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Created on Wednesday, 01 January 2014 / Marketing
Tags: Greg Atkinson, church, Great Commission, irresistible, foundation, healthy church, first impressions, hospitality, guest relations, children's ministry
Let me preface what I’m about to write by saying that basic and foundational things like prayer, discipleship and evangelism (having an externally-focused church as I’ve stated before) are all a given. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 / Worship
Tags: Ron Phillips, Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, Ebeneezer Scrooge, Jesus, greed, misery, irony, Savior, child
“Marley was dead: to begin with.” With these words, Charles Dickens begins his classic tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge, who found life and redemption after living a life of greed and misery. A story that begins ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Chuck Lawless, Christmas eve, childhood, memories, Santa, Grandpa, stuff, Christ, Bethlehem, God of Christmas, eternity
I’m 52 years old, but I remember well the Christmas eves of my childhood. Our grandpa spent the night with us, and he always slept on the couch in the living room. We needed him there to open the front ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 / Children
Tags: Gina McClain, children's ministry, volunteers, safety procedures, environment, kids, illness, leader, knowledge, resources
Safety procedures are some of the more important and more minute aspects of children’s ministry. These details of ministry are critical to creating a safe environment for kids. The challenge with safety ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Kim Martinez, preaching, newsletter, computer, child-birth class, notepad, students, real life, notebook, Jesus, Sermon on the Mount
This week I helped a friend learn to make a newsletter on the computer. As we started, she pulled out a notepad to write down the directions. You’ve seen this before: students jotting down your every word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 November 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Adversity, personnel, team, loss, reorganization, workload, product, widgets, experiences, relationships, environment, impact, child, connect
Yesterday I was in a meeting with a few of the fpKIDS staff team. After recently losing members of our team, we’re in a re-org mode and working through the realities of being down two staff members. When ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: limitless life, Brandon Cox, power, preaching, Derwin Gray, child of God, conqueror, redeemed, brokenness, cross, sermon, message
Last Sunday, we wrapped up our teaching in the series Limitless Life, based on the book by Derwin Gray by the same title. The basic idea is that we are all limited by the labels we wear. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Joseph Mattera, sexual sin, pornography, adultery, Proverbs, emotional firewalls, barriers, temptation, spiritual strength, Holy Spirit, intimate fellowship, trust, spouse, children, compromise
The Bible teaches us to “resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7), and in another place it tells us to flee lusts (1 Tim. 6). Many great people in God have fallen into various fleshly ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 October 2013 / Communication
Tags: Perry Noble, unchurched, Leviticus, Ark of the Covenant, practical help, lives, Bible, marriage, child, job loss, financial stress
One of the major problems with the church is that it has been obsessed with answering questions that no one is asking.   People are not showing up week in and week out wanting to know what happened ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Men
Tags: male-friendly church, relevance, Assemblies of God, language, masculinity, success, guilt, sexuality, purity, marriage, children, integrity, home, church, workplace, greatness, challenge, actions, ...
I am often asked, “Why are the men leaving the church today?” Sometimes it comes out as “What can we do to keep the men of this church?” or “How can our church reach more men?” There is no easy answer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, spies, confessions, websites, boring, friendliness, facilities, guests, preparation, children, protection, music, worship, preaching
Have you ever thought that a guest at your church might, in fact, be a spy? My church consulting company uses church “spies” to help us evaluate how churches respond to guests. Our spies are “good” spies, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, church health, serve, volunteering, children, ministries, staff, budget, money, challenge
Over the last several years, we’ve been collecting data from the churches with which we consult. One of the key questions we were interested in had to do with serving. We wanted to find out how many people ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, kids' ministry, worship leader, worship singer, prompting, storytelling, children, filling the gap
After the past few years of observing the worship element of our kids’ experiences, I’ve discovered three key skills that distinguish a worship leader from a worship singer. The former leads kids to engage ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 / Women in Leadership
Tags: Karen Evans, Jimmy Evans, Letter, Pastors, Wives, Marriage, MarriageToday, children, family, honesty
Being the wife of a pastor for 40 years has had its share of challenges that thankfully we learned to navigate, especially early in our marriage. We were 28 years young with two small children when Jimmy ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 July 2013 / Married
Tags: marriage, battle, frontline, offense, Jimmy Witcher, pastor, institution, pre-marriage counseling, children, sex, needs, in-laws
Have you ever stopped to think and seriously consider that the local church—your church—is the frontline of offense in the battle for marriage and ultimately the family? It’s a daunting thought. God instituted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 July 2013 / Family Life
Tags: Power, prayer, spiritual formulas, Julie Albracht, Jimmy Evans, Marriage Today, identity, children, neglect, real
In a recent interview for our daughters’ new school, I was asked some personal, thought-provoking questions about my walk with God. My answers surprised the interviewer a little: “I didn’t grow up in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 June 2013 / Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, church growth, key, Jesus, love, sacrifices, children, New Testament, family, magnet
I believe the most overlooked key to growing a church is this: We must love unbelievers the way Jesus did. Without His passion for the lost, we will be unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary to reach ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 June 2013 / Uncategorised
Tags: Ron Edmondson, pastors, exciting, Christ, baptism, believer, child, church, note takers, sacrificial givers, visitors, servant hearts, new people
Pastors get to see the best and worst of life it seems, but there are many positives. Obviously, seeing someone become a follower of Christ or baptism of a believer, has to rank as a highlight of the pastor’s ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 June 2013 / Community
Tags: Hal Seed, Monday morning, blues, church, community, Jesus, Scripture, teach, pray, serve, share faith, give, extended family, values, children, marriages
What does your church do for people? Probably more than you’ve thought. Every Monday, scores of pastors are ready to walk away from ministry. It’s easy for us to forget how incredibly helpful the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 May 2013 / Children
Tags: Steve Murrell, Jesus, mad, children, kids' ministry, learn, attitude, bless
Recently I had the privilege of speaking to over 400 Filipino kids' ministry pastors, coordinators and volunteers at our annual Victory National Kids Ministry Summit. The delegates came to Island Cove ... [ +++ ]
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