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Created on Friday, 28 November 2014 / Youth
Tags: Doug Franlklin, youth ministry, building, structural integrity, connection with God, mission, discipling, volunteers, relationships, students, navigate, equip, stability, barrier, separation
Building a healthy youth ministry is like stacking a house of cards—when one card is out of place, the whole thing falls apart. It's time to look at your ministry through the eyes of a home inspector. ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 07 November 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, Christians, media, Internet, impact, implode, missionaries, trust, relationships, China, Muslim, interview, websites, publications, track record, local situation
For hundreds of years as missionaries took the gospel to the ends of the earth, depending on the culture they encountered, the Christian community allowed them enormous latitude as to how they chose to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 / Youth
Tags: Tamera Kraft, children, church, teens, games, wow factor, entertainment, relationship, Jesus, watered-down Bible stories, Christian education, ministry, segregation, intergenerational
... Kraft has 30 years' experience in children's ministry and founded Revival Fire Kids Ministry in 2007 in her hometown of Akron, Ohio. Tamera received the Church of God National Children's Leader's Association ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 15 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: pastor, extra-marital affair, Ron Edmondson, marriage vows, Dr. Jennifer Degler, lie, drug, distraction, narcissist, inappropriate relationship, revelation, secret, exposed, abandonment, abuse, self-absorbed, ...
This post is from a friend of mine, Dr. Jennifer Degler. Jennifer pulls no punches. But she's a difference-maker in the kingdom. I'm thankful for her influence. She writes: Dear Pastor, If you are a pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, music, joy, instrument, stress, relationship, critical, practice, creativity, heart, disconnection, sharing, gift
In this post, I'm going to outline six reasons that your musicality isn't as strong as it could be, in hopes that you'll re-imagine your instrument and rediscover the joy of music. 1. You're stressed. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 September 2014 / Singles
Tags: Scott Attebery, singles ministry, church, relationships, class, lost and found, Christ, common struggles, grace, in touch, trendy, demographic
"I don't belong here." That was the first thought that entered my mind when I walked into the room labeled, "singles." I had recently relocated and was interested in building relationships in my new church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Chuck Lawless, mentor, discipleship, pastors, ministerial leaders, biblical, Elijah, Elisha, relationship, experience, teacher
A few years ago, I wrote a study called Mentor: How Along the Way Discipleship Can Change Your Life. That study was directed to college students, because I believe every young person needs a mentor. Now, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 September 2014 / Youth
Tags: church, culture, Greg Stier, youth ministry, Mike Yaconelli, Youth Specialties, broken teens, healing, discipleship, relationships, Jewish culture, Christian faith
We live in a church culture where some quadrants are starting to second-guess the value of youth ministry. Books, articles and blogs have been written decrying its effectiveness and calling out for action ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, volunteer, recruitment, retention, churches, vision, ministries, specific, end dates, member's passion, pastor, leaders, communication, relationships, checkups
Without volunteer labor and ministry, our churches would not exist. The recruitment and retention of volunteers should be one of the highest priorities of church leaders. While we typically honor our paid ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, resign, quit, seasons, relationship, marriage, pastors, church staff, lay leaders, clarity, gratitude, joy, critics, discouragement, difficulty
You are frustrated. Or hurting. Or just don't know if you can take it any more. You may be in a difficult relationship. You may be in a job you hate. You may be the pastor of a church, and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joseph Mattera, Nehemiah, action, activation, implementation, leadership ability, compelling, vision, need, relationships, human resources, cupbearer, king, distractions, opposition
The book of Nehemiah is an outstanding book that depicts going from a compelling vision to its activation and implementation. Nehemiah was a type of a master builder apostle (1 Corinthians 3:10-14) who ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Scott Postma, Church Leaders, pastors, encouragement, Scriptures, traits, characteristics, church planting, mission, disciples, Jesus, service, shepherd, relationship, God, humble, teachable, doctrine, ...
... in younger, smaller churches where the mission of the Great Commission is the central focus. Of course, "smaller" is subjective, but according to the experts and historians, 150-200 congregants offer the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Brad Lomenick, Catalyst, church, millennials, Barna Group, Christian, relationships, leadership, younger people, openness, ministry
Honesty, authenticity and relationship are the keys to bringing young people back to the church, a panel of millennials experts told pastors heard at the Mission & Community: Embracing the Kingdom ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Dan Reiland, leader, good, great, healthy relationships, budget, salvations, exceed expectations, great faith, spiritual, Jesus, create, productive, investments, practice, fierce focus, push, back ...
A good place to start is a set of working definitions for good leaders and great leaders. Let me offer one assumption, that both good leaders and great leaders are Godly individuals with integrity of character. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, church, tenure, mystery, third year, Breakout Churches, honeymoon, perspective, expectations, relationship, relationships, seasons, letdown, prayer, intentional
Pastors generally don't stay long at churches. The average tenure is between three and four years. But, as our research has shown consistently, longer tenure is needed for church health. Longer tenure ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Vision
Tags: Greg Stier, youth leader, employee, jobs on line, indispensable, ministry, excellence, strong relationships, improvise, adapt, overcome, budget, superior results, criticism, grow, above and beyond, ...
It has been said that "nobody is indispensable" and, to a degree, that is a true statement. But I can tell you that, as a former pastor and current leader of a youth ministry organization (with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 / Service
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, volunteers, secret, long haul, sweet spot, roles, relationship, time off, responsibility, appreciation
Enticing volunteers to stick around for the long haul can be a challenging proposition. What's the secret? Here are 5 suggestions that might help: 1.  Sweet Spot. Make sure you place volunteers ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Justin Lathrop, community, impact, struggles, social media, need, Hoot Suite, churches, office, relationships, coffee
In many parts of the country, churches are more ubiquitous than Starbucks—gracing every street corner with tall steeples and signs that catch the attention of passersby: "Honk if you love Jesus. ... [ +++ ]
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