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Created on Thursday, 04 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, culturally relevant, churches, cool, music, coffee, diversity, attract new people, conversation, lose focus, Jesus, sacrifice, truth
The concept of church is thousands of years old, yet we're still understanding, debating and re-forming what we believe church should look like. We all grew up with different experiences of church. Some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, myth, sin, sinner, love, harm, conviction, heaviness, grace, truth, hate, conversation, mercy, Christ, shame, Pharisees, Bible prostitute, responsibility
If you've been in the church for a while, I'm sure you've heard this phrase: Love the sinner, hate the sin. We know we're called to love all people, but we use this phrase to explain how we can love people, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Greg Stier, youth leaders, mistakes, outreach, evangelism, Dare 2 Share, prayer, Jesus, priority, meeting, program, dodgeball, attractional evangelism, gospel conversations, training, Charles Sp
Over the last two-plus decades, I've had the privilege of engaging thousands of youth leaders in conversations about the subject of outreach and evangelism. During that time I've gathered a ton of great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, volunteer, children's ministry, conversation, background check, red flag, safety, affirm, church family, drug conviction, reference, application
I recently sat down with someone who wanted to serve in our children's ministry. I knew going into the conversation that he would not be able to serve at this time. His heart was in the right place ... ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, habit, lifestyle, theologian, conversation, God's glory, Holy Spirit, Bible, grace, Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit
We say that worship is a lifestyle, but how many of us actually live it? Merriam Webster defines lifestyle as "a particular way of living: the way a person lives or a group of people live." If that's the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 / Administration
Tags: Justin Lathrop, efficiency, church, pastor, staff, inventory, time, energy, meetings, conversations, overwhelm, to-dos, goal, marketing, service planning, administrative
I want you to take a moment to reflect on how you and your staff spend your time. Think of this as taking inventory—something we as churches don't normally have to do. Consider this taking inventory ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, syncretism, obscurantism, churches, pastors, contexualization, missional conversation, gospel
A quick search for the word "contextualization" on this blog will reveal how important I believe it is for the church that truly wants to engage in God's mission. I have written and spoken on the subject ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, invitation, unchurched, failure, contact, rejection, music, worship, preaching, problems, crowded, challenge, conversation
Several years ago, more than one study showed large percentages of unchurched would consider attending a church if someone simply invited them. The problem is not the attitude of the unchurched; rather, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 July 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Perry Noble, social media, Internet, broadcast, news, Facebook, Twitter, conversation, church online, content, sharing, questions, audience, platform, customer service, empower, staff, volunteer
Information is advancing daily on a global stage through the connectivity of the Internet. Email, blogs and social platforms contribute to the viral spread of content in real-time to shape culture, capture ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, Simply youth ministry, students, generalizations, awkward conversations, adults, video games, middle school, inclusive community, church, youth ministry
My son calls them, "Awkward conversations with adults." In an attempt for adults to make conversation with a teen boy the first question they often ask is, "What's your favorite video game?" It becomes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, leader, problems, nice, smart, loyal, kind, gentle, mean, stress, big picture, problems, organization, team, suffers, performance standards, conflict, tough conversations, friend
I was talking with a leader recently. She’s an incredibly kind and gentle person. She’s smart, hardworking and loyal. She’s a relational leader and usually brings out the best in people, so she’s had success ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 January 2014 / Children
Tags: Cheri Fuller, children, prayer, God, teach, conversation, heart to heart, on the spot, rut, musical prayers, blessing, bedtime, comfort, reassurance
Recently in the prayer class I lead at our church in Oklahoma City, I was explaining to the new children why we take one Sunday a month from their regular lessons to focus on prayer. “We want you to know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 / Communication
Tags: Thom Schultz, audience, talk, church, service, Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore, fearless conversation, acts of love, communication, paralysis of fear, fearless topics, racism, homosexuality, ...
You’re not allowed to talk about that at church. In fact, you’re not allowed to talk at all during the typical American church service. And that’s a problem for the majority of the population that does ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Perry Noble, leaders, tough decisions, conversations, programs, courage
What is the one thing that holds most leaders (and the organizations they lead) back?   It's simple: the unwillingness to make a really hard decision.   Most leaders know the decisions that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnson, bomb, youth ministry, youth pastor, mission, timing, agenda, engagement, defensive, conversation, Saddleback Church
For most youth workers, few things in ministry are as dreaded as navigating conflict—especially when it comes in the form of an angry parent or frustrated volunteer and when it comes suddenly and unexpectedly. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, youth ministry, choices, wisdom, ramifications, lessons, preparation, conversation
It was another average weekday. Shortly after arriving home from work, I’m routinely rifling through the pile of papers pulled from my second-grader’s backpack. Amid the assortment of math worksheets, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Brad Lomenick, greeting, rules, hug, re-greet, handshake, nicknames, clasp, high five, compliment, deep, complete conversation, customized greeting, standard greeting
Hello. How are you? What’s up? Hey. All of us greet differently. There is no right or wrong. These are a few of my thoughts on greetings that might create a few laughs. Most of these are related to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, bad habits, teams, ministry strategy, stuck, laedership team, plans, growth, meetings, schedules, offerings, conversation
Habits impact churches much more than they realize. In fact, many churches are stuck because of bad habits. Charles Duhigg writes in The Power of Habit, “Most of the choices we make each day may feel ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 May 2013 / Community
Tags: Communication, proven, church, Christ, sermon, marketing, target audience, experience, volunteers, new mom, conversation, Facebook, website, social media
Everything communicates. What people experience in your church has the power to propel them toward Christ or push them away. What we do matters, and doing it well is essential. From your website to the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 May 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, evaluation, system, failure, delay, tough, conversations, nice, truth
One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is this: “Do you have any sample performance evaluation forms you can send me?” To be honest, I do have samples, but I never send them. Why don’t I ... [ +++ ]
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