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WHY AND HOW YOUR CHURCH CAN AVOID BEING AN INSTITUTION

WHY AND HOW YOUR CHURCH CAN AVOID BEING AN INSTITUTION by Trevor DeVage It’s usually sad when a person is institutionalized. When your aging grandmother becomes too confused to take care of herself, her children institutionalize her. When your elderly uncle becomes too weak to live alone, your cousins institutionalize him. When a child with […]

EMBRACING LONELINESS

EMBRACING LONELINESS OVER ISOLATION by Trevor DeVage I don’t know about most of you, but the last year of leadership in ministry has had some very lonely moments. For some it has even been isolating. There were moments where it was lonely pre-pandemic, but in the midst of it, it has been even more lonesome […]

What We Need in 2021

WHAT WE NEED MORE THAN ANYTHING IN 2021 by Trevor DeVage Two years ago, I received a Facebook message on Christmas Eve that I’ve been thinking about this week. A member of our church, a young woman who would not live to see the next year, wrote to thank me for our service that night […]

HOW TO BE USED BY GOD

HOW TO BE USED BY GOD By Trevor DeVage One day Jesus drove a demon from a suffering boy after his disciples tried and failed to make that happen. Afterwards they asked him why they couldn’t perform the miracle, and he told them it was because they lacked faith. “Truly I tell you, if you […]

Canceling Cancel Culture

WHY THE CHURCH MUST CANCEL “CANCEL CULTURE” by Trevor DeVage If you’ve written off someone because of one mistake or dumb remark, you’re participating in what has become a growing problem, “cancel culture.” “There is no single accepted definition of cancel culture,” according to Forbes, “but at its worst, it is about unaccountable groups successfully […]

I’M DONE CRITICIZING THE CHURCH

3 REASONS I’M DONE CRITICIZING THE CHURCH by Trevor DeVage In some circles today it’s cool to criticize the church. Search social media and soon you’ll find someone upset because they say the church has failed them. Some have even walked away. In fact, most readers of this blog know at least one person who […]

WILL YOU CHOOSE CALLING OVER COMFORT?

WILL YOU CHOOSE CALLING OVER COMFORT? By Trevor DeVage Several years ago, I had a friend who believed God was calling him to serve as a missionary in a Two-Thirds World country. He and his wife prayed about this for a year, alone and with their kids. (The oldest was eight years old and youngest […]

STOP INVITING PEOPLE TO CHURCH

STOP INVITING PEOPLE TO CHURCH by Trevor DeVage You are wondering if you read that title right. It is not a typo. Let me explain. If there’s one way the post-Covid church must be different than the pre-Covid church, it’s this: We must move from invitation to infiltration. We must infiltrate because Jesus commanded it. […]

EVERY CHURCH IS PLANT

EVERY CHURCH IS NOW A CHURCH PLANT By Trevor DeVage As every aspect of our daily lives is being reconsidered and refashioned by the pandemic, churches are rethinking their futures, too. Or at least they should be. But I’m afraid some are anticipating the days ahead only with a vision of the years behind. And […]

Can Scars Bring Healing?

WHAT IF YOUR SCARS COULD BRING HEALING? by Trevor DeVage A local radio DJ recovering from brain surgery spoke this week about a man he met in a store where he and his wife were shopping. “Look,” she said. “That guy has a head scar just like yours. Go talk to him.” The DJ discovered […]