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Solving the “Silent Exodus” From Churches

Lifeway Research - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 8:01pm

Second Gen ministries are a good start in helping children of immigrants learn about God and His Word in contexts in which they're familiar.
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5 Reasons Your Church Needs Groups Now More Than Ever

Lifeway Research - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 8:01pm

It may seem like a convenient time to scale back groups in your church, but the people in your congregation need to be connected with and involved in a small group.
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Finding Greatness in Gentleness

Lifeway Research - Wed, 15/09/2021 - 8:01pm

Far from being a sign of weakness, gentleness is the gateway to greatness—for gentleness is a hallmark of Christ. So it should be for His people as well.
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Guest Column: Pastor Tim Yee on Doing Good & Meaningful Work

Barna - Wed, 15/09/2021 - 3:05pm

Pastor Tim Yee has been serving churches for over 25 years, helping people of all ages discover their identity in Christ and their purpose to glorify God and bless others. He leads Carmel Presbyterian Church in Carmel by the Sea, CA, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

This blog represents his opinions, interwoven with recent Barna data.

“Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.” —Mark Twain

Most of us will spend a significant portion of our lives doing some kind of work, so Twain’s advice isn’t very encouraging! Certainly the wisdom of Mark Twain can’t be the best we can offer when thinking about our work (paid and unpaid). Doesn’t God offer a higher view of how believers should approach work in all of its forms?

After 25 years of pastoring churches, the one common denominator I’ve witnessed is that we are all looking for ultimate meaning and purpose in our lives. I’ve counseled some of the poorest and most marginalized from the streets of Skid Row, as well as some of the most highly-resourced and prosperous folks too. As a pastor, I want everyone to know that no matter who you are, you are made in God’s image, meant to serve a higher cause—you have so much potential to do good when you’re rightly aligned to God’s way.

A key to a satisfying life
The Bible opens with God at work in Genesis 1 and God giving a godly mandate to Adam and Eve to join in good work in Genesis 2. From the very beginning, God points to a humanity that is made in his image and wired to do work that is good and meaningful. Whether paid or unpaid, and at every stage of life, God has placed us on this earth to reflect his image in our daily lives, and that includes some kind of work—along with good rest!

According to Barna Group, Christians who find purpose and meaning in their work are more than twice as likely to say they are very satisfied” with their life. One of my deepest joys is to help people discover not only saving faith in Christ but also the ongoing joy of serving him until he returns. I, along with my friends at Barna, want to help you pursue deep satisfaction as you glorify God in all aspects of your life, including your work. A significant way you can do this, we believe, is to spend more time discovering and doing work that is filled with purpose and meaning.

Finding your TruCenter with TruMotivate
I created a six-week small group experience called Finding Your TruCenter that can powerfully help you walk into and live out your true calling. Using the Bible along with the TruMotivate assessment, you will have engaging discussions about how you can find a life that is both God-glorifying and deeply fulfilling as you listen to the Spirit’s leading each week. TruMotivate is a new tool that has been 60 years in the making—helping thousands of leaders of all ages discover why they do what they do and how to apply this knowledge to both their work lives and personal lives.

During a time where more Americans than ever are re-evaluating their calling as well as their career, TruMotivate and Finding Your TruCenter help people of faith connect their questions about what they should be doing in life to the context of Scripture.

God’s best for humanity is to live a God-glorifying and personally satisfying life of joyful service. As we bless others in Christ’s name aligned with how God has wired us, we will find our lives are fulfilling, meaningful and full of purpose. I hope you’ll join us as we journey together with Christ discovering our TruCenter.

—Rev. Tim Yee

Feature image by Kristin Wilson on Unsplash.

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What Does It Mean to Live by ‘Faith Not Fear’ During a Pandemic?

Lifeway Research - Tue, 14/09/2021 - 8:02pm

No Christian should be governed by their fears, but there is legitimate debate over how to live a life of faith in our current circumstances. 
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4 Hidden Struggles Most Pastors Face

Lifeway Research - Mon, 13/09/2021 - 8:01pm

Only 1% of pastors leave the pulpit behind each year, but the vast majority say they face immense pressure and difficulties related to ministry
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Christians Don’t Share Faith With Unchurched Friends

Lifeway Research - Thu, 09/09/2021 - 8:01pm

Most unchurched Americans say they have multiple Christian friends, but those friends haven’t shared with them how to become a Christian.
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COVID-19 Causes a Church Name Change

Lifeway Research - Wed, 08/09/2021 - 8:01pm

The pandemic forced churches across the country to make significant changes, but none were quite like the change at the church formerly known as Outbreak Church.
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Americans Grow More Optimistic About Churches

Lifeway Research - Tue, 07/09/2021 - 8:05pm

As pastors and churches reach out to the community, they may encounter people with conflicted and complicated feelings about religious institutions.
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Fathering Generation Alpha

McCrindle - Fri, 03/09/2021 - 6:02pm

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Australians on the move

McCrindle - Fri, 03/09/2021 - 12:55pm

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How to Best Connect with Church Guests (on Their Terms)

Lifeway Research - Thu, 02/09/2021 - 8:01pm

If a guest’s information is personal, and asking for that information can feel invasive, how do we ask in a way that puts them at ease?
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Most Americans Know and Trust Their Neighbors

Lifeway Research - Thu, 02/09/2021 - 2:50am

Despite quarantines and social distancing keeping people in their homes during the pandemic, Americans still say they know their neighbors.
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3 Principles to Apply the Bible to Social Media

Lifeway Research - Tue, 31/08/2021 - 8:01pm

Before church leaders apply biblical tech principles to their congregational life, they first must learn and live out those ideals in their personal life.
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2 Priorities Every Pastor Must Embrace During the 2020s

Lifeway Research - Mon, 30/08/2021 - 8:01pm

Our priorities should always be kingdom priorities. But in uncertain times, we must be especially focused only on God’s calling.
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