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26 Ministry Today honors 21 businesses and their Christian leaders who bring a strong witness for Christ to the marketplace. Starting on p. 16, we learn about these businesspeople who don’t shy away from the gospel.

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70 | STAFFING When to hire an executive pastor

MINISTRY OUTREACH

FEATURES

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16 | 21 GOSPEL-CENTERED BUSINESSES Leaders of these 21 businesses use their professional platforms to share the gospel. Compiled by Christine D. Johnson

50 | CANOEING THE MOUNTAINS

Take a lesson from explorer Meriwether Lewis on adapting to today’s changing topography of faith. By Tod Bolsinger

54 | CHANGE AGENTS FOR CHRIST

Churches are taking the love of Christ into difficult situations to transform hard-to-reach communities. By Leilani Haywood

60 | THE MISSING FACTOR

Ministry leader examines one significant reason why many believers have lost their fire for evangelism. By David Shibley

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DEPARTMENTS MINISTRY MATTERS

6 | TECH Share the gospel digitally By David Leuschner 8 | WORSHIP Build a team in your small church By Joshua Mohline 10 | KIDS Bear fruit in kids’ ministry By Lenny La Guardia

MINISTRY LEADERSHIP

68 | CONTENT Why blogging makes us better

72 | CHURCH PLANTING Why starting a church is special 74 | RETENTION Reach new people but keep the ones you have

COLUMNS

12 | IN REAL LIFE Learn from the fall of Marc Antony By Dr. Mark Rutland 14 | TRUE STEWARDSHIP Steward well your church’s vendor relationships By Chris Brown 76 | LEADERSHIP MATTERS Consider how the Christian businessperson leads By Mark Tedford 78 | ON PLATFORM Plant seeds in hallway meetings By Dr. Steve Greene

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Ministry Today May/Jun 2016  

Serving rising leaders within the church by empowering them with effective tools for Spirit-led ministry.

Ministry Today May/Jun 2016  

Serving rising leaders within the church by empowering them with effective tools for Spirit-led ministry.