The Israel Experience: Closer Than You Think

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For people of faith, the appeal of a trip to Israel is timeless. To walk where Jesus walked, and to experience the Land of the Bible, is an experience like no other.
It is also an unparalleled fellowship opportunity — a journey that can begin, for a church-based travel group, well in advance of the trip.
Yet, even with all Israel has to offer for faith-based travelers, it might surprise you to know that 2014 was the best year for North American travel to Israel, especially among Catholics and Evangelicals.
There are other “surprises” you should know, as well.

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3 disciplines often missing from preaching today

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Through my interactions with other pastors, I have found there are many of us missing three disciplines in preaching. What are they?

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To hire relatives or not: the 4-step checklist

I decided to do some research about what was happening at ministries around the country. The result of that search led to additional discussions and the following 4-step checklist when interviewing and potentially hiring family members of staff or of board members.

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12 diseases of a church facility

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By Tim Cool A while back, Gary Nicholson, a church architect formerly with LifeWay in Nashville, wrote a blog about 9 diseases of church facilities. Since that post, our researchers have determined that there are additional diseases that many church facilities — and those involved in church facility care and development — may suffer from. […]

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Why every church should move toward cultural and racial diversity

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This issue of diversity is not only a demographic reality, it’s a gospel reality. What humanity segregates, God brings back together. Our churches should reflect this demographic change. Indeed, the church should lead with this demographic change.

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3 unreasonable expectations pastors have of their churches

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I’ve seen these unreasonable expectations in churches with a low view of membership, as well as churches with a high view of membership. I’m guilty of all three.

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How envy becomes respect: getting past envy of other pastors

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Both of us were considered “up-and-comers.” We were close in age, and even among well-meaning men who love the Lord, competition can crop up subtly.

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Capacity, character and competence

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While many argue that leadership is not about traits, most will acknowledge that there are certain qualities that are common among great leaders: capacity, character and competence.

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The difference between curious leaders and caring leaders

Leaders in churches with more than a few hundred people can’t possibly care for each individual. The issue isn’t whether a leader personally invests in each person, but his / her default posture and tone.

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What leadership transparency encourages: 4 outcomes

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Transparency is a healthy leadership characteristic. But why? In the context of a local church, what does a transparent pastor encourage, as opposed to one who is not?

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