6 Goals of An Effective Small Group Ministry

6 Goals of An Effective Small Group Ministry

There is way too much of a mess to clean up all alone! You need some people! And that’s what small groups are for. Sundays are awesome. That’s where we worship with a crowd. But somewhere removed from the crowd I need a few people who are close enough to...
YOU Can Make a Difference as WE Make a Difference Together

YOU Can Make a Difference as WE Make a Difference Together

American Christians have been conditioned by our cultural surroundings in many ways, and none is more prominent than our shift from communal thinking to individual thinking. We love inspirational and motivational content that revolves around me, myself, and I....
58 Practices Of a Healthy Church Community

58 Practices Of a Healthy Church Community

It’s impossible for a Pastor or even a church staff to care for the spiritual, emotional, and social needs of every individual and family in a congregation. Expecting them to do so places an unscriptural and undue burden on them and creates unrealistic and...
How to Bring Joy to Your City

How to Bring Joy to Your City

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

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

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...
Doing Discipleship Post-Resurrection Style

Doing Discipleship Post-Resurrection Style

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...
Small Groups With Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities

Small Groups With Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities

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...

Get More Social by Listening to Your Community

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...

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