7 Ways to Connect with Guests Beyond the First Greeting

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Giving Coffee

Your God is awesome. Your church is wonderful. Yet guests who visit your church don’t often return. No true connection was made. A parking lot greeter in our church expressed that concern: “We’ve got to figure out how to actually connect every guest with another person. Our flippant hellos or glad-you-cames just aren’t adequate.” Why […]


Churches In Ukraine Serve People Through Crisis

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Ukraine Man

KIEV, Ukraine (BP) — Tensions rose to dangerous levels as Russian forces occupied Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in late February, but Ukrainian Baptists aren’t slowing down their ministry to a nation battered by months of internal crisis. In fact, they’re picking up the pace. “The response from the churches has been fantastic,” said IMB worker Shannon […]


Why You Should Treat Your Guests Like Cancer Patients

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Charles Arn Surgery

Date: October 18, 2013  (Friday) Time: 02:35 p.m. Place: California Urology Medical Clinic, Pomona California  “Dr. Arn…your biopsy came back positive.  I’m afraid you have prostate cancer.” I thought he must have been talking to someone else in the room.  But we were alone…and the doctor was looking straight at me. “Are you sure?” was all I could think […]


Effective Evangelism and Mastering the Art of the Turn

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Sales Pitch

Because of my undiagnosed allergy to the inside of an office I spend a lot of time hanging out at coffee shops and restaurants. Most of my fellow nomads are people conducting business, and every day I see “the turn” executed at tables around me. For the uninitiated let me explain the turn. You invite […]


Busting 6 Common Myths About Church Health

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illusion

Growing up there were many superstitions, wives’ tales, and myths that as you got older you realized, as much as you believed it then, they were not true.  Some were harmless and innocent but others caused fear because if you broke a mirror you believed you would have seven years bad luck.  Even intelligent people […]


Why Evangelism Is Hard, But Necessary

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Hard Work

I have been leading a ministry called “Dare 2 Share” for the last twenty years or so. During that timeframe we’ve had the privilege of inspiring and equipping a half million teenagers to share their faith. We truly believe that, because 85% of those who trust in Jesus do so by 18 years of age, a […]


Ministry Leaders, If Attacked by an Anaconda… Don’t Panic

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Anaconda

Church health is dependent upon the health of the pastor and its leadership.  If leaders are going to help people follow Jesus more closely and deeper then they must be setting the example for them to follow.  In Leading on Empty Wayne Cordeiro says, “Wisdom and understanding are not built in a day, however they […]


Your Church’s Turf May Be Bigger Than You Think

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Turf

“Turf wars” can be brutal –especially within ministry. As a young minister in the Eighteenth Century, John Wesley was chided by the Anglican Church for preaching across parish lines (invading another pastor’s turf). When approached, Wesley famously explained, “The world is my parish.” In other words, Wesley did not draw boundaries for his ministry. He […]


What’s Right About Megachurches

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Megachurch

As the saying goes, “The world is going to hell in a hand basket.”There’s never been a greater challenge for world evangelism, there are plenty of social problems like hunger and homelessness we face here in the United States, Christians are being marginalized more than ever, religious persecution is rampant on a global basis, and that’s […]


What Makes Christianity Unique?

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He Has Risen

There are so many beliefs and religions out there it’s not even funny. It’s probably extremely confusing to read about so many different beliefs, talk to others about what religion they believe in, or even live within a family that has certain traditions or practices that you’re not even sure where they came from. So […]


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