What is an “Ideal Church Member”?

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Odd Church

Jesus said, “Go and make disciples.”  You’ve heard it.  You’ve studied it.  You’ve preached it.  But, have you ever defined it?  What, exactly, is a “disciple”? May I suggest that, for all practical purposes, a “disciple” is synonymous with an “ideal church member.”  Or, at least, it should be. If you agree, then try this […]


Poll: Churchgoers Struggle in Sharing Their Faith

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people sharing

Guest column by Jon D. Wilke NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — When it comes to discipleship, those who regularly attend church struggle with sharing Christ with non-Christians, according to recent study of church going American Protestants. The study conducted by LifeWay Research found that 80 percent of those who attend church one or more times a […]


The Group That Serves Together Grows Together

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Serving Together

Setting up task groups is a great way to develop a growing number of faithful volunteers in almost any area of ministry.  A task group is distinct in that it isn’t just a traditional fellowship-building group or a team of people simply fulfilling a task.  By definition, task groups attempt to accomplish both fellowship and […]


A Blockbuster Small Group Strategy

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showing now movies

When was the last time you watched a movie at home with your family and a few friends? Did you call the church office to decide whose house you would go to? Did you ask your pastor who to invite? Probably not! If you are like most people, you just got the movie and called […]


‘Bible storying’ is key to reaching 2/3 of world

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By Guest Contributors Don Graham & Barbara Denman Bible storying holds the key to evangelism in the U.S., with 50 percent of all Americans being functionally illiterate. Storytelling is one of the most effective ways to reach two-thirds of the world’s population who “learn through stories or music, drama or poetry.” “If you hand them […]


Standing with the Sikh Community Today

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Sikh Temple

This morning, we saw horrible violence at a Sikh Gurdwara. Several have died and all the details are not clear at this point. However, we know a terrible act of violence has been perpetrated against the Sikh community. Christians stand with and pray for the Sikh community today. As Christians, we stand up for freedom […]


The Silver Bullet for Disciple Making

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Silver Bullet

“Silver bullet”— Any straightforward solution perceived to have extreme effectiveness; a phrase that typically appears with an expectation that a particular practice will cure a major prevailing problem. i Based on my 30+ years in studying the process of evangelism and church growth, I can confidently say there is a “silver bullet” for fulfilling Christ’s command […]


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

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orphanology orphans

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 […]


How Churches Can Partner to Plant New Churches

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Multiple Plants

Denominations don’t plant churches.  Churches plant churches. This is why churches should be proactive about church planting rather than waiting for denominational boards and agencies to get the job done. Having said that, most churches don’t have the resources to plant another church on their own, so they need to partner together with other multiplication-minded churches […]


I Am a Foreigner

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Kids in Dominican Republic

I don’t like that word. I don’t like to hear people called “foreigners” on American soil. And frankly, I just don’t care that much about the politics of immigration. I’m a Christian, a stranger and a foreigner in this culture. My citizenship is in another kingdom, so I’m odd and strange because of my beliefs […]


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