Organizational Arrogance

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Organizational or institutional arrogance can be a significant problem, even among successful ministries. In How the Mighty Fall, corporate arrogance leading to downfall includes these stages: hubris born of success, undisciplined pursuit of more, denial of risk and peril, grasping for...

Words Matter

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Pipe bombs and the Pittsburgh shooting are the latest examples of political and religious terrorism in our country. Many commentators have connected these despicable acts to the rise of bombastic, vitriolic political and religious rhetoric over the past few years. While killing or attempting to...

Using Freedom Wisely

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A young man was recently dismissed from the baseball team at the University of Georgia, and may face further University discipline, for apparently shouting racist remarks in the stands during a football game. The University was within its rights to take this action. Every school, including...

It Gets Personal

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While the nation has been riveted by sexual accusations and battles over reproductive rights surrounding a Supreme Court nominee, these issues have been more personal in my recent ministry. Leaders in the following two situations have sought my counsel.

Western Myths

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When traveling and speaking across the South, people who have never lived on the West Coast often ask me about ministry in our context. They sometimes make faulty assumptions and draw conclusions based on their limited perspective. The boldest even ask me, “How can you stand it out there in...

Emerging Trends Conference

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Ministry leaders today have complex responsibilities related to technology, personnel, and financial standards and laws applicable to churches and ministry organizations. Gateway is partnering with a Southern California law firm and other professional organizations to host a major Emerging...

7,000 Conversations

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A church planter, working downtown in a major West Coast city, has led his young adult church members to have over 7,000 gospel conversations with people in their community in the past three years. They have discovered people – even secularists in a never-Christian-culture urban area – who have...

Bookends

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This past Saturday, Gateway hosted an organizational meeting for a future association for International Mission Board alumni in California. It was an amazing gathering of veteran, retired, and recently returned IMB personnel. They had served on every continent, catalyzed all kinds of missionary...

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