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Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Steve Murrell, church, pastor, leaking, environment, leaders, God's presence, Exodus, transformational preaching, empowered ministry time, participatory worship, mission, community, Victory Manila, ...
I recently spoke with a pastor whose church was leaking people. As soon as a family joined the church, another family vanished. As we were trying to discover the cause of the leak, I made up the following ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Richard Salazar, mean-spirited, leader, Dr. Chuck Swindoll, Twitter, Christians, death, deceived, ravenous wolves, enemy, kill, steal, destroy, judgmental, genuine-hearted, accuser, rules, regulations, ...
I was astounded when a close friend of mine recently forwarded a Tweet to me sent out by Dr. Chuck Swindoll a few months back that read, "The problem with mean Christians is that not enough people have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Creativity, church, community, teach, lead, worship, pastors, inviting space, opportunities, wiggle room, linear thinkers, voice, artists, contributions, expectations
In recent decades, churches haven't been known as hubs for creativity. Instead, churches have been known for doing things the same way—the same kind of worship, the same songs, the same bulletins, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Artie Davis, God, man, manufacture, move, hype, talent, tears, leaders, workers, time, vision, enthusiasm
There's no way to manufacture a move of God. Yes, we follow God's heart and the Spirit's leading to plan, pray and prepare in faith that God will move though all we do, but only He can make the move. At ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Somebody Cares International, Doug Stringer, humanitarian aid, Ministry Today, Houston, New Testament, gospel, impact, influence, church, ministry, heart, community, Jesus Christ
... Asia in late 2004, Somebody Cares partnered with local churches in Houston to provide more than $200,000 in cash and in-kind donations to the affected areas. Doors were opened to Somebody Cares partners ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 May 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Artie Davis, sermons, yearly calendar, sermon series, kids, small groups, outreach, entire campus, staff
Scheduling, series and sermon planning is one of the "biggys" for the church. It's one of those things that we have to get down because so much of what we do rises and falls on the church calendar and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 May 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Derwin Gray, educational system, America, memorize, information, Christianity, Bible concepts, Pharisees, scriptures, Jesus, hearts, head, hands
In the American educational system, from first grade all the way up through high school, we're taught to memorize information and then take a test. If we pass the intellectual test, then we move on to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 May 2014 / Community
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, people, help, responsibility, excuses, self-improvement, heart, God, wisdom, accountability, negative outlook, vision, future, self-deception, price, success, kingdom, age
I've been involved in pastoral ministry for 30 years, and I have a desire to help everyone. But I have learned the hard way that I cannot help every person who attends our church or who comes to me for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: T.D. Jakes, The Potter's House, Christian films, Ministry Today 21, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Jumping the Broom, Black Nativity, Heaven is for Real
... from influential Hollywood producer-director Reuben Cannon to transform the play into a movie. After the film’s release in 2004, a sequel followed in 2012. Other films, like Jumping the Broom (2011), Sparkle ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 May 2014 / Missions
Tags: Mission field, college students, summer, caution, earth, America, intentional, suggestion, opportunity, misconceptions, orphans, teaching, focus point, wisdom, connecting points, relationships
College ministry in the summer can be an interesting beast to tame. Some of our ministries aren’t really affected by the summer months; others blow up with all their college students coming back home, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, volunteer, paid, full-time, part-time, church, ministry, staff, guidelines, Pandora's Box, disharmony, single mom, childcare
I received a great question recently. Unfortunately, I couldn’t give a good answer.  Or, at least, not the answer they were seeking. They wanted an answer that would solve the issue. I couldn’t ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, vision, board, protection, Jesus, John, Peter, James, questions, kingdom, fruit, mighty men, followers, staff, deacons, influential
You spend some great time with God. You really feel you know what the next step of kingdom growth for your church should look like. You begin to move in that direction and earnestly try and get buy-in, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, House Church Movement, disciples, hospitality, church, poor, outcast, New Testament, Paul, Romans, lifestyle, stranger, love, Jesus, powerful
As part of our travels to India, Impact Nations has been experiencing the House Church Movement first hand. This is a movement that is baptizing over a million new disciples a year and is now the largest ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 April 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, No Greater Love, Jesus, servant, kingdom activity, compassion, ministry, presence
Today I was re-reading a favorite book, No Greater Love by one of my heroes, Mother Teresa. The following words really stood out: “God loved the world so much that He gave Jesus. Today He loves ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Daniel Kolenda, kingdom of God, heaven, earth, King James Version, ambition, God's will, hearts, lives, surrender, living water
I love the way the Lord’s Prayer is rendered in the King James Version. Jesus prayed, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10, KJV). While some translations say, “Your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, rhythm, God, reconciliation, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, community, Genesis, Malachi, return, apostle Paul
Central to God’s heart is community. From before the beginning of time, God dwelt in the triune community of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He created man for community with Him and with each other. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 April 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, Healing, United States, England, India, Africa, quantity, quality, Jesus, faith, prayer
... 2003, Impact Nations has not only touched the lives of the thousands of people living in volatile regions with clean water, education, schools, businesses and churches, but thousands more have had live-changing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bob Russell, surrender, cultural war, United States, freefall, stewardship, blessings, forefathers, battle cries, songs, grandchildren, Ninevah, Jonah, Jeremiah, passivity, Adolf Hitler, martyr
God has entrusted us with the most outstanding nation in the history of the world. The freedom, technology and wealth of the United States of America have provided the opportunity for the gospel to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: John Burke, gospel, heart, God, Erwin McManus, church planting, leaders, Jesus, evangelism, communication, New Testament, God, life
Erwin McManus and I did a one-day event for church planters talking about creating "Come as U R" churches that help people far from God actually grow into future leaders for God. (Check out stories on ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 / Education
Tags: Leneita Fix, teach, students, Christ, relationship, curriculum, engagement, activities, unchurched, articulate, concept, language, Christian, salvation, Jesus
I recently looked through some really excellent small-group curriculum. I loved the way it dug in to lead students in going deeper with their relationship with Christ. However, it also held one of my biggest ... [ +++ ]
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