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Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, transformation, small groups, Saddleback Church, California, model, ministry, fastest-growing churches, priority
Saddleback Church might seem like a large church on Sunday, but what's really amazing is that we're actually larger when we're smaller. We're larger during the week. On a recent weekend at Saddleback, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Hal Seed, sermons, preaching, calendar, series, multi-site campuses, planning, season, unchurched, The Purpose Driven Life, balance, depth, breadth
... In 2001, I developed the perfect preaching calendar. Then 9/11 hit. I was scheduled to speak on spiritual gifts. Like every preacher, I changed my subject that week. I spoke on destiny, then three weeks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, evangelism, outreach, tools, witness, Christ, Billy Graham, My Hope, Evangelism Explosion, The Story, I am Second, training, resources, Life on Mission, Alpha courses, The God Test
Churches desire to make disciples and they want people to be actively sharing their faith and interacting with unchurched people. That's a good thing. Many believers would like to be bold about witnessing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Greg Atkinson, organization, strategy, vibrant, growing, struggling, anemic, gifts, administration, structure, process, organizational charts, Strange Leadership
My top two spiritual gifts are leadership and administration, so the subject of organization is something I love and gravitate toward. If you have the spiritual gift of administration, you love structure, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, evangelism, outreach, strategy, gospel, Christians, incarnational, mission, sermon series, Grace Church, LifeWay Research, small groups
Evangelism is the responsibility of every believer. There is no such thing as the "gift of evangelism," rather, all Christians have the obligation to share the gospel. It is, and should be, on the heart ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, adversity, dying, church, life, autopsy, hard data, health, help, significance, influence, guilt, dependence, community, love, control, miracle
I have written another article that presented the findings of my "autopsy" on a church that recently closed its doors and died. I knew the church well because I had been their leadership's consultant 10 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Atkinson, super hero, leader, boundaries, life, time, career, health, marriage, excellence, obedience, pastor, unhealthy practice, late nights
I know what you're thinking. What's wrong with excellence and trying my best at leadership? Nothing. We should strive to lead with excellence. What I'm referring to is going to an extreme where we try ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Mark Howell, ingredients, discipleship, groups, followers, Jesus, example, life change, curriculum, unforced, unassuming, intentionality, gathering, inclusion, others first, attitude
I recently asked the question, "What have you designed your groups to make?" Answering my own question, I said, "Our small groups are designed to make followers of Jesus."  And I must admit that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 / Money
Tags: Joe McKeever, money, manipulation, pastors, Hagar, Africa, Internet, healing, spiritual gifts, signs, wonders, Satan, Garden of Gethsemane, contributors, decisions for Christ, servant, community
A stock cartoon situation that has set up punch lines for thousands of comics has someone climbing to the top of a mountain to consult a guru for his pearls of wisdom.  In today's Hagar comic strip, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Alpha USA, Gerard Long, millennials, life, questions, Rebecca Long, Tumblr, rebranding, relatable, relational, prayer, resist, evil
"I was in the hospital for a couple of weeks, struggling with bacterial and viral meningitis, pancreatitis and encephalitis. One night, I see the window open and this figure comes in, walks right next ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, transformation, sanctification, truth, God's Word, Jesus Christ, Spirit, leaders, Solomon, repeat, elevate, congregation, character
Nothing thrills a pastor more than seeing real transformation happen in the lives of people. We want to see people grow up and become completely mature—completely like Jesus Christ. Another word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 / Money
Tags: Pastor, Brandon Cox, money, apostle Paul, finances, churches, gift, manage, worship, need, generosity, justice, tyranny, missions
As a pastor, I'm well aware of how many people have the assumption that "all pastors want to talk about is money." The funny thing is, after twenty years in ministry and communicating regularly with thousands ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 / Communication
Tags: Phil Cooke, Bible, practical, pastors, preachers, gift, incarnation, salvation, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Nazis, mystery, culture
You have no idea the number of pastors who tell me that their unique gift is to teach the Bible from a practical perspective. They focus on helping their congregation understand the Bible in practical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 June 2014 / Youth
Tags: Greg Stier, full-time, ministry, youth leaders, stars, longevity, burn out, prayer, fitness, physical, mental, lifestyle, cardio, weight training, marathon, intentionality, mission, planning, excellence, ...
Over the last 25 years of full-time ministry (as a church planter, youth guy and para-church director), I have seen all sorts of youth leaders. Some are like falling stars; a bright streak of light that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 June 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, balance, children's ministry, hours, work, technology, day off, vacation time, programs, events, slow down, home, father, husband, wife, children
Balance in work and life is a key to long-term success. We are not called to serve God for a 5-year window ... we are called to serve Him for life. For that to happen, we've got to find balance. Easier ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Holy Spirit, church, miraculous anointing, boldness, joy, enthusiasm, sin, selfishness, raw power, flesh, gifts, altar, tongues, vibrate, shake, prayer ministers
When the Holy Spirit comes in His fullness, people receive miraculous anointing, remarkable boldness, overflowing joy and irresistible enthusiasm. Yet because we are all bent toward sin and selfishness, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Steve Murrell, easy, heavy lifting, carry weight, spiritual muscles, ministry
In our well-intended desire to send fully funded, relationally connected, culturally sensitive, professionally trained church planters and campus missionaries, I sometimes wonder if we have made ministry ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Doug Stringer, author, speaker, leadership, transference, character, authenticity, passion, giftings, Steve Green, Steve Hill, Dr. Edwin Louis Cole
... at times to see that kind of mentoring at work today. But, there is a new generation of leaders who not only needs it but also wants it from us. In the spring of 2004, we hosted a "think tank" and "roundtable" ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 / Youth
Tags: teen, advice, youth group, leader, Tiffany Sullivan, connect, Facebook, Instagram, platform, communicate, parents, Christ, name, favorites, get real
Kids these days need encouragement, mentorship, and lots of love. And sometimes, youth group is the only love they get. So, you need to make sure you're taking advantage of this small window of opportunity ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church, autopsy, death, caution, pessimism, optimism, reality, leaders, prayer movements, church planting, revitalization, theology, practical ministry
I know. I have been a spokesman for gloom and doom of the local church. I've even written a book about church autopsies—not necessarily a topic of hope and joy. There have, however, been reasons ... [ +++ ]
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