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Rancho CapistranoSaddleback Church would like to serve you and your church by inviting the Executive Pastor to a 3-day, 2-night gathering in January of 2015. This exclusive, invitation-only event is for church leaders (Executive, Associate, or Administrative Pastors) whose weekly attendance averages 2,100 and 3,000. A second week will be offered for church leaders whose weekly attendance is between 9,000 and 15,000. We will be discussing topics that will entail practical, tailored conversations around serving the lead pastor and the church.

What you can expect

You’ll be surrounded by leaders like yourself:

  • Leaders who value time in a peer-to-peer learning session to get real wisdom from experienced leaders wired just like you
  • Leaders who are committed to strategic, interactive, out-of-the-box learning opportunities and willing to invest time and energy for their personal development
  • Leaders who want to be part of a controlled, safe forum who can be candid about the challenges they face while receiving honest, encouraging insight from others who understand ministr

You’ll be in an information rich environment:

  • 50+ hours of peer-to-peer learning sessions affording the opportunity to let down your guard with peers you can trust
  • A casual, authentic setting to get practical wisdom from a group…

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Football SundayMany church leaders in America aren’t quite sure what to do with Super Bowl Sunday. Over the past few decades, the Super Bowl has emerged as a major national event and church leaders have either seen it as competition or embraced it as an opportunity for evangelism. Pro Athleles Outreach, in partnership with NFL players and sponsors, have put together a powerful tool for churches to use to harness the energy of the Super Bowl for good, and they’re challenging churches across America to turn Super Bowl Sunday into Football Sunday.

It’s really quite simple. Pro Athletes Outreach will provide a video to replace what is normally the message time in the weekend service which features powerful testimonies. According to their website:

Football Sunday is an in-church video simulcast event uniquely designed around the Super Bowl. Treat Football Sunday like a guest speaker; simply add it to your service where the sermon would normally take place and invite your community to get an inspiring inside look at faith in the NFL.

Why not take control of all the commotion and potential distraction that comes with Super Bowl Sunday and use it to reach…

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With a goal of turning the stories of the Bible into a video game for all ages to enjoy, Ruben and Efraim Meulenberg, internet phenomenon and identical twins known as the “Tornado Twins,” have launched a Kickstarter,, to raise funds to develop several episodes about David, including the story of David and Goliath.

“The Game Bible Series” will be an epic 52-episode video game series to be released on multiple platforms and set to cover the entire Bible from Adam to Jesus, allowing the gamer to experience the entire biblical narrative in a side-scroller format — a game-genre where character, story and world-exploration come together.

The Meulenberg brothers have set a goal of $35,000 on Kickstarter, a crowd-funding social media site, to fund the first three episodes of the story of David. The first 10 episodes entitled “David, Rise of a King” will be fully funded at $380,000. Those interested in helping to fund “The Game Bible Series” have several options for donating, $5 and up. Each level of giving will allow a different level of access to “The Game Bible Series” before it is available to the general public.

“The stories of the Bible…

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By Bob Smietana 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One in four Americans suffers from some kind of mental illness in any given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Many look to their church for spiritual guidance in times of distress.But they’re unlikely to find much help on Sunday mornings.

Most Protestant senior pastors (66 percent) seldom speak to their congregation about mental illness.

That includes almost half (49 percent) who rarely (39 percent) or never (10 percent), speak about mental illness. About 1in 6 pastors (16 percent) speak about mental illness once a year. And about quarter of pastors (22 percent) are reluctant to help those who suffer from acute mental illness because it takes too much time.

Those are among the findings of a recent study of faith and mental illness by Nashville-based LifeWay Research.  The study, co-sponsored by Focus on the Family, was designed to help churches better assist those affected by mental illness.

Researchers looked at three groups for the…

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Be the Message“I’m sick of sermons” are the first words in Pastors Kerry and Chris Shook’s new book launching today, Be the Message:  Taking Your Faith Beyond Words to a Life of Action (Foreword by Rick Warren, WaterBrook Press, September 9, 2014) as well as Be the Message Church-wide Challenge on Sunday, November 16.  Never ones to shy away from honesty and truth, Kerry and Chris go on to say, “Don’t get me wrong.  I love the call that God has placed on my life, and I love teaching His life-changing word.  I still believe there is deep value in all that.  But, increasingly, I’m feeling I talk so much about God that I sometimes fail to really experience Him.  I want to talk about God less and walk with Him more.  I want to hear about God less and experience Him more.”  In this interview, just as in their books, Kerry and Chris have chosen to speak as one.

First, since it’s coming up soon, what is the Be the Message Church-wide Challenge, and how can pastors get involved?

On November 16th we’re signing churches up now from…

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City on a Hill The Song ResourcesMegachurch pastor Kyle Idleman of Southeast Christian Church and City on a Hill Studio are on a mission to “Awaken Love” and reclaim the original vision of what God intended marriage to be through the national theatrical release of THE SONG film and accompanying resources.

“In our culture we are constantly hearing about love, sex, and marriage. These are the subjects of the songs we listen to, the books we read and the movies we watch. But the messages we have been receiving have left our love lives broken and cold,” said Idleman. “We want to awaken love in marriages and we look to what God has said about these important areas. After all he is the one who came up with the ideas of love, sex, and marriage; so he’s the one who knows what’s best. THE SONG film is a great date night movie that will point you to God who has the power to awaken love in your relationship.”

