Mark

Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, senior pastors, small groups, lead, authentic community, Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, reality, reconnection
Senior pastors, you need to know something. If you want authentic community to flourish in your church, it begins with you. It must begin with you. I don’t know what has prompted your hope for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 / Communication
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, dots, connecting, Andy Stanley, ministry, Ministry Today, coaching, busy, opportunities, disciples, strategic
I love what Andy Stanley says: “Your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you’re currently experiencing.” If you don’t like the results you’re currently experiencing with your small groups, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 October 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, leaders, commitments, Saddleback, raising the bar, Bible study, living connection, community, foundation, obedient servant, development
Whether you use a low or high bar of small group leadership, I think all of us have hope that our leaders will do more than open their home, facilitate a discussion or convene a meeting. And ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: pastors leaving the ministry, Phil Cooke, Mark Brewer, Presybterian church, pastors committing suicide, pastors frustrated, megachurch, charismatic churches, baptist churches, mainline denominations, ...
... experience. Yes, it was President Reagan’s church. When I first got there in 2001, the president had not yet died, so I had to meet with the Secret Service my second month to prepare for his funeral. (Did ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, connection, objectives, attendance, membership, strategy, discipleship groups, off-campus small groups, ministry, investment
Ever wonder why some small group ministries seem to steadily move to new levels of success and health while others start with a bang and go out with a whimper? Here are five commitments that make the difference: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 October 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, evangelism, fishing, marketing, New Testament, Jesus, parable of the sower, good soil, divorce, crises, death, economic problems, new baby, fruit
It’s a waste of time to fish in a spot where fish aren’t biting. Wise fishermen move on. They know fish eat at different times of the day in different places. To apply this to ministry, you need to focus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 October 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Mark, Gospels, fishing, religious, boats, nets, hunting, sea, water, shotgun, Christ, Word of God, Behavior, Bible, Men, NewMan E-Mag, Salvation
Mark 1:17 says, “And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men’” (ESV). Throughout my ministry, God has placed so many different people in my path—people from all different ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 September 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Mark Howell, impact, small groups, ministry, growth, senior pastor, spokesperson, champion, planted meal, promotion, leadership, requirements
Once you make the decision that small groups will be your primary (or only) delivery system for connection and discipleship, it only makes sense to look for ways to accelerate small group ministry growth ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, self-protection, leaders, spirit, team, relationship, marketplace, wolves, Jesus, communication, suck up
I am one of those people who believes the best about other people. In my career as a junior guy working his way up and as a CEO, I have met all sorts of leaders in the marketplace and, now, in the church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Kim Martinez, marketing, pastors, event, sermon series, target audience, kids, men
There is a counterintuitive marketing concept that we, as pastors, should spend some time contemplating: “If you try to reach everyone, you’ll reach no one.” When you are promoting an event or sermon ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: sam hinn, restoration of a fallen leader, ron johnson, mark chironna, bishop lonnie langston, four-year affair, forgiveness, adultery, church on the living edge, jospeh garlington, re-ordaining sam ...
Whether you recognize Sam Hinn’s name or know nothing about the ministry of Benny Hinn’s younger brother, there’s an important issue in the body of Christ that needs to be addressed in light of Sam’s “re-ordination” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 August 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Paul Andrew, church planting, urban, churn, Sydney, Australia, New York, Liberty Church, pace, margin, community, cost, Tokyo, authenticity, value, marketing, logistics, spiritual warfare, local
When pastors Paul and Andi Andrew made the decision to move with their kids from Sydney to New York City to plant Liberty Church, they only knew two people in the city.  That was 2010, and just a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 July 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, storytelling, preaching, Mark, sermon, truth, President Lincoln, clarity, King David
Pastor, your people love a good story. Listeners who have gone on vacation during the first 10 minutes of your sermon will return home in a heartbeat the moment you begin, “A man went into a store….” or  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Church, response, Christians, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans, antidepressants, marketplace, hope, Jesus, depression, healing, behavior
It’s amazing how many Christians are suffering from depression. There are precious people who love the Lord dearly yet find themselves struggling in a day-to-day battle to simply enjoy their lives.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 / Community
Tags: Tony Morgan, community, persona, target visitor, needs, generational marketing, audience, Baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Y
If you ask most churches, they are genuinely seeking how to reach their community. Identifying your target visitor through building a community persona is the first step. Next, you need to figure out how ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 May 2013 / Community
Tags: Communication, proven, church, Christ, sermon, marketing, target audience, experience, volunteers, new mom, conversation, Facebook, website, social media
Everything communicates. What people experience in your church has the power to propel them toward Christ or push them away. What we do matters, and doing it well is essential. From your website to the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 April 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Mark Rutland, personal, turnaround, God's hand, vigilant, self-aware
A decade ago I went through the darkest time of my adult life that threatened my marriage and my leadership. It was a classic case of leader burnout. For me, it was an eclipse of the sun. The problem ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 March 2013 / Prayer
Tags: Dan Reiland, miracles, God, book, Mark Batterson, Circle Maker, prayer
Every summer my family and I read a book together. We’ve been doing this through the kids' teen years, and now even in their college years. Last summer we read Mark Batterson’s book, The Circle Maker. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 March 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Success, ministry, cripple, Greg Atkinson, marketing, church size, crash, foundation, infrastructure
I’ve consulted with several churches over the years, and one thing I’ve often said to church leaders is this: What if all your dreams come true? What if your marketing worked? What if everyone did invite ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 December 2012 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Church, leaders, prevent, burnout, priority, rest, Jesus, growth, toil, kingdom, God, withdraw, prayer, Mark, solitude, critical, vacation
Have you ever wondered what is happening to churches today? Many have lost their sense of purpose, floundering for identity, in a sea of hundreds of other churches competing for the same people. Approximately ... [ +++ ]
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