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U.S. Protestants Regularly Invite Others to Church

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults in Protestant and nondenominational churches have invited someone to church in the past six months, a LifeWay report says. […] Read More

Here’s How Often Half of U.S. Adults Read Their Bibles

More than twice as many respondents said coffee was a ‘daily necessity’ compared to those who said the same thing about the Bible, a report says. […] Read More

Facebook Leads the Way in Digital Evangelism Efforts

Facebook leads the way among social media outlets when it comes to evangelism on digital platforms, the Barna Group says. Almost nine out of 10 who witness online do so through personal posts. […] Read More

The Reason Half of U.S. Protestants Would Switch Churches

Protestant churchgoers in the U.S. do not change membership often. However, more than half said that a change in doctrine would be the likely reason they would make a switch. […] Read More

The Danger of Never Wanting to Change Your Mind

It was often at a time of crisis when people changed their mind and embraced the narrow way that Jesus was offering. How about congregations and faith communities? Can we change our minds? Does it always take a crisis for this to happen? […] Read More

Internet Etiquette for Your Church: 7 Helpful Rules

Have you ever: Sent a text that the recipient misinterpreted? Wondered how to decipher an angry sounding email you received? Congratulated someone on Facebook for an accomplishment, only to discover the news was still confidential? If you haven’t had one of these experiences, you’ve had one similar. We can all share stories of digital communication […] Read More

5 Keys to Building a Healthier Church

Researchers at Harvard University recently completed a study of the factors that lead to a healthier, longer life. Using lifestyle questionnaires and medical records of 123,000 volunteers, they determined that the presence of five healthy habits in a person’s life will significantly increase the number of years that a person will live. Men who follow […] Read More

What’s the Biblical Model for Church Governance?

They were seeking a “biblical form of church government.” This congregation seemed to think that they could achieve this by severing all formal ties with other churches and becoming an independent church. As a Baptist, I am a high-trust, low-control person. I trust local congregations to follow the Spirit and would defend them from outside control. […] Read More

Why You Should ‘Try Not to Make God Look Stupid’

A student I’d taught decades ago made this comment to me recently. “It’s been more than 20 years since I took your class, and I’ve forgotten most everything you taught. What I do remember from your class is that we’re supposed to always try not to make God look stupid.” I hope that’s true. I […] Read More

4 Reasons to Re-Interpret Your Average Sunday Attendance

He’s been our stable and reliable friend for so long, that “Average Sunday Attendance” (ASA) metric. We knew what he meant and maximized his role. We accepted his gift of reliable information, integrating him into so much of what we do. He informed our reports to our denominations, our monthly leadership team reports and our […] Read More