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Created on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 / Community
Tags: Larry Barker, generous, church, giving, healthy, vertical, Jesus, tough times, budget, tight, Thom Rainer, Autopsy of a Deceased Church, Vertical Church, Great Commission
Our goal is to have healthy churches. There are many descriptions, concepts, books and training products talking about what a healthy church looks like. There is "Simple," "Purpose-Driven," "Sticky," ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 January 2015 / Equipment
Tags: Churches, sound systems, technology, budget, maintenance, re-tuning, speakers, feedback, upgrade, training program
While technical systems are a great way to enhance a worship service, they are also a great way to ruin or distract the congregation. Many churches are looking for new ways that they can improve their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, ministry, coaching, small-group system, model, strategy, failure to thrive, resources, budgeting, milestone, future
I've written about the powerful benefits of a thriving small-group ministry and the five easily overlooked secrets to building a thriving small-group ministry. But as it turns out, I've never written ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 November 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, money, stewardship, struggling, finances, scarcity, budget, programs, impact, church, community, expenditures, accountability
A consistent theme of concern I have seen in many churches is in the area of church finances. Many church leaders operate out of a mode of scarcity instead of abundance. While I realize that churches cannot ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Dan Reiland, leader, good, great, healthy relationships, budget, salvations, exceed expectations, great faith, spiritual, Jesus, create, productive, investments, practice, fierce focus, push, back ...
A good place to start is a set of working definitions for good leaders and great leaders. Let me offer one assumption, that both good leaders and great leaders are Godly individuals with integrity of character. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Vision
Tags: Greg Stier, youth leader, employee, jobs on line, indispensable, ministry, excellence, strong relationships, improvise, adapt, overcome, budget, superior results, criticism, grow, above and beyond, ...
It has been said that "nobody is indispensable" and, to a degree, that is a true statement. But I can tell you that, as a former pastor and current leader of a youth ministry organization (with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 May 2014 / Money
Tags: Justin Lathrop, gospel, mindset, money, healing, redeeming, pure, holy, God, everything, resources, budget, gift, survival, missions, Paul
Recently I wrote a post about some things you need in order to do ministry well, and one of the things I mentioned was have a gospel mindset about money. As I finished writing that section of the post, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 April 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, practices, growing churches, services, multi-site, attendance, budget, church health, Rick Warren, excellence, mission, vision, core values, unproductive ministries
I have been involved in a number of conversations lately about church growth. What should growth look like? How does it look different for various sizes of churches? Should you add services or go ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Gospel of John, recruiting practices, Jesus, style, principles, success, transitional people, influencers, team, challenge, budget
Chapter 1 of the Gospel of John shares helpful insight into the leadership of Jesus. I’ve written previously about Jesus’ leadership style here and here. In John 1, I see three more principles. When Jesus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, church politics, 12StoneChurch, King Henry VIII, Catholic Church, Martin Luther, Anglican Church, torture, execution, decisions, church board, sacred cows, business meetings, worship ...
What do Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr have in common? In addition to being wives of King Henry VIII, they were all part of church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, King David, God's own heart, leadership, stress, organizations, employees, budgets, Psalm 3, sin, struggle, pain, victory, motivate, odds
Leadership these days is tougher than ever, it seems. Times are hard, and organizations are stressed. Employees are stretched, and budgets are tight. Loyalty is rare, and everything is changing at a rocket ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Chuck Lawless, LifeWay, church, documents, bulletin, calendar, by-laws, unsaved, members, local congregations, classes, discipleship, mentoring, budget, ministry programs, missions support
I love working with local congregations. As I consult with churches, I learn so much by visiting the church, listening to the staff and interviewing members. Nothing can fully take the place of spending ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 / Money
Tags: Jeff Anderson, pastors.com, ministry, tithing, giving, year-end, budget, calendar, holidays, New Year, gift calendar, Passover, Israelites, Pentecost
Last week, a development leader of a $100-million-a-year ministry shared with me that 60 percent of their annual budget would be received in the last three months of the year, and much of that in December! ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 November 2013 / Money
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors, effective, ministry, excellence, budget, financial resources, church plant, values, faithraising, discipling
When we began planting Grace Hills, we didn’t have the quarter of a million dollars that some church plants in America start out with. We had way less than that, in fact, so we had to figure out how to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Shawn Harrison, ministry, success, resignation, youth, Christ-like attitude, selfish ego, student ministry, families, file folder, calendar of events, sample budget, resources, example
Do you want the next guy to succeed in your position? I wrestled with this while sitting in my office after handing in my resignation. After three years as the student and family pastor at our church, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: pastors leaving the ministry, Phil Cooke, Mark Brewer, Presybterian church, pastors committing suicide, pastors frustrated, megachurch, charismatic churches, baptist churches, mainline denominations, ...
... experience. Yes, it was President Reagan’s church. When I first got there in 2001, the president had not yet died, so I had to meet with the Secret Service my second month to prepare for his funeral. (Did ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, church health, serve, volunteering, children, ministries, staff, budget, money, challenge
Over the last several years, we’ve been collecting data from the churches with which we consult. One of the key questions we were interested in had to do with serving. We wanted to find out how many people ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 October 2012 / Communication
Tags: Budget, Communication, Guest services, Economy
The other day I started thinking about the constraints that we have as churches given today's current economic conditions. With that in mind, I began to brainstorm ways we can continue to improve how ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 June 2010 / Main
Tags: bivocational ministry,budget cuts,economy,pastors
As the economy continues to stretch budgets, more churches are turning to bivocational pastors—those who hold a second job in addition to ministering—to meet their needs. According to Ray Gilder, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 June 2010 / Main
Tags: bake sales,budget cuts,church,pastor dave mcclamma,public school,school supplies,sponsorship
As thousands of public schools face huge budget cuts, many are looking to alternate sources of funding, from bake sales to corporate sponsors. But Combee Elementary School in Polk County, Fla., ... [ +++ ]
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