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How to Bring Joy to Your City

The City of Vancouver

I love that part of the story of the early church in which God allows persecution to scatter the Christians from Jerusalem like ants. The Bible says that everywhere they went, they preached the gospel (see Acts chapter 8). Phillip, in particular, headed to a city in Samaria and became the earliest …

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8 Reasons to Take a Sunday to Serve Outside the Church Walls

Ella Serving

We called ours We Love NWA because that's how people refer to our community. Whatever you call it, we're glad we took a weekend away from having a worship service in our theater to serve our neighbors. We're not the first, by any means to have a weekend to "be" the church instead of "doing" church. Other …

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Doing Discipleship Post-Resurrection Style

Sermon on the Mount

I've heard plenty of talk about discipleship and multiplication recently, and it usually goes something like this... If you want to make disciples the way Jesus wants, you have to do it the way Jesus did it. And Jesus, in His earthly ministry, chose only a few people, weeded out those who weren't true …

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6 Goals of An Effective Small Group Ministry

Community

We haven't officially launched our small group ministry at Grace Hills yet. I've done plenty of reading, researching, and consulting the minds of some of the nation's foremost small groups thinkers. What I've discovered is that there is a broad variety of approaches to small group ministry, many tempered by …

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Small Groups With Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities

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There are, in every industry, certain books that serve as cornerstones - manuals of the trade, if you will. If you want to fix a car, you buy a Chilton's Guide. If you're working in any psychology-related field, you need a DSM-IV manual. And if you're in small group ministry, ministry leadership, or you simply …

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Get More Social by Listening to Your Community

MarketMe Suite

Yesterday, we kicked off the first day of Saddleback's annual conference for church leaders, Radicalis. (In fact, you can still see it for free at Radicalis.com for free with the code "RADRICK11".) One of my responsibilities is monitoring the social networking streams for mentions of our conference using the …

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Social Media in Smaller Communities (via @thesticks)

Social Media in Smaller Communities

I had the privilege of talking with Jonathan Pearson with The Sticks conference about utilizing social media in smaller communities... Check It Out …

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Community Managment Scenario Map

Community Managment Scenario Map Originally uploaded by David Armano This is what I do, but I often feel as though I don't do it well enough. In other words, I'm thankful I found this today as a means of reminding myself of what it is I'm supposed to be doing on behalf of Pastors.com. …

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Lessons On Community from Huntington Beach

A Community at Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach represents authentic southern California beach culture. You've got bodybuilders working out on the sand, skateboards and bikes covering the boardwalk, and street performers driving nails up their noses for tip money. My family and I visited there yesterday with the Krumm's, friends of ours here …

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Understanding Online Community

In my new role at Saddleback Church, the biggest part of what I'll be doing is fostering and managing a community of Pastors as they gather around Pastors.com with all of its resources. Online community management is often difficult to understand when you begin your thinking with the tools and technology. But …

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