Health

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 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 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 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 Monday, 17 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Mentor, Hal Seed, benefits, vision, next level, New Song Church, church health, growth, Joshua, Moses, Elisha, Elijah
A few years ago, I hired a mentor. It was kind of humbling. After all, I had spent the previous three years mentoring nine pastors myself. But I finally admitted it: I don’t know everything I wish I knew! ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 May 2013 / Culture
Tags: Steve Reynolds, Anti-Fat Pastor, Anti-Fat Christians, ice cream, health, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, weight loss, Losing to Live, Bod4God, Get Off the Couch
I’ve been called a lot of things in my life but I never thought I’d be called the “Anti-Fat Pastor.”  Not me, the one who for years wouldn’t go to bed until I’d eaten my nightly giant bowl of ice ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, public scandal, God, space, heart, self-aware, honesty, temptations, healthy relationship, spouse
Every week it seems there is another scandal breaking out with a high-profile person, whether in politics, sports, media or the church. A person could have done much good their whole life but with one ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 May 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Church growth, church health, Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Church, New Testament, Ephesians, 2 Corinthians, James, children, organism, secret, balance, fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry, ...
When I wrote The Purpose Driven Church, I predicted that church health—not church growth—would be the primary concern of the 21st Century church. I believe that prediction is proving itself true. The New ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 May 2013 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, church, health, questions, progress, spiritual maturity, leaders, volunteers
Every year I get a complete physical from my doctor. It’s a thorough check-up from head to toe. I usually have the same initial thoughts about this invasive, needle-sticking, blood-sucking, finger-poking ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 April 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Kim Martinez, compassion, overload, stress, plan, time, away, health, teen
In the last week alone, 57 people have died in four violent events as reported by major news outlets. Every week, people in your church lose a job or a loved one or have a health incident. Every month, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 March 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Kim Martinez, Relationship Health, Differences, Celebrate, Miracles, Missions
Our church was in the middle of a building project, and the new sanctuary was almost done. On Sunday morning I overheard a board member: “We should never have given her (the pastor’s wife) the authority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 February 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Kim Martinez, relationship, health, team, respect, leaders, dominant
God has given you a fantastic team at work. Your team might be small—family members, or a few volunteers. Maybe you are blessed to serve at a church large enough to afford a full staff. Regardless, God ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 February 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Kim Martinez, Relationships, Health, Offense, Sin, Forgiveness
Yep, it happened again. You are in the doghouse, and this time, you really messed up. The worst part is that you were trying! There are days (and sometimes weeks) when we seem to offend people with surprising ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Relationship, Health, Numbers, Jehoshapat
The numbers are in. Pastor Ted can see the report on the top of his desk. His stomach clinches as he walks across the room, picking up the report. There are times when the numbers haunt us. It might be ... [ +++ ]
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