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Created on Friday, 14 November 2014 / Service
Tags: Joe McKeever, cup of water, benevolence, missions, judgement, Savior, excuses, life or death, dire situations, journey, encouragement
I'm the only person I know who picks up stray pennies. I add them to my coil cup, which will eventually be given to missions. Every little bit counts. The gospel song goes: "If just a cup of water I place ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, blocks, small groups, community, koinonia, frequency, authenticity, mutuality, accountability, encouragement, courtesy, sympathy
What the public generally knows about Saddleback Church is that we have a large weekend attendance. But what the outside world doesn't realize is that the strength of Saddleback is really in our small ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Chuck Lawless, enemy, Satan, upper hand, church, chaos, confusion, Jesus, cross, sin, difficulties, discouragement, evangelism, position, power, kingdoms
Let me start this post with a clear caveat: Satan will not ultimately win as he attacks God's church. Jesus broke the powers through His cross (Col. 2:15), and the enemy will eventually be cast into outer ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, church, sex, talk, culture, marriage, family, scrutiny, same-sex attraction, conviction, sexual sin, church sin, Christians, impurity, hostility, quarrelling, jealousy
How are you talking about sex at your church (or with your kids ... or with your friends) these days? Or are you talking about it? Sometimes when we don't know what to say, we say nothing. Or we say the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 November 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, young adults, churched kids, panic, teens, college age, high school, frustrations, bar set low, ministries
The panic has been seeping in for a few years now. There are all sorts of statistics out there about "teens" leaving the church. Some say it starts around 15 years of age. Others say 80 percent of the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church service, first-time guests, greet, worship, unfriendly, unsafe, unclean, children's ministry, information kiosk, insider church language, church website, poor signage, ...
If you attend a church regularly, you've probably noticed the phenomenon. A guest shows up for a worship service, but he or she never returns. It is, unfortunately, a common issue in many churches. I did ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Communication
Tags: Dan Reiland, 12Stone Church, communicator, public communication, message, Kevin Myers, John Maxwell, connection, content, audience, confidence, preparation
All leaders communicate. Not all leaders communicate well. Communication is a broader topic than just your Sunday morning or weekend messages. Much of a leader's most important communication takes place ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, audience, Billy Joel, reaction, sermon, feedback, heart, message, amen, response, frowners, naysayers, seminary, church, ministry
Billy Joel gets it. This veteran entertainer does something I find fascinating. According to The New Yorker of Oct. 27, Joel "grew tired of having to look out at the fat cats in the two front rows, the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, leader, age, challenges, newest idea, approach, technique, retire, pastors, leaders, expiration date
As we watch the news, we often see leaders retire. It happens in the sports world, the political realm, the educational system and even in the religious community. The pope retired. Pastors retire from ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 October 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Bob Russell, friend, same-sex marriage, wedding, U.S. Supreme Court, society, standards, Sodom, Gomorrah, conscience, violation, Jesus Christ, gay couple
... That small congregation of 120 members became one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending the four worship services every weekend in 2006 when Bob retired. Now through Bob Russell ... [ +++ ]
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, 24 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, sheep, smell, speaker, leader, influencer, Dr. Lynn Anderson, innovative, engaged, listener, compassion, pastoring, authenticity, replaceable, humility
If you were to ask 100 pastors how they wanted to grow, you'd hear a variety of answers: becoming a better speaker, leader or influencer. There are countless books on these subjects—tips and tricks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 October 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, social media, harm, good, church, communication, encouragement, attack, leaders, criticize, share the gospel, prayer requests
On a few occasions, I have addressed the topic of church leaders on social media. I obviously have a fascination with this form of communication. Indeed, I see it as one of the great modern-day vehicles ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: pastor, extra-marital affair, Ron Edmondson, marriage vows, Dr. Jennifer Degler, lie, drug, distraction, narcissist, inappropriate relationship, revelation, secret, exposed, abandonment, abuse, self-absorbed, ...
This post is from a friend of mine, Dr. Jennifer Degler. Jennifer pulls no punches. But she's a difference-maker in the kingdom. I'm thankful for her influence. She writes: Dear Pastor, If you are a pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Ed Stetzer, pharisees, Jesus, hypocrisy, social media, shortcomings, judgmental, legalism, spiritual damage, discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, expectations, bitterness
If you're like me, you hate Pharisees. Jesus didn't have much use for them either ... and of course, I want to be like Jesus! Also, let's be honest, few things are more fulfilling than sending out a tweet ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, moral failure, ministry, leaders, integrity, evangelistic, Jesus, gospel, desires, temptation, commitment, God's standards, marriage, manage, mind, media intake, Internet pornograph
One of my gravest concerns about the witness of the church to our current culture is the threat to our evangelistic integrity caused by moral failures among ministry leaders. Every time a leader falls, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 October 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, structure, healthy church, collapse, wineskins, growth, plateau, internal conflict, leaders, discouragement, personal renewal, corporate renewal, community, mission renewal, structural ...
Structure is far more important that we usually realize. Every building in the world has to have the right structure to stand up and not collapse. Living things have structure as well. An animal can grow ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, pastors, thank you, staff, appreciation, gratitude, praying, studying, God's Word, communicating, grace, love, patience, motives, countless hours, continual learner, spouses, children, ...
To all pastors and church staff, I want you to know that I know being a pastor or church staff member is the most difficult job in the world. While it has unbelievable highs and on its best days is the ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 25 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, focus, task, productive, distracted, mind wanders, discipline, rest, deadlines, passion, project, encouragement, success, exercise, systems
I'm fairly productive as a person. But the truth is, I get distracted easily and have a hard time staying focused at times. If I didn't have notes when I was preaching, I would totally get off track. My ... [ +++ ]
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