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8.5 of My Favorite Mistakes of 2015

| December 30, 2015 | 1 Comment
8.5 of My Favorite Mistakes of 2015

“Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly.” – G. K. Chesterton   I take a bit of time at the end of each year to take an honest, deep look into how the year gone by has gone. I group these together as “Mistakes” that are as positive as possible – I try to see […]

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5 Ways To Enhance Outreach Momentum by Steve Sjogren

| August 17, 2012 | 0 Comments
5 Ways To Enhance Outreach Momentum by Steve Sjogren

Momentum is a holy thing. It can be blessed to increase or it can be messed with and diminish if we take it for granted. When it’s happening we all smile, we celebrate and look pretty smart. If we are wise we will learn to walk in tune with God’s Spirit regardless of ever-changing external factors. It is the […]

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Why I Use Outreach Connect Cards… And Think You Should Too!

| August 10, 2012 | 8 Comments
Why I Use Outreach Connect Cards… And Think You Should Too!

We hope that each time you connect with those in your city with acts of kindness, generosity, and practical love you are giving out a “Connect Card.”  Many well meaning folks ask, “Why use any sort of card at all?  Isn’t that a ‘string’ when you say ‘no strings attached’?”  The reality is that people […]

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Living in the Outflow Mindset

| July 11, 2012 | 0 Comments
Living in the Outflow Mindset

Stop Trying, Start Living “You know Steve, it’s tough to teach an old dog new tricks…” This is the line I got from a pastor (who was a number of years younger than me!) in the middle of a coaching conversation concerning turning his congregation outward. Outflow is not about learning a new approach to […]

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Outflow Essentials: You Don’t Have To Start On The First Floor

| June 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Outflow Essentials: You Don’t Have To Start On The First Floor

In one sense, spiritual matters are matters of growth with discipline and practice like all else in life. Just as a seed is planted in the ground, then grows slowly, matures, and eventually bears fruit, so it is with new skills in our lives – whether they are spiritual or intellectual. On the other hand, […]

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Scattering, Watering, and then…Waiting

| May 3, 2012 | 1 Comment
Scattering, Watering, and then…Waiting

“So how many of those we served yesterday came today?” That was the question Big Dave Cain asked in July of 1985, a couple of weeks after we had gone “public.” In the weeks prior to our launch we had a weekly group of what I affectionately termed the “Rambos.” They were up for literally […]

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A Thought For Those Who Wear Belts & Suspenders … at the Same Time

| April 18, 2012 | 2 Comments
A Thought For Those Who Wear Belts & Suspenders … at the Same Time

It was a common sight to see men of all levels of social strata to wear belts and suspenders at the same time in one city in which I launched churches. The first time I saw this I thought, “Wow, this guy must have some sort of neurosis – he is really afraid of his […]

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Prayer as a Smokescreen

| March 3, 2012 | 0 Comments
Prayer as a Smokescreen

Prayer is absolutely essential for any ministry longevity.I used to use the word “success” flippantly to describe what I one day realized was really longevity. What most of us are really aiming for is long-term fruitfulness — something that will endure for the long haul. All too often in modern Church history it is common […]

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