To Grow Your Church, Know Your Culture

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Downtown

I talk with a lot of pastors and leaders. Pastors and leaders from different places and different sized places. Specifically, as I talk to pastors and leaders in rural places, in small towns, across the country, I hear desperation in their voices about their community. You see, I’ve come to realize that pastor and leaders […]


Strategic Evangelism: 3 Effective Outreach Opportunities

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Phone

Evangelism is the responsibility of every believer. There is no such thing as the “gift of evangelism,” rather, all Christians have the obligation to share the gospel. It is, and should be, on the heart of every believer to look for opportunities to share. That’s why we call people to lives of incarnational mission, showing and sharing the […]


You’ve Been Called. You’ve Been Sent. Now GO!

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Sent

Matthew and Luke 10 are deeply meaningful passages of Scripture for how we reach out to the world around us. As Jesus gives instructions for the disciples to go out into the world on mission, he obviously knows that we will be reading these instructions for generation after generation to get our marching orders as […]


Books – Out of Commission: Getting Every Christian Back to the Great Commission

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Out of Commission by Paul Chappell

You’d be hard pressed to meet a dedicated Christian who doesn’t say the greatest work on Earth is evangelization. But, while all of us give lip service to evangelizing and discipling, the effect of our labor seems woefully behind. Somewhere there is a disconnect between the priorities we claim and the actions we practice. Something […]


Pastors and Christian Leaders: It Is Time for the Next Great Awakening

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Great Awakening

Everything in American life today points to our greatest need: the next great spiritual awakening in America. I believe there is a growing desperation rising up within the people of God and a continual expectation that God is going to do something great in our generation. I believe it is time. It is time to […]


How Denominations can Create National Evangelism Strategies

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People Walking

I am concerned. We live in a time when church planting continues to capture more of our attention, mission volunteerism continues to be on the rise, and yet evangelism seems to be on the decline. Now, I think I have the background and practice to say that church planting matters to me—deeply. And, mission volunteerism […]


Video – Two Tornado Survivors Find Christ

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Salvation

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains have been helping in areas hit by a string of tornadoes across the U.S. These are two of many lives that have been changed as a result. More Information About the Rapid Response Team


The State of Evangelism

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Evangelism

We are in a time when it appears evangelism is on the decline. In my most recent episode of The Exchange I hosted Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg. We discussed the decline in evangelism and how to address it. I’ve talked about this on many occasions because it is a concern we should all share. […]


How to Have a More Loving Church, and Why It’s So Vital

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Saddleback Greeting

One of the most important factors for the growth of your church, of any church, of the kingdom for that matter, is how loving we are as Christians. It’s absolutely essential that we lead our churches to be love-filled communities. It’s love that reaches people. You don’t argue people into the kingdom of heaven. You […]


Why “New” Works So Well

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Fresh New Growth

Here’s a growth axiom you can take to the bank. Whether you are pastoring a (large, medium, or small) church…leading a youth group…overseeing a music ministry…or involved with any other aspect of a church in which you believe God desires growth, it is just about guaranteed. Here it is: New Units = New Growth It’s […]


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