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Authority and the Young Leader

These are some helpful thoughts for young leaders.  I wish I learned some of these lessons earlier.  Some of these lessons I am still learning. Integrity is your greatest asset. You cannot magically create ministry experience that will convince older generations that you can be savvy at deacons’ meetings and sensitive at a deathbed. But… Read more »

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Dave Gibbons, "Church Misfit"

Dave Gibbons, the lead pastor at Newsong church in Irvine, CA, is someone I admire because he is doing it right.  Not because he has a huge mega-church.  Not because he is famous or on magazine covers.  Not because he is edgy or radical.  But because he is building a church that serves Jesus. “In… Read more »

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Things I Can Live With (And one I can’t)

If they come, decide it’s not for them, and leave, let them say: I wasn’t a good enough speaker, that I wasn’t dynamic enough or conversational enough, that I wasn’t cool enough, that I wasn’t as engaging as the guy down the street, that my shirt didn’t match my socks, that I wasn’t wearing socks…. Read more »

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Death of the Bulletin

This church took an interesting step in eliminating the weekly bulletin and replacing it with a monthly version. This not only cut printing costs, but forced leaders to be more organized in their planning and efficient in communication. Sometimes its hard to let go of “we’ve always done it this way,” but often doing so… Read more »

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What could the church do with 1 million dollars?

A few years back, when Francis Chan’s church was booming in membership and budget, they were planning on a new $20 million dollar building project for a new sanctuary. However, one of the church’s core values was modeling Christ’s love for the poor. They came to the conclusion that it would be dishonoring to God… Read more »

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Austin’s ’emergent’ Christians finding a new path

I was surprised and encouraged to see this article featuring Vox Veniae Church in Austin, TX about how they are breaking from traditional church expressions and innovating to bring the Gospel to the community. Even more interesting is that the church originally began as a church plant off of a traditional Chinese Baptist church in… Read more »

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Hip-Hop Liturgies

Popular Christian music styles have always paralleled the sound of secular hits, from grunge to techno. Now hip-hop is finding its way into the liturgies of traditional churches. The white, middle-aged Rev. Timothy (Poppa T) Holder doesn’t look like someone who would shout “Holla back!” in his priestly blessing. But, noticing the power and ubiquity… Read more »

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A Christian Influence?

An encouraging article about the influence of Christianity on the US. Though analysts like Barna are often helpful in spurring the church on to more action, articles like this remind us that God is in fact doing things in the US after all.