Missionary Mentality, Part One

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This is part 2 of a series of posts from David Francis’ Transformational Class: Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School . Click here for a free download of the book, as well as training materials to help you present the material to your leaders. This excerpt is adapted from the Chapter 1, “Missionary Mentality”, pages 9-14. Have you [...]

From the Editor: Connecting to God and Each Other Through Prayer

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Prayer is a central component in the life of any growing Christian. If fact, it is probably impossible to grow without prayer. Prayer is to the spiritual life what breathing is to the physical life. We must commune with God in prayer. To ignore prayer in a real way is to ignore God. This week [...]

“Teaching isn’t telling…learning isn’t listening”

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By Ken Braddy One of my favorite heroes in the area of Bible study and teaching was Dr. Howard Hendricks. Although I never sat in oneof his classes, I read his books and participated in video training in which he presented ways to be a more effective group leader. Dr. Hendricks once said, “Teaching isn’t [...]

Small Group Monday: How to Ask Good Questions

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This week on Bible Study Insider, Brian Daniel wrote a great article about how to ask good questions. He gives us a framework for what he calls “Small Group Engineering,” which starts with knowing the four types of questions to ask: Observation Questions ask: “What is the action of this passage?” Interpretation Questions ask: “What [...]

Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School

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This is part 1 of a series of posts from David Francis’ Transformational Class: Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School . Click here for a free download of the book, as well as training materials to help you present the material to your leaders. This excerpt is adapted from the Introduction, pages 5-8. Churches across North America are being [...]

From the Editor: “What’s In It For Me?” Church

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One of the real dangers in the life of a church is when its members begin to believe that the church exists to meet their needs. Thom Rainer, President of LifeWay Christian Resources, says, “It’s our nature to be selfish. It’s our nature to want others to serve us rather than be the servants. So how [...]

iLead with my iPad

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  I am not one of those guys who camps out all night waiting to buy the latest and greatest tech toy. In fact, 20 years ago I returned some software I had purchased because it required something called a mouse. “Why would I ever want to take my hands off the keyboard??” I did eventually [...]

Connected — Beyond Flash Community

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Remember the flash mob trend? Two to three years ago, just as Youtube was becoming the ubiquitous cultural fixture it is today, flash mob videos— in which a group of people gave the “appearance” of spontaneous performance were making their rounds in the most viral sort of way. The trend and its viral nature point [...]

Connected Session 6 (Connected Through Prayer): Heart of the Matter

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Through their son’s unexpected health crisis, Matt Hammitt, lead singer of the award-winning band Sanctus Real, and his wife, Sarah, rediscovered the meaning of childlike faith. by Lindsay Williams “I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced a time in your life when a single moment changes everything and takes you down a new path. Something [...]

Free Bonus Session: Ministry in the Face of Mental Illness

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Mental health has been in the news recently, due to the suicide of actor Robin Williams last month. How can the church respond to individuals and families dealing with mental illness?   This quarter, the special focus session of Bible Studies for Life is entitled “Ministry in the Face of Mental Illness.” It was written [...]