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Created on Friday, 25 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, congregations, search committees, pastors, elder board, lay leaders, contact, stay in touch, limbo, issues, strengths, challenges
On occasion, I provide updates on issues and strategies regarding pastor search committees. Congregations across America call pastors to their churches in a variety of ways. As church polity varies, so ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Stephen Miller, worship, corporate, new songs, rules, picky, congregations, teach, lyrics, spiritual
Imagine yourself standing in an ornate church building as beautiful music washes over you from the platform. As gorgeous as the songs are, you notice that no one is singing along. It's not because the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 May 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, church, services, changes, objective research, National Congregations Study, Duke University, choirs, dress, casual, screens, preaching, longer, multi, attendees, diverse, conflict, ...
... If you, however, attended a church worship service in 2000 and then returned to that same church in 2010, there is a high likelihood you would see dramatic changes had taken place in only 10 years. What, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Chuck Lawless, LifeWay, church, documents, bulletin, calendar, by-laws, unsaved, members, local congregations, classes, discipleship, mentoring, budget, ministry programs, missions support
I love working with local congregations. As I consult with churches, I learn so much by visiting the church, listening to the staff and interviewing members. Nothing can fully take the place of spending ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Resources, sick churches, solutions, survival, congregations, hope, false hope, decline, God, miracles, reverse trends, action, Haggai, Nehemiah
In my previous post on my website, I addressed the issue of very sick churches, noting that as many as 40 percent of American congregations fall in that category. Several readers commented they would like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 / Multi-Ethnic Ministry
Tags: Invisible Church, multi-ethnic, vision, example, change, Holy Spirit, Jews, Gentiles, congregations, friendships
In 1990 my wife, Karen, and I began an endeavor that would forever change our lives. What began as a church plant became a radical reordering of our personal priorities and approach to ministry. We became ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 May 2013 / Ethics
Tags: adultery, epidemic, J. Lee Grady, Orlando, Florida, pulpit, pastors, congregations, hostile public, Christians, hypocrites, moral failure, fire drills, isolation
It happened again. For the third time in six months, the pastor of a large church in my hometown of Orlando, Fla., has resigned from his pulpit because of adultery. I’m sad. I’m sick. I’m sorry for the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 April 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Tony Morgan, honor, culture, congregations, pastors, church, submit, leaders, obey
At the risk of not showing honor to peers in ministry, I want to tackle the topic of honor today. I’m concerned. I see a trend in churches that I think is unhealthy. Honestly, I believe it’s also unbiblical. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 March 2013 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, local church, obsolete, pastors, congregations, reformation, society
Can you imagine a time when key apostolic leaders—both in the church and marketplace—would come together to exert strong influence over cities, communities and nations, with or without the cooperation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 February 2010 / Main
Tags: brana group,churches,congregations,contributions,david kinnaman,donations,economic recession,economy,fund raising,generosity,household income,nonprofit organizations,tithing
Although recent economic news show some positive signs the economy is improving, many Americans have cut back on donations to churches and other nonprofit organizations, according to a study released ... [ +++ ]

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