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By Dave Travis | Church Innovation: Ideas to Implementation to Impact

Businessman/pastor brings together ping-pong and church to build a God-shaped community in Detroit

<i>Editor’s note: Please scroll down to view video of Diallo and Jameel Smith.</i><p>Diallo Smith is a businessman and entrepreneur. He’s also a pastor with an …

Table Tennis

Multicultural churches are addressing racial divides in Trump’s America

“Racism is ultimately a spiritual problem. You can’t educate that out of people. You can’t legislate that out of people.”<p>As widespread reports of …

Racism

Eight Major Changes in Churches the Past Ten Years

Change or die.<p>Such has been the reality of too many congregations the past ten years as the rate of church closures has accelerated. Many have died; …

Education

Sharing Dinner and Jesus with Strippers

Reaching sex workers is a hard, slow task. But one ministry has seen hundreds come to Christ and 600 leave the industry, all in the past 8 years.

Evangelical Christianity

For many overbooked Christian families, Wednesday is the new Sunday

As churches across Minnesota try new ways to accommodate the hectic lives of the faithful, Wednesday night services have emerged as a popular option.

Minneapolis

Meaningful metric: Conversion growth

<b>Healthy things grow.</b><p>If you’ve been in ministry for long at all, you’ve probably heard that phrase at conferences, read it in books and caught it in a …

Faith

Megachurches are rare in mid-Hudson region

Warren Bird, a researcher with the nonprofit Leadership Network and author of 29 books on large churches, said the Family Church in the Town of …

Why You Should Go to Church (Even If You’re Not Sure of Your Beliefs)

When it comes to religious institutions, Americans exhibit some contradiction between their beliefs and their actions.On the one hand, the vast …

Atheism

Lexington Herald Leader

A video of a man preaching plays on a large screen projected in a dark room. Hundreds listen and focus on Chuck Mingo, the man giving the sermon, …

How one struggling East Nashville church found new life

CLOSE<p>Skip in<p>x<p>Embed<p>Vicki Russell, talks about her mother's dream for The Church At Lockeland Springs and its revitalization.<p>The congregation of the …

Middle Tennessee

What You Never Know You Miss By Skipping Sunday Morning

<i>Today’s post is a guest post by my executive assistant, Sarah Piercy, who in addition to working with me for the last 8 years, is a wife and young</i> …

6 Stones leads churches in transforming communities

Copyright (c) 2017 Baptist Press. Reprinted from Baptist Press (www.baptistpress.com), news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.<br>The original …

A West Side Resurrection - Rhode Island Monthly

A surprising Christian revival is bringing young people back to church.<p>It’s 10 a.m. on a warm autumn Sunday and the Feast Church is packed. It’s an …

What Would Jesus Disrupt? - Bloomberg

For two days, the crowd sits in darkness in plush theater seats, watching the church stage. There are smoke machines and LED screens, harnessed …

Why Churches Love to be Centralized

Think about your church for a minute. How are decisions made? Not the little ones, like who’s going to watch the two-year-olds next weekend, but the …

What's Right About Megachurches

Tim League Refutes Netflix’s Reed Hastings On Movie Theater Innovation

The founder of the Alamo Drafthouse has some issues with Netflix's Hastings saying that the movie business hasn't innovated in the last 30 years.<p><i>The</i> …

Struggling Village Baptist Church ponders takeover by Family Chur

The secret cultural imperatives of the “Most Admired Organizations in the “World” (#2 of a 2-part series)

<i>“What is the common secret to their success? The answer is their organizational culture. Their unique cultural imperatives provide a clear “roadmap”</i> …

Innovation

10 Things I Did Not Do that Improved My Congregation’s Singing

My congregation sings better than they did a year ago. I’ve been their worship leader for just over a year, and I’ve seen progress in their …

Music

Why You Most Certainly Will Fail to Reach Your Secular Friends

Man has, in Aldous Huxley‘s phrase, “an infinite appetite for distraction.” Thus, our pastimes have evolved into weapons of mass distraction: …

Atheism

Succession Plans: Why Your Church Needs One

What would happen to your congregation if your pastor were suddenly no longer around?

Leadership

Scott Lencke: Evangelicalism’s World of Worship

First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, TN<b>Note from CM</b>: Today we hear from the evangelical world and get a glimpse at what’s happening in evangelical …

Pentecostalism

Melbourne 'megachurch' CityLife builds on past to move forward

During the past 50 years, CityLife church in suburban Melbourne has grown from about 12 people on a Sunday to more than 10,000 members within its …

5 Stages of Spiritual Awakening

It’s now been 25 years since my wife and I, along with my brother Jon and three friends from college, started Community Christian Church. During that …

Do you leave church reciting the sermon or singing the songs?

March 9, 2017 | by Alan Wilson<p>One Sunday a few years ago, the BBC broadcast a service from the famous Keswick Convention in the English Lake …

Book review: The Externally Focused Quest

March 5, 2017 | by Brian Thorstad<p>The challenge of turning an inwardly focused church into a vibrant, externally focused mission to its community is …

Houston's First Baptist Church to buy downtown office building for expansion - Houston Business Journal

Houston’s First Baptist Church plans to buy a 40,000-square-foot office building at… more<p>Houston’s First Baptist Church is preparing to expand its …

The Importance of a Welcoming Church Environment for Newcomers

In Spring 2016, I had the opportunity to work on a research study that looked at effectively evangelistic churches. Using data from my own interviews …