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Ready for NextGen Ministry?

by Jeff Jamba How to do NextGen Ministry well when your church is not large enough to have a NextGen or Family Pastor: Someone recently asked me a great question: how can we develop a NextGen ministry if we are…

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Seasons of Ministry Balance or Fatigue

Once the fall season kicks into its own rhythm, it's easy to assume there's a moment to relax, enjoy the seasonal changes along with a latte--spiced pumpkin of course. And just then, you realize Christmas isn't too far away. We…

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Growing Younger

We had the privilege recently to attend a conference where the focus was on churches who need to do everything they can to revitalize—by GROWING YOUNGER. This conference was hosted by a church that realized they were aging and on…

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Love Your Neighbor

Today was a gorgeous fall day. I love this time of the year. After a great morning at church, hearing the pastor boldly challenge the congregation to understand that our relationship with the Lord is not meant to be self-absorbed…

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Are You Stuck?

Last night we flew home from Atlanta, GA and found ourselves in the “basic economy” section of the jet, i.e. the last row of the confined seats. Have you ever sat there? It’s conveniently located to the lavatory along with…

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Ministry Halftime

Jay Hostetler, February 3 As another football season ends, I have been reflecting on the many amazing games I witnessed. The most interesting occurrence for me is the way that teams make a second half comeback. These comebacks are often…

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January Thaw

Jay Hostetler, January 23 This winter in West Michigan has been a little on the unique side as far as weather goes. We have been warmer than normal, leading to unusual conditions. More rain and fog, and less snow has…

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Cultural Intelligence

Jay Hostetler, January 11, 2016 Over a decade ago, I made a transition from the West Coast to serve in a church in the Midwest. The cultural differences were dramatic but not overwhelming. There were many things about the “Midwest”…

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Ministry Artifacts

Jay Hostetler, November 9, 2015 A recent article in Harvard Business Review grabbed by attention!  The article entitled, “The Evolution of Design Thinking” postulated that organizations have created designs that could be considered as “artifacts.” The author then says that…

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