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Blessed Are the Peacemakers, But What Is Biblical Peace?

While ultimate peace will not come until Christ comes and brings total shalom, we are called to give the world a foretaste, says pastor and author Tony Merida. Read More » The post Blessed … more

3 Pandemic Lemons Churches Turned Into Ministry Lemonade

We're all ready to move on with our lives and ministries. But before we do, let's take stock of some of the sovereign surprises we've seen this spring.  … more

3 Actions to Steer Your Church Toward Joy During a Crisis

The health and financial crisis brings pain to the people in our churches. How can we not only help them survive this season—but steer them toward joy? Read More » The post 3 Actions to … more

Sharing the Gospel in the Way Jesus Commanded

If our aim is moving from an initial salvation to ongoing discipleship, the gospel we share should lay the foundation for a new believer's discipleship. Read More » The post Sharing the … more

Key Takeaways From the CDC Guidelines for Church Reopenings

As state and local restrictions begin to lift, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines for churches gathering physically again. Read More » The post Key Takeaways … more

4 Traits People Should See in Their Pastor During a Pandemic

What do I want our people to learn from me during this time? What traits do I want them to carry through—and beyond—this current crisis? Read More » The post 4 Traits People Should See … more

Is Your Church Prepared for Future Pandemics? 6 Things to Do Now

We hope we don’t have to return to the patterns of the spring of 2020, but there's no reason for another pandemic to catch us off guard again. Read More » The post Is Your Church Prepared … more

Recovering Tolerance as a Christian Virtue

We need to realize that something is twisted in our heart if our love for one another is diminished because we can't see eye-to-eye on a given issue.  Read More » The post Recovering … more

5 Key Ministry Modifications to Anticipate After COVID-19

COVID-19 will leave a mark on our world, one way or another. Many things will change—for better or worse. And the way we do church is no exception.  … more

7 Painful Friendship Struggles of Pastors

The older we get, the harder it seems to maintain friendships, let alone form new ones. But for those in ministry, there are additional, unique challenges. Read More » The post 7 Painful … more

Why Giving Thanks Now Prepares You for What’s Next

Sometimes we get so caught up in what we want God to do in and through us in the future that we miss what God is doing in and through us right now.  … more

Tallahassee Churches ‘Bear One Another’s Burdens’ Through City-Wide Virtual VBS

Many churches are undecided about VBS this summer. But a group of Florida churches made a strategic choice to reach families with the gospel—together.  Read More » The post Tallahassee … more

4 Steps to Survive a Ministry Crisis

Within the pages of the Bible, we're not only given examples of those whom faith thrived in adversity but principles necessary to flourish amid the storms of life.  Read More » The post 4 … more

5 Ministry Investments Your Church Should Consider Making Right Now

We're making plans and instituting guidelines for a safe reopening. But during all the excitement, don't forget about needed investments to be made. Read More » The post 5 Ministry … more

9 Concerns Pastors Have About Their Church Gathering Again

We spoke with around a dozen pastors to hear their concerns or fears about beginning to welcome their congregations back for in-person services. Read More » The post 9 Concerns Pastors Have … more

One Major Step Your Church Should Accomplish Before Looking Ahead

There are people ready to volunteer, serve, and sacrifice in crisis times. But we need to be sure we're clear and compelling when we ask them to do so.  Read More » The post One Major Step … more

Religious Americans See Pandemic as Sign From God

While the coronavirus caused church buildings to close, most religious Americans believe God is still speaking and He’s using the pandemic to do so. Read More » The post Religious … more

What Has “Online Church” Taught You for When Gatherings Resume?

This question is optimistic and faith-filled, believing there are lessons from the pandemic that are transferable to physical gatherings when they resume. Read More » The post What Has … more

3 Keys to Navigating Trauma, Grief, and Loss from COVID-19 in Your Church

Because our world has changed, we're all—to different extents—in grief. We should consider how loss can take many shapes and forms in this current season.  … more

Why I Stopped Preaching Long Sermons

As one pastor has shortened his sermons, he has found it has forced him to become clearer, more precise and more confident with the biblical text. Read More » The post Why I Stopped … more
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