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Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Growth
Tags: Brandon Cox, control, growth, church, David Chrzan, leadership, theological framework, systems, Holy Spirit, commitment, congregation, discipleship
He may not be Solomon, but David Chrzan often drops nuggets of wisdom that sound as if they could have come from the book of Proverbs. In the five years or so that I've known and worked with David, he's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 / Money
Tags: Pastor, Brandon Cox, money, apostle Paul, finances, churches, gift, manage, worship, need, generosity, justice, tyranny, missions
As a pastor, I'm well aware of how many people have the assumption that "all pastors want to talk about is money." The funny thing is, after twenty years in ministry and communicating regularly with thousands ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Convoy of Hope, Donaldson family, humanitarian aid, natural disasters, social media, basic needs, food, water, church, truth
Humanitarian Aid At the intersection of U.S. 65 and I-44, the crossroads of America connect in Springfield, Mo., a place where passion meets need and hope meets healing. This junction forms the ideal location ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, crises, trials, tribulations, response, leaders, George Bailey, It's a Wonderful Life, outset, slow down, don't panic, composure, plan, navigation, recovery
How do you respond when crisis comes to the team you lead? I love the leadership displayed during a scene in It's a Wonderful Life where George Bailey is about to leave for his honeymoon and panic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 May 2014 / Money
Tags: Phil Cooke, financial crisis, church, survival, Mary Hutchinson, Mark Dreistadt, Dale Berkey, David Holland, donors, financial, Jesus, blanket appeal
I asked a distinguished panel of donor development and fundraising experts about the advice they would give churches and ministries during a financial crisis. The panel included Mary Hutchinson, Mark ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Hilgemann, pastors, dynamics, preaching, levels, normal, quiet, loud, shouting, power, passion, urgency, control, sincerity, intimacy, tone
Did you know that for musical arrangements, composers write more than just the notes to be played? They also write the strength with which each note should be performed. These markings are referred to ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 27 March 2014 / Worship
Tags: Brandon Cox, worship, pastors, powerful, presence, God, Jeff Kennedy, Grace Hills, crying, praise, joy, fear, humility, anticipation
What does it mean to worship “in the presence of God”? Sometimes we take our terminology for granted. After all, isn’t God always present everywhere? And in reaction to our feel-good, experience-driven ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors, social media, Bible, social issues, brand, Loving Choices, pro-life, pro-choice, homosexuality, liberals
Christianity has a brand, like it or not. So does your church. And so do you, for that matter. That might make more sense if you define branding the way I do—as the story people are telling about a person, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 / Worship
Tags: Don Chapman, worship ideas, praise, songs, singable, professionals, congregation, music, songbook, frenzy, confidence, struggling, train wreck, vocal range
Do you ever wonder why your congregation isn’t singing louder, or singing at all? Your songs may be the culprit. Find a congregational praise song with a great melody and lyrics, and you’re set, right? ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 March 2014 / Worship
Tags: Don Chapman, worship, Jesus, secular songs, Styx, Come Sail Away, Northpoint Church, Andy Stanley, Elevation Church, Amy Grant, Willow Creek, WorshipIdeas.com, focus, God, Christian karaoke, epi
I’ve always been on the fence about doing secular songs in worship. I personally don’t care for it but have played them when a pastor has asked. However, a recent trip to Elevation Church has caused me ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 March 2014 / Communication
Tags: Brandon Cox, social media, church plant, formula, America, launch, hackers, money, Facebook, Twitter, proof, advertising, search engines
There’s a formula for launching a church in America: Collect lots of money. Spend lots of money getting the word out. Turn a big crowd of strangers into a church. It’s easy—if you have lots of money. But ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Youth
Tags: Brandon Early, Simply Youth Ministry, too long, too boring, teaching, communicate, message, trust, parents, short attention span, Jesus, speaking skills, edification, rambling, unconnected
I have been teaching and speaking for a couple decades now, and I am still growing. While I have not figured out how to give a perfect talk week after week, I do have a list of misses to avoid when teaching. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Brandon Cox, dynamic, ministry, healthy, church, theology, strategy, ecclesiology, Great Commission, Pastors, Jesus, missional communities, Great Shepherd, pre-eminence
When it comes to leading a strong ministry and building a healthy church, it takes more than solid theology or smart strategy. In fact, it takes a combination of those, plus the Spirit’s leading and empowerment. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 February 2014 / Missions
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors.com, addictions, pain, helps, ministry, Jesus, broken, recovery, evangelistic tool, sin, messes, desperation, volunteer, healing, redemption
Some churches don’t want a recovery ministry—a ministry that specializes in helping people deal with their addictions and pain—because of the messes they’d have to get involved in. That’s tragic. Most ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 07 February 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brandon Cox, social media, church, engage, world, Jesus, Paul, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Christians, Rick Warren, online, mission, Great Commission, Internet, community, lost, unsaved
As we develop a driving philosophy of why to take up the mantle of social media engagement, it’s important to understand that the purposes for engaging the culture this way are the same purposes that led ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Worship
Tags: Church, choirs, Don Chapman, irrelevant, churchgoer, boring, outdated music, rehearsal, volunteers, busy, vibrant praise choirs, modern worship leader, Christmas, Easter, money, assistant
“I hate choirs!” So said a friend of mine recently at lunch as we discussed ministry matters. He’s your typical, middle-aged churchgoer with a wife and three kids. I could understand “dislike,” but “hate?” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 / Technology
Tags: Pastors, Brandon Hilgemann, iPad, applications, technology, Evernote, Penultimate, DropBox, Paper, LogMeIn
If you are anything like me, you are in a never-ending hunt, roaming the iTunes app store, looking for the next app that will make your iPad better than ever. After trying many different apps, I have compiled ... [ +++ ]
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