The Noise of the Christmas Season

The Noise of the Christmas Season

Sometimes the noise of the Christmas season keeps us from hearing the true message. How can we learn to listen past the noise to hear what God wants to say?
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Good leaders have a good vision

The Necessity of Vision

God has placed leaders within the church to equip and lead. But without vision, the path will be difficult. How can we discover our vision for leadership?
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Ultimate Repurposing: Something New, Something Old

By Richard Hayes, District Representative, Southwest I want to draw your attention to Luke 5:33-39. In the context of this verse Jesus has been questioned about the practice of fasting. In response Jesus says, “… ‘Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is […]
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We must give priority to the authority of God's Word.

The Authority of God’s Word

“When the authoritative, absolute, objective Word of God becomes secondary to a person’s personal experiences, then the church is in trouble.” District Representative Richard Hayes discusses the authority of God’s Word.
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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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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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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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Limited Perspectives for Rural Pastors

The Effect of Limited Perspectives for Rural Pastors

Richard Hayes ponders the need to look outside of self-imposed boundaries, keeping the effect of limited perspectives for rural pastors to a minimum.
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perspective on leadership responsibilities of the small town pastor

Leadership Responsibilities of the Small Town Pastor

How do shepherding and ranching relate to the small town pastor? Richard Hayes shares his musings on shepherding and pastoring from a rural perspective.
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Navajo Ministry & Village Missions

Navajo Ministry and Village Missions

Get to know the Franciscos & their field in New Mexico. Their focus on Navajo ministry is making a difference for Navajo families in the southwest.
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We see a changing culture in rural North America

Changing Culture in Rural North America

The Church and its culture in rural North America is changing. People are searching for the good life without realizing where that good life can be found.
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