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Articles in this category focus on rejoicing in the community of other believers, how to build and nurture community, and how to better reflect Jesus Christ to our brothers and sisters in the faith.

Torn in Two by Leaving

When close friends and colleagues approach us with problems, it may be difficult not to offer solutions immediately. In a position of leadership, we often believe that is the best way we can help. Ahadu shares an experience where a counterintuitive strategy of prayerful counseling produced fruitful results.

Ahadu GebreamlakAhadu Gebreamlak

How to Help Someone Not Change

We have this funny idea that if we can make people see how angry we really are, then they’ll change. If we can make them feel our anger, then they’ll finally get the point and change. But it doesn’t work that way. Anger actually has the opposite effect to what we intend. Anger hardens; love, peace, and gentleness soften. Anger condemns; the Holy Spirit convicts.

Stephen AltroggeStephen Altrogge

The Main Reason People Leave a Church

Research studies all seem to return to one major theme to explain the exodus of church members: a sense of some need not being filled. In other words, these members have ideas of what a local congregation should provide for them, and they leave because those provisions have not been met. But many times, probably more than we would like to believe, a church member leaves a local body because he or she has a sense of entitlement.

Thom S. RainerThom S. Rainer

Do What I Ask. Huh?

"If only my people would just do what I ask!" I've heard too many leaders utter those words and then, in their frustration, implement solutions that don't seem to make things better. Maybe leaders can sharpen their approach with a simple shift in the question they ask themselves.

Corey OlynikCorey Olynik

8 Tips to Survive the Messy Middle

Have you ever ministered to someone who has been in the messy middle? They are moving forward towards overcoming in an area but not without setbacks and skirmishes. They are not displaying behavior that reflects the maturity we might expect or hope for. Especially when this person is an adult, our perceptions and patience towards them may not be terribly generous. Depending upon your own gifting, you may find the messy middle life-giving or nerve-grating.

William FrisbieWilliam Frisbie

The Weapon of Fellowship

Two-by-two provides protection. It provides another set of eyes to watch and ears to listen, to be on the alert for the enemy. It allows also for one to rest while the other is on watch. This keeps both in the battle. Two-by-two provides a system of accountability. By laboring together one can help the other stay on the narrow road.

Scott RodinScott Rodin

6 Reminders for Parents of Third Culture Kids

This journey of missions and raising kids is a journey laced with grace. To communicate that grace to your kids is the biggest gift you will ever give them. Much of our past has been put into photo albums, blog posts, and memories of the heart. There is no doubt this life of pilgrimage comes with unique challenges, peculiar pains, unspoken losses – but for all those, there is always and ever Grace.

Marilyn GardnerMarilyn Gardner