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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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 October 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Deborah Wipf, pastors, happy, faithful, volunteers, planning, supplies, equipment, church beautification, expectations, background checks, delegation, responsibility, compelling vision, documentation, ...
We all are familiar with the 10 Commandments; so I thought I’d have some fun and create a version for leading church volunteers. I also have a set for how to be an all-star volunteer. Stay tuned for that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Scott Attebery, pastor, appreciation, truth, teach, listen, social worker, university professor, guidance, stress, workload, pressure, demands, laughs, cries, mourns, heart, lonely, giving of self, ...
... Church Ministries from 2000-2005, Scott Attebery pastored Wyatt Baptist Church in El Dorado Arkansas. In 2008, Scott’s wife, Jill, passed away in an automobile accident. He recalls, “God used our church ... [ +++ ]
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. ... [ +++ ]
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