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Created on Thursday, 22 January 2015 / Worship
Tags: Worship, distractions, music, choir, praise team, unsmiling faces, poor musicians or singers, unprepared, preachy music directors, sermon topic, disconnection, media, lyrics
A few weeks ago, I posted findings on common worship distractions. Since that time, some readers have questioned me more specifically about our findings regarding the musical component of worship. So, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 January 2015 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, studying, pastor, next generation, leaders, business, leadership, courses, connections, volunteer, secular job, counseling course, mentor, accountability
I have the opportunity to talk with young pastors each week. I also interact regularly with those who are preparing for the pastorate. I love investing in the next generation of leaders and am thankful ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 07 January 2015 / Equipment
Tags: Wireless, giving, plate, connection, iPad, iPhone, checks, coins, bills, technology, kiosk, multi-formats
... for nonprofit websites rose 16 percent from the year prior (M+R 2014 Benchmark Study). Charitable giving revenue grew 4.9 percent in 2013, the largest gain since the 2008 recession (Forbes).  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, God-centered, engaging, leader, boldness, prepare, forget, patience, Holy Spirit, move, connection, countenance, priority, throne of grace, effectiveness, songs, musi
When we gather to worship, what are we really hungry for? Why are we there? What is the goal? Is it: Songs? Great music? Entertainment? Powerful leadership? Answers to questions? God? Malcolm du Plessi ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 November 2014 / Youth
Tags: Doug Franlklin, youth ministry, building, structural integrity, connection with God, mission, discipling, volunteers, relationships, students, navigate, equip, stability, barrier, separation
Building a healthy youth ministry is like stacking a house of cards—when one card is out of place, the whole thing falls apart. It's time to look at your ministry through the eyes of a home inspector. ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Communication
Tags: Dan Reiland, 12Stone Church, communicator, public communication, message, Kevin Myers, John Maxwell, connection, content, audience, confidence, preparation
All leaders communicate. Not all leaders communicate well. Communication is a broader topic than just your Sunday morning or weekend messages. Much of a leader's most important communication takes place ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, young parents, Christ, children's ministry, Relevant Children's Ministry, influence, impact, adult ministry, teach, classes, connection, family
Young parents hold the future in their hands. The children they are parenting will be the next generation of leaders. If we want to influence the next generation for Christ then we must influence ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 13 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, songs, worship, routine, preparation, building people, prayer, God movement, church, discipleship, needed, indispensable, presence, connection
When it comes to preparing for Sunday's worship, we have the usual routines. We pick our songs, we arrange the music, we schedule the band, we rehearse. But what if I told you there was more to your preparation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church, disappear, leave, burn out, injury, distractions, life change, mistakes, power struggle, lack of connection, issues
One disappointment I have had in ministry is watching people come to church, get excited for a time, then disappear. You spend energy and heart on people, grow to love them and get excited about them, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, music, joy, instrument, stress, relationship, critical, practice, creativity, heart, disconnection, sharing, gift
In this post, I'm going to outline six reasons that your musicality isn't as strong as it could be, in hopes that you'll re-imagine your instrument and rediscover the joy of music. 1. You're stressed. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Jesus, eating, Justin Lathrop, lessons, meal, last supper, sacrifice, death, resurrection, salvation, bread, wine, Leonard Sweet, table, ministry, connection, sinners, status, lifestyle
Did you know that 80 percent of the gospel accounts are made up of Jesus either going to or coming from a meal? Many of his miracles surrounded food, his ministry happened around the table, and his first ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 September 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, small groups, local church, transformational, connection, fellowship, community, burdens, church walls, gospel transformation, corporate worship
If you think community is an important part of healthy church life, and I hope you do, then small groups should also be important to you. They are actually crucial to the life of any church. I'm not the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Women
Tags: women, empower, emerging leaders, Ed Stetzer, LifeWay, Tim Keller, Center Church, theology, leadership, connection, power, Facts and Trends, networking
Too often, we can miss the gifts of others. That's human nature, I guess. The fact is, God has gifted all His people, and the work of Christ is benefited when we acknowledge and engage different people ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, Simply Youth Ministry, parents, youth, untraditional family, grandparents, fatherlessness, house parents, registration, stepfather, connection
The "nontraditional family" has become the "traditional" family. The U.S. census indicates that more than 3 million grandparents in the United States are raising their grandchildren. I have found on some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Justin Lathrop, pastors, life blood, power, strength, Bible, God, intimate, refueling, job description, peace, rest, connection, change locations, read a book, go for a drive, study for yourself, ...
As pastors, our life-blood, our power and our strength comes from the time we spend with God. But if you've been in ministry for more than a few minutes, you may have noticed that as a pastor, spending ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, singles, congregation, hurting, pulpit, force, connections, dating service, community group, set up, married, segregation, resources, groups
In each of our churches, we have ministries and activities that cater to a specific group within the congregation. It makes sense to provide these places—a place for infants and toddlers, for fifth-graders, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 / Growth
Tags: Bob Rhoden, Four Faces of a Leader, Holy Spirit, Simeon, Richmond, Virginia, leaders, miracles, connection, Easter, community, demonic bondage
When the Holy Spirit chose to kick off a bold new outreach from the Antioch church (Acts 13:1-3), what voice box did He use? I’m inclined to believe it was either Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, ... [ +++ ]
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