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Created on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 / Community
Tags: Larry Barker, generous, church, giving, healthy, vertical, Jesus, tough times, budget, tight, Thom Rainer, Autopsy of a Deceased Church, Vertical Church, Great Commission
Our goal is to have healthy churches. There are many descriptions, concepts, books, and trainings talking about what a healthy church looks like. There is "Simple," "Purpose-Driven," "Sticky," Vertical," ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, purpose, earth, Job, Bertrand Russell, Heaven, Hell, God, pleasure, God's family, Christlike, service, mission
Everyone in your congregation wants to know if life really matters. Members, visitors, even your staff want to know, "What on earth an I here for?" They're asking three basic questions: First, there's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 / Education
Tags: Pastor, training, 21st century, theology, biblical truths, missions, disciplines, American culture, shift, international mission field, language, non-Christian culture, cultural Christians, Thom ...
Any pastor or other church staff member should be prepared in biblical truths. Theology is a key discipline as well. Indeed, none of the classical disciplines should be forsaken, nor any of the practical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 January 2015 / Vision
Tags: 2015, Evan Dolive, church, Christ, decrease complaining, increase giving, prayer, patience, peace, mercy, attendance, community, love, people, ministry, failure, missions
It's that time of the year again, when we stand on the precipice of a new year and look forward to what is in store for us in 2015. Last year, I wrote "14 Things the Church Needs to Do in 2014," and many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 January 2015 / Evangelism
Tags: David Ireland, evangelism, crusades, soup kitchens, Jesus, Billy Graham, discipleship, cost, gospel invitation, Len Sweet, generosity, acts of kindness, missions, service-based evangelism, online ...
... for evangelist Billy Graham's final bow—his New York City crusade that took place June 24-26, 2005. New York park and police officials tallied the crowd at some 242,000 people over the three-day ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, charisma, character, leadership, Hitler, Mussolini, Marx, competence, church leaders, God's Word, Great Commission, Great Commandment
All leadership is built on two things—character and competence. Those are the twin values of leadership. Charisma is optional. Some of the most charismatic people of the 20th century were also the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 January 2015 / Administration
Tags: Women, church, authority, Wendy Alsup, Gospel-Centered Woman, Richard Rohr, abuse, submission, personal weakness, Paul, Romans, government, Bible, guidelines
"The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority." ―Stanley Milgram "Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Professional, pastor, singular, Christendom, David Fitch, ecclesiological sense, consolidation, organization, Holy Spirit, church planting, missional church, bi-vocationalism, Kingdom, active bo
The idea of the singular professional pastor running a church, doing all 18 spiritual gifts (depending on how many you read in the New Testament), has fallen out of favor. No one believes this is possible ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, church planting, established, denomination, Jesus, New Testament, pattern, Great Commission, thriving, dysfunctional, unhealthy
If you are reading this, you are most likely involved in an established church. Maybe yours is thriving, but probably not—depending on the denomination, we are talking about 70 percent of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 December 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, gospel, Christian community, cultural behavior, missionaries, Africa, Lottie Moon, syncretism, Muslim cultures, unchurched, hostile media, tweet, post, blog, compromisers, theology, grace, ...
For hundreds of years as missionaries took the gospel to the ends of the earth, depending on the culture they encountered, the Christian community allowed them enormous latitude into how they chose to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Communication
Tags: LifeWay Research, Chris Martin, Crossroads Christian Fellowship, communication, TCAT, assessment tool, community-based congregation, demographic swing, transition, minister, discipleship, mission, ...
... congregation. Becky, Pastor Valekis' wife and a leader in the church, said, "We started there [Crossroads] in 1999-2000, and we were about 100 percent commuter-based, I would guess. Then, by the time we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, volunteers, shortage, turnover, poor morale, mission, local church, meeting a need, filling a lot, doing your duty, serving Christ, relationships, serving, spiritual growth
So you'd love to see more volunteers serve in your church or organization. Who wouldn't? And yet when it comes to volunteers, a surprising number of leaders struggle. Many leaders suffer from: A chronic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Communication
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, volunteers, church, ministry, chronic shortage, high turnover, poor morale, mission, cause, meeting a need, doing your duty, relationships, spiritual growth
So you'd love to see more volunteers serve in your church or organization. Who wouldn't? And yet when it comes to volunteers, a surprising number of leaders struggle. Many leaders suffer from: A chronic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 December 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: LifeWay Research, Lakeview Church, transformation, mission, pastors, status quo, congregation, sharing the gospel, TCAT, overseas missions, worship, ministry, survival mode
It was time for things to change at Lakeview Church in Hickory, North Carolina. The church's longtime pastor had stepped down in 2012 and the congregation was looking for a new pastor. But they didn't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, young, growing, complacency, farmer, cull, mission, healthy, satisfied, renewing process, dying churches, changes, newcomers, innovation
The December 2014 issue of The Progressive Farmer asks whether to "Keep or Cull?" The subtitle of the article was: "High prices have changed the rules about when to cut one loose from the herd."   ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 / Money
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, giving, year-end, church, responsibility, stewardship, pastor, December, lead, challenge, tithe, international missions
What is the role of the pastor in year-end giving in your church? Do you have any responsibility in regards to biblical stewardship in the life of your people? I believe we do have a responsibility for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 December 2014 / Youth
Tags: Jon Nielson, pastor, youth, kids, good Christian, short-term mission trips, youth program, ministries, engaged, converted, equipped, entertained, parents, preach, gospel
"What do we do about our kids?" The group of parents sat together in my office, wiping their eyes. I'm a high-school pastor, but for once, they weren't talking about 16-year-olds drinking and partying. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, young leaders, church, pastors, love, prayer, passion, energy, globally minded, heroes, hard questions, Great Commission, bureaucracy, financial guidance, American, balance
I have previously posted here about what we older leaders need to hear from young church leaders, but I continue to learn from them and about them. They are passionate, energetic, globally minded, committed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 November 2014 / Youth
Tags: Doug Franlklin, youth ministry, building, structural integrity, connection with God, mission, discipling, volunteers, relationships, students, navigate, equip, stability, barrier, separation
Building a healthy youth ministry is like stacking a house of cards—when one card is out of place, the whole thing falls apart. It's time to look at your ministry through the eyes of a home inspector. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 November 2014 / Education
Tags: Joe McKeever, bad advice, young pastors, ministry, Baptist, preaching, study, diligence, relationships, theological education, opportunities, hurting, forgiveness, permission
People love to give advice to young adults just entering the ministry. I'm sure they think they're helping. I was a senior in college when the Lord fingered me for the ministry. When my coal ... [ +++ ]
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