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The complete September/October 2018 issue of Influence magazine is now available online.

In the cover story, “Biblical Illiteracy: Why We Need to Rediscover the Power of Scripture,” Rick DuBose takes an honest look at the Bible knowledge gap among many of today’s churchgoers, considering how we got here and what we can do to turn it around.

“It’s time to make biblical literacy more than just a slogan; it must become a clearly defined target,” writes DuBose, general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.

In “Developing a Thriving Volunteer Culture in Your Church,” Savannah Lindell outlines 12 principles that can help churches of any size grow their volunteer base. Lindell is associate pastor of atmosphere and hosting director at James River Church in southwest Missouri.

Rick DuBose takes an honest look at the Bible knowledge gap among many of today’s churchgoers.

For anyone who has struggled with discouragement, burnout, depression or similar issues, Josh Skjoldal, lead pastor of Evangel Assembly of God in Bismarck, North Dakota, offers hope. In his article, “A Road Out of the Wilderness,” Skjoldal shares his story and the steps he took to find healing.

As college students return to class, Scott Hagan, president of North Central University in Minneapolis, talks about Christian education and raising up a new generation of leaders in this issue’s Get Set profile.

The Multipliers section features four leaders who are building the Kingdom through church planting. You’ll read about Gerry Stotlzfoos, founding pastor of Freedom Valley Church (AG) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; James Marocco, senior pastor of King’s Cathedral and Chapels (AG) on the island of Maui, Hawaii; Ron Heitman, lead pastor of Evangel Church in Hanover Park, Illinois, and assistant superintendent of the Illinois District Council of the AG; and Doug Vagle, founder and lead pastor of The Waters Church (AG) in Sartell, Minnesota, who also serves as church planting director for the Minnesota District Council.

The latest issue of Influence includes all this and more. We pray it will bless and inspire you as you pursue your God-given mission. Be sure to follow us on Facebook as well to enjoy fresh content every week.


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