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Created on Monday, 26 January 2015 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, church, Bible, secularized, influence, salt, light, Ezekiel, popular, controversial, standard, membership, serving, ministry, pre-marital sex, family, marriage, secular music, ...
The Bible teaches that the church is supposed to influence the world as salt and light (Matt. 5:13-16), but instead the church has often been influenced by the world. Ezekiel 22:26 sends a stern ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 January 2015 / Discipleship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay, scriptural discipleship, spiritual maturity, evangelicalism, growth, spiritual depth, Word of God, goals, fear of the deep
Lately there has been a lot of talk about spiritual formation and discipleship, and rightfully so. I think we can all agree there's a discipleship deficit in evangelicalism. Perhaps the elephant in the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Communication
Tags: Brandon Cox, articles, pastors, truth, Bible, Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court, church plant, social media, church growth, control, marriage, disciples, local churches, disappointment, give up
I loved 2014. It was crazy busy, but there has also been a sweet rhythm to life. I haven't blogged as regularly as I have in past years, but my posts have often been longer, more article-length, and at ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 January 2015 / Evangelism
Tags: David Ireland, evangelism, crusades, soup kitchens, Jesus, Billy Graham, discipleship, cost, gospel invitation, Len Sweet, generosity, acts of kindness, missions, service-based evangelism, online ...
... for evangelist Billy Graham's final bow—his New York City crusade that took place June 24-26, 2005. New York park and police officials tallied the crowd at some 242,000 people over the three-day ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, House Church Movement, disciples, hospitality, church, poor, outcast, New Testament, Paul, Romans, lifestyle, stranger, love, Jesus, powerful
As part of our travels to India, Impact Nations has been experiencing the House Church Movement first hand. This is a movement that is baptizing over a million new disciples a year and is now the largest ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Communication
Tags: LifeWay Research, Chris Martin, Crossroads Christian Fellowship, communication, TCAT, assessment tool, community-based congregation, demographic swing, transition, minister, discipleship, mission, ...
... congregation. Becky, Pastor Valekis' wife and a leader in the church, said, "We started there [Crossroads] in 1999-2000, and we were about 100 percent commuter-based, I would guess. Then, by the time we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resuorces, church leaders, members, troubling statements, pastors, staff, community, discipleship church, money, small groups, guests
If you want your church to move toward a slow yet certain death, make certain your church leadership and membership affirms most of these 10 statements. They are troubling statements. Indeed, they are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Lake City Foursquare Church, transformation, assessment tool, TCAT, hard times, discipleship, community, small groups, adjustments, LifeWay Research
For Pastor Dave Chandler of Lake City Foursquare Church, an assessment provided the catalyst to address the areas in his church needing change. Lake City is in Moses Lake, Washington, a growing community ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Foursquare Church, Water Ramos, Jesus, movements, leaders, pastor, passion, Word of God, disciples, momentum, skill set, guidance, example, believing in others, Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Churc
The night I found Jesus I was on my way to take my life at a local park. Although I didn't know it, He was waiting for me at a church close to that park. I walked in, sat in the back of the room and didn't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 December 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, transformation, making disciples, Emmanuel Baptist Church, healthy, TCAT, research study, biblical, reliable, data-driven, membership, community, impact
Most churches do a good job of measuring what Micah Fries calls the "three B's"—budgets, buildings and baptisms. Those are helpful, he said. But they don't always show whether a church is fulfilling ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Brandon Cox, growth, compromise, theology, megachurches, small churches, local, Leadership Network, worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship
I love small churches. I love medium-sized churches. And I love large churches and "megachurches" (typically defined as an evangelical congregation with 2,000 or more weekend service attenders). I also ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Steve Murrell, discipleship, empowered church, Joey Bonifacio, Ministers Fellowship International, City Bible Church, Frank Damazio, WikiChurch, Holy Spirit, witnesses, apostles, growth, persecution, ...
It was a privilege to preach at City Bible Church during their Purple People (Purple Book) campaign and to teach WikiChurch discipleship principles at the Ministers Fellowship International (MFI) Focus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Ed Stetzer, pharisees, Jesus, hypocrisy, social media, shortcomings, judgmental, legalism, spiritual damage, discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, expectations, bitterness
If you're like me, you hate Pharisees. Jesus didn't have much use for them either ... and of course, I want to be like Jesus! Also, let's be honest, few things are more fulfilling than sending out a tweet ... [ +++ ]
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 / Personal Character
Tags: Steve Murrell, legacy, pastors, leaders, Andy Stanley, honoring God, making disciples, doing mission, serving people, empowering leaders
Before my recent trip to South Africa, I listened to an Andy Stanley leadership podcast that said great leaders are always thinking about their legacy. Confession: I never think about my legacy. And I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, passion, rekindle, Christian, devil, 1 Corinthians, Gospel of Mark, Jesus, disciples, heart, supporters, vacation, mission trip, growth
Having been in ministry for over 30 years, I understand. The church is sometimes not easy to love. People claim to be Christian but act like the devil. We say the words, "I love the church" while knowing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Growth
Tags: Brandon Cox, control, growth, church, David Chrzan, leadership, theological framework, systems, Holy Spirit, commitment, congregation, discipleship
He may not be Solomon, but David Chrzan often drops nuggets of wisdom that sound as if they could have come from the book of Proverbs. In the five years or so that I've known and worked with David, he's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Chuck Lawless, mentor, discipleship, pastors, ministerial leaders, biblical, Elijah, Elisha, relationship, experience, teacher
A few years ago, I wrote a study called Mentor: How Along the Way Discipleship Can Change Your Life. That study was directed to college students, because I believe every young person needs a mentor. Now, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 September 2014 / Youth
Tags: church, culture, Greg Stier, youth ministry, Mike Yaconelli, Youth Specialties, broken teens, healing, discipleship, relationships, Jewish culture, Christian faith
We live in a church culture where some quadrants are starting to second-guess the value of youth ministry. Books, articles and blogs have been written decrying its effectiveness and calling out for action ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Joe McKeever, disciples, evangelism, Christian workers, assignment, preaching, Great Commission, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, Jesus, Paul, Silas, gospel, bold, confident, peac
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore, be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves" (Matt. 10:16). This is a brief Bible study. (Just so you'll know. Smiley-face here.) For ... [ +++ ]
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