By Steve Smith on Mar 25, 2017
True friendship and community must be reciprocal.
By John Gilman Ii on May 9, 2016
Small groups help churches grow because they help strangers become great friends. People stay at churches where they find friends because friendship covers a multitude of sins. Small groups involve us in others’ lives and really invest us in the church. These friendships eventually turn into deep, meaningful connections that can last a lifetime.
By Sermoncentral on Aug 9, 2016
Genuine friendships are becoming more rare – and thus, of greater perceived value – than any other aspect of modern church life.
By Chris Surber on Oct 1, 2014
"Bigger churches can do things smaller cannot do. And little churches do things much larger churches can never do."
By Dave Furman on Sep 24, 2016
God delivered me from the darkness of despair through my friends and family as they shared their hope with me. I’m not talking about a shove-it-in-your-face kind of “sharing.” They didn’t try to explain all my problems away or attempt to explain all of God’s intentions for my suffering.
By Michael Duduit on Oct 8, 2016
My friend Clayton King, who has never served as a senior pastor (and had not expected to), suddenly found himself leading one of the nation’s largest congregations as interim pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina.
By Sermoncentral on May 22, 2017
Ephesians 4:15 tells us to speak the truth in love, not to withhold the truth in love. Real love doesn’t quit or give up; it will offer help and point to Jesus Christ as the only true source of healing and forgiveness.
By Lance Witt on Sep 5, 2016
The truth is those of us in ministry often don’t do the friendship thing very well. One survey among pastors found that 70 percent do not have a close friend, confidant, or mentor. Henri Nouwen wrote, “Most Christian leadership is exercised by people who do not know how to develop healthy, intimate relationships.” What an indictment.