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Over the years, I’ve refined the types of questions I ask and the way I ask questions. Some questions don’t elicit much of a response. Other questions cause people to pause and think. Then there are the questions that get people talking. Some of the best learning experiences as a leader come when you ask a good question and listen. After twenty years of researching churches, I’ve found one question more than any other seems to get people talking.
Make a firm commitment to preach the Word faithfully. There’ll be times you don’t want to, but we beg you to keep your hand to the plow. Stick to the Bible, preach the unchanging Word, and watch the Spirit do His work. As you do, here are four tips for preaching in rural churches:
I recently finished preaching through the gospel of Luke in three and a half years. That is over 36 months and a little more than 150 sermons. Here are the unforeseen benefits that our church experienced as a result of this long-haul look at Luke’s Gospel that I hope will encourage you in your own expository preaching.
Often as I work with churches, I’m reminded that church leadership and church growth aren’t typically “rocket science.” We leaders are the ones who make them more difficult than they ought to be. Here are some ways we do that:
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