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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

‘Biggest movement of God I’ve seen’ after scores of unscheduled baptisms at Tennessee church

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Noah Iacob lived for only a week two years ago. But his story is one interwoven with others’ as part of a revival taking place at Long Hollow Baptist … more

Great Commission is ‘first priority,’ Allen tells MBTS graduates

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) – Cars in the parking lots on Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s campus were sparse this December, and fewer seats than usual were occupied in the Daniel Lee … more

Two churches become one with a vision to reach their community

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) – Woodlawn Baptist Church recently celebrated their 94th anniversary. Mitch Tapson, pastor of 10 years, has seen church attendance drop by half as members have died … more

The Key to Loving People Who Hate You

From time to time, I run into people who pretty much hate me. Once upon a time, they liked me (I think), but something happened, and I got unfriended—dramatically. These encounters are … more

A Halloween Quest to Share the Light of Jesus

In a year where COVID-19 has generated a laundry list of thou-shall-nots, Quest Church in El Cajon hit the pause button long enough to host a four-hour Halloween event designed to create sweet … more
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