A Stunning Reminder: The Darkness Lives in Me


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Guest column by Dave Miller I had a shocking conversation with an old friend recently. He told me that his wife, whom I had known as a vibrant, passionate, committed Christian, had abandoned her family, her faith and embraced a life of sin with wild abandon. I would have never believed that it was possible. […]

The Buck List for Believers: 4 Ways to Redeem Your Life Dreams



In this series we are advancing the  notion of  ”Bucket List Living;” that is, how do we experience a more meaningful life through goal setting. As my blog is directed toward ministry leaders, I want to deal briefly with the potential push-back to the series: Is it selfish to dream big and set goals for […]

Mentor Your Coaches and Their Leaders



3 levels of spiritual mentoring that will keep your leadership coaches in the game Leadership coaches face burn out and fatigue just as any uncared-for small group leader does. As a pastor or staff member, one of your jobs is to focus on the needs of your leadership coaches and supervisors to ensure that they […]

7 Church Growth Tips from Mayberry


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When Andy Griffith died, my mind was flooded with the memories of watching him and Barney do their thing in Mayberry. And I thought of somethings Andy did that would help the church… 1. Never carry a gun I loved the way Andy could keep the peace, protect the innocent and catch the bad guys…without […]

Ideas for Churches Ministering to Families Dealing With an STD Diagnosis



Ideas for churches ministering to families dealing with an STD diagnosis: Don’t be judgmental and condemning — “Come alongside with compassion and mercy.” Dr. David Hager, Ob/Gin and author of “Women at Risk: The Real Truth About Sexually Transmitted Diseases.” Offer accountability and encouragement – “The church can help those get back on track by making […]

Teen STD Rates Rise, Despite High Condom Use


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Guest column by Aaron Earls Sexually transmitted diseases rates have continued to grow, particularly in teenagers, despite condom usage remaining at or near record levels, according to recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance report released in June, the CDC found that teen condom […]

Q&A: ‘Orphanology’ Author Says Adoption Shouldn’t Be ‘Plan B’


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Every adoption story is unique, but the tale of how pastor and author Tony Merida came to see he should adopt — essentially, through his own sermon — likely is quite rare. When Merida was asked to preach at a youth camp on the subject of poverty, he began studying the subject in-depth, looking at […]

The Six Elements of Compelling Vision Illustrated


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A few days ago I posted some church leaders take-aways from the Kony 2012, Invisible Children video, 70 Million Views in 7 Days: A Vision Analysis. I also mentioned  the opportunity to see this video through The Six Elements. (Grab the free tool on the previous post.)  Here are just a few observations of how […]

5 Ways To Lead Leaders


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By necessity, ministry – children’s & family, in particular – requires us to lead in perhaps the hardest leadership arena possible: the volunteer arena. However, whether volunteer or paid staff, leaders are leaders, and we need to focus our attention on them in order to accomplish our grand vision. Easier said than done! But here’s […]

Create a Caring Church



By: Brett Eastman If you want to create a church community that really cares for one another, the best way to do it is through small groups. When small groups become the vehicle for care-giving, the whole church gets involved in sharing one another’s burdens—a much more personal approach than relegating the task to a […]

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