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Reaching Baby Boomers in Sunday School/Small Groups

So many of our churches are trying to figure out how to reach the Millennial generation (born between 1980-2000)—currently the second largest generation in the US. Many churches are more geared to reach the Baby Boomer generation (born 1946-1964), which is now the third largest generation. Your church might find it helpful to research the population in your area to see which generations are most represented.

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God, the Ultimate Transit Authority

January is a time to give thought to what we hope to accomplish in the new year, so to aid in your thinking about that subject, I would like to have you consider looking at your life with 20/20 vision. If you are a Christian, the plans that you make for the new year should be plans that relate to what God desires to do in and through your life.

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20/20 Vision

January is a time to give thought to what we hope to accomplish in the new year, so to aid in your thinking about that subject, I would like to have you consider looking at your life with 20/20 vision. If you are a Christian, the plans that you make for the new year should be plans that relate to what God desires to do in and through your life.

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Mission Development Staff Additions

Our Mission Development staff has made some changes in 2020 that will enable us to provide ongoing missions opportunities in a better way for you and your congregation. We are excited to announce one new full-time addition along with several part-time positions that have been created or redefined in this reorganization which took effect on January 1.

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Sunday School and the New Year

As we begin the New Year, what is God doing in your Sunday School? What vision have you received? Though I know some have begun planning based on a fall schedule, most adults consider January 1 to be a time to set New Year’s resolutions. Why not take advantage of it?

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From the Beginning to the End

A new year is upon us, and with it comes both anticipation and anxiety. We are excited about the new possibilities—albeit pursuing new possibilities is often accompanied by anxieties over the unknowns that come with new choices. God has blessed us to be alive to start 2020, and since he is a purposeful God, we know he has some purposes for each of us to fulfill each year. God has put us where we are to partner with him to accomplish his purposes.

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via V3: Ten Favorite Books for Church Planting

The V3 Movement has been raising up and releasing men and women church planters, from across the theological spectrum, all over the country, that are focused on locally-rooted presence, tight-knit community, life-forming discipleship, and boundary-crossing mission. We are a training movement. So, we wanted to share with you our favorite books in 2019 (and a couple gems from 2018) that might be a companion in equipping and training you for starting a new church in your local place.

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via Missio Alliance: Four Ways to Practice the Peace of Christ at Christmas

The Christmas narrative resounds with the expectation of peace. The heavenly choir that sang at Jesus’ birth declared, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors” (Luke 2:14, emphasis added). The newborn King lying in a manger is Isaiah’s promised Prince of Peace whose “authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom” (Isaiah 9:7).

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Revitalize Your Sunday School: Adopt a Philosophy

Loving God with all your mind means being in an ongoing Bible study. Pastors, preach it from the pulpit that every follower of Christ who loves God with all their mind needs to be in an ongoing Bible study! You do a great job in helping them grow. A small group Bible study helps them ask questions about life application to scripture. You also should preach that they should reach someone else.

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Fresh Expressions Brings Clarity, Confidence, and Courage

Clarity brings confidence, and confidence brings courage. This word from Pastor Jeff Hudgins in Floyd, Virginia, has informed the journey he has been on as he develops ways of being church outside the walls of his church—Floyd Baptist. He’s calling the initiative Grace at the Edge.

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