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Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, questions, small group ministry, qualified leaders, group, answers, Andy Stanley, focus, vetting, leader development, coaching, support
I love a great question. I actually look for them and even write them down when I hear them or copy them when I read them. (See also "Quotebook: Never Stop Questioning.") But there are some questions that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 / Technology
Tags: Saddleback Church, Church Online, Jay Kranda, Rick Warren, fears, shrink, local church attendance, marketing tool, shallow community, disconnected generation
My big third-grade school project was a beast. Every 8-year-old had to do their final project in front of the class, and Mr. Michaels, my teacher—who might as well have been Michael Myers from horror film ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, church, campaign, external connections, pre-qualified leaders, GroupLink, sermon-based groups, small group fair, market strategy, book club, Bible studies, classes
There are many ways to launch new groups. If you’ve limited your attempts to one strategy, you truly do not know what you are missing. Here are my top 10 ways to launch new groups: 1. Launch a churchwide ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 February 2014 / Education
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, intercession, strategies, worldview, preaching, kingdom, spouse, humility, marketplace, connection, local church leadership, team, support
As a person who has been preaching and attempting to implement strategies, I have come up with the following essentials necessary for effectiveness in kingdom ministry: 1. High-level intercession. In Daniel ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 February 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: grace, God, Jesus, apostles, Mark, Savior, loaves, fish, disciples, bread, water
I love to read the stories of the disciples in the Gospels, yet perhaps for an unexpected reason. I’m grateful God calls surprising people like the disciples to lead His church, but that’s not the primary ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 / Communication
Tags: Mark Driscoll, Resurgence, God's Word, communication, tone, words, wedding, mood, scripture, funeral, classroom, halftime, boot camp, family, teaching
How many times have you misunderstood a letter, an email or a text because you misread the intended tone? Whether it was haste perceived as anger, friendship perceived as romance, or sarcasm perceived ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Os Hillman, Barna Research, trends, faith, work, calling, Christian community, professional, workplace, Jesus, tax collectors, prostitutes, marketplace, killer sheep
This month, a new study came out from Barna Research on trends in faith, work and calling. There were some surprising facts that came from the study that every church leader should take to heart. The study ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Small groups, Mark Howell, pastors, quantity, quality, stories, website, life change, learning experience
How can you tell if your small group ministry is gaining ground? What are the signs? Can it be measured quantitatively? Or do you have to know how to measure qualitatively? Obviously, you can ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, uncharted territory, gaining ground, sharpen clarity, preferred future, finding solutions, problem identification, Colin Powell, simplifiers, questions, Albert Einstein, Craig Groeschel, ...
Do you want to take new ground in 2014? Don’t we all? You’re probably not spending a lot of time figuring out how to avoid or slow down the rate of losing ground (although this Dilbert cartoon has ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Joseph Mattera, marketplace, kingdom message, politics, economics, education, family, religion, arts/entertainment, science, misunderstandings, extreme teachings
Almost everywhere I go, believers are attempting to apply the kingdom message to influence the cultural mountains, which are described as the major areas we need to influence in order to transform society: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joseph Mattera, effectiveness, church, evangelical leaders, attendance, tithes, disciplemakers, megachurches, volunteers, leaders, church plants, ministries, marketplace leaders
Often evangelical leaders are under the false assumption a local church is doing well because they have good Sunday attendance, receive large amounts in tithes and offerings, and offer a plethora of programs ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill church, church authority, leadership, elders, deacons, members, Jesus, shepherds, sheep-focused, caring, specialists
Understanding offices and courts is very important for structuring leadership in a large church. At Mars Hill, we continue to have three offices of leadership: elders, deacons, and members. But we have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Driscoll, flock-focused leader, sheep-focused leader, elders, deacons, local church, Mars Hill, evangelism, classes, community groups, marriage, prayer, sick, hospital visits, conflict, train ...
Sheep-focused elders and deacons work in a local church, caring for the people in that local church. In the New Testament, we know that local churches had elders and deacons, even though we know very few ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 January 2014 / Community
Tags: Mark Driscoll, big church, small church, care, flock-focused, sheep-focused, principles, details, wisdom, elders, New Testament, managing, shepherding
It’s a common assumption that large churches don’t care for people as well as smaller churches. But by structuring global and local leadership well, large churches can actually care for people even better. ... [ +++ ]
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, 30 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, New Year, resolution, Jesus, Mark 5, seek, passionately, tightly, claim, readily, public attention, experience, faith, honor
One of my closest friends and I hosted a Christian radio talk show for 17 years. He was out of town one morning for Christmas break and I had to do the show alone. As I was preparing that morning, I read ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, ideas, puzzles, ministry approach, reshape, IQ, problem-free, Andy Stanley, church, reach, Craig Groeschel, ministry, foundation, questions
From the mundane and everyday to the extraordinary and once-in-a-lifetime, all of us have puzzles we are trying to solve. Sometimes a single new perspective is all that’s needed to solve a difficult puzzle. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 December 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Mark Howell, pastors.com, small group ministry, benefits, life change, worship service, Andy Stanley, Barna, pipeline, leadership development, off-campus, unlimited space
Have you figured this out already? Still arm wrestling with the usual suspects over whether the return on investment is worth the cost? Here are 10 killer benefits of a thriving small group ministry: 1. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 November 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Brian Dodd, pastors.com, volunteers, church, staff, pastors, church leaders, marginal time, significance, value, service, well organized, community, opinions, decisions, marketplace
What are the volunteers serving in your church thinking? What are their hopes, dreams and needs? During the last 26 years, I have had the privilege of serving on two church staffs, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Mark Rutland, Obamacare, Sweden, Vasa ship, King Adolphus, designers, website, crash, rollout, politics, Republicans, Obama administration
In 1628, the king of Sweden was Gustavus Adolphus. Intimidated by the great naval powers of Europe, he decided Sweden should burst onto the stage with a resounding statement. King Adolphus commissioned ... [ +++ ]
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