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Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Charis Hillman Brown, Os Hillman, Christians, media attention, negative, Jesus, Harvard University, LGBT group, Westboro Baptist Church, abortion clinics, gay pride parades, Tim Tebow, Ira Glass, ...
Have you ever noticed that most of the media attention Christians receive is negative? As I have worked with my dad and seen a lot of the media response to Christianity, it has me really confused. The ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 26 September 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, small groups, local church, transformational, connection, fellowship, community, burdens, church walls, gospel transformation, corporate worship
If you think community is an important part of healthy church life, and I hope you do, then small groups should also be important to you. They are actually crucial to the life of any church. I'm not the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, Jesus, cultural influence, beatitudes, Sermon on the Mount, holiness, pietists, societal transformation, poor in spirit, mourn, comfort, meet, righteousness
The Beatitudes (Matt. 5:1-12) contained in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is perhaps the greatest exposition ever written regarding godly character and attitude. Often the 10 attributes mentioned here ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, passion, self, Holy Spirit, opportunities, reputation, Christ, Monday morning, sold out, vulnerability, effectiveness
"It's not that you shouldn't lead worship. It's just that your passion to lead others has overwhelmed the necessity of leading yourself. The best worship leaders are those who are in tune with the Holy ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, consulting, offering, money, financial stewardship, churches, congregation, pastors, key leader, worship, communication, vision, mission, gifts
I have been visiting and consulting with churches and church leaders for over 25 years. Do you know what that means? Mostly, it means that I'm old. But it also means I have seen a lot of what takes place ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, preaching, hardcore, sin, hell, punishment, grace, insensitive, pastors, writers, culture, Christian message, priority, truth
We're seeing a lot of criticism recently of pastors, writers, speakers, filmmakers as well as others about how they share the Christian message with the outside culture. Some are criticized for making ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, leaders, guard, hearts, minds, brain capacity, sinful nature, false teaching, false religions, temptation, A.W. Tozer, counterfeit, spiritual experiences, pride, overworked mind
Leaders are readers. Leaders are learners. And leaders are definitely thinkers. Your mind is a special gift from God. It's one of the most important tools in a leader's arsenal. Your mind can potentially ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 September 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Scott Hagan, young leaders, faithfulness, futility, manipulation, developmental years, all-access leaders, future-centric, unholy urgency, leverage, influence, behaviors, example, expert
For many rising leaders in ministry, the modern messaging of faithfulness is code for futility. Being told that faithful reps are the fastest path to results feels manipulative. A lot of young leaders ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sermon, love, preach, pastors, genuine, transformation, communication, phrase, story, engaging, energetic, interesting
Can you preach a good sermon without love? I was at a gathering of pastors, and the gust speaker said, "You can preach a good sermon without loving your people, but you will never preach a great sermon ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 September 2014 / Legacy
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, young pastor, future, basic conviction, ministry, surrender, navigate, gospel, Dr. Jeff Crawford, yes, altar, stay, leave
I was raised in Texas. When I was a young pastor, I had no idea what my future would be. Quite honestly, I still do not. When I surrendered to God's calling to come to my church more than 27 years ago, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, church, millennials, realism, state of the world, bandaids, bullet wounds, pacifists, activists, honesty, safe place, Truth, Bible, social activism, passionate
It's no secret that millennials aren't exactly flocking to churches these days. There are theories and statistics, but the fact remains the same: Our churches aren't a place millennials tend to call home. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Kathryn Scott, lost people, Jesus, Ireland, Causeway Coast Vineyard Church, intentional direction, vision, collision, community outreach, purpose, Great Commission, faith, model, church
When we moved to the North Coast of Northern Ireland and planted the Causeway Coast Vineyard Church back in May 1999, we had no idea what it would look like. The only thing we knew for certain was we wanted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 / Singles
Tags: Justin Lathrop, ministry, qualification, singles, married, perspectives, communication, liberal churches, time, reliance on Jesus, closeness with God
The overwhelming majority of church leadership in the United States is married. Married people are the overwhelming majority of voices with the power to influence church decisions—and marriage is ... [ +++ ]
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 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. ... [ +++ ]
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