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Created on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, confessing, compromising church, Christians, pressure, Nazi Germany, society, religious liberty, culture, accommodation, Word of God, kingdom, ethnicity, methods of preaching, ...
During the days of Nazi Germany there arose a Confessing Church movement that rose against the German Church movement, which became the religious arm of the Fascist Nazi Socialist movement. Of the 18,000 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 / Youth
Tags: Ed Stetzer, millennials, challenge, younger generation, gospel, apathy, students, serving, saving, contemporary, culturally engaged, authenticity, hurting, connection
One of the greatest challenges for the church in the 21st century remains to be how to engage and mobilize millennials and students, who, to some, often appear indifferent to the gospel. This week, I am ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Greg Surratt, Mt. Pleasant, electricity, lights, dark, awareness, desperation, creativity, innovation, nursery classes, experiences, community, power, presence, Jesus
Recently, the lights went out at our Mt. Pleasant Campus. All of them. For a very long time. Three and one-half hours, to be exact. Fun times. Oh, I've been in the dark for longer periods of time, but ... [ +++ ]
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 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, blocks, small groups, community, koinonia, frequency, authenticity, mutuality, accountability, encouragement, courtesy, sympathy
What the public generally knows about Saddleback Church is that we have a large weekend attendance. But what the outside world doesn't realize is that the strength of Saddleback is really in our small ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 November 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, money, stewardship, struggling, finances, scarcity, budget, programs, impact, church, community, expenditures, accountability
A consistent theme of concern I have seen in many churches is in the area of church finances. Many church leaders operate out of a mode of scarcity instead of abundance. While I realize that churches cannot ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 29 October 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Jonathan Dodson, City Life Church, evangelism, believable, religious services, Christ, wisdom, incarnate, excarnate, responsibility, Jehovah's Witness, Mormon, love, suffering, despair, cynicism, ...
One in five Americans don't believe in a deity. Less than half of the population attends religious services on a regular basis. People simply find our evangelism unbelievable. Why? While a person's response ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, sheep, smell, speaker, leader, influencer, Dr. Lynn Anderson, innovative, engaged, listener, compassion, pastoring, authenticity, replaceable, humility
If you were to ask 100 pastors how they wanted to grow, you'd hear a variety of answers: becoming a better speaker, leader or influencer. There are countless books on these subjects—tips and tricks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Steve Murrell, discipleship, empowered church, Joey Bonifacio, Ministers Fellowship International, City Bible Church, Frank Damazio, WikiChurch, Holy Spirit, witnesses, apostles, growth, persecution, ...
It was a privilege to preach at City Bible Church during their Purple People (Purple Book) campaign and to teach WikiChurch discipleship principles at the Ministers Fellowship International (MFI) Focus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 October 2014 / Communication
Tags: Brad Lomenick, seasoned leader, author, professor, CEO, pastor, politician, communication, speech, simplicity, stories, validation, action, audience, hooks, repetitions, personal connection, eye ...
Whether you are a seasoned leader, college student, author, professor, CEO, politician or pastor, we all have to learn to communicate well. Whether we are speaking to thousands, speaking to our staff, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, leaders, guard, hearts, minds, brain capacity, sinful nature, false teaching, false religions, temptation, A.W. Tozer, counterfeit, spiritual experiences, pride, overworked mind
Leaders are readers. Leaders are learners. And leaders are definitely thinkers. Your mind is a special gift from God. It's one of the most important tools in a leader's arsenal. Your mind can potentially ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, race, religion, gay narrative, race-baiters, ethnicity, disdain, Christian, Muslim, far left, militant movement, Jesus, radicals, division, ideology
... to live by this ethos, and it has confounded both friend and foe alike. For example, two days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, instead of objectifying all Muslims I went into a local mosque ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 July 2014 / Culture
Tags: Artie Davis, Jesus, small town, pastor, big city, culture, church, growth, Friday night football games, gas station
I talk with a lot of pastors and leaders, pastors and leaders from different places and different-sized places. Specifically, as I talk to pastors and leaders in rural places, in small towns, across the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, social issues, abortion, same-sex marriage, child abuse, pulpit, sin, moral issues, New York City, apostles, William Wilberforce, Charles Finney
... of 2000 years ago) would not take a position on social issues such as slavery, (I.E. as Evangelical Christian William Wilberforce did and eradicated the slave trade in the British Empire in the 19th Century; ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Doug Stringer, author, speaker, leadership, transference, character, authenticity, passion, giftings, Steve Green, Steve Hill, Dr. Edwin Louis Cole
... at times to see that kind of mentoring at work today. But, there is a new generation of leaders who not only needs it but also wants it from us. In the spring of 2004, we hosted a "think tank" and "roundtable" ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 / Equipment
Tags: Thom Rainer, worship center, seating, churches, pews, chairs, stackable, mobile, theater seats, capacity, flexibility
One of the larger expenses of many churches, and often an area of contention, is the type of seating in the worship center. I have been amazed to hear stories of intense church arguments over seating in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Cityteam, movement, discipleship, Holy Spirit, Great Commission, converts, Muslims, church planting, Bible, iDisciple, training, seminars
... what He had in mind. Initiated in 2001, the ministry has helped plant almost 29,000 churches in 50 nations and has won almost 1 million converts—a third of them Muslims. With an international staff of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 March 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Ken Walker, Cityteam, discipleship, church plants, Muslims, converts, Jerry Trousdale, Great Commission, Hindus, African villages, model, multiplication
... However, its shift toward playing a major role in the discipleship movement started in 2002 after key leaders acknowledged that despite thousands of conversions and food boxes distributed annually, they ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Andrew Douglas, City Compassion, Portland, City Bible Church, raising money, relationships, needs, gospel-centered church
You can find prophetic keys to your city by watching the local nightly news. Marc Estes, an executive pastor of City Bible Church in Portland, Ore., says it’s on TV news where you’ll see your city’s greatest ... [ +++ ]
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