Heal

Created on Thursday, 31 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Jesus, public ministry, government, orphan care, poverty, Geoff Surratt, medical care, Romans, resources, healing, feeding, raising the dead, The Four Disciplines of Execution, Wildly Important
I am amazed at all Jesus didn’t do while He was on earth. His public ministry only lasted three years, and in those years, His scope of ministry was incredibly narrow. He is God, after all. It seems like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 / Missions
Tags: Phil Cooke, Sam Smith, Medical Ministry International, ministry, leadership, Mercy Ships, When Love Heals, doctor, accountability, volunteer, relief organization
An established executive in branding and marketing in the retail world, Sam Smith realized the need for compassionate yet professional business acumen within ministry leadership and coined the term “Optimizing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 October 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Pastor, storm, apology, Joe McKeever, forgiveness, Christians, prayers, serious, righteous man, wife, leadership, The Word, Psalms, church, conflict, sermons, health, critics, friends, evaluation, ...
Some power clique in the church is on your case. Some church member is leading a movement to oust you. The church has a history of ousting pastors every so often and it’s time, and some members ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Men
Tags: male-friendly church, relevance, Assemblies of God, language, masculinity, success, guilt, sexuality, purity, marriage, children, integrity, home, church, workplace, greatness, challenge, actions, ...
I am often asked, “Why are the men leaving the church today?” Sometimes it comes out as “What can we do to keep the men of this church?” or “How can our church reach more men?” There is no easy answer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, Acts, healthy, growing, church, Peter Wagner, B.H. Carroll, Jerusalem, New Testament, Christ, Holy Spirit, power, fellowship, small groups, vision, prayer, generosity, mobilization, ...
... estimates a minimum of 60,000. In any Bible dictionary, it will tell you that in New Testament times, the city of Jerusalem was approximately 200,000 people. What we have here is a church with 100,000 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Greg Atkinson, pastor, confession, salvation, healing, testimonies, rescue, deliverance, dead heart, setting people free, Galatians, hurt, anger, shame, guilt
God did something amazing in my heart recently (but it’s not about me). God did something amazing in our church (but it’s not about us). I could share stories and testimonies with you all day (and maybe ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 September 2013 / Family Life
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors' wives, pain, hurting, empathy, respect, vulnerable, health insurance, wedding ring, sufferings, Christ, Jesus, expectations, Moses, Exodus
The letters and comments are pouring in from our recent article on the pastor’s wife. I suppose it should not surprise me—weirdness is everywhere—but some people were angry that we called the pastor’s ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 24 September 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Chuck Lawless, diseases, churches, unhealthy, community disconnect, methodological arthritis, grass is greener syndrome, professional wrestling sickness, program nausea, baby believer malady, theological ...
In the 1990s, Peter Wagner published The Healthy Church, a book describing several diseases that churches sometimes exhibit. Some of his descriptions are quite helpful (e.g., koinonitis = excessive, inward ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, evaluation, church health, assessment, Bible, body of Christ, Paul, supernatural, relationships, ecclesiological structures, traditions
... from that study, however, is that men are closing the gap. From 1989 to 2009, the gulf shrank from seven years to just over five. The reason? Males were living healthier lifestyles and had become more ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 15 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, church health, serve, volunteering, children, ministries, staff, budget, money, challenge
Over the last several years, we’ve been collecting data from the churches with which we consult. One of the key questions we were interested in had to do with serving. We wanted to find out how many people ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 August 2013 / Culture
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, Preachers of LA, reality television, condemnation, judgement, Christianity, church, America, Kenneth Hagain, Faith Library, career, sexual indiscretion
Beginning this fall, a major television network will begin airing a new reality show called Preachers of L.A. Before you continue reading this article, please view this trailer. Though every ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 / Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church, growth, numbers, healthy, Holy Spirit, believers, seasons
Here is an example of a common question I receive: My church is not growing. People come, but they do not stay. We’ve analyzed all the majors and feel we are doing what we should, but they do not stay. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Tony Morgan, church health, studentsd, attendance, engagement, youth pastor, worship services, commitment, serving, leading
Last week I launched a series of articles on measuring church health. We began by looking at average children’s ministry attendance. This week, we’ll focus on students. For the churches we’ve worked with ... [ +++ ]
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, 02 August 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ed Stetzer, mystery fenceposts, role, church, healthy boundaries, pastor, responsibility, Jesus, problem, solution
In the first post of this series, I began a discussion on the importance of pastors establishing healthy boundaries in ministry. As it’s an area in which I have personally struggled—and one in which I ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 17 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Church, response, Christians, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans, antidepressants, marketplace, hope, Jesus, depression, healing, behavior
It’s amazing how many Christians are suffering from depression. There are precious people who love the Lord dearly yet find themselves struggling in a day-to-day battle to simply enjoy their lives.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, Pastors, infidelity, adultery, wife, congregation, church, freedom, forgiveness
For some time now, the ministry of Heal Your Servant has worked with ministers, their wives, elders, congregants and participants in a myriad of infidelity situations. We have seen and heard multiple stories. ... [ +++ ]
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