Small Churches That Succeed

Characteristics of Small Churches That Succeed

Eastern District Representative Skip Pullen has often found himself wondering why some small churches thrive while others struggle. In pursuit of an answer, he’s identified a few characteristics of small churches that succeed.
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Leadership Selection in the Church

Musings on Leadership Selection in the Church

How should a church, regardless of size, go about choosing those in leadership positions? Leadership selection in the church need not be a source of confusion or contention; District Representative Richard Hayes shares specific qualifications to guide the church in selecting leaders.
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Four R's to Enhance Ministry Time

A Compass for Ministry Time

The challenging nature of ministry necessitates regular time of rest and refreshment. Jon Hansen discusses four “compass points” that help to ensure that ministry time can be spent efficiently and productively.
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What can one small church do?

What Can One Small Church Do?

While the small church may think it is limited by its size, District Representative Greg Petrie shows how one small church can make a difference on a large scale.
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Mark Canady shares first-hand knowledge of the neighborhood watch.

The Neighborhood Watch And Me

As a Village Missionary kid, Mark Canady remembers the neighborhood watch–and confesses to getting away with a crime! He shares with us experiences of living in a community where his neighbors were watching how he lived his life.
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safely home

Safely Home

David Hernandez ties together a beautiful song and some thoughts on the traveling ministry of the District Representative, all while rejoicing that God brings us safely home.
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Dealing with Pain in the Real-World Church

Dealing with Pain in the Real-World Church

In church, just like in all aspects of life, people hurt those around them. How do we deal with pain in the real-world church? Assistant Director John Adams offers four action points as he begins a series on life in the real-world church.
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Making Disciples in Rural America

Making Disciples in Rural America

The rural church offers the perfect environment for discipleship. As District Representative Richard Hayes discusses, our Village Missionaries are making disciples in rural America.
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Finding New Missionaries for Rural America

How did a school teacher and a bus driver from Montana wind up pastoring a small church in eastern Colorado? Discover the answer when you read this story of how Jon Hansen found new missionaries for rural America.
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Ragged Edges: A Look At Spiritually Vital Churches

What does it mean to develop spiritually vital churches? District Representative Greg Petrie takes a closer look at this portion of our mission statement, and at some of the churches he works with.
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The Fellowship of the small church

The Fellowship of the Small Church

What is it that makes the small church so special? District Representative Skip Pullen explores the unique opportunity for fellowship shared by those in small churches.
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Rural pastors must keep first things first

Rural Pastors Must Keep First Things First

New year, new beginning. How can a rural pastor set priorities on time, affections, and commitments? A good look at our commission can help us keep first things first.
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