Congregation

Created on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, dumb, frustration, congregation, golf, comedian, pulpit, faithful, attendance, offerings
We preachers sometimes torture the faithful with our complaints about the unfaithful. We don’t mean to do that. It’s just something that happens, usually as a result of our frustration. Listen to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, Pastors, infidelity, adultery, wife, congregation, church, freedom, forgiveness
For some time now, the ministry of Heal Your Servant has worked with ministers, their wives, elders, congregants and participants in a myriad of infidelity situations. We have seen and heard multiple stories. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 July 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, bully, comeuppance, guilty pleasure, highway, church, preacher, congregation, financial gift, blackmailer
Everyone knows what a pleasure is. A guilty pleasure is some activity that you enjoy but over which you feel a tiny pang of regret, as though perhaps you should not be enjoying it quite as much as you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Brady Boyd, God, pastor, disappointments, offerings, congregation, change, safety, numbers, praying, sleep, authority, perspective
You probably know by now that being a pastor doesn’t shield you from disappointments. Sorry for the buzzkill beginning, but that’s the truth. The offerings will sometimes be less than your church expenses. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 June 2013 / Preaching
Tags: teaching, sermon, learning, congregation, Scripture, learning styles, relevant examples, pastors, prayer, auditory learners
It's Sunday afternoon, and you have just delivered a powerful, life-changing message to your congregation. However, Sister Million Questions and Brother Doesn't Understand have cornered you again. They ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, church, vision, Bible, congregation, Nehemiah Principle, vision, communication, contribution, ministering
One of your most important roles as a pastor is as vision-caster. Sharing the vision of your church can’t be a one-time event. The Bible says, “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 June 2013 / Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, change, location, growth, church, effective leader, potential, success, congregation
If your church has plateaued in its growth for a while or shows signs of being unhealthy, things may need to change, and the pastor is the point person to produce positive change in any church’s culture. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 June 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, hard truths, Christ, church, Body of Christ, people, Jesus, submission, unity, Ephesians, pastors, deacons, congregation
It’s His church and not mine. It’s His church and not yours either. Settle that or nothing else will matter. Get it wrong and everything else you do will be off-kilter. The moment you think it’s your church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, process, purpose, pruning, trees, discipleship, congregation, pastors, Cryptomeria 12StoneChurch, maintenance, results
I recently spent a couple thousand dollars cutting down and stump-grinding nine trees that I spent hundreds of dollars planting 10 years ago. Seems dumb, I know. But sometimes, that’s what it takes. Perhaps ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 / Multi-Ethnic Ministry
Tags: Invisible Church, multi-ethnic, vision, example, change, Holy Spirit, Jews, Gentiles, congregations, friendships
In 1990 my wife, Karen, and I began an endeavor that would forever change our lives. What began as a church plant became a radical reordering of our personal priorities and approach to ministry. We became ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 May 2013 / Ethics
Tags: adultery, epidemic, J. Lee Grady, Orlando, Florida, pulpit, pastors, congregations, hostile public, Christians, hypocrites, moral failure, fire drills, isolation
It happened again. For the third time in six months, the pastor of a large church in my hometown of Orlando, Fla., has resigned from his pulpit because of adultery. I’m sad. I’m sick. I’m sorry for the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 April 2013 / Preaching
Tags: George Wood, Assemblies of God, Congregation, Preaching, leadership, model
Growing up in Assemblies of God churches, I often heard preaching in an imperative—even imperial—mode. Pastors operated with a command-and-control model of leadership that carried over into the pulpit. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 April 2013 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, front door, back door, congregation, people, coming, going, pastor, church
Closing the back door is more about keeping the front door wide open. The spirit and atmosphere that makes a church inviting is the same spirit and atmosphere that makes people want to stay. Church leaders ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Kim Martinez, post-Easter, recovery, quiet time, rest, congregation, silence, staff, attitude
Easter is often the most difficult week of the year for pastors. Not only do we have the stress of our congregation, but weird things seem to happen during that week. Family stress goes up, financial stresses ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 April 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Tony Morgan, honor, culture, congregations, pastors, church, submit, leaders, obey
At the risk of not showing honor to peers in ministry, I want to tackle the topic of honor today. I’m concerned. I see a trend in churches that I think is unhealthy. Honestly, I believe it’s also unbiblical. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 29 March 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Gina McClain, congregation, believe, pastor, teaching, guidance
As a leader, have you ever stopped to think about what you believe about those that you lead? What you believe about their intentions, their dreams, and their desires” Deep down, what you believe about ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 March 2013 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, local church, obsolete, pastors, congregations, reformation, society
Can you imagine a time when key apostolic leaders—both in the church and marketplace—would come together to exert strong influence over cities, communities and nations, with or without the cooperation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 March 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Chris Jackson, high road, leaving, congregation, church, pastor, painful, ministry, crossroads, move
“Pastor, we’ve decided to move on.” These are some of the most difficult words that you, as a ministry leader, will ever hear—especially when they come from people you have lived, laughed and dreamed with. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 March 2013 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, community, church, worship service, plant, reinvent, congregation, elderly
What do you do when your church no longer looks like the community that surrounds it? Focus on what your church does well.  Don’t try to be something you’re not.  If your church is primarily ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 March 2013 / Calling
Tags: Rick Warren, church planting, congregation, mistakes, Saddleback Church, believers, journey
Every church needs a plan to disciple its congregation. You need a plan to take people from “come and see” to “come and die”—which is where Jesus took His disciples during His earthly ministry. For most ... [ +++ ]
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