Seven (Hopefully) Helpful Hints after Seven Months of Visiting Churches

Burnside Church, Wairarapa, New Zealand, 10 December 2005

I’ve been on the road a bit more than usual. My job as CEO of LifeWay requires that I spend most of my time in Nashville, but I do get out to speak and preach frequently. These past seven months have been unusually heavy travel times for a myriad of reasons, but I have tried to […]

Celebrating the Fruits of Easter Weekend

Rick Warren Baptizing

Nearly 3,000 people gave their lives to Christ over Easter weekend at Saddleback Church! The stories of salvations and baptisms have been so deeply moving. All eight of our Saddleback campuses had record attendance:  Corona, Anaheim, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Laguna Woods, San Clemente, Rancho Capistrano, and Lake Forest. Last weekend, three of our campuses had […]

The Primacy of Prayer in Spiritual Awakening

Revival Fire

By Roger S. (“Sing”) Oldham NASHVILLE (BP) — The apostle Paul charged Timothy to establish prayer as the top priority in his life and ministry (“first of all,” 1 Timothy 2:1). If our churches are to experience spiritual renewal and our nation is to experience spiritual awakening, [we] must embrace this same priority in our […]

You Are a Channel of God’s Love and Grace


“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV) In faith, I know these things to be true: God is full of love and grace, and he fills me with his love and grace. God’s work […]

Three Aspects of Gospel-driven Prayer


By Chuck Kelley This week the United States will be voting in one of the most important presidential elections we have ever had. Christians across America are praying about this election and calling others to pray. Our instinctive expectation when we pray is for God to intervene in the circumstances and situations we bring before […]

God Doesn’t Want You to Worry


Brett Eastman and I are working with a growing number of churches at Lifetogether Ministries to help them produce their own video-based curriculum and grow their small group ministries successfully. As we watch churches take big steps forward for the Kingdom, we also see the enemy at work. Divisive church members, staff setbacks, and a […]

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10 Statements Church Visitors Never Want to Hear

Church Visitors

You’ve been a church visitor at some point, right? Ever heard something you wish you didn’t hear, right off the bat? I’ve got a few that nobody really wants to hear. Some I’ve heard personally. Others I’ve heard as they were told to someone else. 10 Statements Church Visitors Never Want to Hear 1. Our […]

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Four Ways a Pastor Can Show Love


Pastor, you set the tone and atmosphere in your congregation. If you want to know the warmth of your church, put the thermometer in your own mouth. I’ve visited some churches where the pastor’s lack of love is the main reason the church isn’t growing. Some pastors, by their cold demeanor and lack of personal […]

Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul

Anything Cover

Guest column by Jennie Allen Surrender “God, we will do anything. Anything.” Zac and I climbed into bed on a completely average night two years ago. We were pretty tired. We just laid there looking at the ceiling, with only small firework fantasies of what God might say. Zac took my hand and spoke the simple words we had been […]

7 Tips to Modeling Prayer for Your Group


One of the most powerful aspects of small groups is the opportunity to offer prayer requests, to pray together, and then to see how God follows through on those prayers.  It’s amazing to see how God works over three months or six months or a year.  Prayers get answered, situations change, hearts change – your […]

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