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Two keys of a simple church

The Simple Church idea revolutionized how churches view their disciple-making process. First, the what becomes the how —a clear process flows from what disciples look like.

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Empowerment and unity

The Apostle Paul was an unlikely messenger. The Philippian church had little to give. Yet the inadequate messenger was supported by the church for the advancement of the Gospel.

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An unseen reason for decline

It’s one of the most neglected metrics of church health — a hidden reason why churches decline. And it’s a major problem in the North American church: attendance frequency.

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Crosses Across America

“If we take up the cross handsomely, we shall find it just such a burden as

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How the new healthcare reform act may affect congregations

President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act On March 23, 2010, with a follow-up signing of the Health Care and Education Affordability Act of 2010 a week later.

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Meet Larry Osborne

Larry Osborne says he grew up in a rather legalistic church and that it tended to confuse American values with Biblical values. “Frankly, it turned me off to both God and the church. But by my senior year in high school, through the influence of my parents — who are amazingly godly people without a trace of legalism — and my youth pastor — who is now my Executive Pastor — I came to Christ.

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Big idea for outreach

The idea of a big day is so simple, yet so revolutionary. First, let me define it. A big day is an all-out push toward a single Sunday for the purpose of breaking the next growth barrier and setting an attendance record, in order to reach as many people as possible for Jesus.

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Craig Groeschel on Innovation


Church bodies exposed

There’s the old saw that denominations exist today only because of real estate and pension plans. I heard that said 15 years ago and sure, it’s an overstatement, but it makes a relevant point.

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Rick Warren: ‘What on earth is he here for?’

When author Jeffery L. Sheler finished the task of writing a biography of Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, Sheler described it as an “honest, thorough, authoritative, and nuanced treatment of the life of one ordinary man who has been set in an extraordinary place and time with extraordinary gifts, and who is doing his best to complete the course he believes his God has set before him.”

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