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The Value of Visitor Reception

By Tim Massengale To Order More, Click Here Mark North turned into the parking lot of the First Apostolic Church and was immediately flagged down by a waiting lot attendant wearing a bright green vest. “Pastor North?  Bro. Baker is expecting you.  You can park in one of the guest parking spaces just past the […]

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20 Ways to Not Grow

Twenty Ways To Not Grow Tim Massengale         Yesterday I drove past a local high school. On the signboard out front someone had placed the following sage observation: The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary.   With that thought in mind, let me say that it is […]

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Constant Contact Consciousness

By Tim Massengale Mike took a deep breath and tried to calm the butterflies in his stomach. He was not very good at this but he was determined to try. Holding the soft drink and chips in one hand and the church flyer in the other, he approached the counter at the local Quick-Stop to […]

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How to Get More Home Bible Studies Than You Can Teach

By Tim Massengale   Without a doubt, home Bible study programs such as Search For Truth, Exploring God’s Word, and others, have been the greatest tool of evangelism in recent times. Thousands have been brought to the saving knowledge of Truth in the comfort of their own home by an individual with a burden, a […]

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Foundational Principles of New Convert Care

By Rev. Tim Massengale Pastor Johnson smiled broadly and waved as Dave and Patti’s car pulled out of the church parking lot. Then, with a small sigh, he turned and walked back into the church. He could not help but feel a little apprehensive. Dave and Patti were new converts. Both had been baptized and […]

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Do Your Guests Know You’re Expecting Them?

By Mark Waltz   This really happened to me. I walked into a restaurant early in the lunch hour. Like 11:00. Surveying the place, I saw, well, nothing. Lots of open tables. And still I was told “give me just a couple of minutes and we’ll have a table for you.” I could see at […]

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Visitor Follow-Up Training

By Rev. Tim Massengale An effective visitor follow-up ministry should be a high priority in every church. Why? Because your visitors are, without a doubt, your best prospects for salvation. Consider the following reasons: 1. Ninety percent of the visitors that come to your church know someone within your church. Most of our churches have […]

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The Power of A Prospect File (Entire Article)

By Tim Massengale To Order More, Click Here Mark North carefully leaned backwards with his fishing pole – double checking to make sure his hook and sinker were clear – and cast the line just short of the cattails growing beside the bank. The small red bobber danced gently on the surface. He settled back […]

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Know Your P’s and Q’s

KNOW YOUR P’s AND Q’s By: Bob McCool   I. “P’s” – “Preparation” A. (P)repare yourself. Understanding the task set before you, then judging for yourself the degree of importance that should be placed upon it will, in my opinion, determine the amount of preparation you will do on yourself. Surely when one deals with […]

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Successful Bus Ministries

Successful Bus Ministries Allison Bull A bus ministry can be a great outreach tool — but only if it’s run well. Here are the secrets to making it work… Imagine a church bus pulling into a neighborhood where children jump up and down and run to the door even before the vehicle stops. These kids […]

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Sunday School Organization For the Home Mission or Small Church

Sunday School Organization For the Home Mission or Small Church By T & J Hudson Organize the Sunday School Division to touch people’s lives. Giving love and care, knowing their names and needs, and calling them when they are absent or just to say “hello” mean much more than does a regimented class. Our goal—salvation […]

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Realistic Expectations for Sunday School Growth

Realistic Expectations for Sunday School Growth Dr. Mark Miller   It’s Football Time in Tennessee! As Tennessee gets ready to play Montana, I began to think about realistic expectations for the season and for churches. Most Tennessee fans have realistic expectations for this season. In 2011, few are dreaming of a National Championship, but all […]

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Never Say Quit

Never Say Quit By Craig Jutila I recently sent an audiotape titled What My Parents Taught Me About Leadership…Never Say “I Quit” to our children’s ministry volunteers. I remember my mom continuously telling me, “Never give up; keep on trying; don’t quit.” Why was this value so important to my parents that they ingrained it […]

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Growing a Church Through Children’s Ministries

Growing a Church through Children’s Ministries David Boyd Attracting New Families Parents are concerned about the well-being of their children. According to realtors, many families determine where the best schools are located prior to their moving into a new community. They then purchase a home in those school districts. Parents will often give up a […]

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Three Easters A Year Through Double Days

Three Easters A Year Through Double Days By Bill Easum   Topic: Helping your Sunday School grow. Most worship growth comes in spurts rather than in increments. So it’s important to have two or three major pushes a year designed to grow your church forward in a significant way. When I was pastor, I tried to […]

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