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Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, volunteer, children's ministry, conversation, background check, red flag, safety, affirm, church family, drug conviction, reference, application
I recently sat down with someone who wanted to serve in our children's ministry. I knew going into the conversation that he would not be able to serve at this time. His heart was in the right place ... ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, tenure, pastor, church, traits, prayer, staff, family time, ministry, community, battles, accountable, conflict, criticism
Imagine what might take place if pastors consistently stayed at churches for 10 or more years. Imagine that their tenure was largely healthy. Imagine what would happen in our congregations. The median ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, pastors, blatant sin, casual drifting, distractions, danger, neglect, soul, family, sacrifice, numbers game, comparison, affirmation, rebels, truth, popularity, glory, ...
I encounter so many struggling pastors. And unfortunately, I know so many who used to be pastors but no longer hold the position. It may be through a blatant sin or a casual drifting from doing what they ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 / Community
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, lost, sinners, broken, churches, Christians, spiritually stable, unchurched, friends, separated, compassion, dysfunctional family, serve, save
It is a natural thing for Christians to want to be around other Christians. Something special happens in the fellowship of believers. We can worship freely, study deeply, and communicate clearly. Hanging ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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