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Want To Belong? Accept Others!

Want To Belong? Accept Others!

March 17, 2012
by Mario Villella

Over the years, I have heard many church people (both youth group kids and regular church adults) say things like, “I wish I were more involved with the people of this church, you know, like really feeling like I belong.” Comments like these serve to underscore the importance of acceptance in relationships. We all want people to stop thinking about themselves and their own needs, and instead to reach out to us.
12 Tips For Hosting a Small Group

12 Tips For Hosting a Small Group

February 19, 2012
by Mario Villella

Ok, so a couple times during the “Making Sense of Church” series we talked about how we’d like ALL of you to spend time with other Christians outside of our Sunday morning meeting. We also mentioned that we thought it would be good if SOME of you started up some meetings (perhaps in your homes) to help facilitate these kinds of relationships. This month, I figured I’d take it a step further by giving you these 12 tips for hosting a small group.
How Should Pastors Balance Their Time?

How Should Pastors Balance Their Time?

January 14, 2012
by Mario Villella

Randy Pope says this: “Consider an imaginary church of at least one hundred members. One hundred members can actually represent hundreds of people whose problems could ultimately necessitate the time of the pastor. For instance, if a member’s parent in another state is diagnosed with cancer, the member now has a problem. If a member’s next-door neighbor is depressed and needs pastoral help, or is going through a divorce and needs counsel, the pastor is most likely to be asked to respond. All of a sudden, this church of one hundred members represents hundreds of people who may need the pastor on a given day. And the larger the church, the more accentuated the problem.”
Is Good News A Traditional Church?

Is Good News A Traditional Church?

December 10, 2011
by Mario Villella

At Good News, we feel that it is very important that we explain to you not only what we do, but why we do what we do. In this article, I wanted to answer the question, “Is Good News a traditional church?” You may surprised to know that the answer is: “yes and no.” But it all depends on what you mean by the word “traditional.”
5 Things You Should Know About KidZone

5 Things You Should Know About KidZone

November 17, 2011
by Mario Villella

A few updates about KidZone. The main theme? Things are going great, and we can always use an extra helping hand.
Thoughts On Worship

Thoughts On Worship

November 16, 2011
by Kennon Bickhart

The other night, my wife, Charis and I were putting our daughter Carolina to bed. She’s getting better at going to sleep, but most nights she has to cry herself to sleep. Sometimes it’s only a brief small whimper as she struggles to keep her eyes open. Other times it’s an ear-piercing shrill of a scream that makes you think she’s being murdered.
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