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KUDOS: Kentucky church hosts prom for physically and mentally disabled

Southland Christian Church in Lexington did a great thing this past weekend… hosting over 1000 physically and mentally disabled (I hope that’s the right politically correct terminology) to what they called a ‘Jesus Prom’. How great is this? From an article at the Christian Post: Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Ky., held an event for the mentally and physically disabled community dubbed “Jesus Prom” over the past weekend that featured a night of celebration and compassion dedicated to those in attendance. The annual free event drew 1,100 people decked in prom...
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Making your visitors swoon, smile and sing your praises

Author Chip Bell recently released a new book entitled The 9 1/2 Principles of Innovative Service. The purpose of the book:  how to create an experience that causes your customers to ‘swoon, smile, and sing your praises.’ One reader, Becky Robinson, related her experience about visiting NewSpring Church, after reading the book. You have to read this unsolicited article that could have been written (in today’s internet age) by any person about any church. According to Becky… NewSpring hit it out of the park when she was a first time visitor. What can you learn reading...
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7 reasons you’re not reaching the unchurched (even though you want to)…

Carey Nieuwhof admits that most leaders he knows WANT their church to grow.  They WANT to reach unchurched people. But few are. Here are some reasons why, according to Carey: 1. Your desire to reach unchurched people is an intention, not a strategy. You’re basically doing what you’ve always been doing and hoping for different results. Wanting people to attend and creating a church unchurched people love to attend are two very different things. If you haven’t made radical changes to how you do church, don’t expect radically different results. 2. You’ve ended up in No-Man’s Land by trying...
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Why do people come to Christ?

I thought this was insightful from Lee Powell, pastor of Cedar Creek Church (a GREAT church, by the way) in Toledo, OH. He was recently asked by Leadership Network’s Eric Swanson why people came to Christ.  Lee’s response: Something was broken Something was missing Something had changed Eric Swanson writes: “Cedar Creek is pretty intentional about tracking why people come to Christ and most everybody comes to Christ through those avenues.into the kingdom. Cedar Creek is an outlier in evangelism. Last year they saw over a thousand people come to faith.” Eric, along with my...
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Atheist Penn Jillette makes a case for sharing your faith

Penn Jillette (of the famous Penn & Teller team) is a smart guy and a devout atheist.  But this quote shows a level of insight that many of us have lost in the church:  ”How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?” Watch the video: Thoughts? Todd HT:  Justin Taylor for the...
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Make the Moment and Change the Perception of Christians in Your Community

Phil Cooke says: Politics, the prosperity gospel, movie boycotts, wacky Christian media efforts, and more have only marginalized the Christian community in the eyes of the people we’re supposed to be reaching. But if we would put our money (and time) where our mouth is and impact the local communities around us, people would notice. Christians certainly benefit personally from faith in Christ, but that’s not our only goal. We should always be ready to share that faith in tangible ways with others so they benefit. Here’s a video Phil has produced about the Make the Moment...
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9 signs your church is ready to reach unchurched people

Carey Nieuwhof writes: Almost every church I know says they want to reach unchurched people.  But few are actually doing it. Part of the problem stems from the fact that many churches don’t really understand unchurched people… And part of the problem is that our model of church is designed to reach and helped churched people, not unchurched people. Churches haven’t embraced change deeply enough. Here are 9 signs your church is ready to embrace unchurched people: 1. Your main services engage teenagers. 2. People who attend your church actually know unchurched people.  3.  Your attenders...
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InterVarsity’s new evangelism phone app

The New World Gospel Presentation app, created by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, is a creative way to share the gospel right from your smartphone or tablet. Based on material from True Story by James Choung, this free app helps you illustrate the main points of the gospel message by drawing four “worlds” on your screen. Suggested dialogue and Scripture references are included for each world to help you explain the gospel as you draw. The opportunity to make a decision for Jesus Christ and join his mission to heal the world is presented at the end; a suggested prayer is...
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Maybe we DO need to dumb down the gospel

Mark Morford writes: Six percent of Americans believe in unicorns. Thirty-six percent believe in UFOs. A whopping 24 percent believe dinosaurs and man hung out together. Eighteen percent still believe the sun revolves around the Earth. Nearly 30 percent believe cloud computing involves… actual clouds. A shockingly sad 18 percent, to this very day, believe the president is a Muslim. Question:  How do you reach someone with the Gospel that believes in unicorns or that cloud computing involves actual...
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Can one church reach every neighborhood in Chicago?

Warren Bird writes: If Park Community Church in downtown Chicago, IL, was going to achieve its mission of helping transform the surrounding 200-plus micro-neighborhoods, the church’s leadership team had an ego-swallowing hurdle to clear. They had to be willing to give up imprinting their church’s name on what they did. As the young, affluent congregation founded an organization that partners with other churches, community development agencies, schools and non-profits for the common good of the city, they named it simply Renew Chicago. They also renamed one of Renew Chicago’s original...
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