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The Single Most Important Thing in Leading a Small Group

Jonathan McClintock, adult editor at Pentecostal Publishing House, makes a case for leading a small group. In his book The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, John Maxwell writes, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” Without understanding the context of this statement, a leader who reads these words can quickly become either energized or overwhelmed.…

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Apostolic Author Post | A Book on Parenting

Are you looking for a book on parenting by an Apostolic author? Consider My Child: Preparing Your Child for the 21st Century. A Book on Parenting My Child is an intentionally short, easy read primarily for parents of young children. Our children will be able to courageously stand athwart the culture by submitting themselves to…

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Three Ways to Offer Encouraging Words to Students | From Me to Teechr

Krisann Durnford, field editor for Word Aflame curriculum, offers encouraging words for teachers. Teachers have splendid opportunities to encourage others. Humans are hard-wired to please those we follow and from whom we learn. Students hope for a mentor’s approval. That approval encourages us to stretch, to gain knowledge, and to grow. Consider three ways to…

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Making Time for Family

The lovely Andrea and I were working to tiptoe the tightrope of work and family. We gathered around our dining room table in search of a Saturday to take our girls somewhere special, but there were precious few to be found. That’s when we decided to reserve specific weekend days as “family days” in order…

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Touching and Being Touched by God

“Touch Me”—God. Did you ever take a four-year-old to an art museum? Watch out! There he goes, crawling under the velvet rope connecting brass posts. Poking the do not touch signs. Racing down the red carpets. Art museums are not designed to entertain preschoolers. But the children’s museum, that’s a different story. Signs are everywhere:…

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New Year; New Trajectory

As we begin a new year, it’s a great time to seek the Lord for fresh direction for our teaching ministry. All memes, commentary, and clichés about 2020 aside—God has ordained and positioned His church for this moment in His timeline. Teaching is part of His scriptural pattern for evangelism and discipleship (Matthew 28:20), and…

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10 Church-Planting Concepts

After twenty-one years in the church-planting process, I’ve learned a lot and hope you will find value from my experience. I offer tips on how to start a church: Don’t quit! Please consider these tips if you are feeling a call to North American Missions or are already involved in this facet of ministry. 10…

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Absolutely!: Discipleship Now Series | How to Be Complete in Him

Sometimes, periodically, and partially just won’t do. The perfect game. An undefeated season. A 4.0 grade point average. It’s difficult to be perfect. Musicians practice hour after hour, repeatedly playing the same piece of music. Mastering the melody. Resting as written. Breathing correctly. Hitting the proper notes and doing so for the right duration. Performing…

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Devotional Journal | Listen to the Quiet

A note from Shauna Hord about Listen to the Quiet (a devotional journal): Last year has truly been a time for needing to listen to the quiet. I have heard many say they are slowing down and reconsidering the fast pace of their lives and spending more time focusing on the presence of the Lord.…

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7 More Tips for New Pastors | Part 2

Pastor J. Mark Jordan offers seven more applicable tips for new pastors. Read the first six tips here. 1. Make major innovations only after getting a consensus. Before you launch into a big program, make sure most of your people are on board with you. It is a huge mistake to start off doing something…

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