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VIDEO: How NOT to Make Disciples

By Patrick Sprague  |  May 23, 2017
We talk a lot about how to make disciples. We rarely talk about the things we do that WON'T make a disciple. In this funny clip, watch Francis Chan break down some steps to NOT make a disciple

Dealing with Evil in the World: Forgiveness in the Badlands

  |  May 23, 2017
“In the whole human concerto, forgiveness is the hardest chord to play.”

What To Do When Youth Ministry Attendance Drops

  |  May 22, 2017
Let's face it: attendance will not always be the same for your youth ministry. It will increase, and it will decrease if you're doing it long enough. Here are 5 tips on what to do when it drops:

Who are we as the Brethren Church?

By Dr. Dan Lawson  |  May 22, 2017
We see The Brethren Church as a body of believers who are renewed, alive and energized, as: A church which has rediscovered its purpose and a membership which is filled w

A Look Towards the Future: Congregational Evangelism

By Dr. Dan Lawson  |  May 18, 2017
As THE BRETHREN CHURCH moves into a new millennium, it is imperative that we realize our full potential as servants of an all- powerful, all-knowing God. There is literally nothing that is beyond the realm of God's ability. As His peo- ple, through t

How Do We Define Church Growth?

By Karl Vaters  |  May 16, 2017
There is more than one way for churches to grow.

Youth Ministry: Suicide and Netflix' "13 Reasons"

  |  May 15, 2017
Suicide. It’s never a happy topic to talk about. And now, Netflix has sponsored a television series called, “13 Reasons Why” to showcase the issue. I am hearing more and more high school and college students talking about it, too.

Vacation Bible School in the Phillipines

By Scott Soden  |  May 15, 2017
The Brethren Church in the Philippines is having fun and creating waves with their recent investments in ministry. This past month they planned out a 3 day VBS for kids in the community

The 5 Things Your Pastor Needs to Hear

By Karl Vaters  |  May 15, 2017
Too many small church pastors are doing most, maybe all, of their ministry alone.

Embracing Church Unity And Variety (Change The Seasoning, Keep The Chicken)

  |  May 10, 2017
When someone says a restaurant serves the best chicken in town, it’s never about the chicken.

Brethren Youth in Cordoba, Argentina

  |  May 9, 2017
By the grace of God new young people have been added to the congregation in Cordoba, as well as several new families. The capacity of our church is 130 people, so we now have two Sunday services because there is not enough room for everyone at

Are Your Leaders Generators or Phantoms?

By Emery Hurd  |  May 9, 2017
In my home, I have a cable box, just like most people, and that box is always on, even when the power is off. Day after day, it drains a small amount of power to keep its info current and ready to perform, which the industry refers to as

The Localized Church

  |  May 8, 2017
Who needs a stuffed animal when my dad has a living room full of real ones?

Wonder Bread Jesus

By Luke Dowdy  |  April 27, 2017
Jesus calls himself the Bread of Life. He says "whoever comes to me will never be hungry again" (Matthew 6:35). I've always thought this to mean that Jesus is essential to life, just like nourishment from food…

An Update from India

By Nirmala Kumar  |  April 24, 2017
Dearly beloved,Love & greetings in the name of our Risen Saviour.From Ash Wednesday till Easter, We have celebrated 40 days fasting.1. Sunrise Devotions of the cross at the church from 5.30 to 6:30 every morning and2.Night gospel meeting on sin S

A Photographers Perspective on the Gospel

By Luke Dowdy  |  April 22, 2017
About a year ago, we posted this video and related it to how we view students in our ministry. We were just going to repost the article again today, because it is one of our favorites, but as I watched the video again, I wanted to take it in a bit of

How to Recruit and Keep #KidMin Volunteers

  |  April 20, 2017
Success in the world of Children’s Ministry rises and falls on your ability to recruit, train, and keep great volunteers engaged in your program. Every ministry needs volunteers, but there may not be a more crucial need than when dealing with children birth thru 5th grade.

A Real Egghead: An Easter Challenge

By Todd Ruggles  |  April 17, 2017
We don't have many youths in the church, and I have been looking for ways to engage them more. My wife, Tracy, had been teaching the youth Sunday School class, but she needed a break, so I took over. Anyway, on the Thursday before Palm Sunday

The Love Feast

By Ronald W. Waters  |  April 12, 2017
The love feast was typically Brethren – a symbolic meal of a sandwich, pickles, cheese, and grapes. What was unique was that Brethren from the four congregations distributed themselves so each church was represented at each table.

How Your Church Should Follow Up with Easter Guests - Vital Signs

By Emery Hurd  |  April 6, 2017
Easter is just around the corner, and by now you have already set up your advertising campaign, special music, and the dozens of other things that make Easter a successful event for your church.

What Does YOURS Look Like?

By Gary Diehl  |  April 1, 2017
It's time to work together

25 Factors That May Impact Your Survivability, Vitality, and Vibrancy

  |  April 1, 2017
25 Factors That May Impact Your Survivability, Vitality, and Vibrancy

Any Size

  |  April 1, 2017
Remember the Ain'ts? If you follow football at all, you'll recognize this as the lovable former nickname of the New Orleans Saints (former, because they won this year's Super Bowl). Wasn't too awfully long ago that Saints fans wore paper bags over th

WHAT IF God Actually Changes Us? (Part 1)

By Gary Diehl  |  April 1, 2017
If we are changed, the relational walls that used to divide us from one another will only require occasional energy to deconstruct.

WHAT IF God Actually Changes Us? (Part 2)

By Gary Diehl  |  April 1, 2017
If we are changed, collections of Jesus-followers will celebrate new stories of changed lives

WHAT IF God Actually Changes Us? (Part 3)

By Gary Diehl  |  April 1, 2017
If we are changed, we will see the lives of the unchurched and de-churched people in our surrounding communities becoming more healthy and whole.

Why Should My Ministry or Leader get Coaching?

By Gary Diehl  |  April 1, 2017
10 reasons for ministry coaching, from our partners at Coachnet:

Small Can Be Beautiful

  |  April 1, 2017
Finding contentedness in who we are right now while continuing to be prepared for where God might direct us in the future.

A Culture of Coaching

By Gary Diehl  |  April 1, 2017
Coaching as culture

Generational Communication

By Emery Hurd  |  December 1, 2016
How do you communicate with the people of your church community? In today’s digital age, people have become used to having almost infinite choice in how they do everything, and this is especially true in communication. Remember when everyone se
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