10 Mistakes Churches Make at Christmastime

10 Mistakes Churches Make at Christmastime

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. Some would even say it’s the most wonderful time of the year. While it still has its wonderment, Christmastime has a tendency to be stressful as well—especially in the church. Unfortunately, stress can lead churches to plan poorly and make unnecessary mistakes. Here are ten such mistakes to avoid in your church this Christmas:

Ask These Four Questions to Make Your Christmas Outreach More Effective

Ask These Four Questions to Make Your Christmas Outreach More Effective

How many years has your church been doing Christmas outreach events? Most churches automatically put it on their calendars because it’s just “something we’ve always done.” Has it been done effectively or has it just become another one of those events to check off the list? That’s the hard question we’ve had to grapple with at Calvary.

How Southern Baptists Trained More Disaster Relief Volunteers than the Red Cross

How Southern Baptists Trained More Disaster Relief Volunteers than the Red Cross

The Southern Baptist North American Mission Board (NAMB) almost missed them. And it would’ve been a big miss.

Mike McDaniel is an electrician and handyman who specializes in restoring power after natural disasters. He’s seen the wreckage of nine hurricanes, including Hurricanes Andrew (“the worst”) and Katrina.

How (Not) to Stay Lukewarm

How (Not) to Stay Lukewarm

I thought I was a Christian for years.

I swore I had a relationship with God.

I believed I could die at any moment and be welcomed into heaven.

I wasn’t. I didn’t. I wouldn’t.

Going Small with a Big Gospel in New England

Going Small with a Big Gospel in New England

Earlier this month, The Gospel Coalition New England hosted a conference for New Hampshire pastors and ministry leaders. It was a success—not because it was big, but because it was small. The town in which we met is small (Loudon, New Hampshire; pop. 5,317). The hosting church (Faith Community Bible Church) is small. The speakers weren’t big names. One guy played guitar. The conference attendance was small (50 pastors and ministry leaders).

The only big things about this conference were the gospel that was proclaimed and the vision of what God might do.

A Plan to Share Jesus. Step One: Start with the Gospel and You

A Plan to Share Jesus. Step One: Start with the Gospel and You

Here’s the first of five steps to develop a plan to share Jesus regularly from Chapter 8 of my Sharing Jesus book. I don’t call these THE steps, or THE plan; I’m not selling the latest diet or fitness deal on the internet here, not do I think my advice is better than everyone else’s. But here are some steps that, over time, can help you grow in sharing Jesus.

False Repentance Leads to False Conversions

False Repentance Leads to False Conversions

Repenting means exchanging our idols for God. Before it’s a change in behavior, it must be a change in worship. How different that is from how we often think of repentance.

Too often we treat repentance as a call to clean up our lives. We do good to make up for the bad. We try to even the scale, or even push it back to the positive side. Sometimes we talk about repentance as if it were a really serious, religious New Year’s resolution: