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Why I Wish Christians Would Argue MORE (No, Seriously)

I wish Christians would argue more. No, I’m not being sarcastic or saying this with an eye roll. I mean it. I want Christians to argue more and fight less. To take it a step further, I’d even say that fighting less depends on our willingness to argue more and better. Arguing in the Classic Sense To be clear, I’m …

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The 3 Biggest Obstacles to Evangelistic Church Growth

For more than 20 years (since first working with Thom Rainer), I’ve studied churches that grow evangelistically. I long to see churches that reach non-believers and make genuine disciples who then reach others. That’s not often happening, however, and here’s my opinion as to why. Let me know your thoughts. We’ve lost our wonder over Jesus. Read the book of …

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4 Reasons Why Praying Leaders Have Faster Growing Groups

One of the most significant findings from my research involving over 4,000 small group leaders is that praying leaders have faster growing groups. I’ve always been intrigued by this. Why does something that no one sees—the leader’s personal time with God and their prayer for their group—impact a small group’s growth so significantly? I think there are four simple reasons …

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Who Will Shine My Light to Them

I’ve always been quite average. I was good enough at football that I wasn’t picked last during recess, but I was too short and slow to be a great athlete. I made the honor roll in high school but was never at the top of the class. And while I laboriously prepared solid speeches for my communications class, I always …

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5 Ways Jesus Witnessed to Others

Yesterday I met a couple of young adults from our church for lunch. They wanted to see me interact with our server in order to better understand how to evangelize. They both share their faith but, like most, are nervous about it. We had a delightful time talking with our server, praying for her, asking her about her faith, and …

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Why Your Salvation Is More Than an Escape

About 10 years ago, after more than 20 years in ministry of proclaiming the gospel, the gospel started getting complicated for me. I was really good at talking about how Jesus’ work on the cross atoned for my sins. I was really clear about needing to confess, repent and enter into relationship with Jesus. I was also satisfied with how this made …

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Is Preaching Stressing You Out? This Is for You

Are you communicating this weekend? Maybe preaching at your church? Speaking in a student ministry? Or even training or casting vision to volunteers. I am, and it got me to thinking… No matter the environment, the audience or the type of message, communicating in any spiritual context brings a unique pressure. It’s a pressure that only communicators in the church …

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Is It OK for Worship Leaders to Be Ambitious?

Ambition is a dirty word among many Christians and church leaders, although Paul uses it in Romans 15:20: And thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation. For Paul, ambition is a good thing when rightly motivated, directed and applied. And for today’s worship leaders, …

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3 Myths Ministry Leaders Believe

This last weekend, I was able to conduct some kidmin training/consultation in beautiful Billings, Mont. I love that I get to travel from time to time and help churches wrestle through challenges. When you visit enough churches and talk to enough leaders, you’ll learn so many things that you’d never fully understand otherwise. Yesterday, I had two different conversations with a …

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