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Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Scott Postma, Church Leaders, pastors, encouragement, Scriptures, traits, characteristics, church planting, mission, disciples, Jesus, service, shepherd, relationship, God, humble, teachable, doctrine, ...
... in younger, smaller churches where the mission of the Great Commission is the central focus. Of course, "smaller" is subjective, but according to the experts and historians, 150-200 congregants offer the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 July 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Rick Warren, influence, time, resources, kingdom builder, Bible, Holy Spirit, encouragement, accountability, position, authority, fame, wealth
Everyone has influence. We all influence someone. And God expects us to be good stewards of that influence for His kingdom's sake. He didn't give us our influence for selfish purposes on our part, but ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Scott Attebery, churches, disciple, sister church, marriage, mentor, Bible, Thessalonians, imitators, Christ, size, location, age, joint fellowship, encouragement
The church where I formerly pastored, Wyatt Baptist Church of El Dorado, Arkansas, is one of the most mission-minded churches I know of. Every year they send a large percentage of church members around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 January 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, encouragement, words, pastors, ministry, church growth, scriptures, people-pleaser, influence, gossip, priority
This is for all my pastor friends. It may not make as much sense to readers who haven’t served in that role. One thing that sets me apart from some pastors is that the amount of time I spent in the business ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, youth, students, volunteers, middle school, worship service, fpKIDS, church, kids ministry, team, parents, service, love, encouragement
My daughter is allergic to mornings. Given the opportunity, she would easily sleep until 10 a.m. every day. But school requires that she rise a little earlier. So we push through the pain and crawl out ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, life, ministry, learning, process, Scripture, Christ, ownership, growing, encouragement, change, success, desperation, pastors, human
Some of these are new, and some are reminders I’m seeing lived out: 1. The most mature is often not the one with the most knowledge of Scripture but the one who has learned to most live like Christ. 2. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 November 2013 / Married
Tags: Support, encouragement, ministry, Debbie Jones, Stadia, church planting, spouse and family support, elevate, gifted, passion, heart, church
I can still remember the day my husband, Tom, returned from a church-planting conference and said those 10 words that changed our family forever: “I think God is calling us to plant a church.” In the weeks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Networking, encouragement, Geoff Surratt, biblical imperative, pastor, lost art, lip service, hurts, prayers, Thessalonians, building up, agenda, genuine interest
When our home phone would ring on Saturday morning, I knew it was probably my future wife’s grandfather, Hubert Sparks, calling. He called my dad almost every Saturday morning. He didn’t call to complain, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 September 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Dan Reiland, beefs, bouquets, church consulting, files, ministry, God's Word, grace, law, strength, weaknesses, encouragement, journal
For more than 30 years now, through three churches and a season of church consulting, I’ve keep two unique files. One is titled Beefs. The other is titled Bouquets. It may sound a little strange, but it ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, youth ministry, parents, role, principles, primary, perfect, answers, prayers, encouragement, spiritually
This is a topic that freaked me out my first year in youth ministry. As a young parent myself, it’s not easy telling grown ups how to deal with their children. So, it took me a while to really get to a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Ranier, LifeWay, confessions, broken pastor's wife, commenters, encouragement, email, nerve, good pastors, good people, good family people, priorities, spouses, vows, hurting, Timothy
I love the community that has formed on my blog. There are several people who are regular commenters; they have become a part of my blog's family, and I feel like I know them. Some of them come to the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, gifts, staff, responsibilities, leadership development, test, role, gifted, strengths, weakness, encouragement
As a pastor, you have a lot of responsibilities. When your task list grows, it’s easy to overlook the need to invest in your staff. However, one of the most important parts of leadership development is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 July 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, growing, church, unity, love, authenticity, commitment, Romans, encouragement, Christ, liberty
One of the reasons why Saddleback Church has grown over the years is because we have maintained a harmonious atmosphere. When there is a church that loves, it attracts people like a magnet. When a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 / Vision
Tags: Justin Lathrop, church leadership, slump, discouragement, services, hurting people, exhaustion, envy, encouragement, public praise
Church leadership is difficult (in case you hadn’t already figured that out). Some days it is easy to feel discouraged, to wonder why you work as hard as you do. Especially when you don’t receive the thanks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 July 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, assimilation, process, sustained growth, church, connected, grow up, encouragement, engagement
A simple assimilation process is absolutely vital for any church to see sustained growth. Here’s the one I’ve seen work so well, and you can customize it for your church quite easily. It covers the three ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 July 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Gina McClain, juggling, ministry, special events, team building, volunteer, personnel, encouragement, tough stuff, balls, ground
Juggling is an art.  And it’s fascinating to watch. My role in ministry is a constant juggle.  There are always projects, special events, team building, volunteer recruiting, personnel conversations, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational, pastors, practice, presence, thankfulness, praise, breathing, pause, encouragement
When do you pray? Brother Lawrence taught us to “practice the presence.” Maybe you are like me, and you realize that standing at a monastery sink all day would give you plenty of time to talk to God. It ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Kyle Corbin, Youth ministry, encouragement, folder, email, voices
You are slammed with things that need to get done, there is a parent that just won’t get off your case, or perhaps you just have heard more negative than positive lately. It sounds like you could use some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, questions, job, satisfaction, expectations, materials, opportunity, opinions, mission, encouragement
... the way, Buckingham also has a resource available called The Truth about You (Thomas Nelson, 2008). It’s a toolkit including a DVD, interactive book and a “rememo” pad to help you enjoy higher satisfaction ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 February 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Rick Warren, Satan, Isolated, Believers, Encouragement, Detached
“Encourage one another daily … so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3:13, NIV) A church family will help keep you from backsliding. None of us are immune to temptation. ... [ +++ ]
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