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Controversy is for Real in Faith and FilmTwo Christians see the same motion picture and come out at very different reviews of it. Sure, that happens. The film under review is Heaven is for Real, now in a theater near you. Steve Wohlberg is the speaker/director of White Horse Media (Newport,…
Do Millennials really care about what type of worship style is used in their church? My son, Jess Rainer, and I recently spoke in Texas on the topic of the Millennials, America's largest generation of nearly 79 million persons. Because we coauthored …
Many years ago I served as the pastor of a church where I avidly supported door-to-door outreach. As you might imagine, I struggled with leading people to be involved in the ministry. We kept decent records, so I got the old "outreach cards" for the …
Maybe your church needs a worship design specialist? Kim Miller is one of those volunteers churches love. "My family landed at Ginghamsburg Church (in Ohio) nearly 20 years ago to 'hide and heal' following a rough patch in another ministry setting," she says. "God did some great healing but I don't …
Review: "Innovation's Dirty Little Secret," why serial innovators succeed where others fail, by Larry Osborne from Zondervan You don't have to be overly observant to realize that churches essentially fall into two camps…those that are growing,…
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 …
Because my background lends itself to such interaction, I have informally counseled hundreds of ministers about financial matters. In addition to a business degree with a double major in finance and economics, I served as a corporate banker before …
More than three years have already passed since a watershed point in American history. On January 1, 2011, roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers retired. From then until 2030, approximately 10,000 persons of that demographic will retire every day. That …
Imagine that you have been selected as a finalist for consideration as the pastor of a church. Perhaps you are the lone finalist. As such, you have: Answered a plethora of questions. The church has checked your legal background, credit and social …
By the time we hear of a leadership failure, any attempts at intervention to save the leader usually prove futile. The damage has already been done. The family or organization suffers as their leader has fallen or—at the very least—made …
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Alan Hirsch: How society is marginalizing the church

"All the indicators are that the church is on the decline in the Western world," said Alan Hirsch at NACC 2012.

 
Do you know what's going on within ten miles of your church?

Miles McPherson details the statistics of life around his own church, including 11 abortion clinics, 17 adult book stores and 32 drug treatment centers. (Clip courtesy of NACC)

 
What Christian Millennials look like

Thom Rainer at the Society for Church Consulting's annual summit.

 
The 2 institutions the Millennials don't trust

What creates such frustration and lack of trust among 20-30-somethings? They simply see too much conflict among their elders.

 
Why Millennials are called the great mediators

This one characteristic affects almost every other part of Millennials' lives, says Thom Rainer.

 
The 5 anchors that will keep Millennials on your staff

Thom Rainer lists the 5 things companies and churches must do to keep Millennials engaged in their jobs.

 
Rainer on how Millennials will affect the workplace

They may be motivated by money, but 20-30 year-olds care even more about a non-financial aspect of their lives.

 
The career motivations of Gen Y

This idealistic generation is more pragmatic than we thought, says Dr. Rainer.

 
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