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Created on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, balance, healthy, church, impact, one, many, Word, Work
... to any usefulness to the Savior. After five years as Director of Missions for the 100 Southern Baptist churches of metro New Orleans, Joe McKeever retired on June 1, 2009. These days, he has an office ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 January 2015 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, employment, pastors, church staff, jobs, informal network, resumes, influential person, recommendations, social media, reputations
This post may cause some of you to feel uneasy. I have to admit I've had some of those same feelings writing it. I prefer to think of pastoral ministry as a calling more than a job. And I sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 January 2015 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, meeting, staff, leaders, chaos, confusion, application, concept, theory, discoveries, buy in, creativity, teamwork
I was in a meeting recently and someone defined a leader as one who provides answers and direction to a team.  I understood their concept. I disagreed with the application.  In fact, I have a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 December 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Greg Stier, collaboration, principles, gospel, Jesus Christ, churches, youth ministries, synergize, network, bold, vision, prayer, God's Word, Doug Holliday, relationships
As I type these words I'm at a mountain retreat with 10 other youth ministry leaders from around the nation. We are collaborating around a vision that we pray will result in every teenager in America engaged ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 December 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Warren Bird, Internet, online campus, broadcast, worship, Leadership Network, multisite churches, chat rooms, prayer rooms, faith commitments, virtual small groups, growth, text, email, login
"Do you have an internet campus?" Leadership Network polled more than 500 multisite churches in late 2013 (entire report as free download here), with the following findings: 1 percent—We DID have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Brandon Cox, growth, compromise, theology, megachurches, small churches, local, Leadership Network, worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship
I love small churches. I love medium-sized churches. And I love large churches and "megachurches" (typically defined as an evangelical congregation with 2,000 or more weekend service attenders). I also ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Millennials, mass exodus, Christian faith, criticism, Barna Group, Cornerstone Knowledge Network, modularity, visual clarity, respite, nature
The mass exodus of Millennials (today's 18- to 30-year-olds) from their Christian faith has caused many to wring their hands about the future of the church. Some have answered Millennials' criticisms that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Joe McKeever, gems, wisdom, pastor, beginning, calling, New Orleans Baptist Association, training, shortcuts, Acts 16:25, Paul, Silas, Philippian jail, Jesus Christ, network, mentors, advisors, prayer ...
... early retirement from his firm to attend Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham. Then, in 2009, when Duane McDaniel succeeded me as DOM for the association, he asked Jack to take charge of our inner city ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, phrases, youth ministry, Saddleback Church, work, hard, leader, terrible, character assassination, vision, direction, savior
I was thinking about three phrases I've said to my self from time to time. The problem is that they are either destructive or self-defeating phrases that get stuck in our minds and misdirect us. They ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, sting, criticism, environment, toxic person, workplaces, response, critical comment, emotions, upset, complaint, prayer, sleep, truth, preachers, message, relationally, Andy Stanley, ...
Criticism. You dread it. I dread it. Who doesn't? In fact, it can completely derail your day, your week and your work. So what do you do when it comes your way? Finding a Criticism-Free ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 18 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, delivery, message, distractions, cable network, Facebook, social media, media messages, cell, wifi, radio, TV, short wave, competition
Now before you crucify me for heresy, let me explain. My father was a pastor back in the 1950s and 1960s, and compared to today, getting his message out was easy. Church was a big part of life back then, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Growth
Tags: Brandon Cox, control, growth, church, David Chrzan, leadership, theological framework, systems, Holy Spirit, commitment, congregation, discipleship
He may not be Solomon, but David Chrzan often drops nuggets of wisdom that sound as if they could have come from the book of Proverbs. In the five years or so that I've known and worked with David, he's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church leaders, pastors, multisite churches, research, Leadership Network, Generis, Warren Bird, study, evangelistic strategy, campus pastor, staff ministers
... looked at multisite churches in recent years. Scott McConnell, the director of LifeWay Research, wrote Multi-site Churches in 2009, an excellent analysis of the movement. Now a study by Leadership Network ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Joe McKeever, disciples, evangelism, Christian workers, assignment, preaching, Great Commission, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, Jesus, Paul, Silas, gospel, bold, confident, peac
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore, be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves" (Matt. 10:16). This is a brief Bible study. (Just so you'll know. Smiley-face here.) For ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 September 2014 / Multimedia
Tags: Ministry Outside the Box, Internet, TV, channel, content, sermons, praise, worship, cost, TBN, Church Network, analytics, platform, Roku, Amazon Fire TV
The TV industry is ripe for disruption, and it's holding on for dear life. The traditional content producers (studios) and the cable companies are holding on to that old business model till the last dollar ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Women
Tags: women, empower, emerging leaders, Ed Stetzer, LifeWay, Tim Keller, Center Church, theology, leadership, connection, power, Facts and Trends, networking
Too often, we can miss the gifts of others. That's human nature, I guess. The fact is, God has gifted all His people, and the work of Christ is benefited when we acknowledge and engage different people ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 19 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Justin Lathrop, art, living, vision, James Michener, work, play, intention, passion, dreamer, artist, pastor, potential, priorities, responsibilities
What does it mean to be a master in the art of living? If you asked a hundred different people, you'd get a hundred different opinions. That's understandable. It's a vague question. But recently I ... [ +++ ]
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