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Surfing and Church Planting

I’ve never been surfing. At least not in the sense of riding waves on the beaches of California. It sounds like fun. I think I’d like the adrenaline rush that comes from catching the perfect wave, gliding along the water, and rushing toward the beech with the cool wind in my hair and the warm sun shining on my awesome …

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The One-Word Reason We’re an Attractional Church

As we’ve moved into the next phase of planting Antioch Georgetown – a new church in Georgetown, Texas – I’m often confronted with very specific questions about our approach to ministry. Are you an attractional church? Are you a missional church? Are you an incarnational church? Granted, these questions never come from the unchurched, but rather Christians who usually have …

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10 Creative Ways to Refuel Volunteers

Appreciation goes a long way. It's like gas in the tank. Every time a volunteers serves, he/she is spending time and energy. They're burning fuel. It's your job as the leader to make sure you refuel your volunteers.  Easier said than done right? Every person recieves appreciation differently. Some people prefer a tangible gift and others respond better to a word of encouragement. If you …

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5 Meetings Every Team MUST Have

  Meetings. You may love them or you may hate them, but they are necessary to the health of an organization. They can be the most productive time of your week or the biggest waste of time. So what's the difference?     You.     If you lead a team, believe it or not, you're the pendulum who decides if …

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4 Steps to Prep for 2017!

"Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14 I know Christmas is wrapping up and you're likely experiencing the hangover …

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The Difference between Faith and Risk

Faith and Risk Before I share the differences between faith and risk, let me share what they have in common.  Faith and risk are both scary. Have you ever done something risky? I’m not talking about drinking milk that expired yesterday. I’m talking about something that pushes the edge of sanity. Something that if you succeed or fail will drastically alter the …

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The One Question I Hope My Daughters NEVER Ask

Dad Life I’m a dad of three girls. I don’t claim the “World’s Greatest Dad” title, although a coffee mug in my cabinet would beg to differ. I make plenty of mistakes, and I’ve more than likely broken all of the rules in the parenting handbook. However, there is one thing I can honestly claim. I LOVE my daughters! I would do anything …

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Beef Up your Prayers

When you read about prayer in the Bible, it’s never described as something wimpy or fragile. It’s always described as a strong, powerful practice. For example: “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16 “I know this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” …

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Church Planting, the Gospel, and Relationships

  Church planting is relational because the gospel is relational. When Jesus commissioned the disciples to “go and make disciples,” it was understood this would take place within the scope of relationships. Think about it. You can’t share the gospel with a person unless you meet them, love them, and/or communicate with them. Relationships are critical for the spread of …

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Do’s and Don’ts of Recruiting

Let’s face it.  We all need volunteers.  If it weren’t for volunteers in our churches guests wouldn’t be greeted, kids wouldn’t be taught, and coffee wouldn’t be served. Overall, things wouldn’t get done. We really need volunteers.  Here’s the thing all leaders must keep in mind: People don’t volunteer because there is a need.  People volunteer because they want to make a difference. I …