What’s Right With the Church?

July 28, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick

Maybe it’s a matter of my age but for some reason it appears fewer people today have a very positive image of the Church. I’m not just talking about those outside the Church. I am talking about those within. When’s the last time you heard someone say, “Wow! I thank God I am a member […]


Eight Ways to Raise up the Next Generation of...

July 21, 2016 | Posted by Matt Peeples

Most would classify me as a young leader. I am 34 years old, leading a church that we planted in Knoxville, TN in 2010. It is easy as a young leader to be so focused on the tasks in front of you, that you forget your most important leadership responsibility: to raise up the next […]


It’s Safer and Easier to Expect Less, L...

July 18, 2016 | Posted by Karl Galik

Over time the security of the institution can become more important than the uncertainty of the adventure of faith. Usually slowly, the safety of people becomes more important than the risks of going and doing. Perhaps imperceptibly, we expect less from ourselves, our congregational leadership – and (dare I say it), from God. It’s just easier […]


Four Great Ways to Discourage Generosity

May 12, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick

I grew up in a very modest home, born in 1942 in the dining room of a teacherage in central Texas. Air conditioning amounted to opening the windows on all sides of the house and praying for a little breeze. Baths were in a washtub on the porch, and it didn’t help that I was […]


How to Encourage Generosity

April 14, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick

When Rick Warren founded Saddleback Community Church in 1980, he walked the neighborhood and asked people what “bugged” them the most about the church. He said one of the top reasons given was the church’s focus on money. So, he determined he wasn’t going to preach or teach much about money. Not too many years […]


Six Ways to Encourage That New Millennial Chu...

April 11, 2016 | Posted by Emilie Finke

I am a child. Perhaps some people see me as adult-esque (Which is highly flattering, let me tell you.) but I’ve been out of college/in ministry for almost two years now and it feels more like two hours. Young people are graduating from college (or whatever their pathway may be) and jumping into the crazy world […]