Pastor David Platt Succeeds Tom Elliff as International Mission Board President

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David Platt

David Platt was elected president of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board today (Aug. 27) by board trustees, meeting at the IMB’s International Learning Center in Rockville, Va. Platt, 36, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, a Southern Baptist congregation in Birmingham, Ala., will take office effective immediately as president of the 169-year-old organization, […]


5 Steps To Creating A Culture of Evangelism In Your Church

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Old Church

It is a sad reality today that many churches are simply not reaching many people for Christ. No, it’s not all about numbers. Yes, fellowship and discipleship are important. But if we are trying to follow the great commission, why are we not doing more to try to reach more people? Put simply, I believe […]


On #Ferguson, and Why We Need More Multi-Ethnic Churches

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Transformation Church Baptisms

Mike Brown, an unarmed 18 year-old, black teenager was recently shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. This is a sad, horrific, and an all too familiar ugly story. DIFFERENT WORLDS We don’t know all the details of what went down in Ferguson, but what we do know is […]


Join Greg Laurie and Host Harvest America 2014

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Greg Laurie Harvest America

I 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 […]


The Border Crisis In Texas Personalized

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Ronnie Floyd at the Border

The news stories and pictures of the border crisis in Texas all became personalized for me on Tuesday. The children and young people we saw are real children and real young people. We saw children from seven to seventeen years of age, from the countries of Honduras, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. On Friday, July […]


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 […]


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