RGMitchell

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Renewing Your Church: The Power of Revitalization

There is nothing more exciting than a ministry that demonstrably requires the resurrection power of Jesus Christ from day one. Crossway Church had …

Rwanda Restricts Fasting as 8,000 Churches Closed

New law requires pastors to obtain theology degrees and forbids urging lengthy fasts. About 8,000 official and unofficial churches, as well as 100 …

Rwanda

Church Attendance Is Dying. Here’s What’s Next.

Church attendance is dying. Big time.It’s not just reflected in the size of the decline, it’s reflected in the quality and nuances of those …

Innovation

The Greatest Thing You Can Do with Your Life

One of the most wonderful and hopeful things you can know about yourself and your life is captured in a rather unassuming, simple sentence:Only let …

Theology

You Never Marry the Right Person

In generations past, there was far less talk about “compatibility” and finding the ideal soul-mate. Today we are looking for someone who accepts us …

Duke University

5 Signs You’re a Lone Ranger Leader (And Can’t Grow a Team)

Everyone knows that Lone Ranger leaders rarely take their organization as far as leaders who can build a teamBut here’s the question no one really …

The Lone Ranger

Keep Growing by Avoiding These Seven Leadership Traps

A lot of ministries begin with a bang, then explode with new growth. But after the initial growth, they plateau. I have seen this repeated thousands …

525 || Busted Yet Set Free: A Pornography Story

The man leading worship on Sunday mornings looked like your average, Christian guy. He loved his family, served as the chairman of the Republican …

Drug Addiction

5 Things Pastors Need to Stop Doing Immediately

Pastors, we are not just cheerleaders, we are game-changers. We are called to stir and to convict so that change takes place. Granted, there are many …

Los Angeles

528 || Faithfulness in Mainland China

She was not a brilliant student. She was not a spitfire evangelist. But she was willing to be led by the Lord; and as it turns out, that’s all that …

Hong Kong

Taking Off the Mask

By Danny Duchene, <i>National Director for CR Inside</i><i>“</i><i>Therefore comfort each other and edify one another”</i> 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NKJV).The paradox of …

Relationships

The Ups and Downs of Ministry

Pastoral ministry certainly has its peaks and valleys, but overall, most pastors are very satisfied with their vocation and feel energized and …

Energized

7 Things Pastor Tell Me Kept Them from Leading Well

In my talks with pastors and ministry leaders, I have heard some repeated themes. One common theme is they have a story of a failed leadership …

Baptist Church

‘Only jihadists want to see Christians leave the Middle East’

“The only people that want to see all Christians leave are some of the violent jihadists,” concludes a new book. “Everyone else, including some we …

Middle East

The Work of the Lord—Is It All On Me?

On the field, especially when you aren’t part of a team, it can feel overwhelming. It can feel like you’re the only one serving.<p>Because, of course, …

Bible

We’ll close one church every week, Indian Christians told

Christian villagers in a rural district of India’s Maharashtra state have been told that one church will be closed down every week because they have …

Central India

First Friday prayer for the Muslim world: Hajj and the Festival of Sacrifice

<i>As part of the 10/10 Prayer Initiative, 180 agencies have come together to ask God to draw to himself 10 percent of the world’s Muslims in the next</i> …

Eid al-Adha

What Happens When You Tell God No?

Kwenzo’s father was dead. His mother had nine other children to support. And as the oldest son, Kwenzo couldn’t just watch his family struggle.<p>Ever …

High School

Denominationalism or Nondenominationalism? : Is There a Third Way?

Churches in China have evolved from small-scale home gatherings in the 1980s to the current diverse range of organizational forms. There has been …

Sometimes Jesus Stood Alone. (And, Sometimes You Should Too.)

Jesus was often alone. Yes, he had a team and some very close friends he spent tons of time with, but you’ll often find him alone in the Gospels.<p>This …

Finding “Fourth-Soil” People: Fourth-Soil Person or Person of Peace

The designation <i>Person of Peace</i> originates from Luke 10:5–7:<p>Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this household.” If a son of peace is …

Christianity

Could the Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram be related?

Nigeria (MNN) -- The Fulani herdsmen recently came into the spotlight because of their attacks targeting Christians in Nigeria. But the Fulani …

Africa

9 Principles for Biblical Leadership

<i>I’m grateful to be working alongside incredible leaders like José Bernardo who is a Vice-President at OneHope overseeing all of our Lusophone</i> …

Theology

Bringing the Gospel to those who don’t read

International (MNN) -- Some missions groups target certain countries or language groups with manageable numbers in the thousands or millions. Not …

Health Information

We vs. Fulani Herdsmen - Wake Up Brethren! Wake Up!!

It’s very heartbreaking to see how some people seek power over other people in a desperate attempt to fulfill themselves and their wishes. I’m deeply …

Africa

Pastoring in a post-Hybels world

“Ministry means the ongoing attempt to put one’s own search for God, with all the moments of pain and joy, despair and hope, at the disposal of those …

New Testament

This is what God may be doing with your unanswered prayers

I wanted the job. I wanted it badly. And a few weeks after making it to the final round of interviews, I learned that I had just missed the cut.<p>I called my friend Shon to share the bad news.<p>“Is the door totally shut?” he asked.<p>“They only hire seasonally, and this was pretty much my one shot,” I …

Faith

Some say the greatest question in life is 'does God exist?' I say it's this one

I found a place. It’s east of San Diego, not far from my home in El Cajon. Forgive me for not being more specific, but that little desolate spot in East County is sacred to me and I treasure its privacy.<p>During trying moments of my life, I go there to be alone with God. During a difficult period …

Jesus

Go forward in what God is leading you to do in life

In the early 1900s, 16-year-old William Whiting Borden graduated from The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania – a prestigious boarding school known for sending its alumni to Princeton University. He was an heir to the Borden family mining fortune, and had a clear path to wealth and success set …

Princeton University

When is it OK to quit church? Here are five reasons to leave

Americans change churches like home owners change air filters – throw a little dirt or time in a certain direction and it’s time for a change.<p>According to Pew Research, there are four primary reasons why people change churches:<p>· Sermon quality<p>· Welcoming environment/people<p>· Style of worship<p>· …

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