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Created on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: John Burke, Jesus, lesbians, relationship, contempt, Christ, sexual issues, affairs, Gateway, shocking, ministry, healing, wholeness, relational struggles
“Let’s just go for fun! We’ll see how much we can push their buttons,” Amy teased her girlfriend, who didn’t like the idea of hanging around a bunch of Christians. “Come on,” Amy insisted. “I hear their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnston, Saddelback Church, children's ministry, pastor, strategic thinker, direction, road map
Every Tuesday I eat lunch with our children’s ministry pastor, Steve Adams. I do it for three reasons: He’s a good friend, he's an extremely strategic thinker, and every youth pastor needs to be in cahoots ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 / Counseling
Tags: David Mathis, church leaders, young leaders, older leaders, retirement, retreat, empower, baby boomers, space, Larry Osborne, eagles fly, Great Commission, millenials, John Piper
... 1980–2000), along with Gen X (1965–1979): By exhibiting model Christian posture in word and deed, give the older generation no good cause for despising your youth. But the second part is for the baby boomers ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, volunteers, ask, ministry, youth, bulletin announcement, senior pastor, pulpit, Jesus, everybody, students
Recently in a youth ministry seminar the presenter asked the question, “How many of you feel like you have enough volunteers in your ministry?” One guy raised his hand. The rest of the room wanted to punch ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: David Shibley, moral failures, casualties, leaders, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress, counsel, Jonah, firewalls, short accounts, real accountability, humility, escape hatch
Jesus often suffers more from His friends than from His enemies. In John Bunyan’s epic The Pilgrim’s Progress, one of Christian’s guides to the celestial city offers this wise counsel: “There are two things ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Mark Driscoll, single, pastors, Jeremiah, Jesus, apostle Paul, qualifications, lifetime, John Stott, ministry, tough odds, 1 Corinthians 7
The Bible is full of godly single men who served God faithfully. The prophet Jeremiah, the apostle Paul and, of course, the Lord Jesus come to mind first. However, they suffered difficult lives and died. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Scott Attebery, mission field, harvest, turf wars, John Wesley, Anglican Church, boundary disputes, Adam, Eve
Turf wars can be brutal—especially within ministry. As a young minister in the 18th century, John Wesley was chided by the Anglican Church for preaching across parish lines (invading another pastor’s ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Brian Dodd, success, leadership, Sports Illustrated, Calvin Johnson, Jerry Rice, price, public, private, diligence, systems, small details, hard work, excellence, opportunities, adversity
Do you want to be a successful leader in 2014?  It is a rhetorical question isn’t it? Of course you do. A better question may be do you have a strategy or system for success? If not, I want to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 December 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, Christmas, Jesus, carol, karaoke, John 3:16, reason for the season, substitutes
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” A few years back, the minister of music and I decided to try something different on the last Sunday night before Christmas. We had done ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Scott Attebery, pastors.com, I don't know, Bible, reverend, brothers, expectations, congregation, honesty, humility, dependency on Christ, John the Baptist
The moment one becomes a pastor, something strange happens: People suddenly think you know everything about the Bible. Twenty-four hours ago, you were like everyone else—learning the Bible a little at ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 / Community
Tags: Chris Lagerlof, church, primary focus, limited impact, kingdom lens, demographics, geography, gospel, unchurched, Jesus, John Wooden, discpleship strategy, planting strategy, DNA
Editor's Note: As executive catalyst for the church-planting network Mission Orange County, Chris Lagerlof works with churches in 34 cities in Orange County, Calif., to collaborate for the good of their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 / Administration
Tags: Practices, Churches, sustained success, worship styles, community, next generation, World Series, St. Louis Cardinals, John Mozeliak, Sports Illustrated, The Cardinal Way, change, avoid complacency, ...
During my 20s, two nationally recognized churches resided in my hometown within just five miles of each other. Because of a demand for new worship styles, a changing community and their inability and refusal ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Youth groups, National Center for Family Integrated Churches, John Blanchard, Rock Church, youth ministries, statistics, youth pastor, desertion, church, entertainment, flaws, safe place, counter ...
A recent study conducted by the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC) concluded that youth groups are to blame for the high dropout rate of young adults in church attendance. Their findings ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, brainteaser, authority, sermon, respect, benefits, longevity, role, age, hierarchical structure, experience level, proven track record
Here’s a little brainteaser: Many without it despise it. Many with it abuse it. Many simultaneously want more and less of it in their lives. What am I? Most articles I’ve read and sermons I’ve listened ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Justin Lathrop, introverted, shy, opportunities, networking, smalltalk, mingling, skills, self-fulfilling prophecy, authentic, critical, disconnect, smart, nice, funny, John 8, verses, memory
I meet talented, smart, interesting people all the time who admit they’re nervous to connect with others. These people avoid networking events and chances to “mingle” before and after church because the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnson, bomb, youth ministry, youth pastor, mission, timing, agenda, engagement, defensive, conversation, Saddleback Church
For most youth workers, few things in ministry are as dreaded as navigating conflict—especially when it comes in the form of an angry parent or frustrated volunteer and when it comes suddenly and unexpectedly. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 October 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Scott Attebery, disciple-making, The Cost of Discipleship, time, energy, cost, self, rebellion, 1 John, Galatians, burdens
... 2000-2005, Scott Attebery pastored Wyatt Baptist Church in El Dorado, Ark. After seven years of pastoring, Scott was selected as the executive director of DiscipleGuide Church Reources, a department of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 October 2013 / Education
Tags: John Maxwell, mentor, Dan Reiland, John Wooden, coach, student, hard work, mistakes, legalism, intentional, organic
... of 800 to 1,200. This is not a legalistic thing. Don’t get hung up on the numbers; just go with the idea. And of course, make the ask. 3. Think intentionally organic. Don’t ask for lots of regularly ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, bully, congregation, natural leaders, strength, courage, vision, leadership, Apostle John, ministry, persistence, argument
(This is the type of article some church people will find objectionable. I’m fully aware of that and am willing to run the risk of the flack from writing it. If it results in one congregation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 September 2013 / Youth
Tags: Teen Mania, youth, social media, Facebook, Instagram, smartphone, computer, texting, connectivity, Kemtal Glasgow, John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., routine, youth ministry
In a world that has become so wrapped up in social media like Facebook, Instagram and avatars, has the live event lost it place? Has the “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves” become relegated to ... [ +++ ]
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