Two Habits To Help The Next Generation Win Friends And Grow Their Faith

Two Habits To Help The Next Generation Win Friends And Grow Their Faith

If we lead the next generation to love and serve others, their faith will move in a positive direction. If we don’t, their faith will become shallow and superficial. Not only does loving God affect how we love others, but loving others affects how we love God. That’s the genius of what Jesus was implying in the Great Commandment. Your relationship with God and your relationship with others is intricately connected. Here’s the practical point. We often miss the link between loving others and... Read More
5 Ways To Communicate With A Diverse Audience In Mind

5 Ways To Communicate With A Diverse Audience In Mind

As the country continues to evolve and advance, our nation seems to be “browning” more and more every day. This means that churches everywhere are beginning to evolve, too. This evolution includes programming, branding, messaging, marketing, staff culture and even target audiences. Statistics show that churches that choose not to diversify within the next 10-20 years will be struggling churches very soon. Some 43% of Millennial adults are non-white, the highest share of any... Read More
Who is Generation Z and How Can The Church Reach Them?

Who is Generation Z and How Can The Church Reach Them?

There is a new generation on the horizon of leadership in our congregations. While their permanent name will be assigned sometime in the future, researchers are calling them Generation Z, iGen, the Centennials, or the Founders. For the sake of this article, let’s go with Gen Z. Who is Gen Z? Most researchers have settled on Gen Z being born between 1995–2015 (although that year range depends on who you ask). They’re characterized by being individuals who are too young to remember what... Read More
Why Valentine’s Day is a Big Deal in Marriage Ministry

Why Valentine’s Day is a Big Deal in Marriage Ministry

The Super Bowl is a big deal. From half-time performances by music royalty to the most expensive advertising space on television, this football game has turned into a worldwide spectacle, and often the only sporting event some people watch all year. The economic power of just one event is life changing for the city lucky enough to host it. The 2018 Super Bowl brought in over $370 million to the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Not to mention that it’s an unofficial national holiday in the US as... Read More
How Nehemiah’s Story Calls Us to Unity

How Nehemiah’s Story Calls Us to Unity

The work has started, but it’s not yet complete. We’ve come a long way, though, haven’t we?  Like Nehemiah, we’ve named the problem. We’ve used our resources and influence to address the problem. We’ve formulated a strategy and are working on the problem. Now it’s time to start being the Church. Remember, when we come together, it makes the enemy nervous.  Diversity in Christ We are the Church regardless of our denominations, political opinions, cultural differences. We’re connected by a... Read More
Church Diversity Done Right: 9 Keys for Including Everyone

Church Diversity Done Right: 9 Keys for Including Everyone

For far too long, evangelical life has been divided on the issue of diversity. It’s been aptly said segregation still exists in America. It exists every Sunday morning in churches across our country. In a nation that is so ethnically diverse, why are we still behind in the church? What can we do to better welcome those of differing races, nationalities, and socioeconomic levels? As a pastor, I know firsthand how hard it is to break through the cultural barriers that exist. But if we are to... Read More