An integral part of the highly anticipated romantic drama THE SONG, which opens nationwide September 26, is a line of resources and curriculum based on Song of…

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Purple FishPurple Fish: A Heart for Sharing Jesus, by Mark O. Wilson was released last month by Wesleyan Publishing House and is receiving rave reviews from early readers who can’t put it down.

In this inspiring, practical book, Mark O. Wilson uses fishing and treasure hunting as metaphors, offering a fresh, new approach for sharing Christ with others, especially for those who feel inadequate and intimidated by witnessing. Purple Fish shows how it can be a delightful adventure of faith, filling your own soul in the process.

Through amazing and often humorous stories as well as many practical suggestions Wilson encourages the reader to rethink what it means to bring lost people to Jesus.”They are lost treasures,” says Wilson, “not lost causes.”   It will leave readers saying, I haven’t thought of it that way before. I can do that!

Leonard Sweet, best-selling author and theologian recently remarked, “Every now and then a book appears out of nowhere and is destined to be a classic — or should be. Mark O. Wilson’s “Purple Fish” is best bought by the box and distributed to every church. It is the most exciting, fun and accessible book…

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YoungPastorsYoung pastors face many obstacles in the first years of ministry. Often times, they lack experience needed to have realistic expectations. A lack of resources like relationships, counsel and money inhibits their growth. An endless list of new skills to learn causes stress and discouragement. During the YoungPastors Dallas Gathering, we want to provide real stories, practical resources and essential networking. We will work through our 5 primary focuses: Spiritual Devotion, Personal Development, Global Mission, Church Innovation, and Overall Wellness. We want to provide you with the tools you need so you can lead a thriving ministry.

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Southwestern Assemblies of God University


We are excited to be holding the YoungPastors Dallas Gathering at the Communication Building on the beautiful campus of SAGU.

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You and Me ForeverMarriage is great, but it’s not forever. It’s until death do us part. Then come eternal rewards or regrets depending on how we spent our lives.

In his latest book, Francis Chan and his wife Lisa address the question that many couples wonder at the altar: “How do I have a great marriage?” Setting aside typical topics on marriage, Francis and Lisa dive into Scripture to understand what it means to have a relationship that satisfies the deepest parts of our souls.

In the same way Crazy Love changed the way we saw our personal relationship with God, You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity will radically shift the way we see one of the most important relationships in our life.

Jesus was right. We have it all backwards. The way to have a great marriage is by not focusing on marriage.

Whether you are single, dating or married, You and Me Forever will help you discover the adventure that you were made for ­­and learn how to thrive in it.

100% of the net proceeds from You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity will go towards various ministries that…

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Greg Laurie Harvest AmericaI am passionate about telling people about Jesus Christ. I want to do it in a way that isn’t religious and strange. I want to do it in a way that is friendly, that is understandable, and that is culturally relevant. But yet I don’t, in any way, want to compromise that biblical message—that story of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and how He can change lives.

Every year we hold events called Harvest America, which from beginning to end are designed to bring the gospel in an understandable way to the person who has never heard it before. It is not like a church service in that it is geared toward a nonbeliever, from the music we choose to the message I share. Every aspect is designed to make the gospel of Jesus Christ understandable. I want people to make an intelligent decision about Jesus Christ based on the facts.

I want to tell them what Jesus said, what He promised, and how to come into a relationship with Him. When I speak, I effectively preach for a decision. From the beginning to the end of…

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NOTE: We’ve added a third week!

Preaching Ranch

Be part of an exclusive cohort of Pastors and take your preaching to an all-new level by choosing one of two weeks in September and joining us at Saddleback’s Rancho Capistrano for a three-day in-depth workshop on preaching for life change. Nothing is more powerful for changing lives, casting a vision, and shaping the future direction of a church than preaching.

Is your preaching changing the hearts and lives of your people? Do you desire to become a better communicator to reach the lost in your community? Each weekend, 55 million people listen to 1 billion words in sermons given across America. Yet research shows that the #1 complaint people have is that sermons are boring and don’t relate to their lives. The simple fact is that preaching makes or breaks a church.

This three day conference will help you develop creative approaches, strategies, and techniques to communicate the only message that can truly change a person’s life. It’s practical information that is transferable, regardless of church size, denomination or cultural-context.

We want to host you:

  • A guest room on our Ranch property in beautiful Southern Orange County, CA Check in:…

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One CryOneCry: A Call to Spiritual Awakening is a challenge, a plea for readers to shake off their spiritual apathy and wake up to the hope of God moving with extraordinary power in our day. Pulling an abundance of stories from ordinary people who have experienced the power of life-changing revival in their own lives, this book provides a contemporary roadmap for spiritual awakening and real revival.

Revival can begin within the heart of any who choose to cry out to God in realization of their desperate situation. OneCry: A Call to Spiritual Awakening is a challenge for readers to awaken from their spiritual sleep and complacency to see that there is hope. God is moving in incredible ways among His people. Join us on this journey to look at stories from ordinary people whom God has radically changed.

We were always taught to put others before ourselves, but in the case of revival, we don’t need to be praying for spiritual awakening to happen to others. It begins with us.

Have you examined your own heart? Is God calling you to step into the circle of personal authenticity before Him and…

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