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Created on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, fallen pastor, grace, Christians, mean, online, victorious, will, failure, self-induced pressure, sin, glory, positive feedback
I wrote recently about another fallen pastor. I shared how devastated I was at the news. I’ve been amazed at some of the rude comments I’ve received. And I love that on my blog, I can delete those comments ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, Christian, narcissism, Jesus Christ, leaders, inconsiderate, selfish, excessive attention, entitlement, brilliant, charismatic, behavior, prayer, eyes opened, humility, trust, adviser, ...
Narcissism should not be said in the same breath as Christian. The former is love of self; the latter is love of God in Jesus Christ. But the sad reality is that narcissism can and often does creep into ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Jared Moore, bleed, call, ministry, Christian, internship, youth pastor, bubble, scripture, naive, Jesus Christ, expectations, David Platt
Has God called you to the ministry? After being raised by Christian parents and attending evangelical churches for 17 years, I repented and trusted in Christ alone for my salvation. A year later, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research, Ed Stetzer, religious liberty, decline, United States, Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court, preachers, uneasy, evangelical, Christian leaders, war
Americans have always had mixed feelings about religious liberty. Most say it’s important, but they don’t always agree how much liberty is enough or too much. That’s the issue at the heart of the Supreme ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 March 2014 / Worship
Tags: Don Chapman, worship, Jesus, secular songs, Styx, Come Sail Away, Northpoint Church, Andy Stanley, Elevation Church, Amy Grant, Willow Creek, WorshipIdeas.com, focus, God, Christian karaoke, epi
I’ve always been on the fence about doing secular songs in worship. I personally don’t care for it but have played them when a pastor has asked. However, a recent trip to Elevation Church has caused me ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Education
Tags: Pastor, training, 21st century, theology, biblical truths, missions, disciplines, American culture, shift, international mission field, language, non-Christian culture, cultural Christians, Thom ...
Any pastor or other church staff member should be prepared in biblical truths. Theology is a key discipline as well. Indeed, none of the classical disciplines should be forsaken, nor any of the practical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Dr. Bob Rhoden, Four Faces of a Leader, Christian, thermostat, boldness, courage in action, culture, singles, newlyweds, busy parents, Generation X, Millenials
The main point for a pastor or any Christian leader is not simply to keep a lid on things, to maintain the status quo, to keep the wheels greased. A leader is to be a thermostat, not a thermometer. Leaders ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 March 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: millennials, church, Generation X, leave the church, change, church complaints, the bride of Christ, making a difference, helping Christians mature, connecting believers to God, take a stand, youth ...
I recently turned 35. I was raised on Saturday morning cartoons (DuckTales, Shirt Tales, lots of stuff with tales), cordless phones with extendable four-foot antennae, and Pop Rocks and Coke ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 March 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Napoleon Kaufman, Greg Surratt, Barbara Yoder, Ron Luce, Josh McDowell, gospel, salvation, Ron Phillips, religious, cancer, Christianized, faith, obstacles, Abba's House, Teen Mania
... We’ll get along.” When we arrived at church, we found about 200 people crammed into this little white church, and they were singing loud and happy. This was really new to me. I always felt like going to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, ministry, counseling, sanctuary, business leaders, Christian leader, transparent, reputation, protection, God, counselor, coach, couch, mentor, friends, family
This is written to the struggling leader. I frequently hear from you. Email appears to be a safe place to reach out to someone—and for that I’m thankful. Some of my pastor friends are lonely or about to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 March 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Kyle Searcy, discipleship, church, 21st century, Christians, mandate, Bible, experience, leadership, George Barna, Paul Harvey, relationship
I walked into my dorm room thinking I was alone, but I was wrong! As a senior in college at Alabama State University, I found myself at the end of a very successful four years. Everything was great. I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 February 2014 / Women
Tags: Christian, leaders, pastors’ wives, lonely, depression, loneliness, suffer, financial, struggles, husband, complaints, children, support, moves, meanness, mean, wife
My blog, ThomRainer.com, began as a source of information for pastors, staff and other Christian leaders. I have been incredibly blessed to discover a subgroup of my readership that has much to offer: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Os Hillman, Barna Research, trends, faith, work, calling, Christian community, professional, workplace, Jesus, tax collectors, prostitutes, marketplace, killer sheep
This month, a new study came out from Barna Research on trends in faith, work and calling. There were some surprising facts that came from the study that every church leader should take to heart. The study ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, Jesus, stuff, heart, unchurched, youth, Christian school, salvation, temptation, flesh, righteousness, fellowship, testimony, pride, lust
Last week I had a really interesting conversation with a group of freshmen. It all started with this question from one girl: “So, in church, they’re always talking about asking Jesus into your heart. I’m ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brandon Cox, social media, church, engage, world, Jesus, Paul, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Christians, Rick Warren, online, mission, Great Commission, Internet, community, lost, unsaved
As we develop a driving philosophy of why to take up the mantle of social media engagement, it’s important to understand that the purposes for engaging the culture this way are the same purposes that led ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 January 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, misconceptions, pastors, Christian leaders, ambition, master plan, big purpose, dreams, great leader, humility, fear, contentment, laziness
Many leaders never achieve the level of influence they could potentially have because they drift through life on autopilot, maintaining the status quo, without a big ambition. They have no master plan, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, hurting, challenging, immoral, community, Pew Research, clergy, moral failures, widespread coverage, Christian faith, nation, marginalize, tenure, entitlement mentality, social ...
A day does not pass that I do not hear from a hurting pastor. Serving in that role has to be one of the most challenging vocations today. Sure, there are some bad and immoral pastors. But the vast majority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 January 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Doug Stringer, pulpit, responsibility, degenerate, worldly, church, well-intentioned Christians, Good News, A.W. Tozer, Charles Finney, Rowland Hill, 2 Chronicles 7:14
It seems more and more that we are living in a land of paradoxes. While we are all the beneficiaries of sacrifices made for the foundations laid by which we enjoy the liberties and freedoms in our nation, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 January 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, media, pastor, mega-church, small congregation, gospel, consultant, workshop, quality people, quality equipment, tell a story, Christian lingo, package
As a media consultant, I have the opportunity to help some of the largest churches and ministries in the country create effective, high quality media outreaches. In most cases, they are experienced, committed ... [ +++ ]
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