Gift

Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 / Women
Tags: Justin Lathrop, leadership, women, ministry, gifts, empathy, multi-tasking, gentleness, passion, relational savvy, optimism, integrity
There has been a long-standing debate about women in leadership in ministry. This is not new, although the way the debate has found its way online makes it feel like it is new. But really, this conversation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, chasing cars, leaders, dreams, goals, vision, pastor, dogs, growl, gifts, pace, walks
We’ve all seen dogs that chase cars. It’s funny that they like to try and catch up with a car going 40 mph and bark and growl like they really have a chance of catching it. As pastors and leaders, we’re ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 March 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, avoid, responsibility, task, not to do, kids, quiet and still, volunteers, gifts, rules, relationship, baptism, events, programs, email, feedback, Jesus, parents, ...
Children’s ministry leaders have a great deal of responsibility, and sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with every little task that needs performing. Here, however, is a list of things for leaders not ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, vision, principles, giftedness, given, written, prayer, heart, communication, declaration, faith, realized, soul, energize
A vision is beyond just a good idea. It must be a God idea. God does not obligate Himself to our good ideas or brainstorming sessions. God commits Himself to us when we connect with His heart and ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 03 December 2013 / Money
Tags: Jeff Anderson, pastors.com, ministry, tithing, giving, year-end, budget, calendar, holidays, New Year, gift calendar, Passover, Israelites, Pentecost
Last week, a development leader of a $100-million-a-year ministry shared with me that 60 percent of their annual budget would be received in the last three months of the year, and much of that in December! ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, Christmas, gifts, appreciation, responses, heartbreak, cash, pain, exhortation, inquiry, financial struggle, Thanksgiving
I am always grateful when pastors and church members share with me topics of interest to them. Those suggestions tend to be viewed by more readers than my own ideas. I guess that says something about my ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, Body, leaders, adjustment, attitude, Holy Spirit, family, worship, members, gifts, significant, attention, diversity, role, serve
Several times, the apostle Paul wrote about the church as the “body of Christ” (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:12; Col. 1:24). While this image is only one of dozens of images of the church in the New ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 November 2013 / Married
Tags: Support, encouragement, ministry, Debbie Jones, Stadia, church planting, spouse and family support, elevate, gifted, passion, heart, church
I can still remember the day my husband, Tom, returned from a church-planting conference and said those 10 words that changed our family forever: “I think God is calling us to plant a church.” In the weeks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Ron Phillips, minister, A River Runs Through It, grace, cost, gift, practice, preparation, sin, death, Cross, eternity
The movie A River Runs Through It is narrated by Norman, one of the main characters. He makes this statement about his father, a minister: “My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 / Education
Tags: Steve Murrell, early morning, Manila, traffic, grace, expert, builder, Jesus Christ, Apostle Paul, grace, gifts, foundations, flash, others, self
My alarm rang at 3:30 a.m. I’m not a morning person. My wife, Deborah, is. Most mornings I stagger around like a cranky zombie. She bounces out of bed ready to attack a new day. Opposites attract. We are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, copious, Joy Bowen, Orange Conference, worship, mobilization, youth, kids ministry, passions, gifts, intentionality
Two years ago, I sat in on a breakout session led by Joy Bowen at Orange Conference 2011. Within the first five minutes she used the word ‘copious.’ I was hooked. Joy’s topic focused on mobilizing kids ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, gifts, staff, responsibilities, leadership development, test, role, gifted, strengths, weakness, encouragement
As a pastor, you have a lot of responsibilities. When your task list grows, it’s easy to overlook the need to invest in your staff. However, one of the most important parts of leadership development is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 August 2013 / Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, church growth, church health, planning, America, spiritual health, responsibility, role, giftedness, pastors, transformation
Based on research and anecdotal evidence, I estimate that nine out of every 10 churches in America are growing at a slower pace than their communities—if they are growing at all. That is not a good sign ... [ +++ ]
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, 22 May 2013 / Growth
Tags: Ron Phillips, Holy Spirit, gifts, church, divine, dependent, dangers
A young man in my last church cut off three of his fingers while cutting a piece of paneling in a van customizing shop. As he was being rushed to the hospital, he was asked, “Where are the fingers?” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 May 2013 / Women
Tags: Greg Surratt, Mother's Day, pastor, pulpit, ruined, heart, sensitivity, stress, gift, honoring
I’ve got to admit—Mother’s Day is one of the most fear eliciting, stress inducing weekends of the year for me. It’s not so much about my ineptness in selecting a gift or honoring the mother of my house—Debbie—although, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, Senior leadership team, gift, big picture, thinker, strategic, teams, build
When considering who should be on the senior leadership team, many times we try to answer the wrong questions. Sometimes we ask, “What positions should be represented on the team?” In the church world, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 January 2013 / Preaching
Tags: God, Gift, Conflict, Joyce Meyer, Strife, Peace
Before Jesus died, He willed us His peace. But we forfeit His gift through strife. The Bible tells us that everything the Father has is ours through Jesus (see John 16:15). What does the Father have? He ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 January 2013 / Features
Tags: Fear, God's will, grace, natural giftings
As a little boy raised in the church, I was often confused by the words of certain songs. For instance, whenever the song “Bringing in the Sheaves” was sung, I thought we were singing about bringing in ... [ +++ ]
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