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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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Worship in the Waiting

Do you ever feel like you’re just going through the motions. Maybe you’re desiring a fresh start in your life, but you’re not sure when it will come. What if waiting for a fresh start isn’t a passive thing? I believe we are called to Worship in the Waiting. But what exactly does that mean? What is worship? How do …

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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 …

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What Excites Me Most About Planting a Church

I’ve been hearing this question a lot lately.  “Are you excited about planting a church?” Hmmm…  Let me put it this way.  I wake up thinking about it.  I go to work planning for it.  I find myself day dreaming about it.  Erin and I frequently talk about it.  I look for ways to share with others about it.  I’m …

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My Journey to Georgetown – Ben Brandon

Growing up as a preacher’s kid in Jonesboro, Arkansas, I spent hours upon hours at church. Whether it be for Sunday services, potlucks, youth revivals, or brotherhood meetings, we were there. Because of that there were countless times I heard different missionaries speak about what was going on at their church plant in America and around the world. Little did …

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Recapping Our 2nd Georgetown Discovery Trip

This past weekend, a group from Conway, AR (and a few from Sulphur Springs, TX) made the trek to Georgetown, TX hoping to learn more about the area where we will plant a church next year.  Before the trip, I specifically asked God to show us something new and to meet someone new.  I believe He answered that prayer! Let …

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Let Your Volunteers Go

When I married Erin, one of our vows was, “Till death do us part.”  That’s great for your marriage, but bad for your volunteers. In ministry, we spend hours recruiting new volunteers, training those volunteers, and creating environments where those volunteers can use their spiritual gifts.  There’s a lot of time, energy, and resources poured into people.  The thought of …

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4 Things You NEED to Know about Volunteers

When I began pastoring my first church in 2011, I had very little experience in leading a church.  Actually, I had none. However, I was excited!  I was excited about being able to minister to people. I was excited about being able to preach God’s Word. I had dreams. Dreams of changing the world. Dreams of revival breaking out in …