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Focusing on What’s Best

“In your work, you should have no more than 3-5 spheres of activity.  You can’t do more than five things well.  To the extent you are doing more than five kinds of things, you are probably giving insufficient time and focus to one or more of the five.” This is advice from a Christian businessman…

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Bringing Balance to your Mission Program

Every local church has its own distinctive missions philosophy and practices.  Whether these ideas are written down or exist in the minds of the pastoral staff or missions committee, they are normally a mixture of biblical principles, family ties, cultural values, corporate management practices, personal preferences and the church’s history and traditions. BIBLICAL BALANCES Just…

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The One-Legged Cyclist

Can you imagine riding a bicycle with one leg?  It could work, but it sure would be challenging.  You undoubtedly know how to ride a bike.  As you press down with your right foot, you bring your left foot around to press down with that one.  While one leg is doing the work, the next…

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The Iceberg

About 85% of an iceberg is actually under water.  Most of these frozen mountains are hidden from view.  Ever thought about how you go about building one?  The first step would be to describe what it would look like: how tall, how wide, etc.  About 85% of the work would have to be done under…

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We’ve Changed Our Mind About Missions

Pastor, I’d like take a few moments and ask you a question.  It’s a question that I asked myself several years ago while pastoring Shenandoah Baptist Church.  It’s a question that ended up taking me in a different path in my ministry in ways I could not have imagined. A Real Ministry Scenario Let me…

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #001: apo…WHAT?

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #001: apo…WHAT?

#1 in a series devoted to sending churches. The content of this post is adapted from BMW’s 6-hour apoLuo workshop. Numbered articles are intended to be read sequentially for maximum benefit. That’s apo-luo, not apo-luau. No need to run out and look for a lei and a grass skirt. If you’ve given Acts 13 a close…

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Can Your Church Produce A Missionary?

Local churches trained and sent out pastors and missionaries for over 1000 years without educational institutions or mission boards.  Where did these men come from, and how were they trained?  Mentors, in the context of local church ministry, trained each new generation of church leaders.  The churches then sent them out as their own children…

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