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Created on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Mark Howell, ingredients, discipleship, groups, followers, Jesus, example, life change, curriculum, unforced, unassuming, intentionality, gathering, inclusion, others first, attitude
I recently asked the question, "What have you designed your groups to make?" Answering my own question, I said, "Our small groups are designed to make followers of Jesus."  And I must admit that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 July 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, families, return, strategy, guest services, check in, first-time families, registered, personal note, pre-schooler
This is one of the most important strategies your children's ministry can focus on. We recently implemented a new tweak in our strategy for connecting with first-time guest families, and we are seeing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, same-sex marriage, pastors, weddings, First Amendment, religious liberty, freedom of speech, activists, human rights, civil rights
It should be obvious to all that the ultimate goal of the far left is to re-interpret and or amend the First Amendment to take away religious liberty and freedom of speech. Since the legalization of same-sex ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 May 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, first chair, second chair, leadership, position, young, subordinate, church planters, remove lids, empower, individual dreams, input, voice, micromanage, recognition
I was asked a great question recently while visiting with a group of leadership students from a nearby Christian college. How do you attract (and keep) “first-chair” type leaders into a “second-chair” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 January 2014 / Marketing
Tags: Greg Atkinson, church, Great Commission, irresistible, foundation, healthy church, first impressions, hospitality, guest relations, children's ministry
Let me preface what I’m about to write by saying that basic and foundational things like prayer, discipleship and evangelism (having an externally-focused church as I’ve stated before) are all a given. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 November 2013 / Culture
Tags: Ron Phillips, Lord, liar, lunatic, Heart of Abba, Scripture, Good News, Jesus, Great Commission, Constitution, First Amendment, cross
I recently read an article that was disturbing beyond belief to me as a Christian, a pastor and an American. The Conservative Baptist Association of America is suing the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Matthew Barnett, Dream Center, Phoenix First Assembly, Tommy Barnett, Los Angeles, gang-infested community, liquor store, Echo Park, broken-hearted, runaway teens, homeless, addicts
Matthew Barnett was 20 years old when his father, Phoenix First Assembly of God leader Tommy Barnett, asked him to take over a Los Angeles church with 18 people that was located in a gang-infested community ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 June 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Hal Seed, Jesus, first, America, creator, equal, Colossians, John, privilege, Mary, firstborn son, Luke, Romans, Alpha, Omega
Here in America, we emphasize equal rights and fairness. Nobody gets special privileges because of where or to whom they were born. Nobody gets to cut to the front of the line. If you get to pick first ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 / Facilities
Tags: Excellence, Jack Graham, first-time guests, church, experience, worship, compelling
Excellence in all things and all things to the glory of God. At Prestonwood Baptist Church, you’ll hear this phrase often. Everyone on our ministry team and staff take it to heart because it isn’t just ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 January 2013 / Welcome
Tags: First impressions, church, visitors, greeters, hospitality
People never get a second chance at a first impression. Neither do churches. My family recently visited a church (no, it wasn’t your church), and we were able to get in and out undetected. Had it not been ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 July 2010 / Main
Tags: first biblical baptist church of palmetto,florida,fund raising,guy francois,haiti
QUOTE: “At the beginning, everybody was alert [about the situation in Haiti], but now things seem to be shifting in a different direction. The problem is still there, and I feel it is my responsibility ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 June 2010 / Main
Tags: bill mitchell,domestic missions,economy,first baptist church of orlando,florida,mission data international,overseas missions
... 15 percent since 2008 while inquiries regarding domestic trips have increased. [christianitytoday.com, 6/10/10]  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 May 2010 / Main
Tags: chaplin,daily times,farmington,first baptist church,keith berrymen,n.m.,preaching,sunray park and casino racetrack,vance mikkleson
You can add Keith Berryman’s name to the list of pastors who are reaching areas of American culture not usually associated with faith. Berryman, who is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Farmington, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 March 2010 / Main
Tags: anniversary,cindy winters,first baptist church,fred winters,illinois,maryville,murder,pastor,wife
QUOTE: "I became vividly aware that our circumstances in life can change drastically and without any kind of warning. Even though my circumstances changed, the God that I know did not change. In ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 February 2010 / Main
Tags: arsons,bail,ben wheeler,church break-ins,daniel george mcallister,david mahfood,first baptist church,jason robert bourque,lindale,smith county jail,texas,tyland baptist church
Two men were arrested Sunday in connection with a string of church break-ins and arsons in Texas. Daniel George McAllister, 21, of Ben Wheeler and Jason Robert Bourque, 19, of Lindale were being ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 January 2010 / Main
Tags: arson,building,burn,church burn down,church is people,fire,first baptist church,flames,martin knox,temple,texas
QUOTE: "It's a very sad day for our church family. But the thing we talk about in our church oftentimes is buildings are tools that the church uses. Our church [is] all the folks who have been ... [ +++ ]
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