Three most important questions to ask when starting small groups


As I’ve written in the past, the best way to grow your small groups (or Sunday school) ministry is to start new classes. That in itself requires a great amount of leadership, communication and vision. You have to recruit volunteers,...


When is it right to disobey the law?

I admire the courage of Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who stubbornly refused to grant same-sex marriage licenses. She stated to do so would be to disobey God’s authority. For her, it was a choice between heaven and hell. In the days after this firestorm erupted, state gubernatorial ...
October 06, 2015   Bob Russell

How to take the missional pulse of your leadership

Is your team talking about mission or discipleship? "If we spend all our time talking about how we don't know how to work together, it distracts us from what we should be doing," says Jim Barber. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)  
October 05, 2015  

How Jesus avoided questions he didn't want to answer

How many times have you been asked a question that you really did not want or need to answer? Is it wrong to not answer? Learn masterful communication from Jesus. Discover how he never spoke about things he did not want to discuss. (Mike Baker, Senior Pastor of Eastview Christian ...
October 05, 2015  

The Top 5 Things Growing Churches Do

I realize that there are myriads of models, programs, and books for church growth. As a former church planter, current planting catalyst and pastor of a revitalized church, here are the top 5 observations that growing disciple-making churches have in common. Listening to the Holy Spirit The early church intensely ...
October 04, 2015   Matthew Fretwell

A “zoological” approach to church vitality

In past generations many principles of church growth have been uncovered. Much of the research came through long and detailed studies on foreign mission fields. Keen observers on our continent have also recovered more principles in the past 50 years. If you are overwhelmed by the growing number of books ...
September 29, 2015   Jim Farrer

Remember this when you want to give up

If you find yourself discouraged and lacking evidence for the fruits of your labor, Lee Strobel reminds us that one day in heaven what you have invested in for eternity will be worth it. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.)
September 28, 2015  

Where are we headed?

Jim Barber emphasizes the importance of discussing the missional strategy of a church before reorganization. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
September 28, 2015  

How going to church benefits brain and body

As a committed follower of Jesus, I've gone to church literally my whole life. My parents took me when I was a kid. I wanted to go as an adult. And in another sense, I'd better go now. After all, I am a pastor. Most believers understand that church attendance does ...
September 27, 2015   charles stone

Even idiots can become bold leaders

What's the secret to being bold Christian leaders that are able to speak into the war of words happening in our world? Peter and John knew the secret and were transformed from common men to world-changing leaders. Mike Baker, senior pastor of Eastview Christian Church (Normal, Ill.), shares the secret to ...
September 20, 2015  

What small groups should study and direction from above

I recently read an interesting article by Eric Geiger at LifeWay. In essence, the article says that most small group leaders are given no direction in what their groups study. Read the article HERE.  Here's my reply: In some ways this is both bad news and good news. The bad ...
September 18, 2015   Mike Mack
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