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How Churches Are Filling the Gaps in the “Last Mile of Need” Part 1

How Churches Are Filling the Gaps in the “Last Mile of Need” Part 1

A New Approach to Feeding Hungry Families While each step of the supply chain is important, there is none more pressing than delivering through the “Last Mile of Need.” Due to the many challenges of the pandemic we know the health and economic impact of COVID-19 is...

She Reminds Me of You

She Reminds Me of You

My Mother’s father grew up in the village of Gungyi, hearing the roaring sounds of Japanese jet fighters, the crescendo of explosions, and the rainfall of debris. As a freelance journalist, he published an article that was falsely accused of criticizing communism. It...

The Ministry of Incarnational Listening

The Ministry of Incarnational Listening

  Pastors are under more pressure than ever. In the wake of the COVID crisis, many churches are struggling. Others have not been allowed to reopen. Offerings are down and stress levels are up. What will church look like moving forward? Will folks feel comfortable...

What Pastors Should Know About Stress

What Pastors Should Know About Stress

What is stress? Not that a pandemic is new in our history. Nor the emergence of many disasters at once an odd occurrence. War, plague, poverty, drought, fires, floods, and revolution, are nothing new. However, the American experience has had relative comfort in most...

When We Were Lonely, God Came Down

When We Were Lonely, God Came Down

Sometimes I feel lonely. Of course, there’s a big difference between feeling lonely and being alone. I can be alone and not feel lonely at all. Conversely, some of my loneliest experiences have been when I was in a crowd of people. Perhaps loneliness is meant to serve...

How God Fills Our Emptiness with His Grace

How God Fills Our Emptiness with His Grace

I heard a preacher say one time that we all have dark thoughts about God. My initial response was skepticism. As someone whose earliest memories are filled with Bible truths, I didn’t want to think that I have anything but esteem and love for God. But I’ve come to see...

Leading and Discipling Into the New Normal Part 2

Leading and Discipling Into the New Normal Part 2

In challenging times your people more than ever need to know you care about them personally. That’s critical when it comes to reopening. If your people sense you are more concerned about getting them back in the seats than you are about their personal wellbeing, it...

Leading and Discipling Into the New Normal Pt. 1

Leading and Discipling Into the New Normal Pt. 1

Many Christian leaders are wrestling with what it looks or will look like to reopen in-person church gatherings. Some churches, perhaps yours, are meeting in person now. But whether you are or not, if you’re honest you know things are not “normal.” And so do your...

Fiscal Year vs. Calendar Year: Which Is Right for Your Church?

Fiscal Year vs. Calendar Year: Which Is Right for Your Church?

Pastor Resources · Fiscal Year Vs. Calendar Year For Churches While your church is unique in its offerings, it still operates similarly to other types of businesses. It must pay employees a fair wage, cover debts and expenses, and maintain a budget. As a church...

How Churches Are Filling the Gaps in the “Last Mile of Need” Part 1

How Churches Are Filling the Gaps in the “Last Mile of Need” Part 1

A New Approach to Feeding Hungry Families While each step of the supply chain is important, there is none more pressing than delivering through the “Last Mile of Need.” Due to the many challenges of the pandemic we know the health and economic impact of COVID-19 is...

She Reminds Me of You

She Reminds Me of You

My Mother’s father grew up in the village of Gungyi, hearing the roaring sounds of Japanese jet fighters, the crescendo of explosions, and the rainfall of debris. As a freelance journalist, he published an article that was falsely accused of criticizing communism. It...

The Ministry of Incarnational Listening

The Ministry of Incarnational Listening

  Pastors are under more pressure than ever. In the wake of the COVID crisis, many churches are struggling. Others have not been allowed to reopen. Offerings are down and stress levels are up. What will church look like moving forward? Will folks feel comfortable...

What Pastors Should Know About Stress

What Pastors Should Know About Stress

What is stress? Not that a pandemic is new in our history. Nor the emergence of many disasters at once an odd occurrence. War, plague, poverty, drought, fires, floods, and revolution, are nothing new. However, the American experience has had relative comfort in most...

When We Were Lonely, God Came Down

When We Were Lonely, God Came Down

Sometimes I feel lonely. Of course, there’s a big difference between feeling lonely and being alone. I can be alone and not feel lonely at all. Conversely, some of my loneliest experiences have been when I was in a crowd of people. Perhaps loneliness is meant to serve...

How God Fills Our Emptiness with His Grace

How God Fills Our Emptiness with His Grace

I heard a preacher say one time that we all have dark thoughts about God. My initial response was skepticism. As someone whose earliest memories are filled with Bible truths, I didn’t want to think that I have anything but esteem and love for God. But I’ve come to see...

Leading and Discipling Into the New Normal Part 2

Leading and Discipling Into the New Normal Part 2

In challenging times your people more than ever need to know you care about them personally. That’s critical when it comes to reopening. If your people sense you are more concerned about getting them back in the seats than you are about their personal wellbeing, it...

Leading and Discipling Into the New Normal Pt. 1

Leading and Discipling Into the New Normal Pt. 1

Many Christian leaders are wrestling with what it looks or will look like to reopen in-person church gatherings. Some churches, perhaps yours, are meeting in person now. But whether you are or not, if you’re honest you know things are not “normal.” And so do your...

Fiscal Year vs. Calendar Year: Which Is Right for Your Church?

Fiscal Year vs. Calendar Year: Which Is Right for Your Church?

Pastor Resources · Fiscal Year Vs. Calendar Year For Churches While your church is unique in its offerings, it still operates similarly to other types of businesses. It must pay employees a fair wage, cover debts and expenses, and maintain a budget. As a church...

 

5 out of the box community outreach ideas

We’re hearing that many pastors are struggling right now.

If you’re looking for fresh ideas for prayer, worship, communion, and community, then you can find some of the very best right here.