Keys to a Thriving Women's Bible Study Group

By Melissa Spoelstra
Whether you’re looking to start a women’s Bible study group or rejuvenate one that’s dwindling, there are some basic keys that can help any group leader develop… read more

Starting-and Starting Over-with Small Groups

By Olu Brown
Imagine starting a church and knowing deep down in your heart that Sunday morning isn’t enough and that the traditional weekly Bible study led by the pastor or key … read more

The Methodist Way of Making Disciples: 3-5-5-1

By Paul Franklyn
A visitor appears in your congregation and is attracted to something that causes him or her to return. The port of entry varies. It might be a friendship or the worship… read more

7 reasons to use seat back cards

By Richard Rogers
If you want to maximize participation in electronic giving, a seat back (or pew pocket) card is an essential tool for your church. These laminated cards should be double-sided and … read more

Aim for excellence, not perfection

By Joseph Yoo
Occasionally it’s helpful to be reminded that “perfect is the enemy of good.” Sometimes our need to be perfect gets in the way of progress. We get so caught up… read more

Youth ministers are advocates for all young people in their communities

By Alaina Kleinbeck
Youth speak the thoughts and questions adults will only whisper:“Christian worship is where people go to show off their fake smiles.” “Why did that pastor talk… read more

When you can't let the dead bury their own dead

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
My grandmother, Miriam Harris Goldberg, just passed away at the age of 100 years old. I cancelled meetings, a dentist appointment, phone calls, lunch with one friend and dinner… read more

Do you lead leaders or lead followers?

By Ron Edmondson
In my leadership experience there are two kinds of leaders. There are those who are willing to lead leaders and those who will only lead followers. Some leaders refuse to be… read more

The start of something...

By Melissa Slocum
The church celebrates many holidays including Christmas and Easter as the high holy days. It also celebrates other special days like Epiphany (which commemorates the arrival of… read more

Inauguration speaker Franklin Graham: God allowed Donald Trump to win

By Emily McFarlan Miller / Religion News Service
(RNS) The Rev. Franklin Graham isn’t sure which Scripture he’ll read at the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The evangelist and head of both the… read more

A word of encouragement to the small town pastor

By Ron Edmondson
Over the last dozen years or so I’ve had the privilege of ministering with dozens of pastors in other churches. Many of these were in person. Others were virtual. I’ve … read more

7 counterintuitive resolutions for growing churches

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
As we start the new year, I want to share with you seven counterintuitive resolutions for 2017. Plus two bonus resolutions. If you are a growing church, pay close attention. Even… read more
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