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Created on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, immigration, gospel, global missions, nations, outreach, impact, church, lost people, different races, Asia, masses, Muslims, Christ
Immigration is changing how churches think about missions and outreach in North America, and rightly so. People are slowly waking up to the new cultural landscape that surrounds them—a landscape ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 November 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Mark Dance, LifeWay Research, pastors, prayer, plan, revitalization, Jesus, leaders, future church leaders, Missionary Small groups, David Francis
As goes the pastor, so goes the church. As goes the church, so goes the nation—and the world. Church revitalization begins with pastoral revitalization. Our spiritual health will directly affect ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church service, first-time guests, greet, worship, unfriendly, unsafe, unclean, children's ministry, information kiosk, insider church language, church website, poor signage, ...
If you attend a church regularly, you've probably noticed the phenomenon. A guest shows up for a worship service, but he or she never returns. It is, unfortunately, a common issue in many churches. I did ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: LifeWay Research, Bob Smietana, Christian theology, heaven, hell, heresy, Ligonier Ministries, sinner, Stephen Nichols, R.C. Sproul, Black Protestants, Catholics, faith, salvation
Most Americans believe in heaven, hell and a few old-fashioned heresies. Those are among the findings of a new study of American views about Christian theology from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Americans ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 October 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, social media, harm, good, church, communication, encouragement, attack, leaders, criticize, share the gospel, prayer requests
On a few occasions, I have addressed the topic of church leaders on social media. I obviously have a fascination with this form of communication. Indeed, I see it as one of the great modern-day vehicles ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, Richard R. Hammar, compensation, pastors, church staff, Southern Baptist Convention, church income, gender, worship attendance, longevity, education, geographical ...
Some of the current trends in pastor and church staff compensation are surprising to me, while others are about what I expected. I relied on several current compensation studies to assemble these nine ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, tenure, pastor, church, traits, prayer, staff, family time, ministry, community, battles, accountable, conflict, criticism
Imagine what might take place if pastors consistently stayed at churches for 10 or more years. Imagine that their tenure was largely healthy. Imagine what would happen in our congregations. The median ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 / Community
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, lost, sinners, broken, churches, Christians, spiritually stable, unchurched, friends, separated, compassion, dysfunctional family, serve, save
It is a natural thing for Christians to want to be around other Christians. Something special happens in the fellowship of believers. We can worship freely, study deeply, and communicate clearly. Hanging ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 September 2014 / Special Needs
Tags: LifeWay Research, mental illness, churches, guidance, distress, Protestant, senior pastors, Focus on the Family, severe depression, churchgoers, spirituality, Ed Stetzer
... Among them were 200 churchgoers. A third survey polled 207 Protestant family members of people with acute mental illness. Researchers also conducted in-depth interview with 15 experts on spirituality and ... [ +++ ]
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 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 Monday, 25 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian resources, breakout pastors, breakout churches, hopelessness, hopefulness, possibilities, reality, long term, perspective, increments, setbacks, intentionality, outward ...
If you want to experience an "a-ha" moment about revitalizing churches, this research may be the near the top. Most of you have heard the dire information and statistics about congregations in North America. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Ministry Outreach
Tags: Perry Noble, New Spring Church, small groups, lives, changed, walk with Christ, laugh, cry, spiritual refreshing, singles, study, LifeWay Christian Bookstores
At NewSpring Church, we believe that you can't do life alone. Honestly, I would say that the single most important thing for me in regards to me staying connected in my walk with Christ has been having ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Resources, unleadable, church members, pastor, overt negativity, pray, blessings, families, attitude, mentor, recalcitrant, new members class, influencers, consistency
"I am so frustrated. I am ready to leave this church and the pastorate altogether. The church members are unleadable." The email came to me just as I quoted. Though I didn't think "unleadable" was a word, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Thom Rainer, sermons, length, LifeWay Christian Resources, trends, social media polls, anecdotal information, no constraints, shorter, longer
What is the trend? Are church members and church leaders saying sermons should be longer or shorter? The answer is "yes." If my answer is confusing, I understand. But the reality is there are two major ... [ +++ ]
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 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 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, ... [ +++ ]
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