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Some people in your community are more receptive to the gospel – and more likely to become a part of your church – than others. Good stewardship of a congregation’s limited resources calls us to invest those resources where we will see the greatest return (see Matt. 25:14ff.).
So how do you find people who “have ears to hear” the Good News and will respond?
One important principle of effective evangelism: Unchurched people are more likely to consider becoming Christians and church members during periods of transition. A life transition represents a …

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BY DALE E. GALLOWAY
A Staff member’s spouse who doesn’t like you.
A board member who seems determined to oppose everything you propose.
An unchurched neighbor or relative who won’t give you the time of day.
Getting along with others is a lot easier to talk about than to do. I used to think it was simple. People were either good or bad, likable or dislikable. You got along with them or you didn’t.
As the years went by, I learned that the problem is with me, not them. God wants me to learn how …

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Several outreaches have brought new life to a Wyoming church that almost closed its doors five years ago because only a few people attended the congregation. According to the Assemblies of God (AG) News, New Life Assembly of God in Buffalo, located in the north central part of Wyoming, now has a vibrant congregation of 90 who ministers to the community of almost 4,000 people.
“We encourage people to meet needs, and they’re doing that,” pastor Alan Schaberg said. To reach out to their community, the congregation started a bus ministry. …

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By Jim Czegledi
How do traditional mainline churches attract new generations of believers when they are not mega-style, seeker-driven churches? The answer does not always lie in new or radical models of ministry, but in a rediscovery of the type of ministry that has served the church for many years. A sense of piety and community can be expressed in ways appropriate and relevant to younger people today.
Many mainline churches find it impossible to relocate to areas of population growth or to radically transform into seeker-driven, program-oriented churches. Nor is it …

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America’s Megachurches Are Reinventing Themselves to Continue Growth
Some observers predict that in the next decade a church in the United States will hit the 50,000-member threshold
by Leigh DeVore
The number of megachurches–congregations numbering 2,000 or more–nearly doubled during the 1990s to an estimated 500 today, “The Los Angeles Times” reported last week. These churches have transformed religion in America, partly because they have rejected traditional Sunday morning forms and adapted the use elaborate stage productions, contemporary music, mini-dramas and practical sermons offering life lessons for families.
Some experts contend that megachurches have …

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God may be calling sinners, but His people are not answering when they go looking for help. A nationwide telephone survey failed to make contact with a real person at 40 percent of churches, despite repeated callbacksCup to a dozen times. Only half of those churches in which no one picked up the phone had an answering machine.
Though many churches cannot be reached by phone, they are still sending a message to inquirers, said George Barna, whose Barna Research Group surveyed 3,764 Protestant churches across the country. “If churches really …

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Can we close the back door for church attrition?
No Back Doors! New converts are at probably the most crucial part of their walk with God: the beginning! We must show them that they need to make sure that there are no back doors in their relationship with God. Even though they have been freed from their bondage to sin, they still live in the flesh and are faced with more temptation than ever before. How do they eliminate the back doors? 1) Regular fasting and daily, consistent prayer. 2) Diligent …