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Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Hilgemann, sermons, losing people, sloppy transitions, connection, points, too much information, long introductions, lazy conclusions, abstract thoughts, real-life application
Are you losing people when you preach? Do people check out during your sermons? After listening to thousands of sermons and preaching quite a few myself, I have learned eight different ways that pastors ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Ranier, criticism, anonymous, letters, response, dispose, assistants, confidants, merit, prayer, public, approach
Every leader will get one or more at some point in his or her leadership: the harsh, critical letter that is unsigned and unidentifiable. I recently asked via Twitter how leaders respond when they get ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 / Social Media
Tags: Web, Tony Morgan, spiritual growth, church website, brochure, volunteers, stream, services, Seacoast Church, LifeChurch.tv, Pinelake Church, Bible app
Remember the days when we just duplicated everything in the church bulletin on the church website? Church websites were just online brochures. Then we started encouraging people to connect. We offered ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, affirmation, leadership, jeers, cheers, believers, notice, listen, applause, contributions, ministry, beyond church, positive words, prayer
We affirm people when we treat them with dignity, knowing that they matter to God. If you want to stand out in your leadership, one secret puts you head and shoulders above everybody else—be an encourager. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Brady Boyd, God, pastor, disappointments, offerings, congregation, change, safety, numbers, praying, sleep, authority, perspective
You probably know by now that being a pastor doesn’t shield you from disappointments. Sorry for the buzzkill beginning, but that’s the truth. The offerings will sometimes be less than your church expenses. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Joe McKeever, viruses, infect, church, customers, leaders, satisfaction, happy, deacons, church business, spiritual, offering
... concepts in effect in our churches. When I became leader of the New Orleans Baptist Association with its 130 Southern Baptist churches in a five-parish area in 2004, the first thing we did was bring ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, pastor, love, preaching, noise, churches, names, brain, greet, services, touch, approachable, eye contact, personal style, writing
Pastor, you set the tone and atmosphere in your congregation. If you want to know the warmth of your church, put the thermometer in your own mouth. I’ve visited some churches where the pastor’s lack of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 May 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, youth ministry, pitfalls, staff covenants, boundaries, opposite sex, Saddleback Church, youth workers, overspending, inappropriate relationships, money
I had a chance to get away with some of our youth ministry leadership team recently to process some of the common pitfalls that youth pastors face as they navigate ministry. My mind has hovered around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 / Vision
Tags: Brad Lomenick, make it happen, team, culture, goals, leaders, responsibility, promptness, meetings, solve problems
All of us want to be part of a team that is successful, accomplishes goals and gets things done. But a “make it happen” team culture is only possible if we, as individuals and leaders, are truly committed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 April 2013 / Administration
Tags: Rick Warren, untapped, gold mines, church, sleeping giant, lay people, financial support, evangelicals, Saddleback
Pastor, you’ve got a sleeping giant in your church. If you awake that sleeping giant, it’ll change your church, your community and the world. This sleeping giant in your church is your unengaged lay people. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 March 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Dan Reiland, pastors, leaders, church, happy, relationships, heart level, spontaneous
I was out for a run for the first time in months. A “runner’s injury" to my right foot has been slow in healing. It was great to be off the exercise bike and back outside! While I was out, another runner ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 December 2012 / Cutting Edge
Tags: Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren, phone app, What am I Here For?
A new iOS app providing a portable and interactive user experience for the 10th Anniversary expanded version of Rick Warren’s bestselling The Purpose Driven Life: What On Earth Am I Here For? is now available ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 December 2012 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: connecticut school shooting, billy graham, newtown school massacre, why does god allow tragedy, school shootings, senseless killings, gun control, bad things happen to good people, job
The technological revolutions of today stagger our imaginations. We try to peer into the future, and if we could actually see what the world will be like 10 or 20 years from now, I'm sure that we would ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 December 2012 / Community
Tags: divine appointments, hurricane sandy, billy graham, bgea, rapid response team, superstorm sandy, christian response to hurricane sandy, franklin graham
Chance. Coincidence. Happenstance. Those words don’t exist in the vocabulary of Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains. “Because our chaplains pray each morning for God's direction, we don't believe ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 December 2012 / Preaching
Tags: Embrace, God, way, own, Make it happen, kingdom, path, faith, view, pause, reflect, Psalm, navigational, corporate, reality, humble, prayer
God loves us enough to make our path straight, but it is so much better to get on the right path first. We are all living in a fast-paced, hard driven, “make it happen” world. I have operated in this world ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 November 2012 / The Leading Point
Tags: Frangipane, Appointed time, Turmoil, Election, Servants, Enemy
In spite of escalating turmoil in our world, and failed hopes for presidential elections in the USA, there still remains one last, great outpouring of mercy before the time of the end (see Matt. 24:14; ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 October 2012 / Main
Tags: Professional, Trapped, Rut, Tent-making skills, Preachers, Occupational ministry
Three strategies for freeing you up to develop your ‘tent-making’ skills One of my favorite quotes on bi-vocationalism comes from renowned Southern writer and economist Wendell Berry. He spoke at a 2007 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 October 2012 / Relationships
Tags: Presentation, Engaging, Empower, Leaders, Appealing
Create a system that frees and empowers leaders to do what they do best I constantly remind our leaders, The sermon begins in the parking lot. By the time I stand up to deliverwhat is traditionally considered ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 January 2012 / Main
Tags: Check Out Charisma Media's New App
If you received an iPad for Christmas, we've got an extra gift for you: Subscribe to Charisma Digital then download our free Charisma Media app. With your subscription, you'll receive a log in to view ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 October 2011 / Main
Tags: Pastors Need Prayer On Clergy Appreciation Month
Focus on the Family named and began emphasizing Clergy Appreciation Month (CAM) in 1994, reminding congregations that it was biblical and proper to honor their pastoral staffs and pastoral families throughout ... [ +++ ]
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