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Created on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 / Money
Tags: Pastor, Brandon Cox, money, apostle Paul, finances, churches, gift, manage, worship, need, generosity, justice, tyranny, missions
As a pastor, I'm well aware of how many people have the assumption that "all pastors want to talk about is money." The funny thing is, after twenty years in ministry and communicating regularly with thousands ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 June 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, salary, topic of discussion, congregation, contention, public information, humility, benefits, expenses, insurance, critics, leverage, misperception, overpaid, family members, ...
If you want a lively discussion, then the topic of the pastor's salary can usually meet that need. I have discussed this issue in the past on both my blog and my podcast. In both cases, the conversation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, social issues, abortion, same-sex marriage, child abuse, pulpit, sin, moral issues, New York City, apostles, William Wilberforce, Charles Finney
... of 2000 years ago) would not take a position on social issues such as slavery, (I.E. as Evangelical Christian William Wilberforce did and eradicated the slave trade in the British Empire in the 19th Century; ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Chuck Lawless, churches, Great Commission, execute, walk, talk, language, biblical texts, commitment, task, ministers, missionaries, non-believers, lost, obedience, teach, transfer
In 17 years of doing church consulting, no church leader has said to me, "Our church really doesn't want to do the Great Commission." I've worked with many churches, however, that proclaim the Great Commission ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Justin Lathrop, wide, deep, balance, watered-down, gospel, knowledge, vocabulary, message, programs, pastors, calling, unchurched, teach, challenge
There are two requirements set on pastors and their churches, and they seem to be contradictory: Our churches must simultaneously go deep and wide. Here's what I mean by that: When I listen to people talk ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church planting, lessons, challenge, God, Good News, Jesus Christ, shy away, leaders, money, fear, pushback, encouragers, naysayers, stretched, hurting people, embrace
I've planted two churches. In each plant, God overwhelmed us continually with what He did among us. I feel humbled and blessed to be a part of such healthy environments God uses to reach people with the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Scott Attebery, churches, disciple, sister church, marriage, mentor, Bible, Thessalonians, imitators, Christ, size, location, age, joint fellowship, encouragement
The church where I formerly pastored, Wyatt Baptist Church of El Dorado, Arkansas, is one of the most mission-minded churches I know of. Every year they send a large percentage of church members around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 June 2014 / Parenting
Tags: Gerard Long, Rebecca Long, Alpha USA, tragedy, pain, drowned, hypothermia, God, throne, why, David, Psalms
On May 8, 2014, the impossible happened. Jeannie's and my eldest child—our precious Rebecca— was taken from us in a tragic accident at the age of 32. It was an unseasonably warm spring day, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, same-sex marriage, pastors, weddings, First Amendment, religious liberty, freedom of speech, activists, human rights, civil rights
It should be obvious to all that the ultimate goal of the far left is to re-interpret and or amend the First Amendment to take away religious liberty and freedom of speech. Since the legalization of same-sex ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, medium, television, Christian, message, churches, ministries, nonprofits, Nielsen, cable, satellite, America's Last Great Campfire, worldwide web, statistics
... research firm Nielsen, here's some interesting new facts: The average home in America now receives 189 television channels. It's a significant increase from 2008, when the average home received 129 channels. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 / Youth
Tags: Greg Stier, youth, leader, character, traits, yield, detour, unpopular message, teach, rest stop, reset, relax, prayer, school zone, Dare 2 Share
As I travel down the youth ministry highway, I get the privilege of encountering a lot of excellent youth leaders along the way. As I speed along, it's hard not to notice the signs of youth leaders who ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, leaders, beliefs, strong convictions, attack, ministerial leaders, hardship, theological, ethical, practical, derision, discouragement, dread, discord, division, distractions, defamation, ...
The real foundation of great leadership is character, not charisma. And one aspect of a leader's character is the convictions to which he is deeply committed. Great leaders have strongly held beliefs. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, fun, boring, church, Relevant Children's Ministry, engaged, attention, learning style, interactive, game, God's Word
Do you want to know if kids like coming to your church or not? There are two words you can ask them to find out. These two words carry a lot of weight for a child. The first word is fun. If you want ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 May 2014 / Community
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, people, help, responsibility, excuses, self-improvement, heart, God, wisdom, accountability, negative outlook, vision, future, self-deception, price, success, kingdom, age
I've been involved in pastoral ministry for 30 years, and I have a desire to help everyone. But I have learned the hard way that I cannot help every person who attends our church or who comes to me for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Teen Mania, Ron Luce, youth ministry, Acquire the Fire, Extreme Camps, Global Expeditions, school of worship, Center for Creative Media, teenagers, Dallas
Youth Ministry Since 1986, Teen Mania Ministries has been challenging young people to live for something greater than themselves. The organization's commitment to see teenagers fully engage in the purposes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 May 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Cox, preaching, humanity, role, Bible, message, Word, terminology, vernacular
Some believe that preaching preparation is where the preacher goes off to talk to God with Bible in hand. Then God gives a message to the preacher. Then the preacher comes to the people without altering ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Joyce Meyer Ministries, media outreach, Bible teaching, social media, languages, television, radio, programs, Facebook
Media Outreach/Bible teaching The global impact of Joyce Meyer Ministries is nearly immeasurable, but the numbers certainly speak for themselves. Meyer, who considers herself more of a practical Bible ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 / Married
Tags: MarriageToday, Jimmy and Karen Evans, biblically equip, save, marriages, uncompromised design, reach the masses, gates of hell, resources, finances, sex, intimacy
Marriage Ministry No one has to tell Jimmy Evans about the spiritual crisis facing marriages in this day and age. Through their ministry, MarriageToday, he and his wife, Karen, have been laboring diligently ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 / Community
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, Cross Church, Northwest Arkansas, stability, longevity, plan, pastor, minister, personal walk, Christ, marriage, church, grown, together, perspective, circle of love
When the Lord called me to Northwest Arkansas in October 1986, I had no idea I would be here 27 years later. I really did not come here with a plan about how long I would stay, but I always assumed I would ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 May 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, first chair, second chair, leadership, position, young, subordinate, church planters, remove lids, empower, individual dreams, input, voice, micromanage, recognition
I was asked a great question recently while visiting with a group of leadership students from a nearby Christian college. How do you attract (and keep) “first-chair” type leaders into a “second-chair” ... [ +++ ]
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