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Guest Editorial: Managing social media

by Micah Fries ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (BP)—It’s no secret that I’m a fan of social media. I’m convinced it’s an incredible tool to expand your reach, advance gospel causes, sharpen your communication skills and on top of all that, it’s fun. However, social media also has the potential to consume your time, kill actual relationships with real people and divert your attention from things that matter. So, from the perspective of a pastor, how...

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Guest Editorial: 10 revival meeting tips

by Jake Roudkovski NEW ORLEANS (BP)—Even though the number of revival meetings in the Southern Baptist Convention has been declining, a significant amount of churches continue to use revival meetings for evangelism and revitalization. In a 2010 survey by LifeWay Research, revival meetings were among the five most often used evangelistic events in Southern Baptist churches. Let me suggest several practical ways that may help churches...

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Guest Editorial: Smile, you’re blessed

by David Jeremiah EL CAJON, Calif. (BP)—“Life is like a box of chocolates,” said Forrest Gump. “You never know what you’re gonna get.” I seldom bite into a piece I don’t like. And when I think of life’s little pleasures, I don’t want to forget to thank God. After all, He made the cocoa trees and beans, the sunshine and the rain, the fruits and grains—and the Bible says He opens His hand and satisfies His children with good things...

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Guest Editorial: Small is the Kingdom

by Ed Stetzer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Americans are obsessed with big things. If something is big, it must be better. It has strength. It has legitimacy. Yet, that’s an American value, not a biblical one. Jesus confused a lot of people when He showed up and announced that the Kingdom of God had come near. Then, he confused even more people when He described it in terms of small things. The Kingdom of God broke into the world with the...

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Guest Editorial: 10 keys to a healthy church staff

Church staffs are perhaps one of the most important factors to having a healthy church. If the pastor and worship pastor cannot get along; if the youth pastor and administrator cannot get along; why should there be any expectation for church members to get along? Below are “10 Keys to Having a Healthy Church Staff.” I pray God uses them in your church as He has in ours. I love my staff and thank God that we are more of a “family” than...

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Guest Editorial: The CP and church plants

by Page Brooks NEW ORLEANS (BP)—God has allowed me the privilege of serving three church plants in 15 years of ministry. I have served in various roles as a church planter, from staff pastor to lead pastor. While all of the church plants have given to the Cooperative Program (CP) in varying amounts, promotion of the CP has been a constant goal (and joy) for our church members. Being a professor and church planter, I believe I have a...

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