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5 actions that will immediately encourage discipleship in your church

As leaders we know there are many areas where we need to grow in our walk with Christ. Sometimes, as we multiply similar needs across a congregation, it can be hard to know where to start. What area of discipleship should we emphasize? Where can teaching, exhortation, and a congregational focus make the most difference?

Help those moving to your community find your church

While fewer people are moving today in the United States, moving to a new home is the single greatest reason people change churches. A life-changing decision to move could be motivated by a job, family, finances, or aspirations. And a move can necessitate a change in where a churchgoer attends church.

7 Questions to Help You Better Know (and Love) Your Community

Everyone in our community needs Christ, but many times we can feel lost knowing how to help our congregation start connecting with people. Answering these seven questions about your community will help you love your community better, pray for them more specifically, and highlight some needs God has already equipped your church to address.  

ANALYSIS: Trump order unlikely to alter sermonizing

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Faith and politics have a complicated relationship in the United States. Many Americans want religious leaders to be clear about their values and how those values impact every aspect of life, including politics. And they want churches to be free to practice their faith, which includes discussing politics without any government intervention. But few want their preacher's advice on which candidate to vote for.