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Created on Monday, 01 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, church growth, attendance, barriers, megachurches, multisite churches, Barna group, Protestant, desire, prayer, love, facility, leaders, strategy, empowered, volunteers, microman
... the church. Every single day, I want our church to become more effective in reaching one more person with the hope that's in Christ. So, why is it that most churches never break the 200-person attendance ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 September 2014 / Men
Tags: Assemblies of God, leaving, relevance, work, family, marriage, sexuality, finances, cause, greatness, challenge, action, missional, leaders, fun, brothers, healing
I am often asked, "Why are the men leaving the church today?" Sometimes it comes out as, "What can we do to keep the men of this church?" or "How can our church reach more men?" There is no easy answer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 29 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joseph Mattera, represent, God, world, oracles of God, Holy Spirit, teaching, sound doctrine, godly motivation, godly activity, serve, attitude, discernment, fruit, Spirit
... when I was consecrated a bishop (in 2006) many congratulated me for being "elevated" to which I replied that I believed I was being made lower, not higher. Unfortunately, the celebrity-driven secular culture ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 August 2014 / Administration
Tags: Brian Dodd, practices, effective, churches, worship experience, contemporary, traditional, biblical community, next generation, balance, outreach, global efforts
The following is another installment from my friends at MAG Bookkeeping. If your church needs bookkeeping or virtual assistance, there is no one I recommend more. You can contact this wonderful organization ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, young, pastors, learner, church, stories, people, grandparents, children, patience, laughter, investment, ministry, apology, spouse, children, accountability, apathy
Last week, a friend asked me what general advice I would give to young church leaders. I'm sure this list is not complete, but here's a start: 1. Always be a learner. Degrees don't signal an end to learning. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Expansion
Tags: church, renovation, construction, buildings, Internet connectivity, security system, plumbing, management, financial processes, controls, volunteer management, HR process, hiring, staff development, ...
Have you ever visited a construction site before the walls are finished and the drywall is put into place? If so, you've probably noticed the myriad of wires and pipes woven into the hidden recesses of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Justin Lathrop, young, pastor, mistakes, maturation, work-life balance, counsel, experience, understanding, success, serve God, passion, knowledge
If you could write a letter to yourself 10 years ago, what would you say? What would you tell yourself to focus on or shy away from? What would you tell yourself to pay attention to or to let go a little ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Ministry Facilities
Tags: Chuck Lawless, building, facility, issues, main entrance, welcome center, paper signage, unsecured, children's area, windowless doors, clutter, dirty carpet, odors
I know the church is not a building. That is not to say, though, that the building is unimportant. A building says something about the congregation that gathers there; so, we need to pay attention to our ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Pastors, ministerial leaders, suicide, depressed, difficult issues, escape, hopeless, discouraged, Christian, non-Christian, community, talking about suicide, indicators, teens, elderly, self-vi
He was a business acquaintance and a good friend. We did not commonly spend time together outside of necessary meetings, but when we did there was a mutual enjoyment of each other's company. From the outside ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: David Santistevan, Gungor, Vicky Beeching, Mark Driscoll, David Yonngi Cho, celebrities, Christian, deity status, worship, idolize, criticism, cross, ministry, money, fame
Gungor. Vicky Beeching. Mark Driscoll. David Yonggi Cho. What do all these names have in common? Controversy. Of course, a blogger like myself could not go silent on these issues. When situations like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, faith, ministry, pleasure, God, believing, achievement, obeying, understanding, giving, persisting, thanks, Jericho, trust, Judge
Some Bible verses are so clear that their simple truth is undeniable, such as Hebrews 11:6 which says, "And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Children, ministry, Dale Hudson, rut, volunteers, attendance, vision, guests, glaring problems, solutions, fresh eyes, fear, failure
Is your ministry stuck in a rut? Attendance flat? Vision a word you once talked about? Volunteers just going through the motions? Baptistry is dry? Very few guests walking through the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, stats, forms, accountability, poor, visitors, worship, passion, next generation, ministry, marriages, restored, addictions, broken, fear, conquered, tithers
Being loyal to a denomination, I'm no stranger to filling out forms and reporting stats. There are good reasons for this accountability, and we at 12Stone® Church are good team players in the Wesleyan ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, Millennials, Baby Boomers, generation, local churches, smaller venues, enemy, denounce, culture, cooperation, worship wars, communities, involvement
... the Millennials are from 1980 to 2000. So the oldest member of this generation is 34, while the youngest is only 14. But their impact is already noticeable, and it will be for years to come. Here are 10 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Money
Tags: Jeff Anderson, tithing, giving, churches, dysfunctional, culture, vision casting, denomination, doctrinal teaching, metrics, biblical standard
Church-giving culture is drastically different than it was decades ago. While it didn't change overnight, this culture shift has accelerated just in the past five years. I won't bore you with the common ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, myths, church-wide campaigns, disappointment, disaster, solution, sagging attendance, neighbors, friends, co-workers, disunity, small group ministry
There definitely are ways that church-wide campaigns can miss the mark, and there are keys to avoiding a church-wide campaign disaster. There are certain things you need to do to have a great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 August 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: National Association of Evangelicals, board, survey, church growth, biblical teaching, outward focus, strong vision, mission, Leith Anderson, biblical authority, community, needs, care
The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) asked its board of directors, which includes denominational leaders, pastors and other evangelical leaders, for the main characteristics they notice in growing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Starched, iron, Joe McKeever, prim, proper, rigid, set in their ways, pretty, not functional, self-righteous, legal, unloving, pharisaical, proud, convictions, leadership positions
"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart ... "  (Acts 7:51).  "No one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch pulls away from the garment and a worse tear results. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Communication
Tags: Ron Edmondson, inadvertent, closed, church, closed for business, Sunday, community, friendships, happy, greeting, parking lot, confusion, signage, visitors, language, acronyms, closed groups, ho
I was running recently on a route I've run many times, but I missed this sign until this particular run. It was too "good" not to stop and take a picture with my phone. I saw the sign and the first word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, tired, disillusioned, discouraged, lethargic, fatigued, warm weather, health, churches, feelings, unreliable, dry spells, character building, Jesus, eternal rewards, difference
There comes a point in every great work when you will begin to get tired, disillusioned and discouraged. Fatigue at the halfway point of anything worthy of your dedication is inevitable. This is true for ... [ +++ ]
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