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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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, sabbatical, paid leave, rejuvenation, deeper study, churches, pastors, break, vacations, vocations, highs, lows, on call, uninterrupted study, tenure, affirmation
The word "sabbatical" has different meanings, depending on the context in which it is used. It has one meaning in the academic community, another meaning in its biblical usage and still another in many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 November 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Mark Dance, LifeWay Research, pastors, prayer, plan, revitalization, Jesus, leaders, future church leaders, Missionary Small groups, David Francis
As goes the pastor, so goes the church. As goes the church, so goes the nation—and the world. Church revitalization begins with pastoral revitalization. Our spiritual health will directly affect ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 November 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, pastors, job listings, empty positions, church, leaders, Christian Universities, seminaries, internships, future
I've been in serving in children's ministry full-time for about 25 years now. At 47, I'm definitely middle-aged. And, I'm starting to turn around and look behind me. What I see alarms me. There ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, leader, age, challenges, newest idea, approach, technique, retire, pastors, leaders, expiration date
As we watch the news, we often see leaders retire. It happens in the sports world, the political realm, the educational system and even in the religious community. The pope retired. Pastors retire from ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Joseph Mattera, Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill Church, resignation, accountability, board of elders, apostolic overseer, satellite churches, pastor, preacher, vulnerability, one-man brand
According to some reports, the aftermath of the resignation of Pastor Mark Driscoll as the lead pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle has resulted in losing about half of their 14,000 attendees. This will ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: pastor, impact, ministry, Ronnie Floyd, deepen your walk, humility, relationship, consistent, daily time, holiness, thoughts, habits, trust, influence, broaden
... neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south; but God is the judge. he puts down one and sets up another" (KJV 2000). While there is a factor that God alone determines, the value of our ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Kurt W. Bubna, pastors, front door, back door, lost, church, small group ministry, invested, unrealistic expectations, connected, authority, position, character, skills
"Everybody is leaving someday!" When my pastor and friend of almost 40 years made that declaration, I was a bit shocked. He could see the look on my face, so he clarified, "We shouldn't get too bent out ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Joe McKeever, gems, wisdom, pastor, beginning, calling, New Orleans Baptist Association, training, shortcuts, Acts 16:25, Paul, Silas, Philippian jail, Jesus Christ, network, mentors, advisors, prayer ...
... early retirement from his firm to attend Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham. Then, in 2009, when Duane McDaniel succeeded me as DOM for the association, he asked Jack to take charge of our inner city ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Barnabas Piper, journaling, pastors, ministerial leaders, logbook, diary, dumping ground, pain, fear, venting, prayer, past, writing
I don't think everyone needs to journal. But I have a hard time thinking of any legitimate reason why someone wouldn't. Some might think it is girly. Some might think it is time consuming. Some might just ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 October 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Thom Rainer, revitalization, churches, resistant, pastors, decline, growth, communities, fearful, comfortable, denial, coasting, resources, hope, possibilities
You've heard my dire statistics from time to time. For example, nine out of 10 churches in America are either declining or growing more slowly than the community in which they are located. The overwhelming ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, sheep, smell, speaker, leader, influencer, Dr. Lynn Anderson, innovative, engaged, listener, compassion, pastoring, authenticity, replaceable, humility
If you were to ask 100 pastors how they wanted to grow, you'd hear a variety of answers: becoming a better speaker, leader or influencer. There are countless books on these subjects—tips and tricks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Reford Mott, comfort, church, family, happiness, ISIS, Muslim caliphate, systematic beheading, Christian, pray, strength, political correctness, values, Houston, Annise Parker, pastors
Like most people, I love my comfort. I love my church, life and my family. When I think about the future, I don't want to imagine a world that is so radically different from the one I know now—a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 / Money
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pastor, stewardship, money, tithe, giving, spiritual leader, expectations, monitor, staff, accountability, commitment
Have you ever had to confront a pastor or a member of your ministry staff team about not exercising their personal stewardship of giving? I have, and it is one of the most difficult conversations you will ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 / Fasting
Tags: Chuck Lawless, fasting, eating, local church pastor, evangelicals, believers, missionaries, God's kingdom, slow down, reflect, deepest longings, spiritual beings
Fasting—not our favorite topic. We don't usually like to talk about not eating. In fact, nobody talked to me about fasting when I was a young believer. I didn't learn about this spiritual discipline ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 October 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Jesus, quotes, Joe McKeever, Paul, Christians, Sodom, Bible, Leonard Ravenhill, hell, implications, pastor, preaching, kingdom of Heaven
Somewhere around the house I have an old book with the wonderful title of 657 of the Best Things Ever Said. It would not surprise you to know most of them are silly. As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 October 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Mark Driscoll, ministry, churches, pastors, pastor, church, ministry leaders, Christian leaders, Christian leadership, leadership, leaders, priorites, pastoral duties
This week I learned that Mark Driscoll, the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, resigned from leading his church. While those involved with him denied he was disqualified for ministry, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: LGBT, gay rights, pastors, Christians, Houston, Houston bathroom bill, Houston pastors, Annise Parker, Steve Riggle, ADF, Alliance Defending Freedom
In an outrageous act of overreach that the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) rightly branded "an inquisition" and a "witch hunt," the city of Houston has demanded that certain pastors preaching ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Texas, Texas bathroom bill, Houston bathroom bill, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Steve Riggle, Dave Welch, Houston pastors
Christians across the nation are mobilizing to defend a group of Houston pastors who were ordered by the city to turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender-identity issues or Houston's mayor. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, religious liberty, freedom of expression, Houston, pastors, Fox News, gender equality, homosexuality, Annise Parker, bedroom, church, bullies, diverse culture
As reported Tuesday, the city of Houston has issued subpoenas for several pastors to hand over all their sermons regarding homosexuality, gender identity or Mayor Annise Parker. The far-left has now finally ... [ +++ ]
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