Author: David Ludwig

Is Disciple-Making A Priority in Your Church?

HARRISBURG – We know the Scriptures tell us that we are to “Go and make disciples”, yet based on the number of declining churches in the United States it seems pretty evident that this is not happening. So, how do you change that? What needs to happen to see disciple-making become a priority in your church? I believe these four things need to happen: Start with Why. The people need to understand “why” making disciples needs to be a priority. The most obvious way to do that is to tell them, but a more effective way is to show them....

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A Recap of the BRN Advantage Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH.  The Healthy Churches Team presented the 2nd BRN Advantage of the year at Pittsburgh Baptist Church on June 4. After a continental breakfast the group gathered in the sanctuary to hear about 3 Circles: Life Conversation Guide, a simple evangelistic tool to help pastors and leaders share their faith. Over the next three and a half hours eleven conferences were held with subjects varying from Disciple-Making Churches to Cultural Change. Pastor Richard Bennet, Down County Baptist Church, drove from Driftwood, PA (NW), and brought a member of Faith Baptist Emporium, Emporium, PA (NW) with him.  They drove over...

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Are Your Teens Looking for a Summer Camp?

Several of our affiliated churches are offering summer camp experiences for junior and senior high students. Conemaugh Valley Baptist Association (CVBA) is a part of the BRN West, and has extended an invitation to the teens of all BRN churches to join them for an exciting week of camp July 24-29.  More information may be found on this Facebook page or www.thewreckcenter.org. Zion church, in Clarion County, invites western PA youth to join them July 3-9 at Word of Life Summer Camps.  More information is...

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Make Prayer “Very Important” in 4 Practical Ways

By David Ludwig, Associate Healthy Churches Team Leader I’d like to ask you a question, “How important is prayer in your life?” I hope you answered, “Very important,” because prayer is vital to your life and your church. Have you wondered why so few people pray?  I have. According to Pew Research, our country is slightly over 70% Christian[1], and only 55% of Americans say they pray every day.[2] What can you and I do to turn this around?  Here are four things that you can do to get more people praying every day. Teach people to pray. Too often it’s assumed that people know how to pray, Based on the number of people who are praying, I don’t believe that’s the case. Jesus taught the disciples how to pray (Matthew 6:5-13), and we should follow His lead. There are many great studies and books written on prayer, and one of the best ways is to teach people to pray along with the Bible. Develop prayer partners. I have several and find that knowing someone is praying for me, and expecting that I’m praying for him, is an additional help to keep my prayer life strong. Celebrate answered prayer. We always hear the prayer requests, but we seldom hear the praises of how God answered the prayers. This could be for a number of reasons. Maybe no one followed up with...

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