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Created on Friday, 02 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, charisma, character, leadership, Hitler, Mussolini, Marx, competence, church leaders, God's Word, Great Commission, Great Commandment
All leadership is built on two things—character and competence. Those are the twin values of leadership. Charisma is optional. Some of the most charismatic people of the 20th century were also the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Surratt, example, morale, leader, Fred Richard, Seacoast Church, gifts, Genesis, Caleb, spirit, employees
What do great leaders look like? That's almost like asking, "When will I know I'm in love?" The answer: "You just will. You'll know it when you see it." Recognizing a great leader is similar. You'll know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 January 2015 / Administration
Tags: Women, church, authority, Wendy Alsup, Gospel-Centered Woman, Richard Rohr, abuse, submission, personal weakness, Paul, Romans, government, Bible, guidelines
"The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority." ―Stanley Milgram "Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 / College
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, young adults, drop out, church, first-hand faith, personal life, parents' pressure, relationship, Christ, Thom Rainer, Sam Rainer, Protestant, Evangelical
Despite all the fear-driven presentations you've heard, not every young person is walking out of the church the moment they finish high school and never coming back. Here's what you need to know. The young ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Professional, pastor, singular, Christendom, David Fitch, ecclesiological sense, consolidation, organization, Holy Spirit, church planting, missional church, bi-vocationalism, Kingdom, active bo
The idea of the singular professional pastor running a church, doing all 18 spiritual gifts (depending on how many you read in the New Testament), has fallen out of favor. No one believes this is possible ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, church planting, established, denomination, Jesus, New Testament, pattern, Great Commission, thriving, dysfunctional, unhealthy
If you are reading this, you are most likely involved in an established church. Maybe yours is thriving, but probably not—depending on the denomination, we are talking about 70 percent of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 December 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, church, visit, Saddleback, complaints, church, services, boring, sermons, messages, relate, church members, visitors, unfriendly
Before I started Saddleback church 34 years ago, I spent 12 weeks going door-to-door in our area trying to discover the answers to that important question. The answers I got were not at all what I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 December 2014 / Deliverance
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, idolatry, church, sins, Ten Commandments, human sexuality, lifestyle choices, celebrity preachers, worship, entertainment, personal property, objectifying God, ethnicity
The greatest sin in the Bible by far is the sin of idolatry. Idolatry is when we violate the first of the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20), which is "You shall have no other gods before me." It is when we put ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 December 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Greg Stier, collaboration, principles, gospel, Jesus Christ, churches, youth ministries, synergize, network, bold, vision, prayer, God's Word, Doug Holliday, relationships
As I type these words I'm at a mountain retreat with 10 other youth ministry leaders from around the nation. We are collaborating around a vision that we pray will result in every teenager in America engaged ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 December 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 Wednesday, 24 December 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Hilgemann, Christmas, sermon, church, attendance, opportunity, message, return, keep it short, Bible, A game, boring, jokes, hook, story, gospel
For a church, Christmas Eve services are typically one of the highest attended days of the year. A great message is absolutely essential on such a big day. This may be the only time many of these ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, unchurched people, excitement, attractive, dark reality, Christians, transparent, expectations, serving, multiple options, pro-active, well informed, child safety
A dark reality exists for many Christians that deep down they don't talk about at parties. Many Christians, if they would be totally transparent, are extremely nervous to bring their unchurched friends ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: church, service, nervous, introvert, extrovert, worship, raising hands, praying aloud, socially awkward, group intercessory prayer, doing life together, external factors, show-off generation
I have a confession to make. I have spent my life in church. A preacher's kid, then a seminary grad. Now, after seven years of house church ministry, my wife and I are embarking on a new chapter. We don't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 December 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, gospel, Christian community, cultural behavior, missionaries, Africa, Lottie Moon, syncretism, Muslim cultures, unchurched, hostile media, tweet, post, blog, compromisers, theology, grace, ...
For hundreds of years as missionaries took the gospel to the ends of the earth, depending on the culture they encountered, the Christian community allowed them enormous latitude into how they chose to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Pastors' kids, positive experiences, healthy attitudes, churches, freedom, normal kid, defend, church members, time, mother, wife
Over a year ago, I wrote a post at this blog on pastors' children. According to the comments and the views, I obviously hit a nerve. Some of the comments came from pastors themselves. But a number ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resuorces, church leaders, members, troubling statements, pastors, staff, community, discipleship church, money, small groups, guests
If you want your church to move toward a slow yet certain death, make certain your church leadership and membership affirms most of these 10 statements. They are troubling statements. Indeed, they are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, volunteers, shortage, turnover, poor morale, mission, local church, meeting a need, filling a lot, doing your duty, serving Christ, relationships, serving, spiritual growth
So you'd love to see more volunteers serve in your church or organization. Who wouldn't? And yet when it comes to volunteers, a surprising number of leaders struggle. Many leaders suffer from: A chronic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, bridge, generation gap, church, older, younger, membership class, testimonies, worship service, grandparenting ministry, pastoring, mentoring, small groups, multi-generational, pr
I've heard phrases like these dozens of times as I do church consulting: "Those newer folks just don't understand the way we do church" or "The older people are in the way of our growth." In many churches, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 December 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Warren Bird, Internet, online campus, broadcast, worship, Leadership Network, multisite churches, chat rooms, prayer rooms, faith commitments, virtual small groups, growth, text, email, login
"Do you have an internet campus?" Leadership Network polled more than 500 multisite churches in late 2013 (entire report as free download here), with the following findings: 1 percent—We DID have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Lake City Foursquare Church, transformation, assessment tool, TCAT, hard times, discipleship, community, small groups, adjustments, LifeWay Research
For Pastor Dave Chandler of Lake City Foursquare Church, an assessment provided the catalyst to address the areas in his church needing change. Lake City is in Moses Lake, Washington, a growing community ... [ +++ ]
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