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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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How you can convert conflict into ministry opportunities

Church conflict is among the worst kinds, wrapped as it usually is in theological certainty about the rectitude of each side’s views. Outsiders consider the conflict hypocritical. Insiders wind-up disillusioned and sometimes wash-out. Entire congregations vanish.

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Social justice movement seen as inspired by secular trends

Mae Cannon was immersed in the social issues of our day in ways she never expected. She grew up in southern Maryland and “experienced a lot of racial tension between the black and white communities.” Going to the University of Chicago and graduate and seminary schools she became aware of some of the “amazing challenges” that communities of color face in the U.S.

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When attendance drops

Case study on church attendance suggests a systematic methodology that takes time and effort, but will produce a more reliable conclusion.

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In Hollywood’s shadow, one pastor uses power of culture and film

As a teaching pastor of Yorba Linda Friends Church, a megachurch in Southern California, I have lived a great deal of my life in Hollywood’s shadow. But instead of being threatened by the entertainment industry’s powerful impact on culture, I’ve found it to be a tremendous asset.

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New ministry ideas

Excessive focus on numbers can obscure other issues that relate to the future faithful ministry of the church. Do you have a working system to facilitate assimilating people into small groups or areas of service?

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Staying alive: Defusing the emotional time bomb in pastoral work

Ministry is challenging and difficult work that takes it toll on the pastor, his family and often the congregation too. This individual’s story sets the tone for an interview Church Executive sought out on pastoral stress and burnout. Daniel Spaite is a physician and tenured professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, AZ, and the son of a retired senior pastor. He authored a book, Time Bomb in the Church: Defusing Pastoral Burnout

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Tires can impact church budgets

In this harsh economic climate church leaders who also own and operate buses are forced to squeeze the most out of their vehicles. Church administrators will take measures to ensure that buses last as long as possible and will also find ways to reduce fuel consumption.

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Lessons from the bowling alley

Growing up in the Midwest I thought that bowling was an Olympic sport. I loved to go bowling; after all, what else is there to do in sub-freezing temperatures four months out of the year. While I’ve never bowled a perfect game, I’ve come pretty close on a few occasions.

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