What Can You Pull Off in Three Weeks? Block Party with a Purpose

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What could you pull off with just three weeks notice? Could you plan and pull off a block party? Think about your block. What would you have to do tomorrow to make it happen? Get a couple other neighbors to say “yes”? Make a flyer? What about the next day? Circulate the flyer? Think you […]


Small Group Spiritual Gifts Inventory

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By: Brett Eastman A Spiritual Gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church. 1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT A spiritual gift is a special ability, given by the Holy Spirit to every believer at their conversion.  Although spiritual gifts are given when the Holy Spirit enters new believers, their […]


Create Connecting Steps that are Easy, Obvious and Strategic

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Public Service Announcement: If you want to connect unconnected people you’re going to have to create connecting steps that are easy, obvious, and strategic. Ever notice how often we begin with a crystal clear understanding of a genuine need (for example, lots of unconnected people in our congregation) and end up with a strategy that […]


Transformational Discipleship: How People Really Grow

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If you’re looking for discipleship resources that will give direction to your approach, then Transformational Discipleship: How People Really Grow by Eric Geiger, Michael Kelley and Philip Nation ought to be on your reading list. A research driven project, the book is based on the discoveries of an extensive research project launched by Lifeway in 2010 “to […]


Multiply the Good Life

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By Brett Eastman Years ago, John Kim began leading a men’s Bible study with just ten guys. The momentum of the group exploded, and before any of us knew it he had 60 men weekly meeting in his house. John helped orchestrate a church-wide campaign, which resulted in 35 more men’s groups. Soon, almost 200 […]


Empty Promises: A Compelling New Study from Pete Wilson

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Had an opportunity this weekend to dive into Empty Promises. Pete Wilson’s newest DVD-driven study.  Wilson, the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee is widely recognized as one of America’s most creative communicators.  This study makes it easy to see why.  Based on his recent book, Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your […]


Four Proven Ways to Find Leaders With HEART

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“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:31 (kiv) “I didn’t think I could do it. But I found out I could. It’s not as hard as you think You just have to have a willing heart.” – Anonymous When you think of sharing your life mission in the world does it […]


Three Itsy Bitsy Strategic Tweaks with Exponential Impact

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Ever noticed that sometimes the tiniest changes can have the largest impact?  For example, an oil tanker has a massive rudder designed to turn the ship.  It’s huge and would take enormous power to change directions…if not for a much smaller part called a trim tab.  The trim tab is essentially a small flap that when it’s […]


Avoiding the Pitfalls of a Church-wide Campaign

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Church-wide campaigns are a powerful vehicle for connecting congregations into community and impacting spiritual growth. 40 Days of Purpose from Rick Warren, One Month to Live by Kerry Shook, and a number of other church-wide experiences prove the catalytic impact of a small group study aligned with a sermon series. Churches and their members will never be the same. […]


What’s Your Church’s FQ (Fellowship Quotient)?

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When a church of 120 members set out to assimilate 3,000 converts (from a one-day revival!) into the life of their family, they ranked “fellowship” among the top priorities in accomplishing the task. “Koinonia” is a Greek word which, while almost always translated “fellowship” in our Bible, refers to sharing life, a partnership. My own […]


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