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A Lost Art: The Ministry of Encouragement

Encouragement
Who are you encouraging? Who are you building up? (Tim Dorr)

Encouragement is a biblical imperative. Find out from pastor Geoff Surratt why we are confusing it with the process of networking.

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The 6 W’s of Men’s Discipleship

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There are many elements to effective discipleship. Steve Murrell, one of the founding pastors of Victory Manila in the Philippines, explores them.

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5 Ways to Boost Youth Ministry Teen Morale

When teens know they are loved, they will feel like they belong. When they feel like they belong, they’ll be more open to hearing the Good News.

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5 Reasons Why Pastors Have Guest Blindness

Thom-Rainer-headshotIn my blog, I have referred many times to my days of church consultation, particularly those experiences where we sent one of our consultants to be a first-time guest in a church. He or she would return with a report of those experiences, and the report would eventually be consolidated with other information for the church.

I have nearly 300 of these “mystery guest” reports. Both Chuck Lawless and I have posted about them on my blog.

In the past, the mystery guests would grade the visit based on several criteria. Less than 20 percent of these reports were graded “B” (good visit) or higher.

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How to Defuse a Youth Ministry Bomb

team-conflict-progressFor most youth workers, few things in ministry are as dreaded as navigating conflict—especially when it comes in the form of an angry parent or frustrated volunteer and when it comes suddenly and unexpectedly.

You know the scenario: You’re hanging out in the youth room doing your youth pastor thing, and before you see it coming, he’s in your face. He’s on a mission. He’s got a few concerns, and he’s gonna share them with you right now. He has no desire to think about the timing. His agenda is the only one that matters. He’s a ticking time bomb, and time is running out.

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5 Commitments That Propel and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry

Bible-study-groupEver wonder why some small group ministries seem to steadily move to new levels of success and health while others start with a bang and go out with a whimper?

Here are five commitments that make the difference:

1. Connecting everyone to a small group is a top objective every year. By “everyone,” I mean everyone. And it’s not just 50 percent or 80 percent of the weekend adult attendance. I’m talking about 150 percent of the weekend adult attendance number! In addition, the commitment is to a small group (i.e., not a class or a Bible study that meets in rows). And it’s not about off-campus versus on-campus. It’s all about connecting to a group that includes the essential ingredients of life change. (See also "Essential Ingredients of Life Change" and "Design Your Group for Life Change.")

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