ONLINE CHURCH! The very words bring strong emotion to the hearts of many Christians and ministry leaders.

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Eventually, Christian leaders will have to do what they’ve done for 2,000 years. We will have to lead the flocks to which Christ Himself has made us overseers. We cannot permanently abdicate responsibility to temporal powers.

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It really doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. You could be a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan and find that you’ll agree with a Philadelphia Eagles fan, at least on this one point. Even the redneck and the socialite will find common ground here. I think we can all agree. During this COVID-19 […]

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301 years ago, Robinson Crusoe, widely considered the First English Novel, was released in England to enormous praise.  Audiences loved the simple story of a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad.  Poor Crusoe encounters prisoners, mutineers, and even cannibals during his adventurous stay.  Yet the first foes he would face would not come […]

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Today’s Blog is a guest post from my wife, Heather. Enjoy! “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as […]

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CHURCH – Some Assembly Required

April 13, 2020

Eventually, Christian leaders will have to do what they’ve done for 2,000 years. We will have to lead the flocks to which Christ Himself has made us overseers. We cannot permanently abdicate responsibility to temporal powers.

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THE CARES ACT & YOUR CHURCH

April 1, 2020

Josh Irmler recently sat down with Josh Hershberger (Executive Director & Senior Counsel at The Good Citizen Project) and Fred Murray (Executive Pastor at Southern Hills Church in Las Vegas) to discuss the recent CARES ACTS and how it relates to the local church.

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Crusoe, Coronavirus, & the Miraculous Benefits of Productivity

March 18, 2020

301 years ago, Robinson Crusoe, widely considered the First English Novel, was released in England to enormous praise.  Audiences loved the simple story of a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad.  Poor Crusoe encounters prisoners, mutineers, and even cannibals during his adventurous stay.  Yet the first foes he would face would not come […]

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Ministerial Jealousy

February 17, 2020

They call him the little green-eyed monster.   The Bible calls it envy. I call it part of my spiritual journey. I know that I’m experiencing ministerial jealousy when… Instead of Rejoicing, I Find Fault All I can remember thinking when I entered the Children’s Ministry complex of NewSpring Church in Wichita was, “what I wouldn’t give […]

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IDEA MENTORING

December 9, 2019

(The Next Phase for the Idea Network) We keep meeting young men who are looking for solid mentorship. We keep meeting seasoned leaders who desire to impact the next generation. We encounter so many young women who are longing for wisdom and encouragement. We encounter so many mature women who are gushing with love and […]

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If You liked Idea Night You’re going to LOVE Idea Day

October 1, 2019

We are less than 4 months away from Idea Day West, hosted by Southern Hills in Las Vegas.  January 27-28 is quickly approaching and there are several things that you’d better not forget when packing for this highly anticipated follow-up to our surprisingly successful Idea Night & our inaugural Idea Summit.   Okay, this year you’d better… Bring Your […]

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How To Lead Change

April 30, 2019

It’s not easy! If you’re the pastor of a church needing revitalization, you know better than most how difficult it can be to lead the church into healthy change.  So many naturally see their own traditions and preferences as both godly and biblical.  Unfortunately, so many good folk in the pews have had this fallacy […]

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Why Many Are Not Leaving (The Bright Future of the Independent Baptists)

April 10, 2019

Over the years I have fielded many questions from those outside of our ministry.  This is probably due to my overactive social media presence, a few controversial blogs, and a ministry style that is a bit unconventional within our circles.  What is Idea Day?[1]  What’s it like to Pastor in Las Vegas?[2]  What’s it like […]

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The Idea of Idea Day

February 13, 2019

Idea Day is a day to share ideas.  Ministry leaders from various backgrounds, circles, and perspectives come together to share some of the greatest ideas they’ve implemented in their particular ministries in recent months.  It’s a fun, relaxed, and yet thrilling environment.  We’ve had a great time these last five years since its inception, but […]

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5 Years Ago – The Birth of Idea Day

January 21, 2019

I cannot believe it’s been FIVE YEARS! This morning I got a notification from Facebook of a TimeHop that brought me back and made me a little nostalgic. A group of 35-40 pastors gathered around a table to simply share ideas and encourage one another 5 years ago today. We called it Idea Day. Over […]

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