Leadership

Helping churches grow as they continue to multiply.

Would you consider yourself a security guard, a hoarder or an equipper? You can describe most church leaders in one of these terms. We each feel the call to shepherd the flock God assigned us, but we do that in unique ways. Much depends on our spiritual gifts, our community and even the availability of …

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Juneteenth celebrations began in churches and rightly so. The holiday began one year after the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas. The Confederate army had surrendered months earlier but it was on June 19, 1865 that Union General Robert Granger read the liberating document in the streets of Texas. A year later the commemoration began. Jesus came …

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We can live with hope in a despair-friendly world. A combative approach to a broken culture can do no good. Having rejected the gospel, our culture basks in uncertainty and polarity. God calls us to meet a broken world in love and truth. We must meet our world with faith, love and optimism. But what …

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Napoleon defined a leader as “a dealer in hope.” One of my close friends, Myron Pierce, serves in an underprivileged community—one often blanketed in despair. He sees himself as the lead hope dealer in his church. In other words, every church member is a dealer in hope. A recent poll in the business community revealed …

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We who follow Jesus Christ are struggling because we live in a world of increasing secularism. Worse, it’s radical secularism that would do away with the church as we know it. Biblical values get called out as hate speech things. Because these are challenging times, we must reappraise ourselves, where we are and how we …

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I was born into “Christian America.” But now reside in a post-Christian culture. Last month the Pew Foundation reported a further decline in Christianity. Just 63 percent of Americans self-identify as Christians, down from 75 percent a decade ago and 90 percent in 1950. What are we to do as our slice of the pie …

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China went soft on churches—for four decades. Then came a different government. Things are tougher now for all faiths, especially Christians. Not just tougher but much tougher. Members arrested. Buildings demolished. Even the Three-Self state ordained churches are under attack. So, what happens in circumstances like these? Basically, the church adapts. I just saw a …

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