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
It’s Time to Be the Welcome Mat

It’s Time to Be the Welcome Mat

At first glance, the little welcome mat looks much like something you’d find at World Market or Pier One. Strips of fabric sewn together make a durable gathering place for shoes that have journeyed near or far. But in the corner, a canvas tag is a reminder that this is much more than a rug. It is redemption. And it is a hopeful invitation to the church. The tag simply says, “Love Welcomes.” Tennessee-based Thistle Farms, a nonprofit dedicated to healing, empowering and employee women survivors... Read More
Inviting Neighbors With Grace and Humility

Inviting Neighbors With Grace and Humility

So we have chosen to be for our neighbors. We have raised our hands, signed our names on the list and maybe even shouted “I” instead of “nay,” during the vote. Whatever the case may be, we are here now. We are crouched at the starting line, waiting for the starting pistol to permit us to lift our feet into acceleration. Bang! And we’re off! The invitations to our special event or regular church service have been mailed—some are even given in person. A few days, weeks or months later, our... Read More
For Our Neighbors Part 2: From Belonging to Believing

For Our Neighbors Part 2: From Belonging to Believing

Orange Tour is now wrapped up, and we are heading into the holiday season. Truthfully, some of us probably already started with fall parties. Whether you’ve started or are planning parties for your neighbors now, we want to remind you that sometimes it takes a party to show that we are for our neighbors. We want our neighbors to be invited and know they belong. (If you missed it, check out this article for more on inviting your neighbors and letting them know they belong.) But after they’ve... Read More
Mobilizing Your Church to Reach Its Community

Mobilizing Your Church to Reach Its Community

November is here and Christmas is right around the corner. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year. It is so amazing to see all the sights and sounds of the holidays this time of year. Whether it is the Christmas music, the lights, all the great holiday parties with great food, it is a very joyous time of year. As great of a time of year it is for many, there are some that are going through a very non-joyous time of year. Maybe they have lost a loved one recently, or are without family... Read More