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  • Nine Traits of a Community-Focused Church
    Nine Traits of a Community-Focused Church Reaches out to community leaders. Intentionality about being where the people are. The community of eating out and coffee houses. Helping where the community says they need it. Intentionally evangelistic Intentionally invitational In the ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-26
  • 06/26/19 I Give to You
    READING: 2 Chronicles 1-5, Acts 2:37-3:10 Someone had to carry the lame man to the temple each day. He had been crippled from his birth, so he never knew what it was like to walk upright. Each day was apparently filled by begging in the temple area. Every day, you could ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-26
  • 10 Questions of Young Pastors
    Over the years of my seminary teaching, I’ve spent a lot of time with young pastors – particularly, young pastors tackling a full-time ministry role for the first time. Here are some of the questions I hear recurrently from these young leaders: How do I find a mentor? They don’t want ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-26
  • Seven Ways to Be a Unifying Church Member – Rainer on Leadership #548
    Podcast Episode #548 SUBSCRIBE:iTunesRSSStitcherTuneIn RadioGoogle Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Church members who are determined to be unifying can change the entire ethos of a church, and a church with unifying church members is a blessing to a pastor. Some ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-25
  • 06/25/19 Giving Freely
    READING: 1 Chronicles 27-29, Acts 2:1-36 Every month, Pam and I give our offering to God’s church. We’re grateful for the opportunity, and we love giving to reach our neighbors and the nations. I’m not sure, though, that we think often enough about God’s grace in that whole event of giving. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-25
  • 7 Reasons Why Daily Bible Reading Matters
    I’m not a legalist (at least, I don’t think so, as I certainly used to be). I don’t think our spiritual disciplines ought to be just “checked boxes” so we say we’ve done them like any good Christian would do. On the other hand, I do think we should be ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-25
  • Is the Multisite Church Movement Still Growing? Six Updates
    The multisite movement is, by historical standards, a recent phenomenon. The 2005 research by Todd Rhoades found 10 such churches in 1990, a number that grew to about 100 by 1998. I am a part of that history since I led the church I served as pastor to go ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-24
  • 06/24/19 Devoted to Prayer
    READING: 1 Chronicles 25-26, Acts 1  Jesus had returned to the Father, but He had also told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until God gave them power from on high (Luke 24:49). The disciples didn’t fully understand everything Jesus had said, but they did go to Jerusalem and wait. What ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-24
  • 5 Things to Do when Obedience Hurts
    Obeying God isn’t always easy. We know it ultimately brings joy, but sometimes it’s painful. Sometimes it’s costly—including persecution and death. Most of us in North America don’t often face those extremes, but it’s still sometimes agonizing when obedience costs us friends, positions, opportunities, etc. Here are some simple suggestions ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-24
  • Pray for Belvedere First Baptist Church
    Location: North Augusta, South Carolina Pastor: John Meyer Weekly Worship: 10:30AM, Eastern Fast Facts: Belvedere First Baptist Church is 97 years old and is primarily a senior adult congregation and is seeking to revitalize the church and reach its community with the gospel. Belvedere loves ministering to children and ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-23
  • 06/23/19 Practical Discipleship: Praying for One Another
    READING: John 17 I confess that I write this devotion selfishly today. I believe that something happens when God’s people pray for one another—and I need your prayers today.  I need God’s help in giving Him my burdens, focusing on the work today, and trusting Him with the future. Jesus modeled ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-23
  • An Encouraging Word for Church Leaders for Today
    2 Timothy 2:20-21  Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also those of wood and clay; some for honorable use and some for dishonorable. So if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-23
  • Notable Voices and the Week in Review: June 22, 2019
    From Around the Web: Three Habits That Make You A Better Decision Maker — Shawn Lovejoy Our life is largely guided by the decisions we make. The small decisions we ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-22
  • 06/22/19 Just Follow Me
    READING: 1 Chronicles 23-24, John 21:15-25 I wonder what Peter’s face looked like when Jesus gave him this message: “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-22
  • Saturday Suggestions/Week in Review
    Check out these important posts from others:  Sunday Hustle or Sabbath? by Brian DodridgeFor pastors, Sundays can be anything but restful. Brian Dodridge offers practical advice for serving your congregation while practicing Sabbath rest.  3 Habits That Make You a Better Decision Maker by Shawn LovejoyThe decisions we make matter. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-22