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At Tokyo Olympics, even faith events look different as COVID spikes.

(RNS) — It’s been dubbed the first “no-fun” Olympics. Athletes have been asked to eat alone and maintain distance in the dining hall at the Olympic Village in Tokyo, and … more

Vacation Bible School Reflection

"Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from him." (Psalm 127:3). Children are a gift and as someone who recently had the opportunity to serve our kids ministry in VBS, I got to see how … more

Summer Blast at Shadow Mountain Community Church

After a year of not having kids on site for Summer Blast, Shadow Mountain Community Church (SMCC) in El Cajon was excited to once again host their summer program on July 12 through July 16. Summer … more

Why churches need to be multigenerational, and why it’s hard to do

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article originally ran at chucklawless.com. Many churches consist of one primary generation, and that’s not the healthiest church. At … more

FIRST-PERSON: The Good Samaritan

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Thad didn’t have a choice. He commuted on foot to work each night, and his route took him through a dangerous section of town and down a darkened block with a … more

7 Steps to Leading Through Change

When I served as a campus and executive pastor in the D.C. area, I recruited a man named Bob Krulogoski as a small group leader at our first multisite campus. As our campus grew, we elevated Bob as a … more

How To Preach To A Difficult Audience

Speaking to a broken heart is like giving nourishment to a starving child. Speaking to a hard heart is like correcting a rebellious teenager. So how do you do it? If you're looking for an easy … more

7 Ways To Do A Bad Word Study

My guess is, you’ve encountered some sort of word study in the last couple of months: a Bible study, a sermon, a commentary, a quip about agape love or a defense of a biblical viewpoint … more

Pastors and Leaders Coaching Network

Join us Tuesday, June 8th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm for our first live, in-person, masks-optional Pastors and Leaders Coaching Network and FREE Fellowship Lunch in over a year! It will be great to see … more

Translation app leaves eternal impact

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) – A simple furniture purchase turned into a life-changing experience for two men visiting Pastor James Merritt this past weekend. Merritt, pastor of Cross Pointe Church in … more

Where Are You Finding Your Identity?

More than any other time, I am hearing people say phrases like “I need to find myself again,” or “I feel like I don’t know who I am anymore.” Some are changing ZIP … more

Long Hollow revival steeped in prayer sees 1,000 baptisms since December

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – These days at Long Hollow Baptist Church, interruptions aren’t considered bad. The plan isn’t as crucial as the response. Things flow from a position of … more

4 Questions to Consider When Making Godly Decisions

As pastors, we’re often asked hard questions about how to make decisions. People will come to us and ask, “Can I be a good Christian and still do ___________?” Sometimes the … more

The Key to Helping People Find Their Ministry Fit

If you’ve been reading my Ministry Toolbox articles for a while, you’re probably familiar with the concept of SHAPE—but you may not understand it fully.  For us at … more

What Your Money Reveals About You

“Trust in your money and down you go! Trust in God and flourish as a tree!” Proverbs 11:28 (TLB) God uses money to test you to see if you’re ready for greater … more

Press Release for San Diego Today

Congratulations to newly ordained minister Christopher Groves by two Bay Park churches, See World Church, a Korean Church, and Sonlight Church, both of which meet in the same building on … more

4 Ministry Trends to Watch in 2021

Whenever I’m asked to comment on certain trends that show up in surveys and projects from Lifeway Research, I hesitate. Looking at data and then predicting the future can sometimes lead … more

Primera Iglesia Bautista de San Ysidro Baptisms

We thank God for the baptisms we’ve been able to have even during the pandemic. Our original plan was to have 8 baptisms on Thanksgiving Sunday; unfortunately 2 of the 8 baptisms were … more

5 Gifts You Can Give Your Children During COVID (and Beyond)

We are going through an unprecedented time. The COVID pandemic has caused a tremendous amount of stress in many ways, from unexpected grief and loss to financial concerns to major lifestyle changes, … more

NAAF leaders, seminary presidents hold ‘honest and open conversation’

NASHVILLE (BP) – A multi-ethnic group of Southern Baptist leaders described a meeting Wednesday (Jan. 6) as productive and trust-building, saying although they did not agree on all points, they … more
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