Pastor Appreciation Month

Pastor, we appreciate you! There…job done. I’ve appreciated my pastor and can get on with my life. Really? How can we really appreciate our pastors? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “appreciation” is defined as “to value or admire highly”. How do we express to our pastor that we value them?  Let me ask you a […]

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

I love hearing stories of how God is working in many parts of the world in spite of government, religious and cultural opposition.  I recently read an article about a woman from Saudi Arabia who came to Christ because she had a “Jesus dream.” She told of more than 30 of her friends who had […]

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PRAYER AT BETHEL UNIVERSITY

Prayer is one of the primary values of the leadership of Bethel University. In addition to chapels, spiritual emphasis weeks, and intentional mentoring of students, there is a group of people who gather every Wednesday at noon in the old log church on campus for a time of prayer for the university, the students, and […]

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Hansons Retire From World Partners

Mark and Carla Hanson retired from World Partners on July 31, 2019. They have been part of World Partners for twenty years, since November 1998. In 2001, they began their ministry in Quito, Ecuador, serving as house parents in the dorms at Alliance Academy. Carla taught a few classes at the academy over the course […]

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PLI Fall Semester

Registration deadline is Sunday, August 11, 2019. Whether pursuing MC credentials or seeking spiritual development, meeting prescribed educational requirements or selectively cherry-picking, PLI courses could provide just what you’re looking for! All courses meet weekly in an online classroom and include required reading, assigned writing, and hands-on projects. ENROLL >       APPLY >   […]

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The Church and the Ox-Cart // II Samuel 6:1-15

Note from the President: May God bless you today. Many have asked for a copy of my message from Shift in which I challenge the Missionary Church to explore a path toward wider participation by the body of Christ, rather than just having our pastors shoulder the entire load.   In II Samuel 6, a […]

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Recap of World Partners Meetings, SHIFT Conference, and Retreat

The World Partners Regional Strategy Coordinators from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East/North Africa (MENA), and North America gathered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from July 1-5. The discussions at the meeting revolved around discipleship and how disciples are being made in their areas. During discussions it was discovered that nine areas of the world […]

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PRAY FOR YOUR PASTORS

According to a study by Lifeway Research, 13% of pastors that were interviewed in 2005 had left ministry within 10 years of their study. The study identified several factors leading to pastor attrition. More common factors include: conflict, family, burnout, moral lapse, and poor fit. Over the course of nearly 50 years of ministry I […]

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BECOMING A HOUSE OF PRAYER

Corporate mid-week prayer meetings and Sunday morning pastoral prayers have gone the way of hymnals and pews. It isn’t that we are opposed to corporate prayer or pastoral prayer as a part of worship; it seems that we have just “moved on” from some old traditions.  There are likely numerous reasons for the demise of […]

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RSCs, SHIFT Conference, and Retreat

The World Partners’ Regional Strategy Coordinators from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America will gather in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from July 1-5. The discussions at the meeting will revolve around discipleship and how disciples are being made in their areas. A World Partners’ Regional Strategy Coordinator is an individual who strategizes with the World Partners’ […]

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