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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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, social skills, pastors, Adrian Rogers, thank you, forgive me, sorry, ask, order, appreciation, duty, remember names, alibi, defending yourself, interrupt, speaker, Tony Campolo, Perry ...
A retired seminary professor, now ministering in a different church every weekend, posted an interesting little note on Facebook. That day, he had been wondering whether the host pastor had appreciated ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, growing pains, church, pastors, labor, care issue, small groups, control issue, growth, criticism, newcomers, comfort issue, ministry, leave, relationships, vision, changes, affirmation, ...
A church that wants to grow without going through growing pains is like a woman who says, “I want to have a baby, but I don’t want to go through labor.” Is the pain worth it? Yes, it’s worth it. People ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 / Worship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, worship, guitar, powerful, meaningful, biblical principles, honor God, music, culturally appropriate, Spirit, Truth, 21st-century churches
I’ve always loved worship. As a failed worship leader (every church planter has to play guitar, right?), I found worship both meaningful and powerful. Some of those times are when I am by myself—worship ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 / Technology
Tags: Pastors, Brandon Hilgemann, iPad, applications, technology, Evernote, Penultimate, DropBox, Paper, LogMeIn
If you are anything like me, you are in a never-ending hunt, roaming the iTunes app store, looking for the next app that will make your iPad better than ever. After trying many different apps, I have compiled ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, mask, leaders, authenticity, influence, mentor, pastors, conflicts, church, exposed, afraid, fear, rejected, disapproval, hurt
You want God to use you to influence others in ministry or you probably wouldn’t be reading this. And for God to really use you, you have to be willing and able to get close to people and enjoy real relationships ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, laugh, jokes, water, slime, pudding, funny song, whopee cushion app, costume, burping contest, prank, impersonations
I love hearing kids laugh. There’s nothing more precious than the laughter of a child ... especially at church.  Over the years, I’ve found ways to get kids laughing. Here’s 20 of them: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 January 2014 / Youth
Tags: Tony Myles, More Than Dodgeball, trends, current, U.S., youth ministry, Miley Cyrus, Duck Dynasty, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Google, Christian
How do you get students to start serving and affecting their culture in the name of Jesus Christ? Maybe it begins by being in the loop on past and current trends. You’ve probably heard all the flashy headlines ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, ideas, puzzles, ministry approach, reshape, IQ, problem-free, Andy Stanley, church, reach, Craig Groeschel, ministry, foundation, questions
From the mundane and everyday to the extraordinary and once-in-a-lifetime, all of us have puzzles we are trying to solve. Sometimes a single new perspective is all that’s needed to solve a difficult puzzle. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom S. Rainer, LifeWay, pastors, stress, life, struggles, families, day off, unhappy spouse, glass house, financial needs, criticisms
Most pastors love their calling. Most pastors could not imagine doing anything else. Most pastors have joy in their ministries. I want to be clear that I don’t view pastors as a depressed, melancholy and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, Christmas, gifts, appreciation, responses, heartbreak, cash, pain, exhortation, inquiry, financial struggle, Thanksgiving
I am always grateful when pastors and church members share with me topics of interest to them. Those suggestions tend to be viewed by more readers than my own ideas. I guess that says something about my ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, More than Dodgeball, small groups, youth ministry, curricula, ideas, books, formulas, approaches, Bible, life, Christ, prayers, leaders, students, heart, salvation
I totally revamped my approach to small groups in our ministry recently. We have tried a multitude of curricula, ideas, books, formulas and approaches. It has been topical and as simple as opening ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 / Service
Tags: Greg Atkinson, Elevation Church, volunteers, service, culture, leaders, thank you note, video, community event, Volunteer Sunday, photo, appreciation dinner
... “How can I serve in my church?” Greg Atkinson has been in ministry for two decades and has been writing, speaking and training thousands of church leaders since 2000. He now serves as the campus pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, intentional neglect, church, application, Sunday morning experience, kids, small groups, ministry, what's important now, resources, energy, attention, goals
We have to know our focus. I heard a term the other day that has had my gears turning: intentional neglect. It wasn’t used in a church context, but I think it certainly has application right now, especially ... [ +++ ]
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