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How to Prepare Your College Students for Missions Trips

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Preparing your college students for trips to the mission field is crucial. (Lightstock/Damion Hamilton)

Many think missionaries are people working out in the bush somewhere with people who have bones in their noses. Find out how to—and why you should—dispel that misconception.

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Should Every Church Be a Recovery Ministry?

Are you carrying the cross of Christ by reaching out to the broken?
Are you carrying the cross of Christ by reaching out to the broken? (Lightstock)

Is your church in the habit of rescuing the broken? If not, why isn’t it?

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What Does It Mean to Optimize Ministry?

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Medical Ministry International's Sam Smith laughs with a young girl from Ghana, Africa. (Phil Cooke)

Filmmaker and media consultant Phil Cooke recently sat down with Sam Smith of Medical Ministry International, an organization making a huge impact on the poor around the world. Find out what Smith had to say.

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Pastors, Avoid These 5 Traps

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As I have had the opportunity to speak to groups of pastors over these past few years, I have identified five different traps I believe churches often fall into—traps that prevent our churches from realizing their full potential to change the world for Christ.

Most churches will find they have slid into one or two of these traps to one degree or another. Some will have avoided them all. Either way, just being aware of a trap helps keep one from falling prey to it in the first place. 

Below are the five traps to consider. Do one or more characterize you or your church?

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Repent! You Won’t Let My People Give!

Pastor-Smith-Missions“There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him...” 1 Kings 19:9 (NIV)

These sobering words penetrated my soul one day in prayer. It was a typical Thursday morning at the office. I was performing my daily routine of checking messages, answering phone calls and sorting mail when I heard a faint, but distinct noise coming from an area near the sanctuary. Knowing that I was the lone person in the building, I went to check to see if someone was attempting to break in.

As I walked down the hallway, I felt compelled to enter the sanctuary and pray for a few moments. This decision would forever change my life. I made my way to the front of the sanctuary and knelt at the altar.

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Kay Warren: How to Start an HIV/AIDS Ministry

f-MinOut HowTo ScottTokarWe have a moral responsibility to engage the largest humanitarian crisis in history

The AIDS pandemic remains today as the largest humanitarian crisis in history, and the church has a moral responsibility to become engaged. Every church, whether large and affluent or small with little in the way of financial resources, can make a significant impact in its community. Here are five practical steps to launch an HIV/AIDS ministry, based on the acrostic START.

Seek support from the pastors, elders or deacons of your church. Church leadership must understand why it is important to begin this ministry. Without their support, the ministry probably won’t succeed. Inform the leadership team about the number of people infected and affected—locally and globally—and about the reasons the church is best positioned to care for people who are HIV-positive. Write a purpose statement that clearly explains the aim of this ministry and how it fits within the scope of the church’s overall vision.

Talk about scriptural foundations for this with the congregation. Human emotion is insufficient as a rationale for beginning an HIV/AIDS ministry. It must rest on a scriptural foundation.

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