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Created on Friday, 09 May 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ken Winton, performance, mindset, ministry, motivation, leading, church, pastor, stressful, service, resting, immaturity, weaknesses
Are you one of the pastors operating out of a performance-based mindset? I certainly was. Sure, ministry can be stressful at times. Rather than gritting our teeth and accepting this as normal, we can let ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 May 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, church, services, changes, objective research, National Congregations Study, Duke University, choirs, dress, casual, screens, preaching, longer, multi, attendees, diverse, conflict, ...
... If you, however, attended a church worship service in 2000 and then returned to that same church in 2010, there is a high likelihood you would see dramatic changes had taken place in only 10 years. What, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 April 2014 / Community
Tags: Assemblies of God, Children's Ministries Agency, youth ministry, AG youth ministry, MEGA Sports Camp, AG Youth Ministries, COMPACT Family Services
As the world continues to vie for the attention of the younger generation, the Assemblies of God is one of the few U.S. denominations where young people are flocking. Statistics indicate approximately ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 / Worship
Tags: Don Chapman, worship, worshipideas.com, stale, rut, set, churches, Joel Houston, Hillsong United, Jared Barber, service, order, guitarist, drummer, keyboardist
As I’ve been visiting and playing in several churches over the past few months, I’ve noticed a few recurring problems that can easily be fixed to help the quality of your contemporary worship: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Community
Tags: Chuck Lawless, pastors, churches, Resurrection Sunday, guests, spies, website, greeters, building, impression, sign, services, foyer, guest welcome center, fellowship
Last year, I published a blog post titled "Eight Confessions of Church Spies," a summary report from the “spies” our church consulting team, the Lawless Group, has used over the years. As we approach the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 April 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, practices, growing churches, services, multi-site, attendance, budget, church health, Rick Warren, excellence, mission, vision, core values, unproductive ministries
I have been involved in a number of conversations lately about church growth. What should growth look like? How does it look different for various sizes of churches? Should you add services or go ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, visiting preacher, host pastor, guest, invitation, information, internal workings, church, negatives, times, services, children's sermon, Sunday school, dress code, honorarium, understanding, ...
As a retired pastor, I’m often on the receiving end of invitations to preach at other churches, so am well acquainted with this subject. Here are a few things that a visiting preacher requires from his ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: David Ireland, evangelism, crusades, soup kitchens, Jesus, Billy Graham, discipleship, cost, gospel invitation, Len Sweet, generosity, acts of kindness, missions, service-based evangelism, online ...
... 24-26, 2005. New York park and police officials tallied the crowd at some 242,000 people over the three-day crusade. More than 1,400 churches representing 82 denominations provided an estimated 20,000 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, leaders, decline, multiplication, service, small groups, Moses Problem, Jethro, recurring story, church, pastors, Exodus, Numbers, volunteers, success, stagnant, declining, issue, God's ...
Pastors of growing churches know all too well the old adage of there being two sides to every coin. The excitement and energy of a growing congregation brings with it new needs and a constant demand for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 / Worship
Tags: Don Chapman, worship service, contemporary, traditional, gym, sanctuary, gray heads, megachurches, tipping point, Greenville, S.C., Episcopal, smaller chapel
About a year ago I visited two services at a huge mainline church. Their early contemporary service, overflowing with young families, met in what appeared to be a large banquet hall. The later traditional ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ministry, pastors, churches, mistakes, informative, website, guests, social media, staff, influencing, content, groups, considerate, worship service
I was recently in Arkansas speaking with a pastor who is a daily reader of my blog. He expressed gratitude for all the free content, but then he made a kind plea. He said that the blog has so much content ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 February 2014 / Children
Tags: Children's ministry, Dale Hudson, relevant, plateau, new service, growth path, space, options, momentum, God's attention
Many children’s ministries find their attendance has plateaued or is declining. The children’s ministry where I serve as director has plateaued twice, and on both occasions it has been due to lack of space. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 / Worship
Tags: Dwayne Moore, worship leaders, pastors, services, spirit, Holy Spirit, Psalm 45, praise, A.W. Tozer, evangelicalism, lead, musicians
Worship services are made up of people. I know that’s not news; it’s obvious. Yet how often do we overlook this important detail? Most of us would like to take our services up a notch or two. But we tend ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, denominations, churches, arguments, worship, music style, services, churches die, attire, salaries, megachurches, working hours, why people, pastor's wife
For many years I served as a consultant to churches and denominations, a role I relinquished when I became president of LifeWay more than eight years ago. Part of our consultative process was interviewing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dale Hudson, church visitors, customer service, employees, I don't know, great question, tweak, guest families
Have you ever been in store, asked one of the employees a question, and gotten the response, “I don’t know?”  You probably got very frustrated didn’t you? When you hear the words “I don’t know” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 / Communication
Tags: Thom Schultz, audience, talk, church, service, Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore, fearless conversation, acts of love, communication, paralysis of fear, fearless topics, racism, homosexuality, ...
You’re not allowed to talk about that at church. In fact, you’re not allowed to talk at all during the typical American church service. And that’s a problem for the majority of the population that does ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 December 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Mark Howell, pastors.com, small group ministry, benefits, life change, worship service, Andy Stanley, Barna, pipeline, leadership development, off-campus, unlimited space
Have you figured this out already? Still arm wrestling with the usual suspects over whether the return on investment is worth the cost? Here are 10 killer benefits of a thriving small group ministry: 1. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, youth, students, volunteers, middle school, worship service, fpKIDS, church, kids ministry, team, parents, service, love, encouragement
My daughter is allergic to mornings. Given the opportunity, she would easily sleep until 10 a.m. every day. But school requires that she rise a little earlier. So we push through the pain and crawl out ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 November 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Brian Dodd, pastors.com, volunteers, church, staff, pastors, church leaders, marginal time, significance, value, service, well organized, community, opinions, decisions, marketplace
What are the volunteers serving in your church thinking? What are their hopes, dreams and needs? During the last 26 years, I have had the privilege of serving on two church staffs, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 November 2013 / Social Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, social media, online service, live feed, Greenville, South Carolina, video, importance, live event, IChurch, congregation, audience
I received an interesting note from Joe Hayes, head of the TV and video ministry at Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C. At Redemption, the Sunday online worship service is succeeding way ... [ +++ ]
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