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Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian resources, breakout pastors, breakout churches, hopelessness, hopefulness, possibilities, reality, long term, perspective, increments, setbacks, intentionality, outward ...
If you want to experience an "a-ha" moment about revitalizing churches, this research may be the near the top. Most of you have heard the dire information and statistics about congregations in North America. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 August 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: National Association of Evangelicals, board, survey, church growth, biblical teaching, outward focus, strong vision, mission, Leith Anderson, biblical authority, community, needs, care
The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) asked its board of directors, which includes denominational leaders, pastors and other evangelical leaders, for the main characteristics they notice in growing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Greg Stier, Dare 2 Share, laser, lightbulb, ministry, focus, Acts, obsession, status quo, spiritual growth, energize, generation, evangelize, disciple-making process
A light bulb can brighten up a dark room. A laser can cut through steel. Light bulbs disperse soft light in every direction for a short distance. Lasers can only be focused in a single direction but, theoretically, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, leaders, attention, Tom Brady, Nick Saban, command, Brian Dodd, language, clarity, intensity, focus, results, John Maxwell, Bill Hybels, Perry Noble, Carey Nieuwhof, Urban ...
There are hundreds of great communicators in today's world who speak on the subject of leadership.  Everyone has their own preferences as to who and what style they enjoy hearing.  I personally ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Justin Lathrop, credibility, leadership, influence, micromanaging, fear, delegation, Mark Batterson, energy, time, focus, big picture
We all want to be the type of leader who influences others to be the most effective people they can be. We want our teams to be functioning well and each member of the team to be operating at peak capacity. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Dan Reiland, leader, good, great, healthy relationships, budget, salvations, exceed expectations, great faith, spiritual, Jesus, create, productive, investments, practice, fierce focus, push, back ...
A good place to start is a set of working definitions for good leaders and great leaders. Let me offer one assumption, that both good leaders and great leaders are Godly individuals with integrity of character. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Brad Lomenick, circle, influence, oikos, Greek, family, personal, social, level, intentionality, focus, determination
The impact of our influence many times is determined by the circles or spheres of our influence. Our circles of influence can be intentional or unintentional; they can be private or public, and they always ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, mistakes, ministry, burnout, rest, body, relax, physical needs, release, frustrations, refocus, God, recommit, God
I wrote last week about four big mistakes that lead to ministry burnout. One thing I love about the Bible is that it doesn't just give us the causes of our problems in life. It gives us cures. When Elijah ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 May 2014 / Missions
Tags: Mission field, college students, summer, caution, earth, America, intentional, suggestion, opportunity, misconceptions, orphans, teaching, focus point, wisdom, connecting points, relationships
College ministry in the summer can be an interesting beast to tame. Some of our ministries aren’t really affected by the summer months; others blow up with all their college students coming back home, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 / Money
Tags: Joe McKeever, money crunch, financial crisis, finance committee, deacons, wakeup call, church leaders, bank account, panic, thanks, pray, teach, investigate, stand together, focus
A lot of things can happen when a church experiences a money crunch, most of them bad. The finance committee can get upset, deacons can get angry, church members become scared, and staff members start ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, criticism, leadership, unrealistic expectations, ministry, blessed, calling, Jonah, love, unconditionally, eyes, resurrected Lord, gospel, focus
By my warped standards, it was not a good day. After nearly nine years serving as president and CEO of LifeWay, I have learned that criticisms are a part of the life and leadership I have. But the critics ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, questions, small group ministry, qualified leaders, group, answers, Andy Stanley, focus, vetting, leader development, coaching, support
I love a great question. I actually look for them and even write them down when I hear them or copy them when I read them. (See also "Quotebook: Never Stop Questioning.") But there are some questions that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Administration
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, youth ministry, efficiency, balance, stress, steward, lack of staff, volunteers, leadership support, abundance, evaluate, refocus, invest, plan, grow strategically
Have you ever been stressed out about ministry simply over the fact that you didn’t feel it was balanced? Welcome to the club. I think a lot of times we overvalue things that we probably could spend less ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 March 2014 / Worship
Tags: Don Chapman, worship, Jesus, secular songs, Styx, Come Sail Away, Northpoint Church, Andy Stanley, Elevation Church, Amy Grant, Willow Creek, WorshipIdeas.com, focus, God, Christian karaoke, epi
I’ve always been on the fence about doing secular songs in worship. I personally don’t care for it but have played them when a pastor has asked. However, a recent trip to Elevation Church has caused me ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill church, church authority, leadership, elders, deacons, members, Jesus, shepherds, sheep-focused, caring, specialists
Understanding offices and courts is very important for structuring leadership in a large church. At Mars Hill, we continue to have three offices of leadership: elders, deacons, and members. But we have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Driscoll, flock-focused leader, sheep-focused leader, elders, deacons, local church, Mars Hill, evangelism, classes, community groups, marriage, prayer, sick, hospital visits, conflict, train ...
Sheep-focused elders and deacons work in a local church, caring for the people in that local church. In the New Testament, we know that local churches had elders and deacons, even though we know very few ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 January 2014 / Community
Tags: Mark Driscoll, big church, small church, care, flock-focused, sheep-focused, principles, details, wisdom, elders, New Testament, managing, shepherding
It’s a common assumption that large churches don’t care for people as well as smaller churches. But by structuring global and local leadership well, large churches can actually care for people even better. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Will Mancini, pastors.com, annual report, corporation, practice, shareholders, details, investors, leverage, communication tool, vision, refocus, stories, gratitude, God
You’ve heard of annual reports, but have you thought of creating one for your church? The point, of course, is not to imitate a common corporate practice but to leverage every opportunity to cast vision. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, airport, plug, solution, problem, slow down, pay attention, focus, complication, alternative, possibilities
I was returning from San Diego to Atlanta after attending the memorial service of a friend who lost his wife to a long battle with cancer. Having arrived at the airport early, I decided to get some work ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, God's purposes, focus, church, Purpose Driven Church, Great Commandment, Great Commission, worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, Bible, growth
When I wrote The Purpose Driven Church, I made the bold assertion that every church is driven by something. That’s still true, and as you prepare to lead your church into another new year, ... [ +++ ]
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