Make Church Security a Priority

Make Church Security a Priority

By Timothy J. Fancher On Sunday morning, Nov. 5, 2017, a deranged shooter burst into First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and ruthlessly slaughtered 26 people and injured 20 more. His killing spree came to an end only after he was shot twice by the grandfather of one of the people inside. In the weeks, months, and even years leading up to the shooting, the topic of church security was relatively low priority. But by the afternoon...

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The Chosen: VidAngel Presents the Greatest Story Ever Told in a Groundbreaking New TV Show

The Chosen: VidAngel Presents the Greatest Story Ever Told in a Groundbreaking New TV Show

By Dan Brownell A new streaming television series about Jesus’ life is being produced by VidAngel. Surprisingly, this is the very first TV series ever made about the life of Christ. Many movies and miniseries have been created over the years, but no multiple-season show has been attempted before. The show’s 23-minute pilot, available to view for free at http://bit.ly/TheChosenPilot, has been viewed 15 million times in 10 languages. It’s even...

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5 Things You Need to Know before Talking to Preteens About Faith

5 Things You Need to Know before Talking to Preteens About Faith

By Dan Scott You might think it would be easy to transition kids from talking about Bible stories to talking about faith as they enter their preteen years (9-12). But as they grow and develop, abstract thinking makes the topics trickier and conversations stickier. Here are 5 developmentally appropriate realities to keep in mind when talking about faith to preteens: 1. Fewer kids have a background in Scripture. How we talk about the Bible needs...

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Holiday Visitors and Church Security

Holiday Visitors and Church Security

By Timothy J. Fancher For generations, the holidays have evoked memories of beautiful lights, hot chocolate, classic Christmas movies, turkey laden feasts, visits with family, and for Christians, the excitement of church activities, candlelight services, and Christmas plays. For pastors and church leaders, the Christmas season is also associated with the nervous anticipation of new visitors, challenging logistics, and special services. Yet,...

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3 Ways to Develop Leaders in Your Church

3 Ways to Develop Leaders in Your Church

By Kevin McDonald Every Sunday our church is full of missionaries whom God is calling out to do amazing things for His Kingdom. The sad reality, however, is that most pastors and churches don’t recognize this simple fact. Every weekend when I get up to preach, I see a congregation full of men and women whom God is calling to get out of the boat and into service for His Kingdom. God is calling us as church leaders to continually to equip His...

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