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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 ... [ +++ ]
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