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Created on Monday, 03 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Pastors, struggle, depression, suicide, help, issues, spiritual warfare, unrealistic expectations, demands, pressure, ministry, marriage, family, problems
The issue of mental health and Christians is finally getting some attention. Among the Christians who have challenges, many pastors struggle with depression. We hear too frequently about a pastor committing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 / Culture
Tags: Culture, church, Justin Lathrop, stuck feeling, volunteer, generosity, positive, encourage, correct, Paul, Corinthians, Ephesians, ownership, mistakes, negativity
You’ve heard it said that culture starts at the top and works its way down. I couldn’t agree more. And yet, after years of working with and around pastors, listening to their greatest concerns, I know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 February 2014 / Counseling
Tags: teacher, preacher, apostle, learn, teacher, Christ, college, seminary, languages, Hebrew, Jesus, God, education, church, Apostle Paul, Old Testament, Barnabas, Word, gospel, grow
I am a teacher. When I was a senior in high school, a classmate gave me one of those unforgettable moments that lives in one’s mind forever. Principal Andy Davis had summoned me to his office to help Jerry ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preach, sermons, conclusion, Christ, gospel, message, summarize, redemption, emotional intensity, specific response, personal, opportunity, commitment
Some of the greatest preachers in history were great at introducing and delivering sermons but poor at closing them. We preach Christ, and we preach a gospel that calls for commitment, so powerful preaching ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 February 2014 / Married
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, engaged, newlyweds, couples, ministry, time off, distracted, Deuteronomy, cell phones, emails, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, spiritual, biblical
There has been a teaching that has gone around certain church circles intermittently for the last several decades that states, “Newly married couples should step away from church-related ministry for at ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Jason Hatley, pastors, ministry, management, mentorship, Moses, Building Strong Worship Leaders, we, me, mindset, generosity, scarcity
For the second time this week, Joe felt like he had reached the end of his rope.  As the worship pastor in a growing church, he constantly felt overwhelmed and underprepared. Regardless of how ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brandon Cox, social media, church, engage, world, Jesus, Paul, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Christians, Rick Warren, online, mission, Great Commission, Internet, community, lost, unsaved
As we develop a driving philosophy of why to take up the mantle of social media engagement, it’s important to understand that the purposes for engaging the culture this way are the same purposes that led ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Joseph Mattera, marketplace, kingdom message, politics, economics, education, family, religion, arts/entertainment, science, misunderstandings, extreme teachings
Almost everywhere I go, believers are attempting to apply the kingdom message to influence the cultural mountains, which are described as the major areas we need to influence in order to transform society: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, hurting, challenging, immoral, community, Pew Research, clergy, moral failures, widespread coverage, Christian faith, nation, marginalize, tenure, entitlement mentality, social ...
A day does not pass that I do not hear from a hurting pastor. Serving in that role has to be one of the most challenging vocations today. Sure, there are some bad and immoral pastors. But the vast majority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Driscoll, flock-focused leader, sheep-focused leader, elders, deacons, local church, Mars Hill, evangelism, classes, community groups, marriage, prayer, sick, hospital visits, conflict, train ...
Sheep-focused elders and deacons work in a local church, caring for the people in that local church. In the New Testament, we know that local churches had elders and deacons, even though we know very few ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, confidence, God's Word, pastors, Holy Scripture, sabotage, preaching, sermon, text, Billy Graham, Jesus, preparation, Bible, Greek, Hebrew, theme
We pastors love the Word of God. We read it, study it and devote our lives to learning it and teaching and preaching its riches. It is our sole authority for what we believe and teach. And yet ... ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Churches, ministries, pastors, new media, dangers, publicity crises, social media, greater risk, reputation damage, credibility
Churches and Christian ministries are not prepared for publicity crises and under-estimate the dangers of the new media age, according to an international public relations and reputation management consultant. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 January 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, encouragement, words, pastors, ministry, church growth, scriptures, people-pleaser, influence, gossip, priority
This is for all my pastor friends. It may not make as much sense to readers who haven’t served in that role. One thing that sets me apart from some pastors is that the amount of time I spent in the business ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 January 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, media, pastor, mega-church, small congregation, gospel, consultant, workshop, quality people, quality equipment, tell a story, Christian lingo, package
As a media consultant, I have the opportunity to help some of the largest churches and ministries in the country create effective, high quality media outreaches. In most cases, they are experienced, committed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 January 2014 / Healing
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, pastors, authenticity, ministry, Barna Group, adultery, failing marriage, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, heal, Max Lucado, Dr. Fred Antonelli
We live on the cusp of what potentially could be the greatest revival ever known in the history of mankind. However, statistics indicate that attendance and finances are at a modern-day low in the church. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Will Mancini, pastors.com, annual report, corporation, practice, shareholders, details, investors, leverage, communication tool, vision, refocus, stories, gratitude, God
You’ve heard of annual reports, but have you thought of creating one for your church? The point, of course, is not to imitate a common corporate practice but to leverage every opportunity to cast vision. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kyle Corbin, youth ministry, town, hamlet, village, recreation center, blue collar workers, recreation guide, walk, connection, Youth for Christ
My assumption is that very few of us are fortunate enough to do ministry in the area in which we were born. I am not talking about the state or province, but rather the actual town, city, hamlet or village. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, God, youth, ministry, problem areas, resources, students, New Year, I Corinthians, seed, watered, hearts, meetings, discouragement
I don’t know about you, but when I think about ministry in the New Year, I think about setting goals. I want ministry moving forward and so I think about what that looks like. I think about the problem ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Kurt Bubna, marriage, vows, extramarital affair, mess up, sex, Desperate Housewives, Scandal, working meal, friend, flirt, innuendo, joke
It’s late at night and my phone rings. An old friend is on the line, and the first thing I hear is, “I think I’ve ruined everything. I’ve had an affair.” In a culture gone crazy for sex, I guess I shouldn’t ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 / Administration
Tags: Will Mancini, pastors.com, measuring stick, church, organization, congregation, commitment, Auxano, strategy, culture, vision, decision-making, priorities, LifeWay Research, Vision Pathway, guest ...
Below you will find what I believe to be 20 very important, if not the most important, things you should know about your church. Keep in mind these are things to measure about your church as an organization. ... [ +++ ]
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