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Three Pillars of a Strong, Dynamic Ministry

Pillars

When it comes to leading a strong ministry and building a healthy church, it takes more than solid theology or smart strategy. In fact, it takes a combination of those, plus the Spirit's leading and empowerment. I think of these three as pillars of a dynamic ministry. Every church needs to be led by a Pastor …

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A Scalable Model for Making Disciples in Small Churches

Church In a Theater

"The New Testament is the only model we need!" There, I went ahead and said that for you. It's out of the way. For those pastors and church leaders who highly value the New Testament AND actually want to accomplish something meaningful, read on... Every church follows a model. Most of the church leaders who …

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Is Discipleship About Growing? Or Going? Yes!

Growing

We often use the word discipleship in two different senses. We refer to our personal spiritual growth as discipleship - the process of becoming more like Jesus. But we also use the word to refer to a person or church's ministry of making disciples. So when we talk about discipleship as a purpose of the church, …

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Imitation Is the Greatest Form of Discipleship

One of the phrases Jesus uttered frequently was "follow me." It's recorded six times in Matthew and seven times in John (probably with a little bit of overlap). Since the gospels only record a tiny sliver of Jesus' life on earth, we can safely presume He issued that invitation to many, many people. And to all …

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Would You Willingly Be Executed?

"It's just my cross to bear." I've heard people say that phrase about the dumbest things. We tend to say it about things that annoy us, inconvenience us, or maybe cost us time or money. It reveals that we really haven't a clue what it means to take up our cross. Jesus was about to die a horrific death on a …

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