September 2016

Northwest Church Planting

Out of Tragedy, God Brings Hope

If we could jump back in time to exactly one year ago, you’d see me a little after midnight in my garage. I was alone with a jigsaw, cutting out pieces to fit onto the stage of my church, my first project since returning to work after the death...

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Missions Trips

Beans, Rice and Jesus Christ

Photos: Patrick Fore, Creative Director of Ocean View Church, San Diego

I was 17 years old when I went on my first international missions trip to Panama to do medical work in some extremely remote places along the gulf coast of...

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Charlotte and Tulsa Shootings

Converge Responds: Charlotte and Tulsa Shootings

Once again our eyes are focused on difficulty in our nation. Last week the tragic loss of life in Charlotte and Tulsa again brought protests against racial inequality. We grieve with those who lost loved ones and pray for our nation to get onto...

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Converge Missions

New Frontiers: The Spice Islands Initiative

Leaders of the massive mosque eagerly directed us into their hour of prayer. Our shoes, so different from any others in this religious city, were carefully set aside by a gracious host for safekeeping, so they wouldn’t be swiped while we observed...

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Prayer as Asking

Prayer as Asking

Bible knowledge quiz: Where does Jesus say, "You have not because you ask not"? Answer: nowhere. This is not a quote from Jesus but part of a commentary and interpretation written somewhat later by the apostle James (James 4:2-3).


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church strengthening

Avoid Being a Rescuer

One of my friends asked my opinion about how to handle a person he was mentoring in the faith. It seems this person is beginning to have success in his work. He is becoming known in his field. People are calling him, recruiting him to speak to...

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Leadership Coaching

15 Key Traits of an Effective Coach

The significance of coaching is consistent throughout the Bible. From the beginning of Creation, God designed us to be in relationship and coaching flows out of relationships. Good coaches pull out the best behaviors and characteristics that...

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start a church

10 Ways to Get Involved in Starting a Church

When it comes to supporting or getting involved in church planting, don’t be afraid of what your imagination can dream. There is no right or wrong way to support church planting. Below are 10 great ways to be involved:

  • Be a prayer...
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The Black/White Conversation

On June 27, Church Strengthening director Bruce Hopler shared the pulpit with Diversity Director Robin Holland in Holland’s Aurora, Colorado church. Their topic? What each, as a pastor, has learned from the other’s culture.


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He Sees Your Sighs

It's the end of summertime and you plan a fun day for your family. You envision all the laughter and bonding that will take place. You'll get some great pictures to post on Facebook and at the end of the day will be overflowing with sweet...

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