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6 Traits of Effective Missions Programs Guaranteed to Impact the Future

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OneHope has reached a billion children worldwide because of these principles. (Facebook)

If your church isn't doing these 6 things, it's time to start. Souls are at stake.

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How to Prepare Your College Students for Missions Trips

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Preparing your college students for trips to the mission field is crucial. (Lightstock/Damion Hamilton)

Many think missionaries are people working out in the bush somewhere with people who have bones in their noses. Find out how to—and why you should—dispel that misconception.

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Should Every Church Be a Recovery Ministry?

Are you carrying the cross of Christ by reaching out to the broken?
Are you carrying the cross of Christ by reaching out to the broken? (Lightstock)

Is your church in the habit of rescuing the broken? If not, why isn’t it?

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What Does It Mean to Optimize Ministry?

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Medical Ministry International's Sam Smith laughs with a young girl from Ghana, Africa. (Phil Cooke)

Filmmaker and media consultant Phil Cooke recently sat down with Sam Smith of Medical Ministry International, an organization making a huge impact on the poor around the world. Find out what Smith had to say.

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Pastors, Avoid These 5 Traps

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As I have had the opportunity to speak to groups of pastors over these past few years, I have identified five different traps I believe churches often fall into—traps that prevent our churches from realizing their full potential to change the world for Christ.

Most churches will find they have slid into one or two of these traps to one degree or another. Some will have avoided them all. Either way, just being aware of a trap helps keep one from falling prey to it in the first place. 

Below are the five traps to consider. Do one or more characterize you or your church?

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Repent! You Won’t Let My People Give!

Pastor-Smith-Missions“There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him...” 1 Kings 19:9 (NIV)

These sobering words penetrated my soul one day in prayer. It was a typical Thursday morning at the office. I was performing my daily routine of checking messages, answering phone calls and sorting mail when I heard a faint, but distinct noise coming from an area near the sanctuary. Knowing that I was the lone person in the building, I went to check to see if someone was attempting to break in.

As I walked down the hallway, I felt compelled to enter the sanctuary and pray for a few moments. This decision would forever change my life. I made my way to the front of the sanctuary and knelt at the altar.

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