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Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, wife, experience, ministry, church, assessment, Dwight L. Moody, hurt, help, divorce, split, ego, denomination, vain, creatures, self-centered, needy, weak
What qualifies me to write this piece, if anything, is that I am a pastor who has been married most of my life. My wife, Margaret, and I did this entire ministry thing together, having married the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, denominations, churches, arguments, worship, music style, services, churches die, attire, salaries, megachurches, working hours, why people, pastor's wife
For many years I served as a consultant to churches and denominations, a role I relinquished when I became president of LifeWay more than eight years ago. Part of our consultative process was interviewing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, hurting, challenging, immoral, community, Pew Research, clergy, moral failures, widespread coverage, Christian faith, nation, marginalize, tenure, entitlement mentality, social ...
A day does not pass that I do not hear from a hurting pastor. Serving in that role has to be one of the most challenging vocations today. Sure, there are some bad and immoral pastors. But the vast majority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Impact Nations, Jesus, gospel, more, Christ, peacemakers, follow
Jesus has invited us to a life of "more." It is what we were created for­—to move in the eternal and all-embracing purposes of the Creator. Jesus called it abundant life. But what does "more" look like, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Impact Nations, Steve Stewart, Pope Francis, weighty matters, Catholic church, Matthew 23, Jesus, condemnation, pharisees, scribes
This appears to be Pope Francis’ time. In only eight months, he has captured the attention of much of the world. Recently, the Pope said, “The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Impact Nations, gospel, Jesus, heaven, church, David Olson, Pastoral Care, LifeWay, declining, teach
David Olson, in his 2008 work The American Church in Crisis: Groundbreaking Research Based on a National Database of over 200,000 Churches, tells us that “contrary to the oft-quoted 40 percent, in fact ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, laugh, jokes, water, slime, pudding, funny song, whopee cushion app, costume, burping contest, prank, impersonations
I love hearing kids laugh. There’s nothing more precious than the laughter of a child ... especially at church.  Over the years, I’ve found ways to get kids laughing. Here’s 20 of them: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rob Pochek, leader, change, church, Ecclesiastes, Christ, relationship, Reformation, denomination, battles, worship, facility
Change is inevitable. Equally inevitable is the difficulty that is faced by anyone seeking to effect change. Leading change in the life of a church is no different; it is difficult. The question is why. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, pastor, search committee, single-issue pastors, politically ambitious, denominational, predators, sheep, combative, immature, mentally unhealthy, carnal, off-color
You’re on your church’s pastor search committee? Good for you. It’s a difficult task, one that can make or break your church for a long time to come. But this can be one of the finest services you render ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, predictions, church, 2014, trends, data, LifeWay Research, momentum, leaders, consultation, confidence factor, church acquisitions, denominational structures, conversion growth, megachurches, ...
Predicting is as much of an art as it is a science. And if any prognosticator is honest, he or she will tell you that they don’t always get it right. I know. I certainly don’t always get it right. But ... [ +++ ]
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