Just-in-time Coaching is a twice-monthly e-newsletter from Mark Howell for small group pastors and directors. It features the most popular articles each month from Howell’s blog—

First Impressions: Ten Ways to Make Guests Feel Welcome

People never get a second-chance at a first impression. Neither do churches. My family recently visited a church (no, it wasn’t your church) and were able to get in and out undetected. Had it not been for our toddler’s need for childcare, we could have avoided human contact altogether. Needless to say, we didn’t feel very welcome.

Conferences and Events

Find out about upcoming conferences and events coming to a city near you.

A Look Inside: The Mission of God Study Bible

In The Mission of God Study Bible, readers will hear from today’s top thinkers, theologians and leading voices in the church about what it means to live in the mission of God.

Cultural Christianity Is Dying, and That’s a Good Thing

As our culture becomes less Judeo-Christian, in a sense, we lose some of our home-field advantage. Yet, this gives churches the opportunity to be the church – to show and share the love of Christ. This, indeed, helps people understand what Christianity is and what Christians do – joining Jesus on His mission in the world.

Seven Common Comments Non-Christians Make about Christians

One of my greatest joys in research is talking to and listening to those who clearly identify themselves as non-Christians. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not celebrating their absence of faith in Christ. My joy comes from listening to those who don’t believe as I do, so that I might be better equipped to witness to them.

The Big Boom: What Pastors Need to Know about Boomers

This year the first Boomer turns 67 and the last Boomer hits 49. Since their birth, this group has changed the world and the church. Decades later, they are making churches rethink ministry to seniors.

Twenty-First Century Giving: Ten Reasons to Consider Going Online

Churches are jumping on the online giving trend in record numbers. Most find it a safe and efficient way to help their members with consistent stewardship. Has your church started offering it yet?

The Future of the Church in America

The percentage of U.S. Protestant adults has dropped to minority status at 48 percent, according to the Pew Research Center. And the number of Americans who do not identify with any religion has increased to just less than 20 percent. People who had loose religious affiliations are finally admitting they don’t have one at all.

Bible Studies for Life: Interview with Ronnie Floyd

This fall, LifeWay will launch Bible Studies for Life, an ongoing curriculum series for all ages. Bible Studies for Life General Editor Ronnie Floyd spoke with Facts and Trends about how the new curriculum will help the local church meet the spiritual needs of its members and engage unreached people in its community with the gospel.