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Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Communication
Tags: LifeWay Research, Chris Martin, Crossroads Christian Fellowship, communication, TCAT, assessment tool, community-based congregation, demographic swing, transition, minister, discipleship, mission, ...
... congregation. Becky, Pastor Valekis' wife and a leader in the church, said, "We started there [Crossroads] in 1999-2000, and we were about 100 percent commuter-based, I would guess. Then, by the time we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Jonathan Dodson, evangelism, eternal life, failure, Jesus, doctrine, argument, heart, instruction, gospel metaphors, Francis Schaeffer
If our evangelism is increasingly unbelievable, what can we do to be more believable to an inoculated, indifferent and, at times, antagonistic society? In evangelistic seminars, people are often asked ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, passion, zeal, heart on fire, missing the point, records, concerts, royalty checks, jobs, productions, emotional feelings, desperate, God, desire, fire, Paul
Worship. How would you define it? Hearing that word almost creates confusion. It has become so many things. Songs, services, singing and industry. Records, sold-out shows, iTunes charts and royalty ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Jonathan Feldstein, Thanksgiving, Chaunukah, Judean mountains, Abraham, God's promise, Israel, Temple, Jerusalem, Jews, Christians, Charisma, Ministry Today, Heart to Heart
... educated in the U.S. and immigrated to Israel in 2004. He has been blessed by the calling to fellowship with Christian supporters of Israel and shares his experiences of living as an Orthodox Jew in Israel. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 November 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, tough times, praise, thanks, worry, prayer, joy, thank God, God's peace, Jesus Christ, guard your hearts and minds
When the Apostle Paul says, "Always be full of joy in the Lord," he doesn't say to only be joyful in good times. Even when times are tough, the Bible teaches we can be joyful if we follow these simple ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 November 2014 / Communication
Tags: Chuck Lawless, worship, service, controversial topic, secret shoppers, starting late, distractions, disorganization, apathy, poor sound, video quality, loud music, incomprehensible words, grammatical ...
Worship is frequently a controversial topic, and it's not my goal with this post to add to those debates. I also realize that the focus of worship is God. Any attention we give to the human component of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Ron Edmondson, senior leader, adversity, unpopular, decisions, appreciation, loneliness, heart, God's will, loyalty, belief, flexibility, compromise, truth, push forward
Making the right decision isn't always appreciated. If a leader is going to do anything of value, it will involve risks and be subject to the opinions of others. There will be days, weeks and seasons in ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 31 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: emotions, Carey Nieuwhof, John Mayer, passion, John Wesley, alive heart, powerful leadership, distort reality, negative, pain, withdraw, blame, attention
I had a blah day earlier this week. Nothing terrible happened. There was no direct trigger. I just didn't feel great emotionally. Chances are you have more than a few of those days yourself. Sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, music, songs, finishing, creative projects, art, inspiration, motion, influence, good intentions, dreams, deadline, Evernote
You know what's difficult for me? Finishing songs. It's agonizing for me to declare a song "done" if there's still a possibility that it could be better. It could always improve. It could ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, idols, church leaders, heart check, John Calvin, strategy, skill, size, stats, alliances, progress, balance
Have you ever asked yourself as a church leader, do I worship something or someone other than God? It's a great question to ask and a great heart check. I'll stick my neck out and suggest ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, broken, heart, preachers, leaders, Catalyst, Andy Stanley, culture, God, invitation, homelessness, passion, hobby, coincidence, change, influence
I spent last week at a Catalyst conference in Atlanta, and I have to tell you: Being around so many world changers feels like having a fire lit in your soul—you cannot leave this weekend without ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, students, youth group, freshmen, party, 10 minutes, gospel, follow-up plan, returner
Have you ever had students show up to youth group, and they look like a deer caught in headlights? They know no one, and feel super awkward. We've definitely experienced this in our ministry, and especially ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, music, joy, instrument, stress, relationship, critical, practice, creativity, heart, disconnection, sharing, gift
In this post, I'm going to outline six reasons that your musicality isn't as strong as it could be, in hopes that you'll re-imagine your instrument and rediscover the joy of music. 1. You're stressed. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, leaders, guard, hearts, minds, brain capacity, sinful nature, false teaching, false religions, temptation, A.W. Tozer, counterfeit, spiritual experiences, pride, overworked mind
Leaders are readers. Leaders are learners. And leaders are definitely thinkers. Your mind is a special gift from God. It's one of the most important tools in a leader's arsenal. Your mind can potentially ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 / Healing
Tags: Steve Stewart, miracle, healing, Africa, Impact Nations, prayer, faith, expectations, compassion, Jesus Christ, kingdom
With all the traveling I do these days with Impact Nations, I get asked a lot of questions about a lot of issues. However, there is one question that I am asked more often—by far—than any other. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, passion, rekindle, Christian, devil, 1 Corinthians, Gospel of Mark, Jesus, disciples, heart, supporters, vacation, mission trip, growth
Having been in ministry for over 30 years, I understand. The church is sometimes not easy to love. People claim to be Christian but act like the devil. We say the words, "I love the church" while knowing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 September 2014 / Worship
Tags: Jack Hayford, worship, God, reassessing, expectations, leader, truth, mind, spirit, heart, broken, contrite, faith, theology of worship, His presence, humility, sacrifice
What type of worship honors God?" or, to look at the question another way, "After all, theologically speaking, what is it that actually makes worship worshipful to God?" Even though I have practiced, led, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, Jesus Culture, concerts, idolize, artists, praise, glory, adoration, fame, honor, renown, exaltation, responsibility, spirit, truth, obedience, fear
"Wow, that worship service was amazing." It's a phrase we all hear, all the time. Whether you're leaving the arena after a Jesus Culture concert or driving to the buffet after Sunday's worship, we've all ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, social issues, sex-slave trade, child abuse, same-sex marriage, New York, liberal cities, church, Charles Finney, Second Great Awakening, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., racism, ...
A pastor of a New York City megachurch has, on more than one occasion, publicly related his stance on several issues including same-sex marriage: This pastor essentially said that Jesus only dealt with ... [ +++ ]
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