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Created on Friday, 05 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: church growth, pray for your pastor, pray for your leaders, body of Christ, Denise J. Shultz, Missional Woman
I've been participating in the life of a local church for over four decades. For most of these years, I've either been the pastor's kid, the youth pastor's wife, the children's pastor, or the elder's wife. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pressure, deadlines, Sunday morning, responsibilities, increase, Israel, body of Christ, writing assignments, prioritize, preparation, position, production, prayer
Right now, many deadlines are pressing in on me. Has that ever happened to you? I remember when the only pressure I had was that of sermon preparation for Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, spiritual health, relational health, physical health, pastors, ministry, intimacy with God, stress, Gary Thomas, Every Body Matters
As pastors, we know our job to minister to the spiritual health of our communities. But as you think about the spiritual health of the people in your church, do you consider their mental, physical, emotional ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, mistakes, ministry, burnout, rest, body, relax, physical needs, release, frustrations, refocus, God, recommit, God
I wrote last week about four big mistakes that lead to ministry burnout. One thing I love about the Bible is that it doesn't just give us the causes of our problems in life. It gives us cures. When Elijah ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 29 May 2014 / Community
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, American church, China, Asia, Brazil, South America, body of Christ, Pentecost, Jews, Jerusalem, revival, Great Awakening
... the churches influence has ebbed and flowed across the globe over 2000 years. We would all agree that the church began in Jerusalem. By the middle of the first century the influence of the gospel made ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Greg Surratt, business, church, body, pastor, quit, retire, declining health, priorities, time, future growth, concrete rules, freedom, paint by numbers
I read an article recently about how to tell when your business needs a new leader. It opens with: "An entrepreneur should know when it is time to move on for the sake of his or her business. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Doug Stringer, honor, anointing, generations, blessings, honor guard, Charles Burchett, Somebody Cares, Turning Point International, Arlington National Cemetery, throne, Unknown Soldier
Honor is a character value that attracts the presence of God in our lives. Malachi 1:6 says we are to honor God because He is our Father. Exodus 20:12 tells us to honor our parents so we will have long ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 February 2014 / Culture
Tags: Frank Viola, local church, institutional church, leaving, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Church of Latter Day Saints, assembling, anti-church, postchurch, Jesus Christ, Reggie McNeal, volunteers, anti-pastor, ...
It’s funny. We still live in a celebrity culture. Even Christians have chewed hard on it. Whenever a celebrity Christian author or blogger talks about “leaving church,” all of a sudden masses of Christians ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, volunteers, ask, ministry, youth, bulletin announcement, senior pastor, pulpit, Jesus, everybody, students
Recently in a youth ministry seminar the presenter asked the question, “How many of you feel like you have enough volunteers in your ministry?” One guy raised his hand. The rest of the room wanted to punch ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 / Communication
Tags: Thom Schultz, audience, talk, church, service, Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore, fearless conversation, acts of love, communication, paralysis of fear, fearless topics, racism, homosexuality, ...
You’re not allowed to talk about that at church. In fact, you’re not allowed to talk at all during the typical American church service. And that’s a problem for the majority of the population that does ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, Body, leaders, adjustment, attitude, Holy Spirit, family, worship, members, gifts, significant, attention, diversity, role, serve
Several times, the apostle Paul wrote about the church as the “body of Christ” (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:12; Col. 1:24). While this image is only one of dozens of images of the church in the New ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Deliverance
Tags: Matthew Barnett, Dream Center, Los Angeles, social workers, dream, survival, staying alive, body, soul, drug abuse, prostitution, self-control
"What is your dream?" It’s the one question they never expect. You can see their eyes widen when we ask them. They suddenly look up as if to say, “Did I hear you right?” Most of the time, when a homeless ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, ministry, men's ministry, rogue, unpredictable, dangerous, solitary, deep fear, meetings, influence, congregation, connection, body of believers, tribal knowledge, ...
“He’s gone rogue.” Usually you will encounter this phrase in spy novels when counter-intelligence operatives, spies or assassins leave the grid and, consequently, the control of their handlers. In ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 November 2013 / Multicultural
Tags: Ray Chang, body of Christ, multicultural society, Ambassador Church, California, Brea, empowerment, gospel, primary focus, grace, humility, intentionality
... Fong, pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, described it this way: “When I was at the Urbana 2000 speakers’ retreat [in 1999], we all got a chance to hear from the new apologist for our upcoming ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, evaluation, church health, assessment, Bible, body of Christ, Paul, supernatural, relationships, ecclesiological structures, traditions
... from that study, however, is that men are closing the gap. From 1989 to 2009, the gulf shrank from seven years to just over five. The reason? Males were living healthier lifestyles and had become more ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Os Hillman, competition, division, Bible, Jesus, unity, Body of Christ, scripture, F.B. Meyer, Charles Spurgeon, preacher, move of God, John 17:23, kingdom principle
Did you know there is a very common word that is used in our culture that you cannot find in the Bible? It is the word competition. Jesus never talked about it, but He did talk about the opposite of that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Rick Warren, ministry, definition, core, churches, eternity, decisions, body, unit, Holy Spirit, order, God
Ministry is too important to be done haphazardly. How we’re leading in the core of our churches has to do with life-changing, eternity-consequential decisions. Therefore, we need to think through what ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 June 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, hard truths, Christ, church, Body of Christ, people, Jesus, submission, unity, Ephesians, pastors, deacons, congregation
It’s His church and not mine. It’s His church and not yours either. Settle that or nothing else will matter. Get it wrong and everything else you do will be off-kilter. The moment you think it’s your church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joey Bonifacio, Body of Christ, Pastors, Christians, Conferences, Overseer, 1 Timothy, reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, disciplined, ...
If you’ve been tracking my posts recently, you know that I have just returned from speaking at a conference in Australia. I understand the significance of conferences and their service to the body of Christ, ... [ +++ ]
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