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Strengthen: Factors for church faithfulness
Jan22

Strengthen: Factors for church faithfulness

The Beta Collective recently launched for 2018, and we had the privilege of having Steve Parr with the Georgia Baptist Convention share with the group the importance of the small group strategy we often call Sunday School.  An added benefit of the day was some information that Parr shared with the group regarding a research project that he led with his colleague Tom Crites that they reported in their book, “Why They Stay.” This book...

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Strengthen: Make the most of Christmas
Nov26

Strengthen: Make the most of Christmas

You probably grow weary of the cliché, but it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Regardless of whether you think it is the most wonderful time of the year or not, the reality is Christmas is just around the corner. That means that your church’s celebration of Christmas is just around the corner, as well. Over the next few weeks, churches of all sizes and settings will be celebrating the birth of Christ in a wide variety of...

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Strengthen: Sheep and shepherds, part 2
Oct15

Strengthen: Sheep and shepherds, part 2

Rarely does a week go by without a conversation taking place in my world related to either a pastor expressing frustration regarding the congregation he serves or a church member expressing disappointment in their pastor. The common denominator in these conversations appears to be the unmet and maybe the unrealistic expectations on both sides of the equation. These conversations have caused me to think more directly about what...

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Strengthen: Sheep and shepherds
Sep10

Strengthen: Sheep and shepherds

Rarely does a week go by without a conversation taking place in my world related to either a pastor expressing frustration regarding the congregation he serves or a church member expressing disappointment in their pastor. The common denominator in these conversations appears to be the unmet and maybe the unrealistic expectations on both sides of the equation.  These conversations have caused me to think more directly about what...

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3×3 evangelism emphasis: #Share72
Jul24

3×3 evangelism emphasis: #Share72

It is hard to imagine that another summer is coming to a close and in just a few days school will start again. Families are scrambling to fit last minute vacation plans before the normalcy of the school year calls them back to the regular scheduled bed-times, and the early morning rush of getting out the door to a busy day.  At the church, the start of the school year has become symbolic with the start of a new Sunday School year when...

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