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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Becoming an Authentic Reconciler

Becoming an Authentic Reconciler

By David D. Ireland God does not hide the dirty laundry in His church. The Antioch Church was multiethnic, but, when Apostle Peter visited, a problem began to surface. It became very apparent his behavior was divisive. Peter was not an authentic reconciler and he didn’t even know it. He didn’t know how to connect with others across the racial divide or how to maintain unity within the multiethnic blend of the members. Since he was quite famous...

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The Benefits of Servant Leadership

The Benefits of Servant Leadership

By Kevin McDonald How should a ministry leader lead his people? John Maxwell says, “everything rises and falls on leadership.” I’ve been in ministry for about eight years and have found this statement to be true. I have also found that servant leadership can help instill life and vibrancy in the local church. Examples of Poor Leadership When I was 22, I took a job in local government in West Tennessee. My boss at the time was very difficult. In...

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The Transforming Power of Transparency

The Transforming Power of Transparency

By Jonathan Hayashi The idea of transparency and authenticity has received a significant amount of attention recently as people search for meaning in life. Consequently, the loss of transparency in the church is loss of vital power in the community. To revive the effectiveness of the church, building (or rebuilding) transparency can be an important step. The most serious issue in the Christian circle is the lack of transparency among leaders....

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