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Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, ministerial leader, leave, church, mistake, call, conflict, criticism, match, family needs, skills, fired, forced out, ministry, denominational, parachurch, paycheck
I am reticent to write this article. I do not want to encourage pastors to leave churches too early. Frankly, many pastors have shared with me that, in the aftermath of their departures, they realized ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 July 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, calling, ministry, Evangelical, Pentecostal, churches, local church, self-ordained pastors, The Apostle, Elmer Gantry, U.S. military, anointing
... in my city approached me in 2005 about consecrating me as a bishop, the first thing I did before allowing such a consecration was to have them call several local and national bishops who knew me well to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, serve, position, honor, young pastors, ministry, Holy Spirit, buzz saw, spiritually immature, humble, candid
Young pastors enter the ministry expecting the people of the Lord to be healthy, sane, balanced, spiritual, biblically informed and Holy Spirit-guided. And then they run into reality. The image of "running ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Schultz, Children's Ministry Magazine, worship, singing, Sunday, service, microphones, spectator set-up, professionalism
Looking around the church last Sunday I noticed that the majority weren't singing. And most of those who were singing barely moved their lips. The only voices I actually heard were those on stage with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, spiritual health, relational health, physical health, pastors, ministry, intimacy with God, stress, Gary Thomas, Every Body Matters
As pastors, we know our job to minister to the spiritual health of our communities. But as you think about the spiritual health of the people in your church, do you consider their mental, physical, emotional ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 July 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Justin Lathrop, blog, social media, pastor, ministry, ideas, notebook, genius, writing time, schedule, consistency, build audience, end goal, community, purpose, perspective, daunting, tool, res
Like it or not, times have changed. Blogging has now become a part of our everyday lives and engaging in the online world should be a priority as a pastor. While blogging is not technically mandatory, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Steve Murrell, preaching, gospel, privilege, burden, calling, read, study, teach, communicate, disciples, ministry, Bible, Jesus, burden, vision, values, mission, preparing, hearts
Preaching the gospel is privilege. It is also a burden, and a calling. I have been a preacher since 1982. I love my job. I love to read, study, teach and preach. Every day I am thankful that I get to do ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 July 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, families, return, strategy, guest services, check in, first-time families, registered, personal note, pre-schooler
This is one of the most important strategies your children's ministry can focus on. We recently implemented a new tweak in our strategy for connecting with first-time guest families, and we are seeing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Church, parking lot, ministry, entrance, visible, landscaping, poorly tended, parking, guest parking, greeters, badges, traffic flow, worshipers, walk, shuttle, welcome center, security, prayer
I know the topic of church parking lots is not attention grabbing. In fact, I almost did not write this post—except that I continue to see too many churches miss an opportunity for ministry 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 Wednesday, 02 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: off-pitch, housewives, worship, skinny-jeaned hipsters, singing, leader, struggle, affirmation, microphones, ministry, music
... it. If, in my little church, I had at any given time two or three OPHs demanding to be on the praise team, he must have 200-300. He candidly told me they started having auditions to help relieve the OPH ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Brad Lomenick, Catalyst, church, millennials, Barna Group, Christian, relationships, leadership, younger people, openness, ministry
Honesty, authenticity and relationship are the keys to bringing young people back to the church, a panel of millennials experts told pastors heard at the Mission & Community: Embracing the Kingdom ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 June 2014 / Youth
Tags: Greg Stier, full-time, ministry, youth leaders, stars, longevity, burn out, prayer, fitness, physical, mental, lifestyle, cardio, weight training, marathon, intentionality, mission, planning, excellence, ...
Over the last 25 years of full-time ministry (as a church planter, youth guy and para-church director), I have seen all sorts of youth leaders. Some are like falling stars; a bright streak of light that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 June 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, balance, children's ministry, hours, work, technology, day off, vacation time, programs, events, slow down, home, father, husband, wife, children
Balance in work and life is a key to long-term success. We are not called to serve God for a 5-year window ... we are called to serve Him for life. For that to happen, we've got to find balance. Easier ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Vision
Tags: Greg Stier, youth leader, employee, jobs on line, indispensable, ministry, excellence, strong relationships, improvise, adapt, overcome, budget, superior results, criticism, grow, above and beyond, ...
It has been said that "nobody is indispensable" and, to a degree, that is a true statement. But I can tell you that, as a former pastor and current leader of a youth ministry organization (with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Steve Murrell, church, pastor, leaking, environment, leaders, God's presence, Exodus, transformational preaching, empowered ministry time, participatory worship, mission, community, Victory Manila, ...
I recently spoke with a pastor whose church was leaking people. As soon as a family joined the church, another family vanished. As we were trying to discover the cause of the leak, I made up the following ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, Simply youth ministry, students, generalizations, awkward conversations, adults, video games, middle school, inclusive community, church, youth ministry
My son calls them, "Awkward conversations with adults." In an attempt for adults to make conversation with a teen boy the first question they often ask is, "What's your favorite video game?" It becomes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Steve Murrell, easy, heavy lifting, carry weight, spiritual muscles, ministry
In our well-intended desire to send fully funded, relationally connected, culturally sensitive, professionally trained church planters and campus missionaries, I sometimes wonder if we have made ministry ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Thom Rainer, productive, pastor, ministry, demanding, race, spiritually disciplined, pray, physically disciplined, appointments, sermon preparation, priorities, accomplishment, sleep
The work of pastoral ministry is a joy, but it's also demanding. Every pastor is on call 24/7. Expectations of members are high and sometimes unreasonable. Pastors are thus expected to "run the race" constantly. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Kyle Searcy, worship, people, pleasing, God, service, church, contemporary, free-flowing, prayer, devotion, leaders, pressures, careers, family, ministry
Every church, whether traditional, formal, contemporary or free-flowing, should meet for one reason: to worship God. After all, it is the chief end of man to glorify God and enjoy Him forever according ... [ +++ ]
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