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10 Things You Should Know about Missions and the Local Church

10 Things You Should Know about Missions and the Local Church Andy Johnson 1. The mission of missions is primarily spiritual. I hope we can agree that the church should especially care about eternal suffering. The church is that unique gospel community chartered by Jesus Christ himself. Consequently, it should especially labor to fulfill its […]

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The Value of Visitor Reception

By Tim Massengale To Order More, Click Here Mark North turned into the parking lot of the First Apostolic Church and was immediately flagged down by a waiting lot attendant wearing a bright green vest. “Pastor North?  Bro. Baker is expecting you.  You can park in one of the guest parking spaces just past the […]

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20 Ways to Not Grow

Twenty Ways To Not Grow Tim Massengale         Yesterday I drove past a local high school. On the signboard out front someone had placed the following sage observation: The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary.   With that thought in mind, let me say that it is […]

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Constant Contact Consciousness

By Tim Massengale Mike took a deep breath and tried to calm the butterflies in his stomach. He was not very good at this but he was determined to try. Holding the soft drink and chips in one hand and the church flyer in the other, he approached the counter at the local Quick-Stop to […]

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How to Get More Home Bible Studies Than You Can Teach

By Tim Massengale   Without a doubt, home Bible study programs such as Search For Truth, Exploring God’s Word, and others, have been the greatest tool of evangelism in recent times. Thousands have been brought to the saving knowledge of Truth in the comfort of their own home by an individual with a burden, a […]

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Foundational Principles of New Convert Care

By Rev. Tim Massengale Pastor Johnson smiled broadly and waved as Dave and Patti’s car pulled out of the church parking lot. Then, with a small sigh, he turned and walked back into the church. He could not help but feel a little apprehensive. Dave and Patti were new converts. Both had been baptized and […]

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Do Your Guests Know You’re Expecting Them?

By Mark Waltz   This really happened to me. I walked into a restaurant early in the lunch hour. Like 11:00. Surveying the place, I saw, well, nothing. Lots of open tables. And still I was told “give me just a couple of minutes and we’ll have a table for you.” I could see at […]

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Visitor Follow-Up Training

By Rev. Tim Massengale An effective visitor follow-up ministry should be a high priority in every church. Why? Because your visitors are, without a doubt, your best prospects for salvation. Consider the following reasons: 1. Ninety percent of the visitors that come to your church know someone within your church. Most of our churches have […]

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Dear Church Member

Dear Church Member, Don’t wait until the hearse hauls you to church. If you do: 1. You will go, regardless of the weather. 2. You will go, regardless of the condition of your body. 3. There will be beautiful flowers there, but you won’t enjoy them. 4. You will go, regardless of how your family […]

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When Youth Leave the Church

When Youth Leave the Church Jerry Robbins A profile of youth in the ’70s, A Study of Generations (1972), documented that of all age groups in the church young people between the ages of 15 and 22 were the most troubled in faith and the least involved in congregational life. Almost 20 years later, Newsweek […]

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