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Created on Friday, 17 January 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Brad Lomenick, leadership, Joseph, principle, humility, discipline, faithfulness, grace, competence, wisdom, strategy
Joseph is one of my favorite personalities in the Old Testament. The story of Joseph in Genesis is one worth reading again and again. In regards to Joseph, here are some leadership qualities I admire in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, Christmas, Easter, guests, grace, evangelistic mandate, love, seek, shepherd, wise men, distracted, Herod, Jesus, spiritual family
If the two times of the year that guests typically show up for a weekend church service are Easter and Christmas, then we have an evangelistic mandate to make the most of the opportunity to welcome them, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Greg Stier, crash landing, sermons, take-off, flight, evangelism, God's Word, communicators, hearts, grace, landing gear, turbulence, conviction, turn, commit, surrender
Beautiful takeoff. Wonderful flight. Crash landing. Unfortunately, that’s what I’ve witnessed toward the end of many preachers’ evangelistic sermons. These well-meaning communicators of God’s Word often ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 29 October 2013 / Growth
Tags: Kyle Searcy, church planting, growth, expansion, parents, exhilaration, baby, DNA, Norcross, Atlanta, Montgomery, team work, dream, funds, grace, components, prayer, community, spiritual exercis
When my wife and I decided to start a family, we thought we were ready to become parents. We had read the best books, asked for advice from our most auspicious relatives and mustered our prayer life around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Michael Jones, pastors, truths, painful, growth, best, preaching, discipleship, leadership, Mr. Rogers, seminary training, expertise, training, theology, biblical studies, evangelism, pastoral care, ...
... Michael has done over 200 funerals but only one wedding, which is a source of great amusement to his pastor friends (but not his congregation). He’s doing his PhD at the university of Chester in Theology ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Hal Seed, outside the box, unsaved, unchurched, pastor, Craig Groeschel, comedian, church service, empowerment, preaching, grace, biblical message, invitation, laughter, risk
I’m sure I’m not the only pastor who’s been rocked by Craig Groeschel’s famous statement that, “If you want to reach people you’re not currently reaching you’re going to have to do things you’re not currently ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 26 September 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Dan Reiland, beefs, bouquets, church consulting, files, ministry, God's Word, grace, law, strength, weaknesses, encouragement, journal
For more than 30 years now, through three churches and a season of church consulting, I’ve keep two unique files. One is titled Beefs. The other is titled Bouquets. It may sound a little strange, but it ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 / Culture
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, decapitated church, martyrs, prosperity, brothers, sisters, grace, love, courage, religious cowardice, legalism, brash, judgmental, homosexual, fallen minister, sexually ...
... 1,200 ministers across the globe. I would greatly encourage every reader to listen to call of Christ. You are equipped with unique giftings and a wonderful commission. Take courage, be vigilant and be ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 / Expansion
Tags: Ed Stetzer, multiply, churches, multi-site campuses, Grace Church, contextual ministry, ethnically diverse, community, space, dual services, disciples, pastors, ministries
When we planted Grace Church in a local movie theater two years ago, we assumed that one day we would have a more permanent location. Meeting in a theater is not without challenges, and we assumed ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 20 August 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ed Stetzer, fencepost, flock, protection, Christians, emotional health, role, church, healthy ministry, boundaries, issue-Christians, Grace Church
This is the fourth blog post in a series (intro, Part 1, Part 2) regarding pastors developing healthy boundaries in their ministries. I’m sharing four key points in the process, thinking of them as four ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 August 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, hurt, congregation, pastors, leaders, church, ministry, sermon, class, choir, vulnerability, grace, sinner, forgiveness
Some of the people who sit before the pastor on Sundays have open, untreated wounds on their souls. The church can really help them through today’s ministries. Or it can damage them to the point that they ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 August 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Heal Your Servant, David Vigil, conference calls, surprises, pastors, grace, II Corinthians, weakness, transgression, Internet, pornography
Through the ministry of Heal Your Servant, we have four scheduled weekly conference calls. Every call is unique, and most are filled with surprises. Sometimes we will have one person on a call, and other ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 August 2013 / Communication
Tags: Ed Stetzer, social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogging, men, women, tweet, Grace Church, church, pastor, YouTube
Recently, Leadership Journal interviewed me about social media, publishing it under the headline: “Not Tweeting? Repent!" So, in light of the fact that I basically called pastors sinners for not being ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 June 2013 / Community
Tags: Ed Stetzer, church planting, partner churches, denominations, Grace Church, Nashville, Tenn., Planting Missional Churches, Viral Churches, fear, sacrifice
Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the privilege of planting another church. In April 2011, our church-planting team and a core group of believers launched Grace Church outside of Nashville. The methods ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 May 2013 / Adversity
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, pastors, sexual indiscretions, hurt, pain, forgiveness, grace, failure, repentance
For some time now, the ministry of Heal Your Servant has been dedicated to helping ministers who are at any stage of a moral failure. Some have misappropriated funds. Others have made wrong decisions that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 May 2013 / Preaching
Tags: J. Lee Grady, spineless, Christianity, angry preachers, hateful, materialism, gospel, cheap grace, preach, Apostle Paul
People often complain about angry preachers. I don’t like them either, and I agree that if a person mixes a sermon with hateful language (or if he believes God has called him to picket other churches) ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 May 2013 / Ethics
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, Ted Haggard, pastors, sexual indiscretions, sin, grace, lust, body of Christ, riches, expense, forgiveness, advocacy, redeem
Recently, I received a call into my Heal Your Servant conference call line. On the other end of the phone, there was the voice of a broken and frightened man. He was sobbing uncontrollably—so much so that ... [ +++ ]
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