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Seven Signs of a Growing Church

Seven Signs of a Growing Church

By David Church   Acts 2:42-47 KJV And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple,…

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Five Ways To Grow Your Congregation

Five Ways To Grow Your Congregation

By David Church   You have probably seen articles with titles like this before. Every leader has a few good thoughts about increasing the attendance of their church on a given Sunday or about growing the overall attendance of their church. If you happen to lack for idea’s there are all kinds great idea’s in books and magazines, on blogs and on websites, but I will leave that to you. I want to take you back to the book of…

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Taking Risks for God

Taking Risks for God

By Fred Childs Risk taking is an essential ingredient in ministry in the Kingdom of God. Most Bible heroes were risk takers. Jesus was a risk taker. Risk taking at times needs to be bold and calculated. Other times require spontaneity. The paradox is that in the realm of organized religion, institutional thinking, and even in many local churches risk-taking is non-existent. It is frowned upon. Most American Christians have never taken a risk. Most of them stay within familiar…

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Not too Far From Home

Not too Far From Home

By Michael McFarland   If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (John 15:19) We are in this world but we are not of this world.  God has a place prepared for us.  John said he saw a new heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21:1).  There is coming a day when the trumpet…

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How to Lead a Spirit-filled Worship Service

How to Lead a Spirit-filled Worship Service

By Michael McFarland   John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. There are many worship services going on today but too many lack Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) involvement.  The only way to lead a Spirit-filled worship service is if those doing the leading are filled with the Spirit.  Sounds basic I know, but it really is the…

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How to Keep Those We Reach

How to Keep Those We Reach

By Unknown Author A question haunts many conscientious leaders. Although many people receive the Holy Spirit, many do not remain. Their new birth often proves to be more of a stillbirth. How can we reduce the number of stillbirths and lead newborn Christians into meaningful relationships with the Lord and the church? Statistics reveal that unless a new convert is able to develop six or seven new relationships in the church within 9 months, he will probably leave the church….

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How to Get People to Invite Guests

How to Get People to Invite Guests

By Michael McFarland   "And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled"  (Luke 14:23) Compel:  to drive or urge forcefully or irresistibly. Most people are "nervous" when it comes to inviting guests to church.  In fact, most people are afraid to even talk to someone about Church or about God.  They are afraid that they won’t have all of the right answers….

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Home Friendship Groups – My Passion

Home Friendship Groups – My Passion

By James Smith Home Friendship Groups (Cell ministry), are gaining greater and greater interest as we hear the success stories from those who have ventured into this ministry. The largest and fastest growing churches in the world are churches with HFG’s. 10 years ago, the Lord began to speak to me about a model of ministry that to my knowledge, no one was doing at that time. (little did I know) Often, I would look over the congregation and notice…

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Do I Have a Ministry?

Do I Have a Ministry?

By Michael McFarland   Yes. When God fills us with His Spirit and we become a member of the body of Christ (Romans 12:5) we automatically have a ministry.  What is that ministry?  Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and…

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Connecting With People

Connecting With People

By James Smith   If you desire for people to follow you, you have to connect with them.  The catalyst of your relationship with them at any level may very well have to be a result of your constant effort to associate with them. An unbeliever’s only basis for coming into the knowledge of truth may well be his relationship with his teacher/preacher. Connect with them on a personal level.  Find out what it is that interests them and try…

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