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The singular focus of this by-monthly, non-denominational magazine for Christian churches is clear. It covers many of the numerous aspects related to Christian outreach to the local and worldwide...

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What do congregations need to know about the way young adults, age 18-34, think and communicate? This collection of nine articles seeks to break through myths and stereotypes to inform and equip...

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“Get to know the people; become involved in their lives,” advises Rev. Dan Vogel, Hispanic Missionary in Iowa District West of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. With shared space in several...

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What is the core value underlying the missional church idea? Brad Brisco argues that because the church no longer holds the kind of dominance in western culture that it once did, there is a fresh...

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This informative, straightforward 2 minute video is a simple introduction to missional church ideas and expectations. It is the work of Jeff Maguire, lead pastor of Mariners Church in Mission...

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Congregations seeking relationships and partnerships with their neighbors and hoping for a gospel influence in their contexts will appreciate this workbook offered by Missional Network leader, Alan...

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Looking to be an “out there” rather than an “in here” church? This source explores new possibilities for becoming a neighborhood-based faith community. The process begins by asking, “What is God...

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If your congregation wants a missional presence in your neighborhood, check out this list of twenty-five practical, inexpensive, and easily implemented ideas from pastor and church planter Josh...

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Baptist pastor Zach Williams poses a very interesting question for congregations struggling to understand their purpose. He asks Christians to consider if the church is primarily for the benefit of...

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Trending now? Externally focused or what are called “missional” congregations, says Eric Swanson, author and Leadership Network’s Community Director. Swanson narrates this YouTube video that...

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This book describes 101 different acts of kindness that a congregation could provide people in its local community. The author served for years as lead pastor of a Vineyard Community Church in the...

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web resource

Congregations interested in cultivating a greater sense of evangelical identity may find this ecumenical resource to be of help in the week-to-week consideration of outreach and sharing the gospel....

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“Servant Evangelism” is a website and blog that contains the wisdom of Steve Sjogren. He draws on his 15 years as pastor of a Cincinnati based Vineyard congregation. The kind of evangelism that...

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GraceNet is a nonprofit organization that provides coaching and consulting to congregations in the areas of spiritual leadership, pastoral development, congregational revitalization and evangelism....

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Research shows that congregations are more engaged than ever in their local community. Is this true for your congregation? Or is this a new goal? Joy Skjegstad describes seven models by which...

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The statistics are startling: Of the 73 million children in the US in 2005, more than 28 million - 39% - lived in poverty and its constellation of social, spiritual and emotional ills. While the...

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VBS in a nursing home? Presbyterians and Muslims sharing pudding? A nuisance church that broke down racial barriers? Theology in a pub? These are just a few of the intriguing stories collected from...

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“Where are the men?” is a common refrain in many congregations. Church for Men is an organization whose purpose is to provide resources that help “congregations reach more men and boys.” Several...

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Faith-based community gardens almost always have a “giving” component. They ask gardeners to pledge a percentage of their produce to the poor, or encourage people to ‘plant a row for the hungry’,...

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Supported by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, ChristLife is a Catholic lay ministry created in response to Pope John Paul II’s call for “a new evangelization.” ChristLife provides a curriculum for...

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