How do you feel about your curriculum?

How do you feel about the Bible Study Lesson you are using? I have asked this question a number of times when teaching Bible Study leaders: How many times has your life been changed by Bible Study Curriculum? More than once, groups have spontaneously laughed out loud. Bible Study Leaders don’t seem too fired up about the Bible Study […]

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The gospel and innovation

Do you want to see God do something new in your church and the lives of the people who attend your worship gatherings? Preach the gospel to them. If you’re leading an older, established congregation with a majority of believers present, it will revitalize them and refocus their priorities, reminding them of their need to […]

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Doing missions at home

Missions is often the term used for going overseas for the cause of Christ—hence the word missionary. Sadly, it has led some to feel that missions is something that happens “over there,” creating a dulled sense of the needs on our doorstep. When the church is at its best, mission is not something we do; […]

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Our innovative God

At the heart of what I hope to share in this book is true innovation comes from God. This is a supernatural thing—something we can’t take credit for. Thus, your understanding of salvation and the gospel become crucial here at the start. Maybe, a verse I shared earlier looked at in The Message says what […]

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What is a good church?

For over fifty years, Michael Haynes served as pastor of the historic Twelfth Baptist Church in the Roxbury district of downtown Boston. Twelfth Baptist Church is a direct descendant of the First African Baptist Meeting House on Beacon Hill, founded in 1805. In 1840, a band of dissenters from the church felt led of the […]

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What does innovation require?

Innovation requires a couple of things: First, we must grasp onto this concept of joining God in His mission. Henry Blackaby likes to say, “God’s activity is far greater than anything we could aspire to do for him.” (7 Truths from Experiencing God p. 1) Let this one sink in a little bit. For some […]

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The imperative of change

Changing is not a suggestion. It’s imperative. It is a command. “Do not be conformed,” (Romans 12:2) is an imperative in the Greek, as it is in the English. Zodhiates paraphrases this way, “Stop being molded by the external and fleeting fashions of this age, but undergo a deep inner change by the qualitative renewing […]

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Widows, orphans and evangelism

Jesus wed mission and message together seamlessly, proclaiming the kingdom that had come while healing the leper and feeding the hungry. He mandated concern for the widow and orphan, the homeless and naked, the imprisoned and hungry while speaking of the bread of life and a home in heaven. In other words, we should have […]

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Is innovation the goal?

Is it wrong to want to be an innovative leader or lead an innovative church? I don’t think so, especially if your goal of being innovative is to follow where God leads. We just need to check out motives and heart here early in this journey. One of my favorite tweets is from March 8, […]

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Reaching the NONES

The rise of the nones calls for not only a renewed commitment to conversion growth and a rethinking of evangelism as both process and event, but also a new understanding of strategic effectiveness. Simply put, there has been a seismic shift in outreach that few church leaders are understanding, much less pursuing. From the 1950s […]

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To tweak or not to tweak

What happens if ministries are not tweaked? They become a type of ministry we never want to have: a “just because” ministry or program. A “just because” ministry serves no purpose other than existing. Why do we do this ministry? Just because. What is the purpose of investing in this program? Just because. Why do […]

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A chrysalis can teach us about spiritual growth

The reminds us we must die to self. Scientists describe the process when a caterpillar turns into a chrysalis as a death of sorts. Most of the inside of the caterpillar turns into a slimy goo and is reformed into a beautiful butterfly. The caterpillar must die in order to ever take wings. Bernd Heinrich […]

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Why we are not reaching the NONES

Here is the uncomfortable truth. Almost everybody who follows Christ, and almost every gathering of those Christ followers constituting a church, says the same thing: “We want to reach the world for Christ.” Yet most don’t do it. So where’s the breakdown? It’s not strategy. There are vast numbers of churches who are successfully penetrating […]

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The slow, steady decline

It is undeniable that churches evolve over time. Over the life of a church, neighborhoods can change, leadership can expand and even fail, theological trends can take hold, unity can be lost, and splits can occur. Throughout all of this turmoil, congregations frequently become inward-focused and often obsessed with maintaining the status quo. Well-meaning members […]

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A caterpillar can teach us about spiritual growth

A caterpillar can teach us about spiritual growth Scientists call a caterpillar an eating machine. Some caterpillars consume 27,000 times their body weight during this life phase. Caterpillars increase their body mass by as much as 1,000 times or more. Imagine if a baby did this. A typical eight pound baby would grow to four […]

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The religion of the NONES

In Ross Douthat’s book Bad Religion, the New York Times columnist offers a synopsis of the core beliefs of America’s wave of “spiritual but not religious” teachers such as Deepak Chopra, James Redfield, Eckhart Tolle, Paulo Coelho, Neale Donald Walsch, Oprah Winfrey, and Elizabeth Gilbert. According to Douthat, their “creed” shares four beliefs.1 1. All […]

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How God changes us

The Greek word translated transformed in Romans 12:2 is metamorphóō. We get our word metamorphosis from this word. There is an interesting contrast between change that starts on the outside—conformed, and change that starts on the inside—transformed. J.B. Phillips’ paraphrase of this verse accurately describes change that starts on the outside, “Don’t let the world […]

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Getting to know the NONES

But it’s more than simply being nothing. Perhaps one of the more disconcerting marks of typical nones is that they are very content with holding their “nothing in particular” stance toward religion. Among those who say they believe in “nothing in particular,” 88 percent are not even looking for a specific faith or religion. Think […]

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