
How can churches attract young members back who have drifted away? Some suggest save talk about sin and repentance for later, but a church that isn't transparent about their beliefs is disingenuous.

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Making the Poor Part of Our Lives - Part 2
Making the Poor Part of Our Lives - Part 2

By: David Fitch
While programs that alleviate pain and suffering are important, our relationship with the poor is not to be organized as a church program. Instead, out of everyday life, we are to come alongside the poor.

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Making the Poor Part of Our Lives - Part 1
Making the Poor Part of Our Lives - Part 1

By: David Fitch
Churches dedicate whole ministries to do justice and mercy as programs for the poor. While such ministries do alleviate immediate suffering, they inevitably keep the poor at a distance.

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2 Important Skills for Church Leaders
2 Important Skills for Church Leaders

By: Guy Sayles
Effective leaders need two important skills when leading a church. They need to be able to motivate members to take a hill and they need to be able to discern which hills to take.

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3 Questions That Saved My Spiritual Life
3 Questions That Saved My Spiritual Life

By: Mark Tidsworth
Do you feel like you're playing a hide-and-seek game when you look for God in the institutional church. Before you walk out altogether, consider these three questions. They may just save your spiritual life.

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How Your Church is Like a Coffeemaker Factory
How Your Church is Like a Coffeemaker Factory

By: Jim Somerville
Factories make coffeemakers. Those coffeemakers don't make more coffeemakers; they make coffee. If they don't, their factories go out of business. Churches are disciple-making factories. What do their disciples make?

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How You Can Rediscover Contemporary Jesus
How You Can Rediscover Contemporary Jesus

By: Guy Sayles
More than any argument for the truth of Christianity, what persuades me over and over again is the immediate and inescapable presence of Jesus. We relate to him as a here-and-now reality.

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How to Launch a Healthy Start for Your New Pastor
How to Launch a Healthy Start for Your New Pastor

By: Bill Wilson
For many churches, pastor search committees are a blend of divine intervention, wishful thinking and occasional luck. Here's how your church can get off to a good start when seeking your next minister.

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6 Ways to Recognize Today's Prophets
6 Ways to Recognize Today's Prophets

By: Stuart Blythe
When we think about prophets, our thoughts turn to Old Testament figures. But prophets have been with us through the ages and are alive and well today. Here are six ways to recognize them.

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Your Church Doesn't Have All the Answers - And That's Good
Your Church Doesn't Have All the Answers - And That's Good

By: Joe LaGuardia
Churches that cooperate in the public sector not only fulfill part of Jesus' Great Commission, but also thrive in a marketplace in which the lines between secular and sacred often blur.

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