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Engage in Mini-Missions for Maximum Impact

Every mission trip is built on a deep truth wrapped in a sticky lie. Although we don’t intend for it to happen, that lie can bury the truth in what we say and hear. For example, try to spot the lie in each of these statements: “You need to come be part of this experience, and Jesus will change your life there.” “Jesus has lots of important things for us to do this week.…

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They’re Just Not That Into You: Overcoming Teenagers’ Bible-Reading Hurdles

The question from one of my teenagers was both jolting and inviting: “I’m just not into the Bible—is that okay to say out loud?”  “You can absolutely say that,” I assured him. “Can you tell me more, though? I’d like to understand what changed for you—there was a time when you read the Bible all the time.” “Maybe that’s it—it’s pretty familiar to me now,” he responded. …

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What Do You Want From a Senior Pastor?

Say you could snap your fingers to create the perfect senior pastor. What do you envision? What traits would you want more of? less of? Or perhaps you simply desire more consistency? Senior pastors are brain-twisting enigmas. (Keep in mind: the person who just wrote those words is a senior pastor!) The ancient philosopher Heraclitus said, “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” Just when you think you’ve figured out your senior pastor, his or her words and actions suddenly surprise you.…

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