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Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, roadblocks, senior pastor, succession plan, churches, power struggle, relational breakdown, unmet expectations, Taylor Guitars, philosophy, transition
Most succession plans fail. It's not because the plan was bad; it's most often because of an expectation for the process to go exactly like the written plan indicated. That never happens. Life happens! ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Jesus, eating, Justin Lathrop, lessons, meal, last supper, sacrifice, death, resurrection, salvation, bread, wine, Leonard Sweet, table, ministry, connection, sinners, status, lifestyle
Did you know that 80 percent of the gospel accounts are made up of Jesus either going to or coming from a meal? Many of his miracles surrounded food, his ministry happened around the table, and his first ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian resources, breakout pastors, breakout churches, hopelessness, hopefulness, possibilities, reality, long term, perspective, increments, setbacks, intentionality, outward ...
If you want to experience an "a-ha" moment about revitalizing churches, this research may be the near the top. Most of you have heard the dire information and statistics about congregations in North America. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rebuilding, old cars, preach, break, build, restored, reassembled, marriage, flawed perspective, transformed, actions, Jesus
I have a friend who is really into rebuilding old cars. It is an art form to take a rusted out car from the scrap heap or auction lot and restore it to better than new condition. He once told me that when ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Hal Seed, sermons, preaching, calendar, series, multi-site campuses, planning, season, unchurched, The Purpose Driven Life, balance, depth, breadth
... In 2001, I developed the perfect preaching calendar. Then 9/11 hit. I was scheduled to speak on spiritual gifts. Like every preacher, I changed my subject that week. I spoke on destiny, then three weeks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, church, tenure, mystery, third year, Breakout Churches, honeymoon, perspective, expectations, relationship, relationships, seasons, letdown, prayer, intentional
Pastors generally don't stay long at churches. The average tenure is between three and four years. But, as our research has shown consistently, longer tenure is needed for church health. Longer tenure ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: God, Joe McKeever, steal, tithes, offerings, embezzlement, pastors, jail, Paul Yonggi Cho, Barry Minkow, thefts, rationalizations, ministry, self-delusion, lawbreaking
... after his sin during the capture of Jericho. Achan confessed, “I saw the mantle and 200 shekels of silver and a bar of gold … I coveted them … I took them … I hid them” (Josh. 7:21, paraphrased). I saw, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 February 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: grace, God, Jesus, apostles, Mark, Savior, loaves, fish, disciples, bread, water
I love to read the stories of the disciples in the Gospels, yet perhaps for an unexpected reason. I’m grateful God calls surprising people like the disciples to lead His church, but that’s not the primary ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Justin Lathrop, New Year, resolutions, make, break, pastors, influence, theme, leadership, bend, critics, transparency, actions, people, performance
Many people make—and break—New Year’s resolutions. Here are eight possible ones that pastors should consider for the upcoming year: 1. Let influence be the theme of your leadership. I often hear pastors ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, Christmas, gifts, appreciation, responses, heartbreak, cash, pain, exhortation, inquiry, financial struggle, Thanksgiving
I am always grateful when pastors and church members share with me topics of interest to them. Those suggestions tend to be viewed by more readers than my own ideas. I guess that says something about my ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 November 2013 / Multicultural
Tags: Ray Chang, body of Christ, multicultural society, Ambassador Church, California, Brea, empowerment, gospel, primary focus, grace, humility, intentionality
... Fong, pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, described it this way: “When I was at the Urbana 2000 speakers’ retreat [in 1999], we all got a chance to hear from the new apologist for our upcoming ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Partnerships, Brad Lomenick, synergy, risk, reward, ministries, kingdom building, innovation, breakthrough, transparency, strength, fences
Partnerships are crucial in today’s culture. Great organizations seem to always have a strong ability to partner well. If you want to grow your organization or project or initiative, finding, building ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational, pastors, practice, presence, thankfulness, praise, breathing, pause, encouragement
When do you pray? Brother Lawrence taught us to “practice the presence.” Maybe you are like me, and you realize that standing at a monastery sink all day would give you plenty of time to talk to God. It ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Holy Spirit, prayer, revival, breakthrough
... is one of the nation's largest congregations, with some 30,000 weekly attendees. Derek Prince (1915-2003)Perhaps the best-known Bible teacher in the modern charismatic movement, this dignified British ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 February 2012 / Main
Tags: Jamie Buckingham tribute, Breaking Barriers
by Jamie Buckingham Although I never placed better than third in any track meet, I spent a lot of time in college practicing the shot put. In my sophomore year, an Irish American by the name of Pat O'Brien ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 March 2010 / Main
Tags: aid money,bread of life,federal funding,houston,ministers,rudy rasmus
QUOTE: “The count can [and] will really determine the funding for many agencies in this city who benefit from federal funding in many ways.” —Rudy Rasmus, pastor of St. John’s Downtown in Houston, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 February 2010 / Main
Tags: arsons,bail,ben wheeler,church break-ins,daniel george mcallister,david mahfood,first baptist church,jason robert bourque,lindale,smith county jail,texas,tyland baptist church
Two men were arrested Sunday in connection with a string of church break-ins and arsons in Texas. Daniel George McAllister, 21, of Ben Wheeler and Jason Robert Bourque, 19, of Lindale were being ... [ +++ ]

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