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Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Expansion
Tags: church, renovation, construction, buildings, Internet connectivity, security system, plumbing, management, financial processes, controls, volunteer management, HR process, hiring, staff development, ...
Have you ever visited a construction site before the walls are finished and the drywall is put into place? If so, you've probably noticed the myriad of wires and pipes woven into the hidden recesses of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth, pastor, lessons, learning, teachable, flexible, extra mile, attitude, students, authority, Jesus, time
Being in youth ministry, I've had the privilege of learning a lot. And, I can honestly say out of all the things I've learned, there are some lessons that I feel will never cease to teach me. When I started ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 22 August 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, vulnerable, church, congregation, sermon, service, minister, guard, preaching, satan, adversary
We're all vulnerable. Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall (1 Cor. 10:12). The brother who gave us that reminder was himself constantly being knocked down but getting back up. If ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, God's mission, salvation, David Platt, Frank Page, Trevin Wax, The Gospel Project, The God Who Saves, Calvinists, Wesleyans, Pentecostals, Church of God, doctrine, partner, ministry, ...
In June 2014, David Platt, Frank Page, Trevin Wax and I discussed the topics of salvation and the mission of God. The panel was sponsored by The Gospel Project, an intentionally Christ-centered and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, Millennials, Baby Boomers, generation, local churches, smaller venues, enemy, denounce, culture, cooperation, worship wars, communities, involvement
... the Millennials are from 1980 to 2000. So the oldest member of this generation is 34, while the youngest is only 14. But their impact is already noticeable, and it will be for years to come. Here are 10 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Money
Tags: Jeff Anderson, tithing, giving, churches, dysfunctional, culture, vision casting, denomination, doctrinal teaching, metrics, biblical standard
Church-giving culture is drastically different than it was decades ago. While it didn't change overnight, this culture shift has accelerated just in the past five years. I won't bore you with the common ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, myths, church-wide campaigns, disappointment, disaster, solution, sagging attendance, neighbors, friends, co-workers, disunity, small group ministry
There definitely are ways that church-wide campaigns can miss the mark, and there are keys to avoiding a church-wide campaign disaster. There are certain things you need to do to have a great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 August 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: National Association of Evangelicals, board, survey, church growth, biblical teaching, outward focus, strong vision, mission, Leith Anderson, biblical authority, community, needs, care
The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) asked its board of directors, which includes denominational leaders, pastors and other evangelical leaders, for the main characteristics they notice in growing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 August 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church plant, grow, seeds, harvest
I've worked with a lot of church plants. And, I've been involved in two—as a planter. Every planter goes into the process hoping to see lives changed with the gospel. Hoping to grow. Some work. Some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, bivocational, ministry, serve, church, income, dependence, connected, non-believers, ministry, missions, missiology, delegate, train, laypersons, theological training, calling
"I didn't come to seminary to be a bivocational minister, to have to get another kind of job," my student told me. I may not have agreed with my student, but I did understand his thinking. Back then (almost ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Communication
Tags: Ron Edmondson, inadvertent, closed, church, closed for business, Sunday, community, friendships, happy, greeting, parking lot, confusion, signage, visitors, language, acronyms, closed groups, ho
I was running recently on a route I've run many times, but I missed this sign until this particular run. It was too "good" not to stop and take a picture with my phone. I saw the sign and the first word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Ministry Outreach
Tags: Perry Noble, New Spring Church, small groups, lives, changed, walk with Christ, laugh, cry, spiritual refreshing, singles, study, LifeWay Christian Bookstores
At NewSpring Church, we believe that you can't do life alone. Honestly, I would say that the single most important thing for me in regards to me staying connected in my walk with Christ has been having ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, tired, disillusioned, discouraged, lethargic, fatigued, warm weather, health, churches, feelings, unreliable, dry spells, character building, Jesus, eternal rewards, difference
There comes a point in every great work when you will begin to get tired, disillusioned and discouraged. Fatigue at the halfway point of anything worthy of your dedication is inevitable. This is true for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Christianity, Bible, culture, Believers, doctrines, practices, church, Scripture, Evangelicals, American Dream, corporate vision, destiny, stewardship, individual prosperity
It has been evident to numerous biblical scholars that often (if not most of the time) believers (including preachers) interpret the Bible through the lens of their culture. This has resulted in many beliefs, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Resources, unleadable, church members, pastor, overt negativity, pray, blessings, families, attitude, mentor, recalcitrant, new members class, influencers, consistency
"I am so frustrated. I am ready to leave this church and the pastorate altogether. The church members are unleadable." The email came to me just as I quoted. Though I didn't think "unleadable" was a word, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, mission, self, God's glory, worship, idolatry, prestige, professionalism, missional effectiveness, pastors, leaders, agenda, religious, megachurch
Mission is the opposite of self. That sounds simple and obvious, yet the sad truth is that we revert to non-mission—or self-centered mission—very simply and obviously. The ease with which we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brian Dodd, blog, social media, website, generosity, readership, churches, pastors, resources, Ralph Waldo Emerson
A few days ago I was having lunch with a friend who wanted to launch a blog and he asked me what was most responsible for my site's growth. He was pleasantly surprised when I told him what has helped my ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 August 2014 / Community
Tags: George Wood, Assemblies of God, Holy Spirit, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, apostle Paul, Apollos, converts, Spirit-baptized believers, G. Campbell Morgan, church, demographics, leadership, skill
A template is a pattern or mold used as a guide to form a piece or product. There certainly is a template in what happened when Paul met up with the nominal 12 believers at Ephesus. Here is the background. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, standards, smoker, cigarettes, drummer, church, awkward, grace, discipleship, alcohol, born again Christians, dress code, church member, drug problem, homosexual, jokes, ...
I was in shock the moment I saw it. There in the spotlight—a pack of cigarettes protruding from the front pocket of our scheduled drummer. I wasn't leading worship, but I stood at the back and saw ... [ +++ ]
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