Four Keys to a Successful Church Year in 2018

Episode #400
January 23, 2018
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Podcast Episode #400

We celebrate our 400th episode by discussing four keys for how churches can be successful in their ministry this year.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • We have mission drift in many of our churches.
  • You cannot make incremental adjustments to become outwardly focused. It must be a major shift.
  • If your church is focused on outreach, it will likely have fewer distractions and arguments about inward issues.
  • The greatest distraction in churches is often disunity.
  • The body of Christ is designed to work together in unity.

The four keys we cover are:

  1. Increase your efforts to reach your community by fourfold.
  2. Focused your congregation to pray John 17:20-23 as an ongoing prayer effort.
  3. Make a concerted effort to abandon the entitlement mentality.
  4. Pray for hearts that would be willing to accept new paradigms.

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