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    I was born in Pennsylvania, in a community of 8,000 just three miles east of the chocolate town of Hershey. My dad worked 40 years and one month making Hershey candy. Hershey was considered a good …
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In the old days we used to say that parking was difficult and that's why folks didn't come to church on time. That may have been naive! There are lots of reasons people choose to be late, and—just maybe—we should know what they are. 1. …
Seven reasons why prayer may not be answeredI get a little impatient with super-spiritual saints who leave the impression that they have a deeper grasp of prayer than most. Such folks teach that if other believers just understood God's Word better—or had more faith in prayer—God …
How do you pray for an elderly saint?About six weeks ago, I learned that a good friend, Wayne Smith, was hospitalized in Lexington and was not doing well. Wayne, who had just turned 85, had served for more than 40 years as the minister of Southland Christian Church in Lexington, …
What if Jesus Really Meant What he Said?I've been reading "Extreme Devotion" which is a daily devotional of stories of ancient and modern day believers who sacrificed everything for Christ, issued by The Voice of the Martyrs (Thomas Nelson). And another book by the late Pastor Richard …
Want to get fleeced?--go to church. Part 2Why churches – large and small -- need financial controls Former church secretary indicted for embezzlement, fraudPONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) (Feb. 3)-- The former secretary of the First Baptist Church in Pontotoc has pleaded not guilty to charges …
Arvella Schuller, R.I.P."A memorial service for Arvella Schuller, who along with her husband, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, was co-founder of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, was held late Tuesday afternoon [Feb. 18]. Considered the force behind the popular 'Hour of Power' …
Get the 'vision thing' or your church dies. It's your choiceIncluding the congregation of my youth, my guess is that I have regularly attended or been a member of a dozen churches—in the span of some 55 years. Job moves, changes in cities, and yes, dissatisfaction with a few churches, were behind my …
Does adultery preclude service in the church?Adultery occurs among the clergy because, opines one pastor, of "the feelings of isolation experienced by large-church leaders" or, says another observer (a female), "Christian men are at a higher risk for moral failure because they do not know how …
If you're a ministry veteran, this chapter will come as no surprise to you. If you are a young leader or pastor, please don't skip this chapter. It will save you a lot of grief and late nights tossing and turning. I'm writing this for the very …
We can shift our relationship with money through practicing gratitude. In church life, a focus on celebration, gratitude and abundance begins with the leader. We can cultivate gratitude daily, and what better time than Thanksgiving to remind …
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Elmer Towns: The next big church turnaround method

"Life groups are changing today's church." (From Church Central's Turnaround 20/20 summit in 2012)
 

 
John Maxwell launches a prayer meeting

When he was a pastor in San Diego, Maxwell went against the wishes of his board and started a new prayer ministry that helped the church grow. Here's how he did it. (Elmer Towns at Church Central Turnaround 20/20)
 

 
The church consultant's prayer strategy
John Ewart: "If we're not invested in prayer, how are we going to help coach and mentor church leaders?" This church consulting panel discusses the importance of personal spiritual disciplines in working with churches. …
 
Harnessing the power of prayer in a church consultation

"Prayer is the means by which we get the power to do what we do," said Chuck Lawless. "The reality is we can't change a church. But we often try to fix it first and then pray."
 

 
Putting the pastor position in proper perspective

"In the American church, we struggle with the difference between ownership and stewardship," said John Ewart of Southeastern Baptist Seminary (and the lead instructor for the Society for Church Consulting).:
 

 
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