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Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, fresh, production, well-rehearsed band, ever-expanding creativity, approach, leader, patience, be present, silence, songs, Holy Spirit, Heaven, copying, stadium event, ...
I crave the real thing. I don't know about you, but I want the manifest presence of God in my home, life and church—not just manufactured, emotional experiences with great songs. Of course, I am ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Rob Ketterling, pastors' kids, pressures, beliefs, challenges, trip, ugly side of ministry, joy, zapped, dream big
Being a pastor, I have such a passion for pastors' kids. It's such a unique way to grow up—complete with unique pressures, unique benefits and unique challenges. Just like most things in life, it ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, myths, church-wide campaigns, disappointment, disaster, solution, sagging attendance, neighbors, friends, co-workers, disunity, small group ministry
There definitely are ways that church-wide campaigns can miss the mark, and there are keys to avoiding a church-wide campaign disaster. There are certain things you need to do to have a great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Communication
Tags: Ron Edmondson, inadvertent, closed, church, closed for business, Sunday, community, friendships, happy, greeting, parking lot, confusion, signage, visitors, language, acronyms, closed groups, ho
I was running recently on a route I've run many times, but I missed this sign until this particular run. It was too "good" not to stop and take a picture with my phone. I saw the sign and the first word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 / Missions
Tags: Rob Hoskins, OneHope, missions, Bible app, kids, cutting edge, programs, children's ministry, intentionality, teens, local church, spiritually homeless youth, missiology, ecclesiology, proactive, ...
Ever wonder what missions might look like 10 years from now? Will we be supporting digital missionaries that holographically appear to unreached people groups using technology that interprets their spoken ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Thom Rainer, productive, pastor, ministry, demanding, race, spiritually disciplined, pray, physically disciplined, appointments, sermon preparation, priorities, accomplishment, sleep
The work of pastoral ministry is a joy, but it's also demanding. Every pastor is on call 24/7. Expectations of members are high and sometimes unreasonable. Pastors are thus expected to "run the race" constantly. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, misery, toxic, fumes, Lord, servant, self-destructive, undermine, effectiveness, salary, retirement, employer, appreciation, needs, God's people, churches, congregation
I don't know anyone who wants to be miserable in anything, much less in serving the Lord, but some people give the appearance of working hard to achieve it. Here are three self-destructive things (you'll ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, bad, decision, major, hints, leadership, everyone happy, easy, alone, quickly, slowly, changes nothing, gut, dangerous
I've made many bad decisions in my leadership. Thankfully, the longer I lead, the more I develop warning signs I'm about to make another. I think these may apply to all leaders. These aren't full proof. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 / Service
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, volunteers, secret, long haul, sweet spot, roles, relationship, time off, responsibility, appreciation
Enticing volunteers to stick around for the long haul can be a challenging proposition. What's the secret? Here are 5 suggestions that might help: 1.  Sweet Spot. Make sure you place volunteers ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: LifeChurch.tv, Oklahoma, Craig Groeschel, online, global, Life Groups, YouVersion Bible App, Church Online, Church Metrics, creativity
Technology and Innovation The church isn't contained to a building, and no one better exemplifies this than LifeChurch.tv, a church that meets weekly in locations across the U.S. and globally online. Following ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: OneHope, children, gospel, Jesus Christ, Rob Hoskins, Bob Hoskins, Spanish, Bible App for Kids, Muslims, traditional crusades, Holy Spirit
... young people through film, the ministry's founder nodded amen. Unveiled in 2005, The GodMan film is now available in 10 different versions, contextualized for various regions. OneHope has screened the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 / 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, 09 May 2014 / Money
Tags: Phil Cooke, financial crisis, church, survival, Mary Hutchinson, Mark Dreistadt, Dale Berkey, David Holland, donors, financial, Jesus, blanket appeal
I asked a distinguished panel of donor development and fundraising experts about the advice they would give churches and ministries during a financial crisis. The panel included Mary Hutchinson, Mark ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 May 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, affirm, accept, appreciate, criticize, greeters, smile, snobs, church, loving, Saddleback Church, hospital, sinners, hotel, saints, Catholics, Charismatics, Jews, Buddhists, Baptists, ...
One of the most important factors for the growth of your church, of any church, of the kingdom for that matter, is how loving we are as Christians. It’s absolutely essential that we lead our churches to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Pastors, Charles Arn, growth, new, units, principle, application, people, saturation, template, unchurched, target audience, needs
Here’s a growth axiom you can take to the bank. Whether you are pastoring a (large, medium or small) church, leading a youth group, overseeing a music ministry or are involved with any other aspect of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, Easter, purpose-driven church, evangelism, growth, eggs, Billy Graham, fruit, decision, relationship, acceptance, approval, love, lifestyle
Easter is one of the two biggest weekends for most churches in terms of attendance. I see this as a great opportunity for evangelism to begin and for a relationship to start between your church and all ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dan Reiland, team, morale, spirit, happiness, energetic, productive, adversity, generosity, trust, empowerment, alignment, caring
The hallways often reveal more than the boardroom. What you hear in the hallways is often a better indicator of the spirit of your team than what is said in the boardroom. I’m not suggesting that your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, employee, servant, steward, hire, application, God, evaluation process, complain, solutions, favoring, momentary personal pleasure, talents, greater good
I’m not trying to be cute or clever with the title or with this post. The thought occurred to me recently: If I were God, would I hire me? Now, granted, I’m not God. You can say a loud amen to that. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 / Children
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, Easter, children, return, fun, learn, Jesus, unchurched, marginal parents, love, gospel, age-appropriate, presentation
Troy Page recently noted on TonyMorganLive.com, “Remember that the win is not how many people show up for Easter—it’s how many people come back. Shoot for 75% of your Easter crowd.” Recently ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 April 2014 / Culture
Tags: John Burke, sin, root, appeal, Gateway, Austin, behavior, struggle, Frank Laubach, experience, selfish
I’ll never forget a quote by a guy who joined Gateway’s recovery group. He had just found faith earlier that year and had been growing to experience this moment-by-moment life with God. When asked what ... [ +++ ]
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