Kicking Church to the Curb?
By Brian Moss “Say Wally.” “Yeah, Beaver.” “Can I borrow your tie for church?” “Sure Beav. Just hurry it up so we aren’t late for church!” Ahhhh. Those were the days (or at least I’ve heard that)! Church leaders who have been around for the last few decades know this ain’t the 1960s! Christians simply aren’t […]
Rainer shares tips on church hospitality
By Joy Allmond NASHVILLE (BP) — Church members think of themselves as a welcoming bunch — but they tend to be friendly only to one another, says LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer. Most guests feel as though they’ve crashed a private party, Rainer found after extensively surveying church visitors. His latest […]
10 resolutions for missions in the New Year
By Chuck Lawless RICHMOND, Va. (BP) — It’s a new year — a time when many of us make resolutions. If you’re like I am, those resolutions are often self-focused. We plan to exercise more, eat less, save more dollars, take more time off, accomplish some long-delayed goals, and generally make this year more productive […]
What Are We to Make of President Trump’s Transgender Ban for the Military
By Brian Sandifer President Trump is no stranger to controversy. This was true long before he became our nation’s 45th president. And now, President Trump has once again stepped into the firestorm. In three successive tweets on July 26, POTUS wrote, “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United […]
GUEST POST: When the church gets it right
By Zachariah Seanor Have you ever felt burdened by the woes of the church? I know I have. It seems like every morning there’s some new scandal or financial indiscretion plastered all over the daily news. Sometimes the weight of it all gets a little hard to handle. That’s why stories of encouragement, like the […]
When your pastor falls
By Joel Rainey SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va.–Recently, the elders of NewSpring Church, the 30,000 attendee, multi-site congregation in my home state, announced the release of Senior Pastor Perry Noble due to behaviors that disqualify him for pastoral ministry. This announcement was understandably shocking, both to the evangelical world, and more so to the NewSpring church family. Some […]
A letter from Joel Rainey—saying goodbye, and sharing about future Evangelism & Mission Engagement ministries
By Joel Rainey Engagement Team Strategist, Evangelism & Mission Engagement Joel Rainey, tendered his resignation and will be taking the role as lead pastor of Covenant Baptist Church, West Virginia. Below is a written report in the form of a letter by Rainey to the Network’s General Mission Board (GMB) members on Dec. 8 at […]
3 ways leaders maximize their summer
By Brian Moss It’s summertime! Summer means so many different things to different people. For a leader, any TIME is a loan from God and therefore should be stewarded for God’s glory and our good. So how can you best use your summer as a leader? Three ways: 1. SLOWING God created the entire universe […]
How to spark an invitational revolution
By Brian Moss Over the years I’ve had many frustrated pastors ask me, “How do you get your people to invite?” I’ve discovered that’s the wrong question. The right question is, “Why aren’t your people inviting?” The truth is people will naturally talk about something that they’re really excited about. You don’t have to encourage […]
YOUR BLOG: Discipleship and Religious Bullies
Posted by Larry Eubanks on Jan 23, 2014 in Blog Second in a series on discipleship in the church.  Click here for part 1. So many of the discipleship programs I have been through have focused on teaching me to do religious things like prayer, Bible study, and tithing. These are all good things to […]