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Ministry Matters launched in Beta one year ago, on April 11, 2011. Check out the most popular content from our first year.

  1. Top Stories of MM's First Year

    Articles Top Stories of MM's First Year

    Happy Birthday to Us! Ministry Matters launched in Beta one year ago, on April 11, 2011. Whether you've been with us from Day One or just found us lately, we hope your ministry…

  2. A Savior Who Disturbs and Disrupts

    Articles A Savior Who Disturbs and Disrupts

    Mark 1:21-28 Jesus has a message. Jesus is an individual not with just words to fill an hour but with a message that can make the difference between life and death; a message…

  3. Sermon: Who Are We Looking For?

    Articles Sermon: Who Are We Looking For?

    John 20:1-18 That first Easter experience is somewhat lackluster, especially in the lives of those first responders. The story involves three persons who were followers of Jesus. …

  4. Giving It Up: A Sermon Series for Lent

    Articles Giving It Up: A Sermon Series for Lent

    Many of us give up certain things for the forty days of Lent, and doing so can be a very beneficial thing for us. This seven-week series takes that idea one step further and…

  5. Bandwagon Church

    Articles Bandwagon Church

    Which is a better number: 12 or 12,000? Recently, my wife and I spent an evening with two friends from out of town. They attend a large and well known church with a prominent…

  6. 7 Reasons People Disappear from Church

    Blog 7 Reasons People Disappear from Church

    One frustration I have had in ministry is watching people come to church, get excited for a time, then disappear. You spend energy and heart on people, grow to love them and get…

  7. How to Rid Your Church of Young People

    Articles How to Rid Your Church of Young People

    Young people are, by and large, missing from the church. This realization came one day when I opened my eyes and saw pews full of heads that were, with few exceptions, bald…

  8. 5 Things Your Church Must Do at Christmas

    Articles 5 Things Your Church Must Do at Christmas

    Earlier this week, someone asked us to list five things that churches really need to do at Christmas. We brainstormed and came up with the following ideas based on our own…

  9. Top 5 Ways to Mess Up Your Christmas Opportunity

    Blog Top 5 Ways to Mess Up Your Christmas Opportunity

    Every year I have to convince senior pastors that Christmas Eve is a powerful and great opportunity to reach out to their communities. Catholic churches have known this for…

  10. How Christmas Can Help Your Church Grow

    Articles How Christmas Can Help Your Church Grow

    Churches sometimes underestimate the importance of the Advent and Christmas seasons when planning their growth stategies for the year. Because December is such a busy month, it…

  11. Christmas is Not Your Birthday: Sermon Series

    Articles Christmas is Not Your Birthday: Sermon Series

    I stood before our congregation in the fall of 2004 and said, “I want you to have a slim Christmas this year . . . and whatever you spend on your family, bring an equal…

  12. Christmas Day is a Sunday!

    Articles Christmas Day is a Sunday!

    If you haven't made that connection yet, let me be the first to inform you: Christmas Day is on a Sunday! While we all probably wish that everyone so valued the true meaning of…

  13. Comparing Bell and Chan on Hell

    Articles Comparing Bell and Chan on Hell

    “Hell reappeared,” wrote Martin Marty in his August email column “Sightings.” Marty was referring back to his own 1988 piece in the Harvard Theological…

  14. The Logic of Hell

    Articles The Logic of Hell

    When I’ve suggested in the past that there might be Hindus in heaven, some of my conservative friends have found the idea unsettling. In what follows I’d like to…

  15. Why Steve Jobs Left the Church

    Blog Why Steve Jobs Left the Church

    Steve Jobs lived as an innovator and died as a legend. He kept to himself and enjoyed his privacy. Recently I read an article about Steve Jobs’ faith. I was very surprised…

  16. Sermon Starter: Thomas the Avatar

    Articles Sermon Starter: Thomas the Avatar

    In the virtual world of online gaming, players can fully participate in alternate realities and existences.  Through the “magic” of the web, people can put…