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Pentecost

Four Powerful Reasons Your Church Should Celebrate Pentecost

Quick question! When is Pentecost Sunday this year? Sunday, May 20.  Did you know?  Maybe not. Why? Because there is no “Pentecost Bunny,” stores have not decorated a month ahead of time for Pentecost, and there are no “Pentecost sales.” In other words, Pentecost has not been co-opted by commercialism or consumerism. I recently noted

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1 Key to Church Turnaround

I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was. After all, our church has been in sustained evangelistic prayer for more than a year. We followed Jesus’ instructions to “pray the Lord of the hardest to send out laborers into his harvest.” For the past year our church has been serving needs of those living in

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The high cost of low expectations

The American Church is suffering the high cost of low expectations. I’m not referring to the low expectations that consumer driven churches have of their members. I refer to the low expectations our American way of “doing church” places on pastors. They burn themselves out, and churches use them up, chasing low expectations. Although these

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Where would you draw the line?

How would you react when the church you’re serving as an intentional interim pastor gets wrapped around the axle over a basic “Christianity 101” doctrine of the faith? The last thing you need is a “headache” but you’ve also got a call – to speak to the needs of the congregation that were surfaced in

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I’m a guest blogger!

Check out my guest post “How Does Jesus Want Us To Handle Money?” at Ray Edwards’ website. Ray is a direct response copy writer, a man who is incredibly generous with his wisdom and insight. I’ve profited tremendously from simply following Ray’s blog and podcast for the past year. Thanks, Ray, for the chance to

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Who’s your neighbor now? 4 Answers.

If you’re an intentional interim pastor you’ll eventually have to answer the question. It will come up because you – the deliberate change agent – will challenge your client church to deal with its inexcusable inward focus. Interim pastors provoke congregations to think long and hard about neighbors. When you ask, “What are you doing

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5 deficiencies that stifle church growth

You can quickly and effectively stifle a church’s growth without actually trying. All a pastor has to do is be: Needy – constantly crave the attention and praise of others Inflexible– press on once you’ve decided a course of action, undeterred by new facts Pessimistic – stay vigilant against setback, discouragement or defeat Stoic –

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Giving from the left and right brain

You’re at your first Board meeting at a new client church. You’ve been retained as the intentional interim pastor to help them prepare for the future. The first words from the Chair are, “Pastor, if something doesn’t change, we won’t be able to pay the mortgage next month.” Now what? oblivion9999 via Compfight Interim pastors

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What if Paul was wrong?

This is part of the Synchro Blog April meme. This month we invite you to play the ‘what if’ game with us. Try to imagine that some or all of the Bible narrative is not necessarily true history, but is myth of one sort or another. What sort of effect would that knowledge have on

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