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A Responsive Prayer for Uncertain Times: We Believe

Eric M. Schumacher | 25 Jun 2024

This is a responsive prayer that has been written to help guide a group in prayer. This prayer is an excerpt from In His Hands: Prayers for Your Baby or Child in a Medical Crisis. The parts printed in bold type are designed to be said by the whole group. The parts printed in regular type are designed to be said by the leader only.... continue reading

Pastors Are People Too

Brian Croft | 30 Apr 2024

Here’s a question to ponder: What do you think would happen if you presented yourself to your congregation as a person before doing that as their pastor? What if you took the risk of learning how to share more of yourself with your congregation—not in a way that makes every sermon about you but in a way that allows them to feel a greater kinship with how you experience and respond to God’s word? How would people react if you offered them your true self: an ultra-fragile, incredibly limited, profoundly average, and disappointingly human human being? What do you think would happen?... continue reading

Are Our Worship Songs Too Happy?

Clint Watkins | 18 Jan 2024

It’s unfortunately common to hear that church is one of the hardest places to be in the midst of hardship. Maybe you have limped into church, weighed down by things like sadness, fear, or disappointment. Yet the place you hoped to find healing and refuge left you feeling hurt and alone. As the body of Christ joined together in praise, you felt dislocated in your pain.... continue reading

The Church Is A Body And You Need It (And It Needs You)

Barnabas Piper | 26 Oct 2023

We commonly see the word “body” being used to mean a corporate gathering, a collective of people coming together for a cause or purpose, such as a “voting body.” But when we call the church the “body of Christ” we mean much more than this.... continue reading

YOU Are the Church

Catherine Durant | 24 Oct 2023

When it comes to knowing what gift or service we can bring to our churches, we might feel stumped. But the blend of skills, interests, traits and experiences that make up who you are is utterly unique. And just being you, bringing your whole self and offering what you can is enough. In fact, the Bible says it’s more than enough—it’s vital.... continue reading

A Simple Plan For Celebrating Christmas 2023 as a Church

Bethany McIlrath | 10 Oct 2023

We realise that Christmas can be an extremely busy time of year for church leadership and staff. To try to make things simpler for you, we've put together a plan that might help you coordinate your church's celebration of Christmas.... continue reading

Are You Like the Unfaithful Servant?

Steve Robinson | 5 Oct 2023

There is such a thing as unfaithful service. What does that look like? We’re given an example in the parable of the talents in Luke 19:11-27.... continue reading

New for Your Church This Christmas

Bethany Davies | 3 Oct 2023

Wherever you are, however your church does Christmas, we’ve got a whole host of resources to help your ministry this year. And if you're organised and order your resources before Nov 1, we’ll give you a free gift!... continue reading

How Can I Love a Difficult Church Member?

Ligon Duncan | 27 Jul 2023

When it comes to a local church, Paul encourages us to strive to be a family that is shaped by the gospel. In 1 Thessalonians 12-15, he is telling us what that looks like.... continue reading

You're More Qualified to Serve Than You May Think

Steve Robinson | 6 Jul 2023

My instinct is to think that in order to serve God and his people well, I need to bring something to the table. The world will tell us that what we need to do is just to realise how brilliant we really are (or maybe you’re already there—you do think you bring a lot to God’s table). But the Bible says that the answer to feeling too weak or unable to serve is not to try to feel strong...... continue reading

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