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Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with a group of young adults at a church here in Houston. They are part of a young adults group at a long-established church in the area. As with most established churches, this one has a solid older generation of leaders, men and women who have faithfully served for decades. The young folk with which I was meeting found themselves in a conundrum. Many had not grown up in this church but began attending because they moved to the area. They love their church. In fact, as all decent Christians should, they…

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I get asked this question a lot, so I thought it best to write up the answer. A pastor, church leader, or even a group of members catches a vision for a particular approach to ministry. This may be a new outreach strategy or even something more fundamental, like changing the whole discipleship paradigm for a congregation. But how does such a thing get from an idea (or angst) in someone’s head to something that takes root in the congregation? There are three basic levels of involvement to consider for crafting effective strategy: pastoral leadership, dedicated lay leadership, and every-member…

Read More Three Basic Levels of a Church-Wide Movement

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Every few months, I try and find an article that does a good job of highlighting the present state of the refugee situation either globally or here in the United States. Back in March, NPR did an excellent job parsing out some of the most recent numbers from the United Nations and sticking some charts with it. It’s worth a read, if you are attempting to keep up with the state of refugees (and you should be). Here are some quick highlights from the article: The refugee numbers are showing no signs of slowing down at this point. “The flow…

Read More In the News: Where The World’s Refugees Are

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