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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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 June 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Kristy Rutter, Ed Stetzer, LifeWay, Thom Rainer, churches, multi-site, merger, strategy, success, The Chapel, Chicago, Kingdom, church plants
I have had the privilege of working with the Chapel, a multisite church in the Chicago land area for the last 4 years. I started with them in 2009 to spearhead this "experiment" to see if we could launch ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 June 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, pastors, church members, human, family member, criticize, bad days, sermons, home runs, sensitive, salary, church numbers, true friend, preaching, good people, ...
In a recent article, I noted nine things church members would like to say to their pastors. In this article, I represent the pastors. Please hear me clearly. Most pastors love church members dearly. They ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 June 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Jared Moore, Sinner's Prayer, emphasis, faith, Christ, grace, Kentucky Baptist Convention, stumbling block, evangelism, baptism, simplify, gospel
Here is an example of The Sinner's Prayer: "Dear God, I know I'm a sinner. I know my sin deserves to be punished. I believe Christ died for me and rose from you grave. I trust Jesus alone ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: LifeChurch.tv, Oklahoma, Craig Groeschel, online, global, Life Groups, YouVersion Bible App, Church Online, Church Metrics, creativity
Technology and Innovation The church isn't contained to a building, and no one better exemplifies this than LifeChurch.tv, a church that meets weekly in locations across the U.S. and globally online. Following ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Gateway Church, Texas, Pastor Robert Morris, generous living, Lawrence Swicegood, Holy Spirit, multi-site campuses, The Blessed Life, Israel, Great Commission
... as lives are being changed and large numbers of people are being saved and baptized. Gateway, a multicampus church listed as the 24th fastest-growing church in America, began in 2000. It has since grown ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 May 2014 / Communication
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, church members, LifeWay Christian Resources, care, visit, teach, Bible, Word, preaching, change
I am among the most blessed men in the world. God has graciously saved me and sustained me. I have an incredible family. The place and ministry where I serve vocationally is a gift from God. And then, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 May 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: ARC, Greg Surratt, church planting, affiliates, multi-site churches, kingdom impact, Billy Hornsby, Chris Hodges, Bethany World Prayer Center, Rick Bezet, Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research
Church Planting Although Greg Surratt didn't start out with many specifics in mind, his vision of starting 2,000 churches has created one of the most fruitful church-planting networks in the nation. The ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Bethel Church, California, healing, sozo, Bill Johnson, Eric Johnson, Jesus Culture, miracles, Holy Spirit, last days
Healing At Bethel Church Redding, Senior Pastor Bill Johnson and his son, campus Senior Leader Eric Johnson, believe in the power of miraculous healing. In fact, it's probably safe to say nearly everyone ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Brad Lomenick, leader, finish line, project, work ethic, secret sauce, differentiator, Catalyst
I love leaders who execute, leaders who get it done, leaders who can take a project across the finish line. Great leaders are great finishers. When it comes to hiring new employees, no other characteristic ... [ +++ ]
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