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  • [2 minute read] by Secretary-Treasurer & World Missions Director, Jeff Marshall The definition of the word ‘thrive’ according to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary is “To grow; to advance; to increase or advance in anything valuable.” The Bible tells us in Philippians 3:12 “Not that I have......

  • [3 minute read] by Guest Contributor, Dr. Carolyn Tennant We must first put down what we know before we can pick up what we haven’t yet tried. If we would all embrace the concept of letting go and taking a step back, we would be......

  • [2 min read] by Don Immel, Network Superintendent One of my favorite songs currently being played on CCM stations is Casting Crown’s song “Thrive”. I just love the tempo, beat, and message: “Just to know You and to make You known We lift Your name......

  • [2 min read] by Lee Rogers, District Youth Director A recent study conducted by Barna revealed fascinating information on how emerging generations view evangelism. Amazingly, 96% of millennial Christians (young adults) believe being a witness about Jesus is part of their faith; a number slightly......

  • Students know how to reset all kinds of devices, but resetting a student ministry is not so simple. Everyone knows that most adults “don’t like change,” but some students in high school and even junior high can also get entrenched in patterns and expectations. Even volunteer leaders......

  • January comes around every year, and every year it’s considered a time to reset personal priorities and take time to figure out what we’re going to do in the new year. The same holds true for your church. Coming out of the busy time of......

  • As spiritual leaders, we regularly speak to others about issues in their lives. However, we often fail to examine some of these same issues as they relate to ourselves. Perhaps the most significant disconnect is in the area of emotional health. Being emotionally healthy means......

  • The New Year has traditionally been a time to hit the “reset” button on different areas in life. I’ve found myself in this cycle every January with my health. I didn’t need to be told what it looks like to be healthy or that it......

  • I’ve only been pastoring for six years. Just when I get comfortable, ministry, people and my Lord remind me that I haven’t quite arrived. Being a church planter has been the most difficult yet rewarding thing I’ve ever done. I spent 26 years as a......

  • We all know that time has three tenses: past, present, and future. I was struck by this reality when I was thinking about Paul’s encouragement for believers to “redeem the time.” (Ephesians 5:16) As we approach the end of the year and prepare to embark......

  • Although the term “team” may not be found in the Bible, the concept is consistently exemplified. Jesus assembled a team and called them disciples. Peter assembled a team and called them deacons. Paul assembled a team and carried the gospel to the corners of the......

  • Your Team + Our Team = One Team. That’s not a complicated mathematical equation. You didn’t have to have taken algebra, geometry, calculus, or linear algebra and differential equations to figure out the solution. In the real world 1 + 1 = 2, but not......

  • Every time he saw me, a recently hired 16 year old (Bongiorno Conference Center kitchen employee) he would say, “Hey boss, what’s up?” After a half dozen comments, I told him, “I’m not the boss; I’m the team leader.” The look on his face said......

  • HEART LANGUAGE / IDIOMA DEL CORAZÓN Many of us have the opportunity to come to church on a weekly basis and worship in our native tongue, English. We are able to worship in our “heart language,” the language that we were spoken to as a......

  • Imagine a baseball team where the players don’t share a unified vision of winning games. They don’t listen to the coach and each individual thinks he knows best what will win the game. That’s probably not going to be the best strategy. A strong, successful......

  • An interview with Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Marshall What do you think has prepared you the most for this new step? I think it’s been a combination of my ministry experience of thirty-four years, which included planting New Day Assembly of God. Previous to that I was......

  • An interview with District Superintendent Don Immel What do you think has prepared you the most for this next step? I see it as a lifetime of saying yes. Denny Sproull asked me to be the CE rep for our section. I was pastoring a......

  • What makes a good team? What allows many unique individuals to work well together to achieve a common goal? What would you say is the most important part of building a truly successful team? How about investing in relationships? There are a lot of components......

  • Sixteen years ago the Lord put a dream in my heart for the waters of His Spirit to rise across our Network so that all ships would rise together as He worked among us. We often think of this as our dream, but in truth......