2 Key Ways To Get Your Church Out Of Maintenance Mode

By Pete Johnson It can be daunting to think about all the people who still need Jesus in our area of ministry. There are some 8.4 million people in NYC, 1.5 million in Philly, 622,000 in Baltimore, 658,000 in DC, 438,000 in Virginia Beach. Add to that all our suburbs and rural communities and…

Why we’re stuck with people we don’t like… and what to do about it!

By Michael Martin The capacity to separate ourselves unto God and have an intimate, powerful, regulating, transforming relationship with Him, and not with those that he brings with Him is wrong. If you love Christ, and He loves the Church, that means the Church is part of the package. You…

How to be better, stronger together.

We can’t be in the church a divided group. In John 17, Jesus says “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one–as you are in me, Father, and I am in you.” It’s important that we know we’re all on the same team.…

3 Meaningful Ways to Launch Seniors

By Tim Gardner We’re in the midst of move-up season, and there seems to be a celebration for everything from preschool closing programs to senior proms. For many, this season is both exciting and difficult as people enter new grades and new phases. For high school seniors, this marks one…

You’re not enough. And that’s okay!

Have you ever had one of those days in ministry where you’ve had someone, or multitudes of people, come to you and tell you what the church needs more of… More discipleship. More teaching. More prayer. More evangelism. More peace. More prophecy. More pastoral care. It’s one thing after the…

5 CHARACTERISTICS TO DEVELOP IN YOUNG LEADERS (AND YOURSELF!)

Can we tawk about the… minor leagues? Yup, I’m a Yankees fan! Now that I’ve got that off my chest, let me talk about Ben Heller and life in Scranton, PA. Last month, Heller was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after making just one appearance for the Yankees. He recorded one out while allowing…

10 WAYS TO COMMUNICATE TO AND ENGAGE MILLENNIALS

Ever wonder if you will be able to continue to communicate effectively to younger people as you get older? I hate that the church world seems to suggest you have to be young to communicate well to young people. So I put together the top 10 ways to communicate to…

AN EASTER THOUGHT ABOUT THE METHODISTS

I’m convinced that the temperamental Mr. Wesley would spontaneously combust if he were alive to see what’s happening in the movement that was birthed through his influence.  The United Methodist Church has fallen on hard times. With the hopes of being more inclusive and open-minded, their recent theological stances have…

THE UNTHINKABLE: GOD MAKES GOOD FRUIT IN THE DARK

What seems impossible actually happens sometimes. Every year, the national news conversation leans toward the NCAA college basketball tournament. The overall experience is called March Madness. Sports analysts go into high gear, the words “Tournament brackets” become part of everyday vocabulary for millions of people and even everyday casual fans…

DISCIPLING TOWARD TRANSFORMATION, NOT JUST INFORMATION

Like most pastors, I desperately want to see every person connected with our church being transformed into the likeness of Jesus. Unfortunately, I found that most of our approaches to discipleship led to being informed, but not transformed. Most of what I read, and most of the people that I…

LOVE AND TRUST

Love cannot live where there is no trust. Edith Hamilton I never thought I had a problem with trust because I’ve been fairly trusting in my interactions with others throughout most of my life. However, a number of years ago I crashed into a situation with someone I deeply cared about…

LOVE AND FEAR

Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love…

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