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Created on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 / Service
Tags: Greg Atkinson, Elevation Church, volunteers, service, culture, leaders, thank you note, video, community event, Volunteer Sunday, photo, appreciation dinner
... “How can I serve in my church?” Greg Atkinson has been in ministry for two decades and has been writing, speaking and training thousands of church leaders since 2000. He now serves as the campus pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 / Administration
Tags: Practices, Churches, sustained success, worship styles, community, next generation, World Series, St. Louis Cardinals, John Mozeliak, Sports Illustrated, The Cardinal Way, change, avoid complacency, ...
During my 20s, two nationally recognized churches resided in my hometown within just five miles of each other. Because of a demand for new worship styles, a changing community and their inability and refusal ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 / Growth
Tags: Kyle Searcy, church planting, growth, expansion, parents, exhilaration, baby, DNA, Norcross, Atlanta, Montgomery, team work, dream, funds, grace, components, prayer, community, spiritual exercis
When my wife and I decided to start a family, we thought we were ready to become parents. We had read the best books, asked for advice from our most auspicious relatives and mustered our prayer life around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 October 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, leaders, commitments, Saddleback, raising the bar, Bible study, living connection, community, foundation, obedient servant, development
Whether you use a low or high bar of small group leadership, I think all of us have hope that our leaders will do more than open their home, facilitate a discussion or convene a meeting. And ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Chuck Lawless, diseases, churches, unhealthy, community disconnect, methodological arthritis, grass is greener syndrome, professional wrestling sickness, program nausea, baby believer malady, theological ...
In the 1990s, Peter Wagner published The Healthy Church, a book describing several diseases that churches sometimes exhibit. Some of his descriptions are quite helpful (e.g., koinonitis = excessive, inward ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 / Expansion
Tags: Ed Stetzer, multiply, churches, multi-site campuses, Grace Church, contextual ministry, ethnically diverse, community, space, dual services, disciples, pastors, ministries
When we planted Grace Church in a local movie theater two years ago, we assumed that one day we would have a more permanent location. Meeting in a theater is not without challenges, and we assumed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Greg Atkinson, role, campus pastor, multi-site church, leading, equipping, training, serving, helping, senior pastor, counseling, LifeGroups, lay leaders, community meetings
This past week, I was contacted by a minister who was getting ready to start his new role of campus pastor at a multisite church in 2014. He asked me to share with him what my week and responsibilities ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 August 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Paul Andrew, church planting, urban, churn, Sydney, Australia, New York, Liberty Church, pace, margin, community, cost, Tokyo, authenticity, value, marketing, logistics, spiritual warfare, local
When pastors Paul and Andi Andrew made the decision to move with their kids from Sydney to New York City to plant Liberty Church, they only knew two people in the city.  That was 2010, and just a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Joe McKeever, price, pastor, opinion, controversy, political correctness, community, stance, coward, courage, Holy Spirit, Martin Luther King Jr.
Once in a while, a pastor has to make a tough call. Do you speak out on a controversial issue or not? Yes, you could come down hard on the latest political correctness issue dividing the country and enraging ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Dan Reiland, attender, fire, church, The Orange Code, customers, transactions, ING Direct, business, vision, contribution, community
Maybe fire isn’t the right word. But can you say no to someone in a way that suggests your church might not be the right church for them? How do you balance loving and caring for a person and not allowing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 July 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Darren Schalk, Tony Morgan, discipleship, strategy, books, conferences, history, community, outreach, needs, people
Discipleship has become quite the buzzword. Books, conferences and writings abound on the topic. Most churches understand the need for discipleship but many are struggling to create effective discipleship ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 / Prayer
Tags: Hal Seed, prayer, danger, heart, lost, desire, extraordinary risks, community
Many years ago I prayed a prayer that has changed me more than any other. It changed my vocation, location, orientation and just about every other “ation” in my life. What was the prayer? “God, I don’t ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 / Resourcing
Tags: Brent Evans, Jimmy Evans, marriage, battle, army, front, troops, Internet, simulcasts, small groups, community outreach
As president of the ministry my dad, Jimmy Evans, founded, I’ve been serving him for almost a decade. This year, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of MarriageToday, so I’ve been along for a good ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 / Cutting Edge
Tags: Ed Stetzer, pastors, multisite churches, mega churches, theological clones, stereotyping, baptisms, pastoral responsibility, Christian community
McChurch. Franchised Jesus. Theological clones. Incubator congregations. Ecclesiological buffets. From the devil. If there is a classification of church that gets put down more than megachurches, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Artie Davis, change, church, culture, community, context, God Vision, aircraft carrier
Any church that doesn’t change in response to the change in culture, community or context will eventually cease to exist. Any church that wants to stay around and keep its doors open will make constant ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Steve Murrell, secrets, success, ministry, Ignite 2013, Every Nation ministries, Manila, calling, commitment, community, concentration, honor God, make disciples
What a week it was! Deborah and I attended Ignite 2013 along with over 9000 Filipino students plus hundreds of students and Every Nation campus missionaries from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Guam, India, ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 28 May 2013 / Community
Tags: Tony Morgan, community, persona, target visitor, needs, generational marketing, audience, Baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Y
If you ask most churches, they are genuinely seeking how to reach their community. Identifying your target visitor through building a community persona is the first step. Next, you need to figure out how ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 May 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Oklahoma, Moore, tornado, devastation, pray, respond, survivors, emergency workers, relief efforts, community, state, donations, resources
Yet another tragedy. There are no words to describe the scenes we are seeing from the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. No words. So don’t say anything. Just pray. Please, don’t try to provide answers when ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, core values, church, Jehu, 2 Kings, unity, team, passion, Cornerstone Community Church
Core Values: The ideals and values we hold that are non-negotiable, that serve as filters for all of our efforts to accomplish our mission. (My working definition.)  The story of Jehu in 2 Kings ... [ +++ ]
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