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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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ed Stetzer, assessment, culture, Christians, credibility, benefit, LifeWay Research, growth, honesty, trustworthiness, Transformational Church
... aren’t always friendly. So while I often say “facts are our friends,” they aren’t always friendly. For example, in 2009, LifeWay Research found that 55 percent of church attendees believed they had grown ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, narcissism, leaders, desires, needs, culture, serve, ministry, perks, pain, self-indulgence, materialism, relationships, objects, advantages
By definition, a narcissist is a person who believes the world evolves around them to such an extent their own desires blind them to relational reality which makes them insensitive to the needs and perspectives ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 / Education
Tags: Ron Edmondson, authenticity, leader, culture, church, pastor, awesome, mediocre, credit, help, accessibility, accountability, failures, fears
It has been well documented that today’s culture craves authenticity in leadership. It shouldn’t be, but many times it is hard to find in leadership, even in the church. One of the fastest ways for a leader ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 / Culture
Tags: Os Hillman, impact, culture, church, George Barna, Christians, biblical worldview, Dr. Henry Blackaby, corporate America
George Barna reveal in a survey in 2009 that only 19 percent of Christians hold a biblical worldview and that less than 4 percent of those in their 20s hold a biblical worldview. Are we losing the culture ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Phil Cooke, leaders, level, performance, mirror, boundaries, deadlines, guidelines, culture, expectations
Leaders, if you’re frustrated at the level of your team or vendor’s performance, look no further than the mirror. Only in very rare cases will a team perform better than the level of their leader. Why? ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 July 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Phillips, righteousness, racism, radicals, society, culture, soul, symptoms, sexual purity, Detroit, Chicago, sin, life, death
Society is being turned on its ear, and we are being given a front-row seat. I could sit here for days and decry the many ways in which our culture is losing its soul. I could catalogue the multiple symptoms ... [ +++ ]
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