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Reaching a “Lost Generation”

In recent years there has been an unsettling disengagement of young adults with the American Church. For some reason, when students graduate high school and gain the freedom of college, they are simply choosing to not go to church anymore. In the four years that I’ve worked with youth I have received this question the most: “How do we keep students engaged after they g...

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Some Advice on Same-Sex Marriage for US Church Leaders From a Canadian

This article written by Carey Nieuwhof of Connexus Church gives 5 helpful perspectives to remember as we begin to engage in a topic that has potential to become a fruitful dialogue....

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Penny Game

At my house we love to play games together so I’m always looking for ones that the boys can have fun and learn from. I came across this game the other day and thought you might be able to use it to teach children of any age a great lesson in giving....

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What's Driving Hope

All churches are driven by something. Some are driven by tradition (“We’ve always done it that way!”). Others are driven by finances (“What’s it going to cost us?”). Others are driven by strong personalities (“What does Mr. So-and-so think about this?”). At Hope, our desire is to be a “purpose-driven” church. In other words, we want the purposes of God ...

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5 Reflections On My Upcoming Departure

As most of you know from my letter a few week ago, I am resigning from Hope Covenant Church on July 5. I have accepted a Lead Pastor position at Escalon Covenant Church in Northern California and will begin there in early August. This means that Kelly, the girls, and I have just under a month left at Hope. And, as I wrap up my time with you, I want share several reflection...

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Honesty: A Big Thing That’s Built In Small Ways

Often, our actions speak louder than words and this article by Jon Acuff is a great reminder that "A strong foundation of honesty is built brick by brick"....

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You Can Opt For God

Happy Summer Hope family! I hope everyone is ready for VBS! Please pray for God to do great things with this event. I would love to meet the children of people you know that don’t know what they are missing – not having a relationship with Christ and a church family to love them. No pre-sign up needed. Just bring the kids a bit before 6:30pm so we can get them ...

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Your Small Church Is Big

I grew up in a small church as many of you did. Even though about 70% of all churches are under 100, and 95% of all churches are under 500 (our size), the smaller churches are often seen as the “weak kid in the block.” In this article by Karl Vaters from The Leadership Journal (Spring 2015), the author celebrates small churches. May we do the same....

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A God Greater Than Google

When faced with some of life's toughest questions and in an age of information, where do we turn? "Do we believe God can tell us something Google can't?"...

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Faithfulness & Availability

This month I would like to share a video from the Children’s Pastor Conference I attended this past February. Beth Guckenberger of Back2Back Ministries was one of our speakers. I find her very inspiring and hope you will, too. In this video she talks about those very close to God moments that change our lives....

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