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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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Discipleship Is a Catch-and-Release Process

Fishing Net

Jesus stopped a few fishermen one day in the Sea of Galilee and challenged them to turn the world upside down by issuing a simple call... "Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people." (Matthew 4:19, NIV) Many have taught about how the disciples left their careers behind to follow Jesus into …

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Spiritual Maturity Is a Pathway We Walk Together

Pathway

God created you to be like His Son, Jesus Christ, and He has a pathway for you to walk on the way to spiritual maturity. Nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus formed a community of people who could walk this pathway together and He called it a church. Today, spotting the globe are hundreds of thousands of …

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Andy Stanley: The Church Can Be Deep and Wide

Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley

A little over a year ago, Angie and I started planting Grace Hills Church in northwest Arkansas, and one of our biggest hopes is that it's a church that unchurched people love to attend. So Andy Stanley's newest book, Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend caught my attention. I …

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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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Sacrifice Everything For Buried Treasure

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Last night, I spent some time with the Association of Baptist Students at The Hedge, their Tuesday night gathering. I talked about going "all in for the kingdom" and shared from the parables Jesus told about the value of discovering the rule and reign of Christ over all things. The Kingdom of Heaven is like …

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Ordering the Priorities of Life

Priorities

Priorities are a continuing struggle for most of us. For people in ministry leadership, this struggle usually doesn't result from a lack of commitment, but from a lack of clarity about our commitments. That is, we're either over-committed or we're committed to mutually exclusive priorities. We are all given 168 …

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Costly Grace: One of My New Favorite Books on Discipleship

Costly Grace

I have well over 1,000 books in my library, but just a handful come to mind when I think of books that are able to define discipleship well. They would include Jim Berg's Changed Into His Image, Clyde Cranford's Because We Love Him, and of course, Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life. Now, I'm adding another …

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