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Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church, disappear, leave, burn out, injury, distractions, life change, mistakes, power struggle, lack of connection, issues
One disappointment I have had in ministry is watching people come to church, get excited for a time, then disappear. You spend energy and heart on people, grow to love them and get excited about them, ... [ +++ ]
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, 29 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, changes, church culture, worship leader, jeans, tie, iPhones, blended services, Saddleback Church, North Point, Celebration Church, alive, obedient, needs, requirements
These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I'm invited to preach have these things in common: Almost no man wears a necktie or suit. On the platform you find all kinds of musical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: George O. Wood, Assemblies of God, powerful preaching, changed lives, inspiration, Holy Spirit, Haggai, delay, discouragement, defilement, destiny
I have learned over the years that sermon preparation involves as much, if not more, perspiration than inspiration. It requires hard work to dig the message out of the text. About a year before the event, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Helman, longevity, culture change, systematic growth, success, fruit, Outliers, Malcom Gladwell, Moses, faithfulness, burnout
You could spend months debating the best strategy for your group. But the truth is, it doesn't matter ... if you're not around long enough to make it happen. Culture change and systematic growth are things ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Ministry Outreach
Tags: Perry Noble, New Spring Church, small groups, lives, changed, walk with Christ, laugh, cry, spiritual refreshing, singles, study, LifeWay Christian Bookstores
At NewSpring Church, we believe that you can't do life alone. Honestly, I would say that the single most important thing for me in regards to me staying connected in my walk with Christ has been having ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Justin Lathrop, pastors, life blood, power, strength, Bible, God, intimate, refueling, job description, peace, rest, connection, change locations, read a book, go for a drive, study for yourself, ...
As pastors, our life-blood, our power and our strength comes from the time we spend with God. But if you've been in ministry for more than a few minutes, you may have noticed that as a pastor, spending ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 August 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Phil Cooke, pastors, books, serious, marriage, prophecy, grace, epic Bible stories, Christian leader, radio, television, podcasts, one big thing, teaching, media platforms, lives changed
When most pastors write books, you can bet they're compiled from sermon notes and manuscripts. Preach a series on fear, and they end up with a book on the subject. Same with marriage, prophecy, grace, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Steve Murrell, crisis, change, leadership, lessons, Bethel Franklin, Bethel Brentwood, ministry, closure, merger, communication, honesty, perspective, patience, spiritual leadership, Holy Spirit, ...
Kevin York, Justin Gray and I had the unenviable task of informing hundreds of good people that their church community, Bethel Franklin in Tennessee, is closing and merging with Bethel Brentwood. It's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church growth, prevention, small church, mentality, Christian, secular, leaders, followers, dream, pastor, new people, voice, vision, change, excuses, quit dreaming, organized system, ...
I was once asked to help a church process how to get younger people to attend. After we discussed some recommendations for change, a man pulled me aside and said, "Son, we don't need no fancy ideas around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Mark Howell, ingredients, discipleship, groups, followers, Jesus, example, life change, curriculum, unforced, unassuming, intentionality, gathering, inclusion, others first, attitude
I recently asked the question, "What have you designed your groups to make?" Answering my own question, I said, "Our small groups are designed to make followers of Jesus."  And I must admit that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Thom S. Rainer, church, revitalization, mirror, factors, hindering, Great Commission, priority, evangelism, laypersons, pastors, staff, excuse mentality, prayer, compassionate, Christ-like, intentionality, ...
There is no shortage of pundits who are providing to us the gloomy and dismal state of American congregations, and, indeed, of many churches around the world. For sure, I am among the guilty. While personal ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, bad, decision, major, hints, leadership, everyone happy, easy, alone, quickly, slowly, changes nothing, gut, dangerous
I've made many bad decisions in my leadership. Thankfully, the longer I lead, the more I develop warning signs I'm about to make another. I think these may apply to all leaders. These aren't full proof. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 June 2014 / Administration
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, good fit, church, administrator, misalignment, substance, style, doctrinal, basic, changeable, superficial, committee, sweet spirit, conservative, liberal
The committee could not find any specific reasons they wanted the pastor to leave.  Church attendance was healthy, the congregation was responding well to the minister's leadership, and finances were ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 May 2014 / Communication
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, church members, LifeWay Christian Resources, care, visit, teach, Bible, Word, preaching, change
I am among the most blessed men in the world. God has graciously saved me and sustained me. I have an incredible family. The place and ministry where I serve vocationally is a gift from God. And then, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 / Community
Tags: Brian Dodd, Rick Warren, church, irrelevant, TED Talk, resisting change, false sense of security, ignore, next generation, changing communities
"Everybody wants to be relevant. We want to be relevant personally. We want to be relevant in our businesses." —Rick Warren I agree with Pastor Rick's words from a recent TED talk. No one purposefully ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 May 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, church, services, changes, objective research, National Congregations Study, Duke University, choirs, dress, casual, screens, preaching, longer, multi, attendees, diverse, conflict, ...
... If you, however, attended a church worship service in 2000 and then returned to that same church in 2010, there is a high likelihood you would see dramatic changes had taken place in only 10 years. What, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, preaching, Word, orator, prophet, talent, James Earl Jones, Praise God, messages, inspire, push change, patronizing, sin, African-American tradition
In the book Sacred Art: Preaching and Theology in the African-American Tradition, Olin Moyd quotes Peter T. Forsyth, who said, “The Christian preacher is not the successor of the Greek orator, but of the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Steve Murrell, God, grace, change, preached, taught, blogged, tweeted, transformational, worship, songs
It seems like the doctrine of God’s grace is being preached, taught, blogged and tweeted more than ever. That’s a good thing. But sometimes what is being preached, taught, blogged and tweeted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 / Administration
Tags: Joe McKeever, fire, preacher, change locks, Holy Spirit, answer, complicated, ambiguous, congregation, response, deacons
Are there specific signs for a pastor to take his cue and head out the door? Here are a few. 1. When they fire you. If they vote you out, preacher, and change the locks on the door, it’s a pretty good ... [ +++ ]
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