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Created on Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Worship
Tags: Church, choirs, Don Chapman, irrelevant, churchgoer, boring, outdated music, rehearsal, volunteers, busy, vibrant praise choirs, modern worship leader, Christmas, Easter, money, assistant
“I hate choirs!” So said a friend of mine recently at lunch as we discussed ministry matters. He’s your typical, middle-aged churchgoer with a wife and three kids. I could understand “dislike,” but “hate?” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 / Technology
Tags: Pastors, Brandon Hilgemann, iPad, applications, technology, Evernote, Penultimate, DropBox, Paper, LogMeIn
If you are anything like me, you are in a never-ending hunt, roaming the iTunes app store, looking for the next app that will make your iPad better than ever. After trying many different apps, I have compiled ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dale Hudson, church visitors, customer service, employees, I don't know, great question, tweak, guest families
Have you ever been in store, asked one of the employees a question, and gotten the response, “I don’t know?”  You probably got very frustrated didn’t you? When you hear the words “I don’t know” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 January 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Steve Murrell, discipleship, truths, Victory Manila, Indonesia, Jesus, Christian, journey, class, men, women, community, evangelism, relationship, culture, principles
Recently, my wife Deborah and I were in Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan teaching Asian pastors, church-planters, and missionaries about discipleship and leadership. Same ole boring strokes, again. After ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Scott Attebery, pastors.com, I don't know, Bible, reverend, brothers, expectations, congregation, honesty, humility, dependency on Christ, John the Baptist
The moment one becomes a pastor, something strange happens: People suddenly think you know everything about the Bible. Twenty-four hours ago, you were like everyone else—learning the Bible a little at ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors.com, speaker, sermon, cross, effectiveness, influence, Seth Godin, speech, judge, communicator, glorifying God
I realize that we pastors are going way beyond motivational speaking in our sermons. We are sharing the gospel and leading people to the cross. But we are still speakers and communicators nonetheless, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Hilgemann, pastors.com, return invitation, preaching, guest, senior pastor, time limit, arrive early, stay late, audience, topic, series, transitions, compliment, preparation, feedback
Have you been invited to be a guest preacher? I have had the opportunity to do a bit of guest preaching lately. I have also dealt with my fair share of good and bad guest preachers. Here are some tips ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Colonel Sanders, Joe McKeever, preachers, Bible study, message, humorous lines, Holy Spirit, personal conviction, Haddon Robinson, will, unprepared, voice of the Lord
I had planned my Bible study message for the little interdenominational group that meets each Wednesday in a local restaurant. I knew what “the Lord laid on my heart” and had gone over it earlier ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Preaching, eye contact, sermon, Brandon Hilgemann, churches, connecting, pastor, notes, trust, confidence
I love visiting other churches. I love walking on a church campus for the first time, pretending I know nothing about church. It helps me understand how people might feel when they come to visit my church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 November 2013 / Money
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors, effective, ministry, excellence, budget, financial resources, church plant, values, faithraising, discipling
When we began planting Grace Hills, we didn’t have the quarter of a million dollars that some church plants in America start out with. We had way less than that, in fact, so we had to figure out how to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: limitless life, Brandon Cox, power, preaching, Derwin Gray, child of God, conqueror, redeemed, brokenness, cross, sermon, message
Last Sunday, we wrapped up our teaching in the series Limitless Life, based on the book by Derwin Gray by the same title. The basic idea is that we are all limited by the labels we wear. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Youth groups, National Center for Family Integrated Churches, John Blanchard, Rock Church, youth ministries, statistics, youth pastor, desertion, church, entertainment, flaws, safe place, counter ...
A recent study conducted by the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC) concluded that youth groups are to blame for the high dropout rate of young adults in church attendance. Their findings ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Hilgemann, sermons, losing people, sloppy transitions, connection, points, too much information, long introductions, lazy conclusions, abstract thoughts, real-life application
Are you losing people when you preach? Do people check out during your sermons? After listening to thousands of sermons and preaching quite a few myself, I have learned eight different ways that pastors ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 May 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Oklahoma, Moore, tornado, devastation, pray, respond, survivors, emergency workers, relief efforts, community, state, donations, resources
Yet another tragedy. There are no words to describe the scenes we are seeing from the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. No words. So don’t say anything. Just pray. Please, don’t try to provide answers when ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Gordon MacDonald, Building Below the Waterline, Christian, leadership, mentor, spiritual center
There was a time when I would have been jealous for leadership; today, I find it sobering. I have passed the point of aspiring to leadership. It is a privilege to be a leader, but the price is great. A ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 February 2013 / Ministry Life
Tags: T.L. Osborn, LaDonna Osborn, Daughter, Tribute, passed away, loved, journey
My much-loved father, Dr. T.L. Osborn, the man known around the world as "The Father of the Gospel" entered his eternal rest on Thursday, Feb. 14. He was in no pain and had no sickness. The Lord simply ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 January 2013 / Legacy
Tags: john piper, bethlehem baptist church, megachurch, Don't Waste Your Life, Spectacular Sins, What Jesus Demands From the World, lifeway research, john piper's last sermon
... the World and Spectacular Sins won in the Christian Life category of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's Christian Book Awards in 2007 and 2009, respectively. A 2010 LifeWay Research survey ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 December 2012 / Columns
Tags: Atheists, tree lighting, Queen James Bible, homophobic, Mayans, armageddon, rape, Choices4Life, religious freedom, Obamacare
Check out some links below to recent stories from Charisma News that you'll find interesting and informative. You can also sign up to receive stories on your smart phone by signing up for the free Charisma ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 December 2012 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: spiritual abuse, merchandisers, don't get stupid, water down the gospel, release people into ministry, insecure pastors, bubble machines at church, ignore evangelism, great commission, prayer, prayerlessness, ...
Lee Grady penned a no-nonsense article last week cleverly titled “10 Stupid Things Ministers Should Never Do.” The ministry of Dr. Mary Ann Brown left an impression on Lee, and in his article he recalled ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 / Columns
Tags: john hagee, pastor john hagee, world war iii, world war 3, armageddon, stop war in the middle east, pray for the peace of jerusalem, prevent world war iii, stop decline of america, save america, ...
America, it's time for us to wake up! We are in a war for our survival. But there are four ways we as a nation can stop what is happening in the Middle East without firing a shot: 1. Divest our stocks ... [ +++ ]
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