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Technology and discipleship

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Ministry is about people, relationships, ideas and communication, not data

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Keeping it simple

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Some of the best leaders I’ve ever worked with were the best because they kept it simple.

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Seminary of the future?

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I arrived in Kentwood, a first-ring suburb of Grand Rapids, MI, in 1979 to be involved

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Church Executive, August 2010, Volume 9, Issue 8

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Among the highlights of the August issue is an interview with Pete Wilson, Senior Pastor, Cross Point Church, in Nashville, TN. Also, there is a first person account of the tragic shooting of pastor Fred Winters at First Baptist Church in Maryville, IL.

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The tide has turned pointing to planting and multiplication

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A whole industry has developed to support church planting, say authors Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird, not alone their own writing:

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In view of a call: Leadership and martyrdom in the Midwest

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Pastor Fred Winters was shot by an intruder into the services nearly 18 months ago at First Baptist Church in Maryville, IL. The shooter was subdued and later judged mentally unstable. This account is from John Mark Harris, who was being voted on that same Sunday by the congregation to become the adult pastor. It is a riveting account that reminds churches everywhere that they are not immune anymore from violence in the sanctuary.

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Existing buildings offer churches an economical alternative

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The approach to construction called the “big box” — purchasing and renovating an existing building to meet a church’s expansion plans — was a passing thought five years ago that now 
is a highly viable option, with more boxes available than ever.

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Don’t let your multipurpose room sound like a train station

Churches often complain about the noisiness of their existing multipurpose spaces.

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Meet Pete Wilson

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If Pete Wilson were to preach about the Great Flood, his parishioners at

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Background checks and credit reports make for good employees

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A growing number of small businesses — and churches are among them — are looking to rebuild their work force as the economy continues its long ascent from the prolonged recession.

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