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Pastors Favor Patriotism for July Fourth Services

By Carol Pipes Americans who attend a Protestant worship service the week of July Fourth are likely to get a good dose of God and country. Six in 10 Protestant pastors (61 percent) say it’s important for July Fourth worship services to incorporate patriotic elements to celebrate America, according to a survey by Nashville-based LifeWay… [Read More]
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Research: Unchurched Will Talk About Faith, Not Interested in Going to Church

By Bob Smietana NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Americans who don’t go to church are happy to talk about religion and often think about the meaning of life. They’re open to taking part in community service events hosted at a church or going to a church concert. But only about a third say they’d go to a… [Read More]
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Few Protestant Pastors, Churches Prioritize Prison Ministries

By Bob Smietana NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Most Protestant pastors go to jail, at least for a visit, and want to help prisoners and their families. But their churches often lack the training or finances to run an effective prison ministry. Those are among the findings of a new phone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors from Nashville-based… [Read More]

The Exchange Show

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Mark Batterson–The Exchange Podcast #134

On this podcast of The Exchange with Ed Stetzer: Lead Pastor of National Community Church and bestselling author Mark Batterson met with Ed to discuss leading a church in the nation’s capitol, setting God-sized goals, and living for the applause of the One with nail-scarred hands. …read more From:: The Exchange [Read More]
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Creating Emotional Safety for Children–The Exchange Podcast #133

On this podcast of The Exchange, Ed Stetzer spoke with Psychologist and Author of Safe House, Dr. Joshua Straub, to discuss how emotional safety is the key to raising kids who live, love and lead well. …read more From:: The Exchange [Read More]
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Living Without Regrets–Mark Batterson

On this episode of The Exchange, Lead Pastor of National Community Church and bestselling author Mark Batterson met with Ed Stetzer to discuss leading a church in the nation’s capitol, setting God-sized goals, and living for the applause of the One with nail-scarred hands. Also, the biblical basis for developing church leaders with Pastor Thabiti… [Read More]

Facts & Trends

Can Small Be Healthy?

By Ed Stetzer Many American Christians have this idea that if a church is big, it must be better, but that’s not necessarily the case. Our obsession with “bigness” can be a reflection of American values, instead of biblical ones. While we often pull our cultural values into our measuring grid for success, size is…

The Immigration Crisis and the Great Commission

By Ed Stetzer Nothing describes the current global immigration situation better than the word “crisis.” More people are migrating today than at any other time in history. In many cases, this is not migration for new opportunities but is driven by warfare or deep poverty. It would be difficult to exaggerate the severity of this…

5 Essential Elements of Transformational Small Groups

by Ed Stetzer Transformational discipleship involves moving people from sitting in rows, where they are simply in proximity to one another, to sitting in circles. From there, they move into community with one another. When Eric Geiger and I were writing Transformational Groups, we studied 2,300 churches sponsored by 15 denominations. Fewer than half of…