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4 Half-Baked Theologies of God’s Sovereignty (and how I meet pastors who believe them)

I often get to pray over church plant team members who are about to begin raising funds. They have concluded a rigorous week of training with a cohort of other support-raising missionaries; they have refined their calling and reincorporated theology and rehearsed the vision; and now on an indistinct Monday afternoon we sit on some couches in a side office and they realize that it is about to get very real. It is real because they have quit the safety of their salaried jobs. It is real because tomorrow morning they will be one foot off a cliff into the risk of mission. They will step into homes and offices and churches and ask others if they will give to a new church planter. Many will say yes and many will say no. The uncertainty is certain. After we’ve reviewed strategy, ...

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Repentance: A Call to Go Back Home

The word repentance comes from the Greek word metanoia. The prefix meta can mean "with," "beside," or "after." An English derivative is metaphysics. The study of physics is the study of those elements of nature that are visible, perceivable, and physical. Metaphysics is an attempt to reach beyond the realm of the physical world to the transcendent realm. The root noia is the verb form of the noun that we find frequently in the Bible as nous. This is the Greek word for "mind." In its simplest form, the term metanoia has to do with "the mind afterward," or, as we might say, "an afterthought." In the Greek language, it came to mean "a significant changing of one's mind." So, in the most rudimentary sense, the concept of repentance in the Bible means "to change one's mind." However, this is ...

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Announcing the Acts 29 Catalyst Fund

Today we're excited to announce the creation of the Acts 29 Catalyst Fund. We want to move into a new era of generosity and abundance as a network and the Catalyst Fund will serve as the spark for new global initiatives. The primary focus will not be increasing our ability to support more staff and operational expenses (though they have an important part to play), but to give us the means to support, encourage and facilitate tangible, on the ground investment in the vital cause of church planting. Outlined below are the first two of these initiatives. The beauty of these initiatives is that they are building on existing, carefully laid, foundations and on men and ministries that have proven themselves over a significant period of time. As people give to the Catalyst Fund, ...

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How to Dramatically Increase Giving in Your Church

This post was originally published on February 27, 2014 and can be found here.  by Brian Howard, an Executive Coach and Church Health and Multiplication Consultant. Charitable giving is alive and well in America. 2013 giving statistics have yet to be announced, but in 2012, American individuals, corporations, and foundations donated 316 billion dollars to charities. In 2012, Charitable giving was up for the third year in a row. 72% percent of this giving came from individual contributors. Religious giving, however has been steadily decreasing since 2004. Many churches have experienced this decline. What can you do to increase giving in your church? Here are 6 strategies for increasing financial giving in your church. 1. The Biblical Piece If ...

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Fighting Spiritual Depression

by Dustin Boles, a pastor at Mosaic Church in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.   I am a happy guy. No, seriously. I am a very happy guy. I am blessed. I love Jesus. I believe the gospel. My marriage is good and my church is good. So, why are there times when I feel despair, self-hatred, hopelessness, and lethargy on a level that seems crippling? That is the question in ministry that is most asked internally and the least verbalized to others. It is embarrassing to admit that we feel this way. It seems ungrateful to feel this way when God has done so much for us. Can a real Christian even feel this way? Depression in ministry is not the exception but the rule. We all feel it, maybe to different depths and for different durations but we all feel it. The Bible gives us hope, ...

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