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Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, changes, church culture, worship leader, jeans, tie, iPhones, blended services, Saddleback Church, North Point, Celebration Church, alive, obedient, needs, requirements
These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I'm invited to preach have these things in common: Almost no man wears a necktie or suit. On the platform you find all kinds of musical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 September 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Phil Cooke, ministry, leadership, trust, people pleasers, impulse decisions, good advice, back peddle, regrets, Tony Morgan
There have been plenty of stories recently about pastors and other ministry leaders failing or falling from grace. This isn't one of those stories. This post is about pastors and leaders with teams who ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, consulting, offering, money, financial stewardship, churches, congregation, pastors, key leader, worship, communication, vision, mission, gifts
I have been visiting and consulting with churches and church leaders for over 25 years. Do you know what that means? Mostly, it means that I'm old. But it also means I have seen a lot of what takes place ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, leaders, guard, hearts, minds, brain capacity, sinful nature, false teaching, false religions, temptation, A.W. Tozer, counterfeit, spiritual experiences, pride, overworked mind
Leaders are readers. Leaders are learners. And leaders are definitely thinkers. Your mind is a special gift from God. It's one of the most important tools in a leader's arsenal. Your mind can potentially ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 September 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Scott Hagan, young leaders, faithfulness, futility, manipulation, developmental years, all-access leaders, future-centric, unholy urgency, leverage, influence, behaviors, example, expert
For many rising leaders in ministry, the modern messaging of faithfulness is code for futility. Being told that faithful reps are the fastest path to results feels manipulative. A lot of young leaders ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Growth
Tags: Brandon Cox, control, growth, church, David Chrzan, leadership, theological framework, systems, Holy Spirit, commitment, congregation, discipleship
He may not be Solomon, but David Chrzan often drops nuggets of wisdom that sound as if they could have come from the book of Proverbs. In the five years or so that I've known and worked with David, he's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church leaders, pastors, multisite churches, research, Leadership Network, Generis, Warren Bird, study, evangelistic strategy, campus pastor, staff ministers
... looked at multisite churches in recent years. Scott McConnell, the director of LifeWay Research, wrote Multi-site Churches in 2009, an excellent analysis of the movement. Now a study by Leadership Network ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Chuck Lawless, mentor, discipleship, pastors, ministerial leaders, biblical, Elijah, Elisha, relationship, experience, teacher
A few years ago, I wrote a study called Mentor: How Along the Way Discipleship Can Change Your Life. That study was directed to college students, because I believe every young person needs a mentor. Now, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 September 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Robert Morris, leadership, empowered, Jesus, serve, delegate, Gateway Church, The Word, power, authority, insecurity, exaltation, promotion
On more occasions than I can count, I have heard positive comments about my empowering approach to running a church. I've had more than a few of our recent hires come to me and say something like, "Robert, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 September 2014 / Worship
Tags: Jack Hayford, worship, God, reassessing, expectations, leader, truth, mind, spirit, heart, broken, contrite, faith, theology of worship, His presence, humility, sacrifice
What type of worship honors God?" or, to look at the question another way, "After all, theologically speaking, what is it that actually makes worship worshipful to God?" Even though I have practiced, led, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, volunteer, recruitment, retention, churches, vision, ministries, specific, end dates, member's passion, pastor, leaders, communication, relationships, checkups
Without volunteer labor and ministry, our churches would not exist. The recruitment and retention of volunteers should be one of the highest priorities of church leaders. While we typically honor our paid ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Perry Stone, ministerial leaders, weapon, armor, sword of the Spirit, God's Word, mishandling scriptures, battle, out of context, Satan, bait and switch, personal gain
The believer has a mighty weapon in the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Eph. 6:17). The Word of God was written on parchments with black ink and quill pens and was later translated into ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 September 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Rob Hoskins, OneHope, leadership, dream team, ministry leaders, Global Congress, experience, longevity, commitment, people
Recently at our Global Congress of worldwide ministry leaders, we held a panel discussion featuring six missions and ministry veterans representing well over 200 years of combined experience. I marveled ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: church growth, pray for your pastor, pray for your leaders, body of Christ, Denise J. Shultz, Missional Woman
I've been participating in the life of a local church for over four decades. For most of these years, I've either been the pastor's kid, the youth pastor's wife, the children's pastor, or the elder's wife. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, resign, quit, seasons, relationship, marriage, pastors, church staff, lay leaders, clarity, gratitude, joy, critics, discouragement, difficulty
You are frustrated. Or hurting. Or just don't know if you can take it any more. You may be in a difficult relationship. You may be in a job you hate. You may be the pastor of a church, and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, church growth, attendance, barriers, megachurches, multisite churches, Barna group, Protestant, desire, prayer, love, facility, leaders, strategy, empowered, volunteers, microman
... the church. Every single day, I want our church to become more effective in reaching one more person with the hope that's in Christ. So, why is it that most churches never break the 200-person attendance ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 September 2014 / Men
Tags: Assemblies of God, leaving, relevance, work, family, marriage, sexuality, finances, cause, greatness, challenge, action, missional, leaders, fun, brothers, healing
I am often asked, "Why are the men leaving the church today?" Sometimes it comes out as, "What can we do to keep the men of this church?" or "How can our church reach more men?" There is no easy answer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Women
Tags: women, empower, emerging leaders, Ed Stetzer, LifeWay, Tim Keller, Center Church, theology, leadership, connection, power, Facts and Trends, networking
Too often, we can miss the gifts of others. That's human nature, I guess. The fact is, God has gifted all His people, and the work of Christ is benefited when we acknowledge and engage different people ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Brad Lomenick, Catalyst, staff meeting, boring, monotonous, stories of impact, guest speakers, food, curriculum, pattern, book, peer recognition, leaders, leadership topic, mission, vision, core ...
Most of us dread the weekly staff meeting. "Just get me out of there ASAP so I can get back to actually doing the work and making things happen" is the attitude many of us have. I know from experience. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, fresh, production, well-rehearsed band, ever-expanding creativity, approach, leader, patience, be present, silence, songs, Holy Spirit, Heaven, copying, stadium event, ...
I crave the real thing. I don't know about you, but I want the manifest presence of God in my home, life and church—not just manufactured, emotional experiences with great songs. Of course, I am ... [ +++ ]
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