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4 more baptisms at Elevate Christian Church in Limerick! ECC is rejoicing to see people putting their trust in Jesus. Mustard Seed Christian Church in Osaka recently moved to new space, which has been a blessing. Their attendance has boomed far past what the old space could have accommodated! Leaders prayed for 130 to come for Easter services. 170 came! For many, it was the first time they...

A recent Sunday morning service at Forefront Church in New York City closed with a time of open prayer.  It was a risky move.  Have you ever been in a group of a few hundred people and been invited to pray out loud?  It has the danger of going off the rails.  Will it make visitors uncomfortable?  Will one person dominate so much that no one else will want to participate?  Will anyone...

OBAMACARE. The word itself (is it a word now?) evokes strong emotional responses in most people, whether positive or negative. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare’s more proper name) has been a source of anxiety for churches mostly because it has marked such a dramatic change from the past. I will just refer to the law as the “ACA.” I do not have the space or expertise to...

  “Look at the last ten people you’ve texted,” a church planter recently challenged his congregation. Listeners pulled out their phones to scroll through their screens.  “Now. How many of them look just like you?”    Take a moment to practice this yourself.  You may discover that the proverb, “Birds of a feather flock together” rings true.  It is human nature to seek out people who share...

Following God’s direction can lead to unexpected places. Abram followed God’s call to go, not knowing where it would lead. Jonah heard God’s call to Nineveh, but chose to run from it! Today, God still leads His people to surprising places. Brandon Watts was successful in the corporate world in Philadelphia. Then good job prospects and a promotion offered opportunity for his family to move to...

It started with a guy who had a giant screen and a projector. MISSION CHURCH in Ventura, CA wanted to find a way to have fun with families in their city over the summer. As they reviewed their staff, their volunteers, and all their resources, they discovered a friend who owned equipment that could play movies outside. Free Friday Flicks was created and two hundred people came to the first...

We met Louis and Yolandi Scheepers (pronounced “Skippers”) in April at a church planting conference in Florida, and we were quickly impressed by their vision and passion for the people of Cape Town, South Africa. For many in the US, South Africa is primarily known for two things: World Cup Soccer and the former “apartheid” socio-political system. But for Louis and Yolandi, it is much more....

Thinking about planting a church? Are you already a few steps in and have questions? Join our bonus session at Exponential West on October 5th.  We have a lineup of great speakers who have planted churches that are flourishing in their cities. We’ll discuss topics like: Dealing with Brokenness Leading Through the Stages of a Church Plant Leading a Multicultural Church Choosing a Location...

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