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Top-Five Social Media Tips for Pastors

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Many churches are using social media to enhance their ministries. From pastor blog posts and podcasts to Facebook shares and Retweets, social media continues to be a powerful tool for pastors. A January 2017 report from the Pew Research Center revealed that around seven-in-ten Americans use social media to connect with one another, engage in […]

Counseling the Couple Who Has Had It

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Chances are, you have many women or couples in your congregation or ministry who are frustrated and ready to give up on their marriage. They are tired of trying. Their minds are nearly made up. They have truly “had it.” But before they walk away from what they once hoped would last forever, here is […]

Why Is It So Hard to Pray With My Spouse?

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  Admit it. You’d like to be one of those couples that prays together daily, conducts family devotions regularly, and models to others what a spiritual home should look like. But if you’re like us – and most couples we’ve talked to – you’re not quite there. But that doesn’t mean you can’t ever be. […]

7 Reasons to Trust God in Times of Stress

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When life gets messy, it’s natural for us to get stressed. Or angry. Or bitter. Especially when life takes a turn we didn’t expect – a broken engagement, the loss of a spouse, the diagnosis of cancer, the death of a dream. Sometimes it’s even the day-to-day frustrations that make us feel we’re in a […]

4 Questionable Practices in Small Groups

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In leading small groups and tracking trends over the last 25 years, I’ve done all kinds of things to recruit leaders and get people connected into groups. Some of those things, I had to apologize for. Others, I simply avoided from the start. While this post is not meant to cast aspersions on other well-meaning […]

Are Your Loaves-and-Fish Leaders Playing Hide-and-Seek? 

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Your ministry could use more “loaves-and fish leaders”—leaders who believe in the potential of five loaves and two fish before God multiplies in miraculous ways. But here’s the catch, they’re probably playing hide-and-seek in your church. Pastors and ministry leaders are always on the lookout for faith-filled dreamers and doers to pave the way. So […]

What is Crossruption?

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Disruption in technology and the marketplace has become an expected and anticipated part of our existence. This occurs when an outlier—something deemed unimportant—quickly becomes the central theme of its paradigm. Today, we believe disruption will improve our lives. But what about the supernatural? Jesus Christ came from the spiritual realm to disrupt the physical world. […]

Fostering a Culture of Evangelism in Your Church

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I can tell you there are many times when I have stepped up to the pulpit and my spiritual fuel gauge is close to empty. It has been a busy week, I am depleted, I am tired—for whatever reason, I am not exactly full of vim and vigor. Can you relate? Yes, I have started […]

Practice the Discipline of Celebration

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One Sunday at church, my husband preached about the celebration as an important part of a Christian’s life. He said it was a discipline that, when practiced, can help develop us into mature Christians. At that point, he grabbed the microphone from the pulpit and said, “What is God doing in your life? Let’s share […]