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 […]


Leading In the Afterglow of a Big Sunday

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Grace Hills Church Worship

I was humbled by the words scribbled on the back of a communication card this past Sunday: This was my first time to church. I have struggled most of my life and just find myself in the worst situations. Listening to your sermon gave me a lot to think about and I am ready to […]


They’re Waiting… A Quick Easter Follow-up Plan

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Exhausted

The pastor, church leaders and members are wrung-out-exhausted after all the extra preparations for Easter Sunday. Some planned Good Friday service, egg hunt, breakfast, sunrise event. Extra effort was put into greeters and music and invitation counselors. One church painted their entire interior. It was all worth the effort. God was honored. People came. In […]


3 Ways Your Church Facilities Communicate “You’re Not Welcome”

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Keep Out

Growing up, anytime guests were coming to visit, we would “clean house” to get ready. The more important the guest, the more we cleaned up. Every church (no matter the size, median age, location, or resources) can quickly communicate a lack of concern for visitors by the way they keep their facilities. Here are three quick […]


Make Easter BIG, but Don’t Put All Your Eggs In the Easter Basket

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Big Easter

Easter is one of the two biggest weekends for most churches in terms of attendance. I see this as a great opportunity for evangelism to begin and for a relationship to start between your church and all of the visitors who come that Sunday. You should do everything you can to leverage Easter weekend for […]


Moving toward Church Multiplication Movements: 4 Steps for Developing Multiplication Leaders

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Map with pins

  Mission leaders like to talk about Church Planting Movements (CPMs), but I believe it’s unlikely we will ever see one in our current context. A Church Planting Movement has a specific definition: a movement of church planting characterized by a rapid, even exponential, multiplication of churches within a people group or population segment. Something […]


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