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Created on Monday, 12 May 2014 / Money
Tags: Justin Lathrop, gospel, mindset, money, healing, redeeming, pure, holy, God, everything, resources, budget, gift, survival, missions, Paul
Recently I wrote a post about some things you need in order to do ministry well, and one of the things I mentioned was have a gospel mindset about money. As I finished writing that section of the post, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Phil Cooke, pastors, failure, experience, crisis, embezzling money, pedophiles, adulterers, incompetence, attorney, advice, liability, insurance, cover up, text, honesty, public, counseling, healing, ...
During my career, I’ve dealt with many crisis situations with churches and ministries. Pastors who experience moral failings, staff members embezzling money, leaders who turn out to be pedophiles, serial ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 April 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, Healing, United States, England, India, Africa, quantity, quality, Jesus, faith, prayer
... 2003, Impact Nations has not only touched the lives of the thousands of people living in volatile regions with clean water, education, schools, businesses and churches, but thousands more have had live-changing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 April 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, practices, growing churches, services, multi-site, attendance, budget, church health, Rick Warren, excellence, mission, vision, core values, unproductive ministries
I have been involved in a number of conversations lately about church growth. What should growth look like? How does it look different for various sizes of churches? Should you add services or go ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, weight loss, obesity, bad health habits, ice cream, gluttony, health, BMI, physical exam, diabetes, energy, treadmill, three miles, pedometer
In a previous post, I confessed my obesity and my desire for God to change my bad health habits. I felt my Christian witness was compromised by my gluttony. I also promised that my blog would not become ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, sacred space, church, families, sex, marriage, divorce, money, addiction, doubt, mental illness, physical health, healing, identity, social justice
Sometimes we think church is supposed to be a sacred space, where we only talk about certain things or only address certain subjects. There are subjects we would talk about in our families, for example, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: John Burke, burned out, ministry, Messiah, intentions, Jesus, emotional, physical, spiritual, human limitations, bad choices, emotional state, guilt, human, healing
You can’t fix, change or save another person, but you can try! I almost burned out my first few years of leading others in ministry because I didn’t realize I was trying to be their messiah. I had great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: John Burke, Jesus, lesbians, relationship, contempt, Christ, sexual issues, affairs, Gateway, shocking, ministry, healing, wholeness, relational struggles
“Let’s just go for fun! We’ll see how much we can push their buttons,” Amy teased her girlfriend, who didn’t like the idea of hanging around a bunch of Christians. “Come on,” Amy insisted. “I hear their ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 14 February 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Justin Lathrop, stress, sanity, pastor, mental health, mentor, on-call, friends, work out, stay in shape, invest in family, professional growth
No job is easy, but the job of a pastor can be particularly stressful. Not only are you expected to perform while you’re on the job, but you’re expected to perform while you’re “off the job” as well. Sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, close friends, pastor, ministry, boundaries, relationships, confidant, struggle, sin, spiritual guide, safe, healthy, people, trust, time
One of the most difficult aspects of being a pastor or working in church ministry isn’t talked about much—and that is the difficulty of making close friends. One of the unique things about being in full-time ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Pastor, stress, Kim Martinez, Paul, minister, burnout, Acts 19, healing, pieces of cloth, demons, reaching the masses, evangelism
You are on your way to your kid's ballgame, and you get a call. Mildred, saint of the church, was in a wreck and is at the hospital. Her family thinks you should come. No matter what you choose in this ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Charisma, Dino Rizzo, Chris Hodges, Church of the Highlands, Birmingham, Ala., restoration, healing
No pastor relishes the idea of having to involve himself in the restoration of another leader who has fallen. So when Chris Hodges, senior pastor of the Church of the Highlands in Alabama, heard of the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 / Healing
Tags: Jack Hayford, restoration, process, healing, prayer, time, discipline, fallen leader, mending, punishment, judgment, mercy, spiritual leadership, significance, submission
The discipline of a fallen leader is not a punishment by others. It is a voluntarily accepted state of one who believes the full teaching of the Word about three things: God’s mercy in forgiveness, God’s ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 January 2014 / Healing
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, pastors, authenticity, ministry, Barna Group, adultery, failing marriage, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, heal, Max Lucado, Dr. Fred Antonelli
We live on the cusp of what potentially could be the greatest revival ever known in the history of mankind. However, statistics indicate that attendance and finances are at a modern-day low in the church. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, pastor, search committee, single-issue pastors, politically ambitious, denominational, predators, sheep, combative, immature, mentally unhealthy, carnal, off-color
You’re on your church’s pastor search committee? Good for you. It’s a difficult task, one that can make or break your church for a long time to come. But this can be one of the finest services you render ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 January 2014 / Marketing
Tags: Greg Atkinson, church, Great Commission, irresistible, foundation, healthy church, first impressions, hospitality, guest relations, children's ministry
Let me preface what I’m about to write by saying that basic and foundational things like prayer, discipleship and evangelism (having an externally-focused church as I’ve stated before) are all a given. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Larry Barker, pastors.com, churches, health, Dynamic Church Planting International, ministry, love, learn, listen, lead, Christ, missionaries, ReVITALize
“Love, listen, learn and lead! That is why we are here!” When I heard those words at a recent Global Vision Summit with Dynamic Church Planting International, it resonated with my heart. It caused me to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Rick Warren, pastors, physical health, spiritual health, God, Creator, longevity, sharpness, challenge, bodies, ideal weight, diet, exercise program, sleep, rest, processed junk foods
As pastors, we tend to like to focus on spiritual things. But God is the Creator of our physical bodies, and it’s in our physical bodies that we live our spiritual lives out before others. We pastors have ... [ +++ ]
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