Resources

Created on Thursday, 13 February 2014 / Worship
Tags: Ray Jones, San Antonio, Texas, worship, leaders, generation, resources, recommendations, Community Bible Church, Kids Choir, multi-generational
Almost every week, I hear from pastors asking if I can recommend someone to lead worship for their congregation. Most of these are smaller churches or new church plants with limited resources. Most of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, sabbatical, Lifeway Resources, time off, rest, deeper study, churches, requirement, emotional highs and lows, vocations, longer tenures
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, 30 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, God, youth, ministry, problem areas, resources, students, New Year, I Corinthians, seed, watered, hearts, meetings, discouragement
I don’t know about you, but when I think about ministry in the New Year, I think about setting goals. I want ministry moving forward and so I think about what that looks like. I think about the problem ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 / Children
Tags: Gina McClain, children's ministry, volunteers, safety procedures, environment, kids, illness, leader, knowledge, resources
Safety procedures are some of the more important and more minute aspects of children’s ministry. These details of ministry are critical to creating a safe environment for kids. The challenge with safety ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Resources, sick churches, solutions, survival, congregations, hope, false hope, decline, God, miracles, reverse trends, action, Haggai, Nehemiah
In my previous post on my website, I addressed the issue of very sick churches, noting that as many as 40 percent of American congregations fall in that category. Several readers commented they would like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 November 2013 / Money
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors, effective, ministry, excellence, budget, financial resources, church plant, values, faithraising, discipling
When we began planting Grace Hills, we didn’t have the quarter of a million dollars that some church plants in America start out with. We had way less than that, in fact, so we had to figure out how to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Jesus, public ministry, government, orphan care, poverty, Geoff Surratt, medical care, Romans, resources, healing, feeding, raising the dead, The Four Disciplines of Execution, Wildly Important
I am amazed at all Jesus didn’t do while He was on earth. His public ministry only lasted three years, and in those years, His scope of ministry was incredibly narrow. He is God, after all. It seems like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, intentional neglect, church, application, Sunday morning experience, kids, small groups, ministry, what's important now, resources, energy, attention, goals
We have to know our focus. I heard a term the other day that has had my gears turning: intentional neglect. It wasn’t used in a church context, but I think it certainly has application right now, especially ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Shawn Harrison, ministry, success, resignation, youth, Christ-like attitude, selfish ego, student ministry, families, file folder, calendar of events, sample budget, resources, example
Do you want the next guy to succeed in your position? I wrestled with this while sitting in my office after handing in my resignation. After three years as the student and family pastor at our church, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 October 2013 / Education
Tags: Chuck Lawless, LifeWay Resources, dean, professor, continuing education, mentor, graduates, growth, Christian life, learn, humility, theological issues
I admit my bias here. I am a seminary dean and professor, and I believe in education. Students help to pay my salary. They have become my friends, my mentees, my children in the faith. Graduates make me ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, Bible, pastors, leaders, battle, souls, people, victory, politics, natural resources, concept, operation, flexible, execution, decisions, empowerment
Fellow pastors and church leaders, we are in a battle for souls. The Bible encourages us to “endure hardship as a soldier.” This is not to say that we are at war with people, and we need to be very careful ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 September 2013 / Money
Tags: RSI Stewardship, giving, church, generosity, tithe, Bible, money, connection, difference, resources, allocated, vision, plan, priorities, ministry, finances
It’s common sense: Church leaders can’t expect people to grow in generosity if it’s not talked about. While some leaders try to avoid the topic at all costs, the truth is most churchgoers aren’t as resistant ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, big ministry, small churches, sermon, teens, Christ, modest resources, size, gospel, vision, lives changed, uniqueness
... at the ripe old age of 23. The church had less than 200 in total attendance but was thriving with meaningful ministry. Richard Lauby was the pastor then, and under his watchful eye I learned much in ministry. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, delegation of authority, empowerment, signs, leader, churches, staff members, confidence, expectations, authority, permission to fail, protection, resources, recognition
Empowering other people on the team to be leaders—delegation—is critical to a successful church or organization. Every leader talks about delegation, but few truly empower others to be leaders. It’s a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Kim Martinez, mentally challenged, church, psychotic episodes, discomfort, guilt, prayer, Jesus, good protocols, mood disorders, good resources
You know the feeling—you see her coming and you want to turn away. Mary is in your church. Something isn’t quite right with her. Sometimes she seems balanced, lucid and smart. Other times she is really ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 May 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Oklahoma, Moore, tornado, devastation, pray, respond, survivors, emergency workers, relief efforts, community, state, donations, resources
Yet another tragedy. There are no words to describe the scenes we are seeing from the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. No words. So don’t say anything. Just pray. Please, don’t try to provide answers when ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 March 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Hal Seed, pastors, roundtable, inspire, churches, trends, books, movies, resources, pray
I spent three days recently at a cabin with five other pastors, holding what we call a roundtable. I’m from California. We met in Illinois, where there was a blizzard one day and the temperature hit minus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 October 2012 / Married
Tags: Marriage ministry, Classroom, Resources, Divorce, Healthy marriages
Note: This is the third of a three-part series about Christian marriages. Here are some simple but effective steps you can take to strengthen your church’s ministry to marriages without increasing your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 May 2010 / Main
Tags: baptisms,grace baptist,lifeway christian resources,southern baptist convention,steve freeman
... country reported 349,737 baptisms last year, a jump of 7,539 from 2008. "We've tried to focus on getting outside the four walls of the church," said Steve Freeman, pastor of Grace Baptist, about 30 miles ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 May 2010 / Main
Tags: christians,disciplines,lifeway christian resources,lifeway research,millenial generation,religion,spiritual,thom rainer
Younger Americans are spiritual, but few are actively engaged with spiritual disciplines such as weekly church attendance, Bible study and prayer, according to a new study by LifeWay Research. ... [ +++ ]
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