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Created on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, passion, rekindle, Christian, devil, 1 Corinthians, Gospel of Mark, Jesus, disciples, heart, supporters, vacation, mission trip, growth
Having been in ministry for over 30 years, I understand. The church is sometimes not easy to love. People claim to be Christian but act like the devil. We say the words, "I love the church" while knowing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 / Administration
Tags: Justin Lathrop, efficiency, church, pastor, staff, inventory, time, energy, meetings, conversations, overwhelm, to-dos, goal, marketing, service planning, administrative
I want you to take a moment to reflect on how you and your staff spend your time. Think of this as taking inventory—something we as churches don't normally have to do. Consider this taking inventory ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: David Santistevan, Gungor, Vicky Beeching, Mark Driscoll, David Yonngi Cho, celebrities, Christian, deity status, worship, idolize, criticism, cross, ministry, money, fame
Gungor. Vicky Beeching. Mark Driscoll. David Yonggi Cho. What do all these names have in common? Controversy. Of course, a blogger like myself could not go silent on these issues. When situations like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, myths, church-wide campaigns, disappointment, disaster, solution, sagging attendance, neighbors, friends, co-workers, disunity, small group ministry
There definitely are ways that church-wide campaigns can miss the mark, and there are keys to avoiding a church-wide campaign disaster. There are certain things you need to do to have a great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Justin Lathrop, credibility, leadership, influence, micromanaging, fear, delegation, Mark Batterson, energy, time, focus, big picture
We all want to be the type of leader who influences others to be the most effective people they can be. We want our teams to be functioning well and each member of the team to be operating at peak capacity. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Mark Howell, ingredients, discipleship, groups, followers, Jesus, example, life change, curriculum, unforced, unassuming, intentionality, gathering, inclusion, others first, attitude
I recently asked the question, "What have you designed your groups to make?" Answering my own question, I said, "Our small groups are designed to make followers of Jesus."  And I must admit that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, media ministry, success, Joel Osteen, Billy Graham, Joyce Meyer, Salvation Army, American Bible Society, whole package, production quality, creativity, response, training, media buying, ...
Pastors and ministry leaders come to me from time to time and ask an interesting question: "Do for me what you did for Joel Osteen." Apparently, they think it's easy. But whenever I've worked with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 June 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Mark Driscoll, preach, Sunday, responsibility, organization, relational, preaching, rest, holidays, attendance, guard, pre-service, meetings, hydrated, eat well
How can a lead pastor handle sermon preparation while also juggling other pastoral responsibilities, like counseling and administration? Pastor Mark Driscoll has some advice for a reader on just that question. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 May 2014 / Money
Tags: Phil Cooke, financial crisis, church, survival, Mary Hutchinson, Mark Dreistadt, Dale Berkey, David Holland, donors, financial, Jesus, blanket appeal
I asked a distinguished panel of donor development and fundraising experts about the advice they would give churches and ministries during a financial crisis. The panel included Mary Hutchinson, Mark ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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