“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” James 2:17.
I truly wish that church growth would happen by simply praying and waiting upon God. While faith can accomplish anything (Mark 11:22-24), the clear commandment of Christ is to carry the gospel into all the world (Acts
In my ministry of teaching and counseling nationwide, people contact me that are hurting emotionally, spiritually and relationally because of current or past painful events in their lives. This heartfelt brokenness is the result of grief issues, sexual abuse, abandonment, divorce, porn addiction, anxiety, depression and the list goes on.
In past columns, I have strongly emphasized four key evangelism ministries: (1) bringing guests to church and combining that with a comprehensive visitor follow-up ministry, (2) a thriving Home Bible Study ministry, (3) training and promoting saints for personal witnessing (which includes utilizing the CCC ministry), and (4) dynamic Sunday
Obviously, God is ultimately in charge of a church's growth. There are times when God is giving a season of rest and preparation for a church for something to come. In some situations, God may have even taken His hand from the church. God is into church growth, however. I'm
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).
In David’s prayer we see modeled humility, the beginning of all true worship and the recipe for revival in our own personal lives and local churches. Revival within a local church congregation is not
“Our aim is to enlighten the thousands of perplexed and bewildered souls who are earnestly seeking, amid the maze of men's traditions, to find the true doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our commitment is to continue to reach out to our city with the soul saving, life changing message
As a pastor, if you could write a letter to yourself 10 years ago, what would you say? What would you tell yourself to focus on or shy away from? The mistakes and learning experiences we have at the beginning of our careers are the lessons that make us into
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” – 1 Corinthians 1:18
We live in a time where there seem to be so many quick fixes, latest greatest books, and other things concerning church growth.
What Are You Hearing and Seeing?
“And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain” - 1 Kings 18:41
It is amazing how much of the Bible focuses on our hearing and vision. There are positive and negative things associated with
Connecting Point for Revival
Just an hour east of Nashville is the small factory and farming town of Smithville, Tennessee, home of the dynamic congregation of New Life United Pentecostal Church, pastored by IBC alumnus Dwayne Cornelius. “Welcome to the most exciting church in DeKalb County” is the signature phrase at
Thank God for the Blood by Greg Godwin
Romans 3: 23-25 says that all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood.
Building On A Rich Heritage
“Deep stakes that can be stretched out, from pastors before me and saints of years past, make our heritage rich,” said Pastor Tim Sullivan of Fort Smith, Arkansas. He and his wife, Lea Ann, pastor Northside UPC in Fort Smith. They have three daughters: Kaitlyn (20),