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Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Communication
Tags: Dan Reiland, 12Stone Church, communicator, public communication, message, Kevin Myers, John Maxwell, connection, content, audience, confidence, preparation
All leaders communicate. Not all leaders communicate well. Communication is a broader topic than just your Sunday morning or weekend messages. Much of a leader's most important communication takes place ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, songs, worship, routine, preparation, building people, prayer, God movement, church, discipleship, needed, indispensable, presence, connection
When it comes to preparing for Sunday's worship, we have the usual routines. We pick our songs, we arrange the music, we schedule the band, we rehearse. But what if I told you there was more to your preparation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pressure, deadlines, Sunday morning, responsibilities, increase, Israel, body of Christ, writing assignments, prioritize, preparation, position, production, prayer
Right now, many deadlines are pressing in on me. Has that ever happened to you? I remember when the only pressure I had was that of sermon preparation for Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Stier, professional, communicator, ritual, review, relentless, notes, adjustments, quick, preparation, exegesis, homiletics, passionate, prayer, pace, caged animal, tie shoes
As a professional communicator, I get the privilege of doing a lot of speaking to a ton of different groups. God has blessed me to speak in front of big groups (just finished preaching recently to 5,000 ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 07 May 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, questions, preparation, Jesus, model, John the Baptist, Paul, master communicator, value, Bible, needs, practical, positive, encouraging, simple
I believe that the best model to follow in the history of preaching is Jesus. It isn’t John the Baptist, Paul or any contemporary speaker alive today. Jesus was the master communicator. The Bible says ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 April 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, attendance, numbers, Easter, glorifying God, goal, preparations, blessings, effectiveness, people, unchurched
We are celebrating our Easter number this week. It was an incredible day. Whenever we talk about celebrating an attendance number, I hear the same questions—why celebrate a number? Do numbers really matter? ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, sermon, soulpreaching.com, time, preparation, Bible, theology, pastors, limits, spiritual, intentional time
Can we complete sermon preparation in four hours? Whether in full-time or part-time ministry, we all have limited time. However, those of us who are called to the preaching office have to put together ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, confidence, God's Word, pastors, Holy Scripture, sabotage, preaching, sermon, text, Billy Graham, Jesus, preparation, Bible, Greek, Hebrew, theme
We pastors love the Word of God. We read it, study it and devote our lives to learning it and teaching and preaching its riches. It is our sole authority for what we believe and teach. And yet ... ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, joy, pastors, babysit, wife, church, sermon, critic, committee, salary, kids, normal life, preparation
I just received a letter from a delightful lady. She was a member of a church where I was ordained in the ministry. What I remember most about her was the way she offered encouragement to the pastors of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Hilgemann, pastors.com, return invitation, preaching, guest, senior pastor, time limit, arrive early, stay late, audience, topic, series, transitions, compliment, preparation, feedback
Have you been invited to be a guest preacher? I have had the opportunity to do a bit of guest preaching lately. I have also dealt with my fair share of good and bad guest preachers. Here are some tips ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Ron Edmondson, sermon, weekly, thoughts, preaching, preparation, topic, message, identify
Great (God) thought. I love it. This will preach. Why did I pick this topic? This message stinks! I wish I had another week. It’s coming together. Now that’ll preach. Let’s do this! I wish I had said it ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Ron Phillips, minister, A River Runs Through It, grace, cost, gift, practice, preparation, sin, death, Cross, eternity
The movie A River Runs Through It is narrated by Norman, one of the main characters. He makes this statement about his father, a minister: “My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, youth ministry, choices, wisdom, ramifications, lessons, preparation, conversation
It was another average weekday. Shortly after arriving home from work, I’m routinely rifling through the pile of papers pulled from my second-grader’s backpack. Amid the assortment of math worksheets, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Joe McKeever, young pastors, stewardship, witnessing, benevolence, tithing, preparation, family, conflict resolution, humility, pornography, prayer, laugh, attitude, mentors, search committees
1. In all the world there are only three Christians who love change; none of them are in your church. 2. When you speak before an unfamiliar group, be careful what you say because you never know who is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, spies, confessions, websites, boring, friendliness, facilities, guests, preparation, children, protection, music, worship, preaching
Have you ever thought that a guest at your church might, in fact, be a spy? My church consulting company uses church “spies” to help us evaluate how churches respond to guests. Our spies are “good” spies, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 / Features
Tags: Cultural engagement, Rules, Rice Broocks, Every Nation, Gospel, Truth, Christians, Surroundings, Jesus, Noah, Flood, Preparation
If you want to learn about engaging the culture, go to New York City, stand in Times Square and simply look around. In fact, try not to look around. The multitude of flashing iconic images representing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 June 2006 / Innovation
Tags: Sermon Preparation
... by the business world, as corporate gurus predict a wholesale move from individualism to collaboration. "Teams at Work," an Industry Week (September 2000) article by Peter Strozniak, noted that businesses ... [ +++ ]

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