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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 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 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 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, 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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 July 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Discipleship, culture, churches, pastors, salvation, growth, equipping, vision, mission, BHAG, cheerleader, czar, Implementation Team, communication package, plan
... your people in a small group with an average of eight people. For example if you have 200 people, 80 percent = 160 divided by 8 = 20 small groups. Determine how many trained small group leaders you have, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, changes, church, leaders, culture, comfort, service times, volunteers, scripture, missions, teaching, social media
One of the reasons churches get stuck is that they’re unwilling to change. They don’t want to rock the boat. Leaders are afraid. People may leave. People may stop giving. Over time, the culture becomes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, change, difficulty, leadership, test, conflict, culture, vision, trust, risk, return, obedience
Change is hard, almost always. Sometimes change is harder than other times. It’s then where leadership is tested. Tensions can mount. And people are more likely to object. It’s good to know these times ... [ +++ ]
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