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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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 / Expansion
Tags: Ed Stetzer, church planter, pastoring, indicators, teaching, children, calling, gifts, ministry initiation, multiplication, personal wiring, dissatisfaction
There are many places of service in the church. One category of ministry is pastoring. Then there are subcategories, like children's pastor, teaching pastor, etc. Not lesser ministries, just more targeted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, crises, trials, tribulations, response, leaders, George Bailey, It's a Wonderful Life, outset, slow down, don't panic, composure, plan, navigation, recovery
How do you respond when crisis comes to the team you lead? I love the leadership displayed during a scene in It's a Wonderful Life where George Bailey is about to leave for his honeymoon and panic ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 08 May 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, pastor, former, Charles Spurgeon Center, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, eternal significance, Word, transformation, power, gospel
I served as a senior pastor for 14 years in Ohio prior to becoming a seminary professor in 1996. To be honest, I think often about those days. I realize the Lord has not placed me in the role of pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Daniel Kolenda, surrender, will, uncomfortable, endure, broken, Jesus, crucifixion, seek, obey, faithful, submission, journey
Years ago I had a vision in which I saw a dam. On one side was a mighty river, but on the other side was dry, cracked earth. I understood that the river represented the glory of God and the dry ground ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Surratt, example, morale, leader, Fred Richard, Seacoast Church, gifts, Genesis, Caleb, spirit, employees
What do great leaders look like? That’s almost like asking, “When will I know I’m in love?” The answer: “You just will. You’ll know it when you see it.” Recognizing a great leader is similar. You’ll know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 April 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, attendance, numbers, Easter, glorifying God, goal, preparations, blessings, effectiveness, people, unchurched
We are celebrating our Easter number this week. It was an incredible day. Whenever we talk about celebrating an attendance number, I hear the same questions—why celebrate a number? Do numbers really matter? ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, House Church Movement, disciples, hospitality, church, poor, outcast, New Testament, Paul, Romans, lifestyle, stranger, love, Jesus, powerful
As part of our travels to India, Impact Nations has been experiencing the House Church Movement first hand. This is a movement that is baptizing over a million new disciples a year and is now the largest ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, criticism, leadership, unrealistic expectations, ministry, blessed, calling, Jonah, love, unconditionally, eyes, resurrected Lord, gospel, focus
By my warped standards, it was not a good day. After nearly nine years serving as president and CEO of LifeWay, I have learned that criticisms are a part of the life and leadership I have. But the critics ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Neil Eskelin, LifeBridge Books, Christian, sermon, pastors, mistakes, personality, personal stories, thesaurus, vision, faith, synonyms, shout, speak, long passages, Benny Hinn, Holy Spirit
Editor's Note: After ghostwriting and editing more than 300 Christian books, Neil Eskelin, president of LifeBridge Books, offers his advice to ministers who have a sermon series they want to see published ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Leaders, Brad Lomenick, insignificant, commitment, faithfulness, small things, character, pain points, foundation, perseverance, discipline, process
As leaders, we live for the moment—the big moments that are memory makers, the home runs, the winning “touchdown,” the deal that launches our organization or business to the next level, the significant ... [ +++ ]
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