What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Planting Churches…About Vision

by Steve Sjogren

“Vision is vital, but you can burn your people out on unfiltered vision.” In recent years much has been made of the importance of developing and communicating a strong vision. The Scriptures speak of and model this vital element as well. With all that has gone on in recent years sometimes we have swung too […]

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“Adding Value” Brings the Kingdom

by Martin Buehlmann

Did you ever think about church planting as a result of simply giving people the dignity and value God has given them by sending his Son Jesus to the world? I am increasingly convinced that loving people is one of the best ways to share the Gospel. I call it “adding value to people.” As […]

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How Large Shall We Plant?

by Steve Sjogren

Someone sent me a tweet recently that I’ve been thinking about. He asked about mega-churches and if many of the people they attract simply come from other churches. To be clear, those who come to any sized church are usually already converted people whether those churches are small, medium, large or mega. The problem isn’t […]

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How To Choose A Justice Cause To Champion

by Dave Ferguson

Ever feel overwhelmed by so many needs and so much injustice in the world that you end up paralyzed and do very little?  I was feeling that way and Dr. Soong-Chan Rah gave me some insight in how to respond when there are so many causes and so little time.  I was at a special gathering planned […]

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What Does the Great Commission Have To Do With Our Budget?

by John Richardson

There is a lot of talk today about making disciples.  And rightfully so.  Jesus never commissioned us to go to the ends of the earth to constructing buildings; He never commissioned us to provide programs or even produce moving times of worship.  Instead, He called us to make disciples. So, the logical question is, “How […]

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Are You Making The Most Of First Impressions?

by Toni Spry

First impressions are so important. Sometimes they’re so strong that they can’t be erased from the mind. Years ago Head and Shoulders shampoo advertised with the phrase “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” It’s so true.

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The Pastor’s Wife Is Simply a Wife

by Scott Thomas

I had a hard time finding in Scripture where it explains the role of a pastor’s wife. I dragged out every concordance I could find. I looked at my Greek and Hebrew Lexicon. Some day I might even get it off the shelf. I consulted Wikipedia (the academic version, of course), and even the urban […]

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