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Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, mission, self, God's glory, worship, idolatry, prestige, professionalism, missional effectiveness, pastors, leaders, agenda, religious, megachurch
Mission is the opposite of self. That sounds simple and obvious, yet the sad truth is that we revert to non-mission—or self-centered mission—very simply and obviously. The ease with which we ... [ +++ ]
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, 16 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Schultz, Children's Ministry Magazine, worship, singing, Sunday, service, microphones, spectator set-up, professionalism
Looking around the church last Sunday I noticed that the majority weren't singing. And most of those who were singing barely moved their lips. The only voices I actually heard were those on stage with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 / Vision
Tags: Justin Lathrop, time, emails, hours in a day, culprit, efficiency, inboxes, outbox, professional hamster wheel, computer screen, process, create, innovate, distraction
You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't long for more hours in the day. It seems we're just getting started when it's time for lunch or time to go home or time to be somewhere else or time ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 / Worship
Tags: Don Chapman, worship ideas, praise, songs, singable, professionals, congregation, music, songbook, frenzy, confidence, struggling, train wreck, vocal range
Do you ever wonder why your congregation isn’t singing louder, or singing at all? Your songs may be the culprit. Find a congregational praise song with a great melody and lyrics, and you’re set, right? ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 / Family Life
Tags: Andrew Lisa, family ministry, professionals, Bible, home, children, true faith, learned, practiced, supplemental, separate, literature, media, support groups, retreats, accountability
Although the physical act of going to church is a central tenet of the faith, true faith is rooted in the Christian household. For people of faith, family ministry is crucial to maintaining a true understanding ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: City Compassion, Andrew Douglas, Gospel, hands, feet, City Bible Church, dentists, professionals, Marc Estes
... in a tangible way. A Clinic With a Heart The “guests” were residents of Queen Creek, a neighborhood of middle-class homes shocked and beaten by the sudden and vicious downturn in the economy in 2006. This ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Os Hillman, Barna Research, trends, faith, work, calling, Christian community, professional, workplace, Jesus, tax collectors, prostitutes, marketplace, killer sheep
This month, a new study came out from Barna Research on trends in faith, work and calling. There were some surprising facts that came from the study that every church leader should take to heart. The study ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Justin Lathrop, stress, sanity, pastor, mental health, mentor, on-call, friends, work out, stay in shape, invest in family, professional growth
No job is easy, but the job of a pastor can be particularly stressful. Not only are you expected to perform while you’re on the job, but you’re expected to perform while you’re “off the job” as well. Sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pastor, faithfully, challenge, professionally, personally, new year, evaluation, examination, relationships, church culture, elevate, Christ, walk, spirituality, leadership, future
With the holiday season looming, how can you end the year faithfully? In other words, pastor, what should your focus be for these last few days of the year? You can lead aimlessly to nowhere or aim ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Brad Lomenick, confidant, leaders, humble, courageous, peer, boss, family member, honesty, integrity, decisions, professional athlete
Leaders are called to be courageous and confident yet constantly humble. Being confident is important. But change out the e for an a in confident, and this is also a huge need for leaders: a confidant. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Chuck Lawless, diseases, churches, unhealthy, community disconnect, methodological arthritis, grass is greener syndrome, professional wrestling sickness, program nausea, baby believer malady, theological ...
In the 1990s, Peter Wagner published The Healthy Church, a book describing several diseases that churches sometimes exhibit. Some of his descriptions are quite helpful (e.g., koinonitis = excessive, inward ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 October 2012 / Main
Tags: Professional, Trapped, Rut, Tent-making skills, Preachers, Occupational ministry
Three strategies for freeing you up to develop your ‘tent-making’ skills One of my favorite quotes on bi-vocationalism comes from renowned Southern writer and economist Wendell Berry. He spoke at a 2007 ... [ +++ ]

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