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Strengthen: Takeaways from a church revitalization panel
Apr07

Strengthen: Takeaways from a church revitalization panel

We recently had the privilege of hosting at Falls Creek a group of leaders from across the Southern Baptist Convention who are striving to assist churches in their state and regions in need of revitalization. I have had the opportunity to participate in this State Revitalization Network for the past four years and have noticed a common thread in our group. This is the thread: church revitalization is hard work, and there is a great...

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How to fill roles in your ministry team
Apr02

How to fill roles in your ministry team

One of the most important elements in any movie or play is casting the leading roles. Bringing together the best actors and actresses leads to an incredible production on screen or on stage. The same is true in ministry. If we want the best possible ministries, we must put together the right team. Often those in ministry leadership positions, especially those on church staff, think they must do all the ministry themselves. I know I...

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16 Often Unknown Roles of a Pastor
Mar30

16 Often Unknown Roles of a Pastor

This post is more real to me today than it was during my 16 years as a pastor. Pastor, have you ever heard? What is it you have to do when you’re not preaching? Must be nice to only work one day a week. I’d like to come see you this afternoon. Since it’s not Sunday I’m assuming you’re free. Believe it or not, I’ve heard all of those. Most are simple misunderstandings. Sometimes people are just trying to be funny. I must admit. It’s...

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Opinion: A path forward to protect life, stop abortion
Mar11

Opinion: A path forward to protect life, stop abortion

As pastors, we recognize our sacred duty to preach the Gospel and minister to the vulnerable. We know that a great evil in our time has tragically snuffed out the lives of millions of vulnerable people in America and thousands each year in Oklahoma. This evil is the practice of legalized abortion. While we to continue to preach, pray and do even more ministry designed to stop the demand for abortion, we want to highlight a key...

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Powerful prayer: A covenant to pray for the lost
Mar10

Powerful prayer: A covenant to pray for the lost

In every believer’s life, the most urgent prayer is that which focuses on the lost and backslidden. Yet it is vital for believers to understand not all prayers are equal. Many saints live with a burden of praying for friends or relatives but are seeing no answers. Though there are no magic prayers, the Bible does say “The effective, fervent prayer of the righteous avails much” (James 5:16b). To help interested believers pray more...

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10 church diseases
Mar05

10 church diseases

In the 1990s, Peter Wagner published The Healthy Church, a book describing several diseases that churches sometimes exhibit. Some of his descriptions are quite helpful (e.g., koinonitis = excessive, inward fellowship), and the list itself challenges readers to come up with their own descriptions. Here are 10 diseases I see as I consult with unhealthy churches around the country: 1. Community Disconnect Disease. Churches with this...

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