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Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Joe McKeever, gems, wisdom, pastor, beginning, calling, New Orleans Baptist Association, training, shortcuts, Acts 16:25, Paul, Silas, Philippian jail, Jesus Christ, network, mentors, advisors, prayer ...
... early retirement from his firm to attend Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham. Then, in 2009, when Duane McDaniel succeeded me as DOM for the association, he asked Jack to take charge of our inner city ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Church planting, Mez McConnell, Niddrie Community Church, small groups, training, leaders, home church, building, costs down, demographic, community, congregate, extended family, friends, sense of ...
... the schemes.   Mez McConnell has been the Senior Pastor of Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh, U.K., since September 2007. Prior to that he spent four years with UFM Worldwide working with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Terrace Crawford, Christ, Millennials, prayers, teens, youth, students, purpose, friendships, passion, character, purity, money, submission, honor, spiritual growth
I've seen the Lord doing some amazing things in the lives of teenagers this year. I know it's because of the work of God and the result of prayer. Call me crazy, but I believe this generation of students ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 / Community
Tags: Mark Howell, pervasive community, church, unconnected people, community, small-group ministry, weekend service, friendly, sticky points, street, seat, empathy, vision
If you believe that unconnected people are always one tough thing away from never being at your church again, then you have all the motivation you need to invest in building a pervasive sense ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, pastors, blatant sin, casual drifting, distractions, danger, neglect, soul, family, sacrifice, numbers game, comparison, affirmation, rebels, truth, popularity, glory, ...
I encounter so many struggling pastors. And unfortunately, I know so many who used to be pastors but no longer hold the position. It may be through a blatant sin or a casual drifting from doing what they ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 / Community
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, lost, sinners, broken, churches, Christians, spiritually stable, unchurched, friends, separated, compassion, dysfunctional family, serve, save
It is a natural thing for Christians to want to be around other Christians. Something special happens in the fellowship of believers. We can worship freely, study deeply, and communicate clearly. Hanging ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, myths, church-wide campaigns, disappointment, disaster, solution, sagging attendance, neighbors, friends, co-workers, disunity, small group ministry
There definitely are ways that church-wide campaigns can miss the mark, and there are keys to avoiding a church-wide campaign disaster. There are certain things you need to do to have a great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Communication
Tags: Ron Edmondson, inadvertent, closed, church, closed for business, Sunday, community, friendships, happy, greeting, parking lot, confusion, signage, visitors, language, acronyms, closed groups, ho
I was running recently on a route I've run many times, but I missed this sign until this particular run. It was too "good" not to stop and take a picture with my phone. I saw the sign and the first word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Secret sins, shameful, pastoral, sickness, secret weapon, sins, irrelevancy, trusted, friend, mentor, freedom, grace, love, acceptance
... way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Jeff Keady is the pastor of Dover Church in Orange City, Iowa. Jeff partners with Jonny Craig at 200churches.com and the #1 podcast dedicated to providing ministry ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 June 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, pastors, church members, human, family member, criticize, bad days, sermons, home runs, sensitive, salary, church numbers, true friend, preaching, good people, ...
In a recent article, I noted nine things church members would like to say to their pastors. In this article, I represent the pastors. Please hear me clearly. Most pastors love church members dearly. They ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 April 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, goals, Jesus, personal relationship, gospel, leader, forgiver, friend, Bible reading, parents, spiritual, child
Yesterday, I had a phone interview with someone who is finishing up a degree in children’s ministry. He asked some great questions. One that he asked was, “What should be the big 'wins' for a children’s ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 / Teens
Tags: Smartphones, technology, Pentecostal Evangel, Assemblies of God, parents, texting, video games, friends, connect, Common Sense Media, TextPlus
JJ Shackelford loves his iPhone 5. He uses it to check sports stats, stay in contact with his parents, play video games and connect with his friends. He keeps it with him and checks it multiple times throughout ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, ministry, counseling, sanctuary, business leaders, Christian leader, transparent, reputation, protection, God, counselor, coach, couch, mentor, friends, family
This is written to the struggling leader. I frequently hear from you. Email appears to be a safe place to reach out to someone—and for that I’m thankful. Some of my pastor friends are lonely or about to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Justin Lathrop, stress, sanity, pastor, mental health, mentor, on-call, friends, work out, stay in shape, invest in family, professional growth
No job is easy, but the job of a pastor can be particularly stressful. Not only are you expected to perform while you’re on the job, but you’re expected to perform while you’re “off the job” as well. Sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dale Hudson, Katy Perry, pastor's kids, heaven, hell, Barna, research, unrealistic expectations, negative experiences, church, father, mother, faith, modeled, friends, peers
Katy Perry is currently the highest-profile pastor's kid (PK) that has walked away from her faith. In a recent interview, she said she is no longer a Christian and doesn’t believe in heaven, hell or ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, close friends, pastor, ministry, boundaries, relationships, confidant, struggle, sin, spiritual guide, safe, healthy, people, trust, time
One of the most difficult aspects of being a pastor or working in church ministry isn’t talked about much—and that is the difficulty of making close friends. One of the unique things about being in full-time ... [ +++ ]
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, 26 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Kurt Bubna, marriage, vows, extramarital affair, mess up, sex, Desperate Housewives, Scandal, working meal, friend, flirt, innuendo, joke
It’s late at night and my phone rings. An old friend is on the line, and the first thing I hear is, “I think I’ve ruined everything. I’ve had an affair.” In a culture gone crazy for sex, I guess I shouldn’t ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 October 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Pastor, storm, apology, Joe McKeever, forgiveness, Christians, prayers, serious, righteous man, wife, leadership, The Word, Psalms, church, conflict, sermons, health, critics, friends, evaluation, ...
Some power clique in the church is on your case. Some church member is leading a movement to oust you. The church has a history of ousting pastors every so often and it’s time, and some members ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Men
Tags: male-friendly church, relevance, Assemblies of God, language, masculinity, success, guilt, sexuality, purity, marriage, children, integrity, home, church, workplace, greatness, challenge, actions, ...
I am often asked, “Why are the men leaving the church today?” Sometimes it comes out as “What can we do to keep the men of this church?” or “How can our church reach more men?” There is no easy answer, ... [ +++ ]
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