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Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Joe McKeever, computer technology, Internet, pitfalls, rumors, inuendo, preachers, pastors, fact check, accuracy, Google, Wikipedia, Snopes, scurrilous, blog
... to "Archives." Scroll down to the beginning, sometime in 2004, I think. There they are, waiting forever, for the Judgment, perhaps. (I wonder if my great-grandchildren will still be able to find all ... [ +++ ]
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 / Adversity
Tags: Pastors, tenure, negative circumstances, ministry opportunity, Thom Rainer, fired adverse conditions, false promises, clear expectations, accountability, advocacy group
I have written rather extensively on this blog regarding the short tenure of pastors in churches. Of course, many pastors leave churches for very positive reasons. They sense a call to another ministry ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Kenny Burchard, pastors, John Piper, Christian ministry, body of Christ, Saul, king, Gene Edwards, A Tale of Three Kings, church leadership, model
Hopefully, if you're in pastoral work (or you work on a ministry staff at a church) you've read John Piper's great book, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, and have embraced his conclusion that "the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, multiethnic, multicultural, churches, pastors, leaders, kingdom of God, Revelation 7, tribe, nation, tongue, simplicity, growth, changes, barriers
The church is called to be both an instrument and sign of the kingdom of God. As an instrument, the church is God's agent in the world, showing and sharing the love of Jesus to a broken and hurting world. ... [ +++ ]
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 / Relationships
Tags: Doug Lawrence, reviewing, responding, listening, attentiveness, expression, eye contact, body language, pastors, present, people
... is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and advisor, who helps churches assess and improve their skillfulness in creating engaging worship experiences. In 2007 he founded and continues to serve ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Youth pastors, lies, Josh Griffin, truth, difference, serving, length of service, reality, church, teach, hypocritical life, God's spirit
From time to time, I've caught myself in a terrible lie. I start to believe something that couldn't be further from the truth—but at the time, it actually feels like the truth itself. Here are three ... [ +++ ]
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, 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 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 / 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 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. ... [ +++ ]
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