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6 Ways to Re-engage Your Group’s COVID Dropouts

With churches rebounding across the country, it’s time to re-engage with members of our congregation that we haven’t seen in a while. Read More The post 6 Ways to Re-engage Your … more

Churches, Religious Organizations Face Shrinking Pool of Donors

Those who are giving to religious organizations are donating more per household, but fewer Americans are donating to charities — including churches. Read More The post Churches, … more

Spike in Negative Emotions Provides Opportunities for Churches

Did you feel sad and stressed last year? You weren't alone. Those struggles, however, can provide outreach avenues for your church. Read More The post Spike in Negative Emotions Provides … more

Sermon Analysis Reveals What Pastors Preached on in 2020

Like a good, alliterated sermon, in the fall of 2020, pastors preached on the pandemic, politics, and prejudice, according to Pew Research. Read More The post Sermon Analysis Reveals What … more

5 Lessons Every Church Leader Must Learn From the Pandemic

The lessons that we learn from the pandemic should wake us up and help us refocus and retrain our thoughts toward Christ and Christ alone. Read More The post 5 Lessons Every Church Leader … more

U.S. Is One of the Most Divided Nations, but the Church Can Help

In a world rife with tension, Christians can demonstrate the difference Christ makes and work to reconcile groups that are in conflict. Read More The post U.S. Is One of the Most Divided … more

Who Are ‘Evangelicals’ and Why Knowing That Matters for Your Church

Knowing the different ways "evangelical" can be defined, not only helps you read the news better, it helps you reach your community better. Read More The post Who Are ‘Evangelicals’ … more

4 Ways to Live During the End Times

If we could know that Jesus was coming back tomorrow, what kind of church should we be? Think about these four ways of living. Read More The post 4 Ways to Live During the End Times … more

4 Keys to Developing Women Leaders in Your Church

Leaders must think about who will come after us to continue the work of ministry. Young women need to be developed to grow the kingdom. Read More The post 4 Keys to Developing Women … more

3 Necessary Preparations for Pastoring in the Next Decade

As we think about ministry in the local churches this coming decade, it is essential to have the right mindset and expectations. Read More The post 3 Necessary Preparations for Pastoring … more

How Do Most Pastors Plan Their Sermons?

Pastors have numerous church responsibilities but the one they say takes up the most of their work week is sermon preparation. Read More The post How Do Most Pastors Plan Their Sermons? … more

Americans’ Confidence in Church Drops to Near Historic Low

Americans’ confidence in major U.S. institutions — including the church — fell in 2021, after a brief increase during the 2020 pandemic. Read More The post Americans’ Confidence in … more

Why Christians Should Care About the Uyghur Muslims

Any attention on the plight of the Uyghurs or other oppressed groups is a reminder to us all that God’s image binds us to each other. Read More The post Why Christians Should Care About … more

4 Steps for Quickly Recruiting and Training Church Volunteers

With rapidly shifting ministry responsibilities and guidelines, churches are wondering how to recruit volunteers to sustain essential ministries. Read More The post 4 Steps for Quickly … more

Most Pastors Feel Supported by Other Local Ministers

The vast majority of pastors say they feel support from other ministers in their communities, but that encouragement is less prevalent in some places.  According to a study from Lifeway … more

2 Questions Every Pastor Must Ask to Be Successful in Modern Ministry

There is no better pastoral perspective for the 2020s than looking to the only One who has been worth turning to at any point in history. Read More The post 2 Questions Every Pastor Must … more

Highway to Hell: Why the Modern Emphasis on Justice Paves the Way for a Traditional Doctrine

The cultural focus on justice provides Christians an opportunity to discuss the true nature of hell and the gospel that provides an escape. Read More The post Highway to Hell: Why the … more

Why Your Church Needs to Know and Use ‘Flake’s Formula’ Right Now

Churches are reopening their Bible study groups again and 'Flake's formula' can help grow and multiply these groups. Read More The post Why Your Church Needs to Know and Use ‘Flake’s … more

How Churches Can Address a Growing Suicide Threat in Young Adults

Suicidal thoughts are on the rise, especially with marijuana use on the rise. Young adult ministries need to be aware and informed. Read More The post How Churches Can Address a Growing … more

5 Ways to Encourage Discouraged Parents

While some parents felt like failures, few felt like local churches did anything to help them in the pandemic. How can churches change that? Read More The post 5 Ways to Encourage … more
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