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Revitalize Your Sunday School, Step 7: Downsize for Discipleship

Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose twelve? We could take the biblical symbol as twelve representing the twelve tribes of Israel. We could say that it represents a complete number in biblical times. We know that Jesus had many other followers. He could have spent his three years speaking in colosseums and amphitheaters the entire time.

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What is the One Thing You Seek?

If you could only choose one thing to be the consuming passion of your life, what would it be? Would it be one person with whom you desire to share the rest of your life? Would it be endless wealth? Or a permanent, prominent position of power? For some it might be endless health, or three meals a day delivered to your home until you die. Some would choose fame or success in sports. Perhaps for you the one thing you desire might be to never die.

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One is the Loneliest Number

One of the painful scenarios that humans encounter is loneliness. Loneliness is a feeling of isolation and being alone. In the Creation accounts of Genesis chapters 1-3, God’s crowning creative act was the creation of humans. First there was Adam, and then God saw “that it was not good for the man to be alone,” so God made Eve to share life with Adam. Loneliness has been with us a long time.   

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V3 Launches New Praxis Co-ops

We are excited for the start of our new Praxis Co-ops in Hampton Roads, Washington DC, and Los Angeles—each consisting of 12 community leaders from area churches—journeying together for 18 months around soul care, community formation, neighborhood transformation, and multiplication of discipleship groups.

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Surviving Betrayal

One of the most painful things we encounter in life is betrayal. Occasionally a person we trust does something that feels like betrayal, but they really don’t intended it that way. Less frequently, but more painful, is when we experience a trusted friend’s intentional plan to undermine or betray us. I think it is important for us to differentiate between premeditated betrayal and someone’s poor or selfish decisions which to us feel like an act of betrayal. In both cases trust is broken, which lies at the heart of betrayal. In both cases, the betrayer forfeits trust.

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2019 Pastor’s Conference: Renew Through Prayer

Join fellow ministers and be encouraged and equipped to renew your personal walk with God in and through prayer at this year's Pastor's Conference. The annual event will precede the BGAV Annual Meeting and will take place from 12:30pm - 2:45pm on Monday, November 11, 2019, at Bonsack Baptist Church in Roanoke, VA.

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Overcoming Rejection

There is a lot of thoughtless rejection circulating today. Rejection—even that which is only perceived as rejection—hurts us deeply. As children, we probably all experienced rejection to some degree. It starts early. Remember how you felt if you were the last one chosen to be on the team? Or not being asked to the prom?  

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Overcoming Distractions in Ministry

We easily get distracted from this single-minded focus. So many things, along with selfish desires, clutter the landscape of our daily walk. It’s critical to be anchored in—and focused on—the mission and goals the Lord has set before each of us. I want to offer a few tips to keep your head in the work.

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Revitalize Your Sunday School, Step 4: Train Your Leaders

Training/continuing education is expected in most jobs. Sunday School teachers, small group leaders and others who share from God’s Word have a big responsibility to help others discover faith in God and put it into practice (life transformation). I suggest that what happens in their classroom/small group meeting may have a more lasting impact than any profession!

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Facing Criticism

This week I received a newsletter with a section summarizing Philip Warner’s “The Secret Pain of Pastors,” posted by www.churchleaders.com in 2018. The seven “unique” problems pastors face were suggested as: criticism, rejection, betrayal, loneliness, weariness, frustrations, and disappointments.

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via Fresh Expressions: Turning What You Already Have Into a Fresh Expression

“Tell me, what do you have in your house?” Sometimes people look at me like I have three heads when I share with them what it means to start fresh expressions of church. For some, it’s because the whole idea is difficult to wrap their minds around, but others just don’t know where to start. “Where do you get pioneers?” “How do we decide what to do?” “How can we budget for starting something new?” It can feel very overwhelming. But before I jump in and try to provide answers for those questions, I usually go to scripture. But the scripture I go to isn’t my means of stalling or lightening the mood. It’s also not a theological explanation or proof-text. It’s a question.

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