Rosario's Blog

Power in Partnerships

on September 27, 2016 Funding Ministry with 0 comments

Partners as the Fish and Loaves, Part 1: Community Partners If you can dream it up, you can team it up. Richie Norton Hundreds of people in our towns and cities are already doing God’s Kingdom work daily! As churches, we have a tendency to create “new” programs either out of a desire for control or […]

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Using your Assets: Part 1—More people in the buildings!

on September 19, 2016 Funding Ministry with 0 comments

Do you daydream about ministries that could be happening at your church? Do you pray for more people to walk through those doors? Do you have wasted space in your building? Every pastor I know can answer yes to these three questions. So let’s take a look at what we have at hand. What spaces […]

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Seven ways to create missional buy-in and drive ministry in your church

on September 14, 2016 Funding Ministry with 0 comments

Scripture teaches us that when people have vision, they are inspired to follow what is communicated and put back in order that which is out of order. There is much in our world that is out of order; a clear vision compels people to engage in the work at hand to make the community a […]

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Seven paths to financial health and abundant outreach

on September 13, 2016 Funding Ministry with 0 comments

If your theological training went anything like mine did, church finances were not on the radar. Maybe you eagerly accepted a call to a full-time pastor position, only to quickly find yourself responsible for the church’s less-than-stellar finances on top of your own student loans. Or maybe you’ve struggled to find a pastor position that […]

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World Changers

on May 11, 2016 Leadership with 0 comments

Our church is located in an economically depressed urban area just outside of Dayton, Ohio. One of our primary missions as a church is to cheer this tightknit community towards renewal and growth. Sometimes struggling neighborhoods need to be reminded that they are strong, they are capable, and they are well cared for. In my […]

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Reflections on Rooted

on April 27, 2016 Rooted with 0 comments

God is raising up women and men who desire to reach their communities in new ways. These people are not concerned with preserving an institution or denomination. Rather, they desire to be a part of a movement of God. As the number of church closures increase over the next ten years, church plants are predicted […]

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Who’s in Your Corner? Second in a two-part blog inspired by the movie, Creed

on April 13, 2016 Leadership with 0 comments

Donnie Johnson, a.k.a. Adonis Creed, seeks out Rocky and tells him: “I want you to train me. I need somebody solid and who else better to go to? You at least owe me that.” Initially, Donnie has to hound Rocky to be his trainer. Rocky’s done with boxing. Rocky has lost many people he loved […]

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Worth the fight (First in a two-part blog inspired by the movie, Creed)

on April 10, 2016 random with 2 comments

Do you ever have those weeks when you’re short-fused, and you pick fights too readily with your spouse, your brother, or someone at work who just bugs the heck out of you? Can you feel the frustration, annoyance, and anger bubbling up and coming out of your mouth, while, even as it’s happening, you know […]

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What Is Rooted?

on April 5, 2016 Leadership with 0 comments

The first-ever ROOTED Church Planting Networkers Conference on April 19/20 will pull together ministry leaders interested in planting churches as well as those who have successfully done so. At this conference, many different models will be discussed, including plants in suburban settings as well as urban and rural ones. Restart models will be presented along […]

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The One Sin Pastors Get Away With (and Why They Shouldn’t)

on March 31, 2016 Leadership with 0 comments

While the church debates what is sin and what is holy, there is one sin that has largely been ignored over the past few decades. It’s subtle and starts out small, but can become uncontrollable. I’m talking about the sin of pride resulting from success. One of the most dangerous things a person can experience […]

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