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7 Youth Ministry Traps Every Church Should Avoid

Written by Patrick Scriven, Originally Posted Here Youth ministry is a complicated thing. Churches love to have a youth ministry, or at least the idea of one. The presence of a youth program is a rarely challenged mark of church vitality. We simply feel better when we are able to support a youth ministry. It is [...]

February 13th, 2017|Comments Off on 7 Youth Ministry Traps Every Church Should Avoid

Should We Really Be Building walls?

Written by Pastor Bob Bender Should We Really Be Building walls? We are hearing a lot these days about building walls. One is the building of a physical wall along our southern border; the other is the raising of a political one as we attempt to “wall off” travelers from seven Middle Eastern countries known [...]

February 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Should We Really Be Building walls?

5 Volunteers You May (Wish You Didn’t) Know and How to Handle Them

5 Volunteers You May (Wish You Didn’t) Know and How to Handle Them Originally Posted, Here BY CHRISTINE YOUNT JONES  Maybe you haven’t yet decided whether your volunteers are the greatest…or the most splintery, rough-hewn part of your ministry. (For the record, I think they’re great. It might just take some sanding down and polishing to get them there.) Reality [...]

February 13th, 2017|Comments Off on 5 Volunteers You May (Wish You Didn’t) Know and How to Handle Them

Pastor’s Journal: On Balancing Ministry and Family

Written by Steve Hoekstra,   The balancing act is pretty much just that – an act. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life;  family events, kids sporting/school/special interest events, church events, work/ministry related events, community events, hobbies, recreation, projects and the list goes on.  The question has [...]

February 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Pastor’s Journal: On Balancing Ministry and Family

Why Our Son Doesn’t Have a Smartphone

Originally Published Here Written by Trevin Wax, Our son wants a smartphone with an Instagram account. He’s twelve. He’s in seventh grade. He wants to be able to text his friends, send pictures, and chat in the afternoons and evenings. His mom and I say “no.” We’ve opened an Instagram account on my wife’s phone [...]

January 31st, 2017|Comments Off on Why Our Son Doesn’t Have a Smartphone

Sheik Sent to Kill Pastor Professes Faith in Christ

(Left to right, Bishop George Edweu, Sheikh) Originally Published Here   AMURIA, Uganda (BP) -- Islamic extremists ambushed a church leader in eastern Uganda this month after a sheikh sent to assassinate him during worship instead accepted Christ, sources told Morning Star News. Sunni Muslim extremists had sent the sheikh, an Islamic teacher trained [...]

January 31st, 2017|Comments Off on Sheik Sent to Kill Pastor Professes Faith in Christ

Build a Rescue Ship, Not a Luxury Liner

Written by J.D. Greear, originally posted Here In Long Beach, California, you can visit the Queen Mary, a ship that’s been turned into a museum. It was originally launched as the ultimate luxury cruise liner of its time. But during World War II, it was commandeered to carry troops back and forth in battle. You [...]

January 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Build a Rescue Ship, Not a Luxury Liner

How Long Should I Preach?

Written by Brian Croft, originally published Here I find many pastors, especially younger ones, are regularly wrestling with this question.  The pressure to answer can be self-imposed, or forced by those in your church who complain your sermons are too long.  The problem is there does not seem to be one right answer. The answer to this [...]

January 10th, 2017|Comments Off on How Long Should I Preach?

6 Statements That Can Kill a Church

Written by Thom Rainer, originally posted Here Words can kill. Words can kill churches because they often have deadly actions behind them. As we begin this new year, please allow me to share six statements that I have heard from church members whose churches have died. Please hear that last statement again: These are statements [...]

January 10th, 2017|Comments Off on 6 Statements That Can Kill a Church

Behind the Lens: 2016 in Review

Behind the Lens: 2016 in Review By Scott Godinez I spend many of my days behind a lens. Specifically, a Canon 5D Mark iii lens! And this year was no different. As the Communications Director for the Colorado Baptist Convention I get to report on God’s work across Colorado. I have seen the saffron leaves [...]

January 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Behind the Lens: 2016 in Review