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Beyond the Standard is a monthly program for church leaders sponsored by Christian Standard Magazine. Christian Standard contributors will offer perspective about ideas you’ve seen from them in the pages of our magazine.

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In the January issue of Christian Standard, more than a dozen church leaders give their prescription for making your church healthy. In this special episode, we talk with three of them. Nate Bush, lead pastor with New City Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, wrote, A Healthy Church Helps Make a Healthy Community. Jeff Faull, minister with Mount Gilead Church in Mooresville, Indiana, wrote, A Healthy Church Is Doctrinally Strong. Joe Putting, senior pastor with Tomoka Christian Church, Ormond Beach, Florida, wrote, A Healthy Church Is a Giving Church. Read their pieces in Christian Standard (here's how to download it today: Then plan to join our conversation. Each of these fellows has more to say than print space allowed. And we'll talk with all of them about more than their assigned topic! We're looking forward to a rich discussion about earmarks of a healthy church.
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As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we may overlook an important fact: When Jesus came to earth, he chose to be poor. This month's episode challenges us with practical ideas for serving the poor—and learning from the... more

What's working and what's not in our far-flung and creative efforts to take the gospel everywhere? Three missions leaders for Christian churches/churches of Christ look at the current situation and answer key questions about missions... more

Joe Boyd, founder and president of Rebel Pilgrim Productions, talks about telling our stories in the places where people already go to get their stories. Rich Gorman, copastor with his wife, Dori, at Community Christian Church's... more

Glen Elliott ministers with Pantano Christian Church in Tucson, Arizona. David Drum serves with 4Tucson, an enterprise committed to seeing change in Tucson through the witness of Christians working together. Together they'll tell how... more

Colleges everywhere are coping with shifting demographics, rising expectations, an unstable economy, and the challenges of the digital revolution. Nowhere is this clearer than with small Christian colleges and universities, yet these schools... more

Eddie Lowen, pastor with West Side Christian Church, Springfield, Illinois and semimonthly "Ministry Today" columnist at Christian Standard, talks about ministry challenges that some are unwilling to face, and ministry practices that most... more

Sharing Christ with non-Christians in America may be more difficult than ever. One thing's for sure: our approach certainly must change if we're to have any success pointing nonbelievers to the truth. Three Christian leaders grapple with... more

Join Christian Standard editor Mark Taylor for a conversation with senior pastors from three of the largest megachurches in America. These three congregations top the chart in Christian Standard's annual listing (May 2014 issue) of 2013... more

Does everyone worship? Should everyone pray? This month's guests, Ken Read and David Butts, answer both questions with a resounding "YES!" Starting with insights they shared at, these two national leaders and... more

We are Christians only, but NOT the only Christians! This motto has been central in the thinking and theology of Christian churches and churches of Christ for more than two centuries. But understanding and applying the principle is an issue for... more