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Converge: A blended family

It has been said that denominations, church movements and churches are like families, but in reality they are more like blended families.

Today blended families now make up more than half the families in America. It is very rare today for an extended family not to have some blended family...

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Embrace grace, entrust leadership and endure hardship

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things which you heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men who are qualified to teach others also. Endure hardship like a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 2:1-3...

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What makes a healthy church?

“This is a football. “Green Bay Packer’s coach Vince Lombardi said this to his players after they experienced a devastating defeat to a team they should have never lost. It’s belittling because he is talking to a group of men who know offensive and defensive plays better than their children’s...

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Bruce Hopler: The Traveling Vagabond

As the national director of Church Strengthening, I am excited about the opportunity to serve district leaders and pastors when it comes to church health. I am confident that God wants to move in our country, but...

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Burma and the Rockford Baptists

Temple Baptist Church, Rockford, Illinois, found the neighborhood changing around it. What was once a middle-class suburb has become inner city. Like many churches, Temple Baptist found itself with an aging population and declining...

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When two churches become one

Torrington, Connecticut, was a bustling manufacturing town rife with hardworking blue collar families attending churches throughout the downtown area. Calvary Baptist Church has stood in the center of town, for the past 119 years. The iconic brick building looks as every New England church...

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Point exclusive: Weekend widow

Hidden demands on your pastor's wife

by Kay Fuller

...In our church-world we’ve heard all about the hand-me-down pressures on the wife: expectations to be at church every time the doors are open and...

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Emulating Christ on the front lines

by Chaplain Major Mark Thompson

It seems like a very distant memory when I first stepped foot in Baghdad some 10 years ago. I had met my unit only a couple months earlier, and now we were being delivered to our area in the dark. Previously the Republican Guard barracks, this...

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Church in a Laundromat: The parallels of church planting and chaplaincy

by Chaplain 1st Lt. Peter Owens

During my first inactive duty training weekend as a chaplain in the Michigan Army National Guard, I was determined to hold a traditional worship service. My first challenge came in trying to schedule a time and facility for this service. No...

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6 characteristics of old-school leaders

by Lee Stephenson, executive director of Converge Church Planting

"Whatever you are, be a good one." —Abraham Lincoln

I love that quote from Abraham Lincoln. Consider for a moment what that means when it comes to leadership –the best leaders over...

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    Point - September 2018

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