Cult

Created on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 / Culture
Tags: Culture, church, Justin Lathrop, stuck feeling, volunteer, generosity, positive, encourage, correct, Paul, Corinthians, Ephesians, ownership, mistakes, negativity
You’ve heard it said that culture starts at the top and works its way down. I couldn’t agree more. And yet, after years of working with and around pastors, listening to their greatest concerns, I know ... [ +++ ]
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, 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 Wednesday, 29 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Derwin Gray, pastors, staff member, church, leave, vision, star, Transformation Church, generosity, scarcity, Jesus, Ephesians, manipulate, control, guilt, leaders, cult-like environment
Pastors, what do you do when staff wants to leave and join the staff of another church? And I’m not talking about the staff you want to leave. I’m talking about the “star” that really moves the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 January 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joseph Mattera, Roman Catholic church, Kingdom, religious paradigm, Vatican, church doctrine, secular culture, pastors, megachurches, cultural influence
As I have been traveling the world teaching on the kingdom of God in many large Christian leadership conferences, I have noticed something of great concern to me. Since many pastors in Latin America, Europe ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Bob Hostetler, desperate pastor, Cobblestone Community Church, culture, needs, problems, issues, God's Word, opinions, mission, Bible newbie, humor, shallow, manipulation, emotions, solution, di
When we were first starting Cobblestone Community Church, I would host an occasional “speakers’ breakfast” in an effort to train homegrown speaking talent for our teaching ministry. In developing the material ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 January 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Steve Murrell, discipleship, truths, Victory Manila, Indonesia, Jesus, Christian, journey, class, men, women, community, evangelism, relationship, culture, principles
Recently, my wife Deborah and I were in Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan teaching Asian pastors, church-planters, and missionaries about discipleship and leadership. Same ole boring strokes, again. After ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 December 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Brad Lomenick, next generation, leaders, Generation Y, passion for God, Christ, willing to work together, credit, generosity, sharing, currencies, culture, influence, authenticity, trust, social ...
I love leaders—especially next-generation leaders. Specifically, I love those leaders who are currently in their 20s and 30s. And I’m incredibly hopeful regarding this next wave of leaders—incredibly excited, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, unchurched, overchurched, African-American, white, high school students, racism, struggles, God, stereotypes, skin color, shallow, Christ, Aslan Youth
I need to begin with context. Our ministry is a multisite urban youth ministry. We work with a mix of “churched,” “unchurched,” “dechurched” and “overchurched” students. Our students are primarily African-American. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 / Administration
Tags: Will Mancini, pastors.com, measuring stick, church, organization, congregation, commitment, Auxano, strategy, culture, vision, decision-making, priorities, LifeWay Research, Vision Pathway, guest ...
Below you will find what I believe to be 20 very important, if not the most important, things you should know about your church. Keep in mind these are things to measure about your church as an organization. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 December 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, difficult, leader, know it all, gifted, hyper-critical, wounded, insecurity, traditionalist, skills, sharpen, fun
Someone asked me recently, “Who has been the most difficult person you’ve had to lead?” That’s a great question. As a leader for over a quarter of a century (wow, that sounds old), I’ve experienced just ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pastor, faithfully, challenge, professionally, personally, new year, evaluation, examination, relationships, church culture, elevate, Christ, walk, spirituality, leadership, future
With the holiday season looming, how can you end the year faithfully? In other words, pastor, what should your focus be for these last few days of the year? You can lead aimlessly to nowhere or aim ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 November 2013 / Culture
Tags: Manny Pacquiao, pound-for-pound church, odds, oppponent, punch, Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, greatness, numbers, church health, disciple making, God's justice, missions, faith, fruitfulness, weaknesses, ...
Greatness must involve victory over quality opposition or significant odds. In the boxing world, I have just described Manny Pacquiao. You don’t even have to love boxing to admire and respect ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 / Service
Tags: Greg Atkinson, Elevation Church, volunteers, service, culture, leaders, thank you note, video, community event, Volunteer Sunday, photo, appreciation dinner
... “How can I serve in my church?” Greg Atkinson has been in ministry for two decades and has been writing, speaking and training thousands of church leaders since 2000. He now serves as the campus pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 / Culture
Tags: Dan Reiland, 12StoneChurch, Christ Fellowship Church, Todd Mullins, mega-church, toxic, gossip, culture, retreat, flooding, change, ministry, fear, panic, courageous, leaders, heroes, spirit of hospitality, ...
Chick-fil-A is a favorite fast food restaurant chain in the Southeast. When you get something to eat there you are likely to hear a cheerful “My pleasure” from any employee. It’s part of their culture. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, ministry, men's ministry, rogue, unpredictable, dangerous, solitary, deep fear, meetings, influence, congregation, connection, body of believers, tribal knowledge, ...
“He’s gone rogue.” Usually you will encounter this phrase in spy novels when counter-intelligence operatives, spies or assassins leave the grid and, consequently, the control of their handlers. In ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 30 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Youth groups, National Center for Family Integrated Churches, John Blanchard, Rock Church, youth ministries, statistics, youth pastor, desertion, church, entertainment, flaws, safe place, counter ...
A recent study conducted by the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC) concluded that youth groups are to blame for the high dropout rate of young adults in church attendance. Their findings ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 October 2013 / Children
Tags: Ron Edmondson, volunteering, church, nursery, kids ministry, ushers, bulletin, asking, sign up, simple, immediate, thankless role, difficulty
Do you need more preschool workers to serve children? Do you need more greeters to greet? Do you need more ushers to … ush? If so, you’re in familiar territory. I’ve never met a church that said, “You ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Brad Lomenick, courageous, culture, organization, failure, innovation, reward, risks, opportunities, responsibility, authority, standards
Courage is not just a personal trait. It’s an organizational trait as well. And we all want, in some way, to be part of an organization and team that demonstrates courage. That is willing to push up the ... [ +++ ]
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