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Created on Friday, 09 January 2015 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, young adults, unchurched, Christianity, LifeWay Research, dying, spiritual, relative, perception, churches, connection, share
There's an idea that Christianity in America is dying. No serious researcher—not one—thinks that. However, I still am surprised that some people think this. (For a quick analysis, see this ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 January 2015 / Equipment
Tags: Churches, sound systems, technology, budget, maintenance, re-tuning, speakers, feedback, upgrade, training program
While technical systems are a great way to enhance a worship service, they are also a great way to ruin or distract the congregation. Many churches are looking for new ways that they can improve their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Leadership, Phil Cooke, threats, pastors, churches, nonprofits, businesses, motivator, ultimatum, credibility, authority, communication, respect
The New Testament book of Mark is a powerful example of who responded to the message of Jesus and who didn't. Chapter 12 is an especially good example. The people (Mark describes them as "throngs") loved ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Communication
Tags: Brandon Cox, articles, pastors, truth, Bible, Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court, church plant, social media, church growth, control, marriage, disciples, local churches, disappointment, give up
I loved 2014. It was crazy busy, but there has also been a sweet rhythm to life. I haven't blogged as regularly as I have in past years, but my posts have often been longer, more article-length, and at ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Culture
Tags: Will Mancini, trend, churches, 2015, local predicament, kingdom concept, worship services, attendance, committed, decline, reality, halo-effect, Auxano
I like reading about trends and I like thinking about a long list of church trends. Two of my most widely read posts on church trends include: "5 Trends in Retail that Matter the Church (2013)" "11 Church ... [ +++ ]
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 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 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, 10 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, young, growing, complacency, farmer, cull, mission, healthy, satisfied, renewing process, dying churches, changes, newcomers, innovation
The December 2014 issue of The Progressive Farmer asks whether to "Keep or Cull?" The subtitle of the article was: "High prices have changed the rules about when to cut one loose from the herd."   ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, multiethnic, multicultural, churches, pastors, leaders, kingdom of God, Revelation 7, tribe, nation, tongue, simplicity, growth, changes, barriers
The church is called to be both an instrument and sign of the kingdom of God. As an instrument, the church is God's agent in the world, showing and sharing the love of Jesus to a broken and hurting world. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, culturally relevant, churches, cool, music, coffee, diversity, attract new people, conversation, lose focus, Jesus, sacrifice, truth
The concept of church is thousands of years old, yet we're still understanding, debating and re-forming what we believe church should look like. We all grew up with different experiences of church. Some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Brandon Cox, growth, compromise, theology, megachurches, small churches, local, Leadership Network, worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship
I love small churches. I love medium-sized churches. And I love large churches and "megachurches" (typically defined as an evangelical congregation with 2,000 or more weekend service attenders). I also ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, trends, churches, prediction, multi-site, multi-venue, megachurches, teacher, multi-preachers, denominations
... 200 in attendance that have more than one preacher or teacher. 3. The rapid increase in large churches functioning as quasi-denominations. The functions of denominations have historically included missions ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, sabbatical, paid leave, rejuvenation, deeper study, churches, pastors, break, vacations, vocations, highs, lows, on call, uninterrupted study, tenure, affirmation
The word "sabbatical" has different meanings, depending on the context in which it is used. It has one meaning in the academic community, another meaning in its biblical usage and still another in many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, weight, isolated, responsibility, senior leader, business world, nonprofits, churches, intentional, activity, vision, values, victories, velocity
One reason leadership can make a person feel isolated is the weight of responsibility on the one who claims to be the senior leader in an organization. Whether in the business world, in nonprofits ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Greg Stier, first-time guests, churches, service, traveling evangelist, church shopping, parking lot team, smile, greeters, door, questions, dummy-proof signs, gospel, understand, weird, check-in ...
As a "traveling evangelist," I've had the privilege of preaching in churches from coast to coast. And, until I have the microphone on over my ear, most people have no clue that I'll be the preacher that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Joseph Mattera, Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill Church, resignation, accountability, board of elders, apostolic overseer, satellite churches, pastor, preacher, vulnerability, one-man brand
According to some reports, the aftermath of the resignation of Pastor Mark Driscoll as the lead pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle has resulted in losing about half of their 14,000 attendees. This will ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 October 2014 / Administration
Tags: Senior leader, Ron Edmondson, leadership, isolation, responsibility, business, churches, inactivity, vision, values, victories, velocity
One reason leadership can make a person feel isolated is the weight of responsibility on the one who claims to be the senior leader in an organization. Whether in the business world, in nonprofits ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 October 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Thom Rainer, revitalization, churches, resistant, pastors, decline, growth, communities, fearful, comfortable, denial, coasting, resources, hope, possibilities
You've heard my dire statistics from time to time. For example, nine out of 10 churches in America are either declining or growing more slowly than the community in which they are located. The overwhelming ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 October 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Mark Driscoll, ministry, churches, pastors, pastor, church, ministry leaders, Christian leaders, Christian leadership, leadership, leaders, priorites, pastoral duties
This week I learned that Mark Driscoll, the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, resigned from leading his church. While those involved with him denied he was disqualified for ministry, ... [ +++ ]
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