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
Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year

Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year

Wow! What a fiercely passionate holiday extravaganza! Maybe by now we have caught our breath. For a moment there, we were hands on knees vigorously mouth-breathing. In ministry, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s make for an exhilarating ride. Every holiday season, we can expect changes in weather, parking lot and traffic congestion, and more families visiting our churches. The holidays have a way of bringing so many people together. We know this. But we also know that the rest of the year... Read More
How Churches Can Use Partnerships to Reach the Community

How Churches Can Use Partnerships to Reach the Community

Within your community, there are hundreds of organizations and likely thousands of people with a common goal: to reach and to help people. They have this goal in common with your church. This is why the church and the community not only need each other for practical purposes, but are better together for the good of the world. Instead of simply saying, “Let us know how our church can help!” there are many reasons and many ways a church can begin to actively use partnerships to impact the... Read More
Partnering With Local Schools This Holiday Season

Partnering With Local Schools This Holiday Season

The holiday season is fast approaching! Radiant red, forest green, sparkling white and a host of other colorful decorations will soon be everywhere. Our festive cities have wrapped the once bare light poles with fresh garland and artificial snowflakes. Lively shopping centers have placed a massive tree where there once was a stunning fountain. And as we cruise through our neighborhoods, we see that some of our celebratory neighbors have added a little Christmas flair to their houses. The... Read More
The Upside Down Kingdom of God

The Upside Down Kingdom of God

Not everyone is going to like you. Not everyone is going to like your ministry. Not everyone is going to like your church. You’re going to make strategic decisions that frustrate people coming to your church. From making modifications to the flow of traffic in your parking lot, to small groups curriculum, to the songs people wished you sang on Sundays, you’ll have critics in your church. The Jesus way of responding might feel strange, but so do most things in the upside-down nature of the... Read More