Churches

Created on Thursday, 29 May 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: ARC, Greg Surratt, church planting, affiliates, multi-site churches, kingdom impact, Billy Hornsby, Chris Hodges, Bethany World Prayer Center, Rick Bezet, Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research
Church Planting Although Greg Surratt didn't start out with many specifics in mind, his vision of starting 2,000 churches has created one of the most fruitful church-planting networks in the nation. The ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 May 2014 / Media
Tags: Ministry Today, Charisma Media, biggest, best, model, resource, pastors, glean, Antioch, Christ for all Nations, Bethel Church, OneHope, Association of Related Churches
Journalists are famous for coming up with lists. There is the Fortune 500, the Forbes 400 and the Time Magazine 100. Even in the Christian circles, there are lists of the "biggest and the best." At Ministry ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 / Equipment
Tags: Thom Rainer, worship center, seating, churches, pews, chairs, stackable, mobile, theater seats, capacity, flexibility
One of the larger expenses of many churches, and often an area of contention, is the type of seating in the worship center. I have been amazed to hear stories of intense church arguments over seating in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: George O. Wood, smaller churches, dying, struggle, Assemblies of God, faithful, Holy Spirit, New Community Church, The Oaks, Texas, Chris Railey, community outreaches, miracle, extinction
... 80 people to nearly 700, with 1,200 decisions for Christ. This success story is miraculous but it’s also within reach of most of our churches on the brink of extinction. Let’s all do what we can to fan ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 April 2014 / Culture
Tags: Greg Stier, churches, America, Protestant, Starbucks, converts, Colorado, Grace Church, outreach, evangelism, prayer
Right now there are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America. Just do the division—300,000 divided by 50 states—and that equals 6,000 churches per state. Wow! That’s a lot of churches! Think about it ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 / Worship
Tags: Don Chapman, worship, worshipideas.com, stale, rut, set, churches, Joel Houston, Hillsong United, Jared Barber, service, order, guitarist, drummer, keyboardist
As I’ve been visiting and playing in several churches over the past few months, I’ve noticed a few recurring problems that can easily be fixed to help the quality of your contemporary worship: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors, social media, Facebook, Instagram, churches, gospel, Jesus, eggs, diversification, power, people, Grace Hills, money, advertising
The gospel did okay before Facebook and will do just fine without it. But plenty of churches and organizations like mine have found Facebook to be an incredibly useful tool for getting the word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, characteristics, leadership, opposition, Satan, churches, cripple, compelling, purpose, Nehemiah, clear perspective, fear, continual prayer, courageous, persistence
Everything rises or falls on leadership. No organization, no ministry, no church, no family, no school and no business can go any further than the leaders who are leading it. If everything rises or falls ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Community
Tags: Chuck Lawless, pastors, churches, Resurrection Sunday, guests, spies, website, greeters, building, impression, sign, services, foyer, guest welcome center, fellowship
Last year, I published a blog post titled "Eight Confessions of Church Spies," a summary report from the “spies” our church consulting team, the Lawless Group, has used over the years. As we approach the ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 07 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, Wright Brothers, flight, small churches, fly, sights, right thing, evangelism, discouragement, surrender, calling, mature supporters, leadership, mentor, coach
My mom owned and managed a travel agency in San Diego, mostly because she loved to travel, and she truly enjoyed helping others travel. Mom loved hanging out at airports—really! Airplanes fascinated her, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 February 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, churches, multi-camera director, television, broadcast, media, IMAG screens, ministries, experience, camera angles, camera operators, decisions, captured, audience shots
There are many churches today that are shooting their worship services, concerts and other events with multiple cameras. Whether you have a broadcast media ministry or not, it’s not unusual to use multiple ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 February 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, transformation, reformation, revival, churches, communities, passion, soul winning, shepherd, biblical objectives, contemporary, shift, culture, ethics, standards, prosperous, ...
... principles and secularism! For more on why revival is not enough read my first book Ruling in the Gates published by Creation House in 2003. Joseph Mattera is overseeing bishop of Resurrection Church, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 / Worship
Tags: Don Chapman, worship service, contemporary, traditional, gym, sanctuary, gray heads, megachurches, tipping point, Greenville, S.C., Episcopal, smaller chapel
About a year ago I visited two services at a huge mainline church. Their early contemporary service, overflowing with young families, met in what appeared to be a large banquet hall. The later traditional ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ministry, pastors, churches, mistakes, informative, website, guests, social media, staff, influencing, content, groups, considerate, worship service
I was recently in Arkansas speaking with a pastor who is a daily reader of my blog. He expressed gratitude for all the free content, but then he made a kind plea. He said that the blog has so much content ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, sabbatical, Lifeway Resources, time off, rest, deeper study, churches, requirement, emotional highs and lows, vocations, longer tenures
The word sabbatical has different meanings depending on the context in which it is used. It has one meaning in the academic community, another meaning in its biblical usage, and still another in many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 / Worship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, worship, guitar, powerful, meaningful, biblical principles, honor God, music, culturally appropriate, Spirit, Truth, 21st-century churches
I’ve always loved worship. As a failed worship leader (every church planter has to play guitar, right?), I found worship both meaningful and powerful. Some of those times are when I am by myself—worship ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Frank Viola, ministry, season, church, Paul, Jerusalem, Colossians, Ephesians, Philippians, Andrew Murray, Beyond Evangelical, Jesus: A Theography, crop rotation, missional churches
Over the years, I’ve said a lot about the seasonal nature of the church and the seasonal nature of the Christian life. What is true for the church and for the individual Christian is also true for spiritual ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joseph Mattera, effectiveness, church, evangelical leaders, attendance, tithes, disciplemakers, megachurches, volunteers, leaders, church plants, ministries, marketplace leaders
Often evangelical leaders are under the false assumption a local church is doing well because they have good Sunday attendance, receive large amounts in tithes and offerings, and offer a plethora of programs ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, tiny churches, megachurches, North Alabama, nursery, electricity, frills, kerosene lamps, bonus, pastor salary, finances, size, congregation, Paul
Not long ago, I was worshiping with friends in a small, rural and very old church not far from our family home in North Alabama. The building was erected in 1857 and has been used by various congregations ... [ +++ ]
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