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Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 / Children
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, Easter, children, return, fun, learn, Jesus, unchurched, marginal parents, love, gospel, age-appropriate, presentation
Troy Page recently noted on TonyMorganLive.com, “Remember that the win is not how many people show up for Easter—it’s how many people come back. Shoot for 75% of your Easter crowd.” Recently ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Jonathan Cliff, books, Reggie Joiner, Andy Stanley, impactful, Tom Schefunus, kids, students, next generation, Michelle Anthony, George Barna, revolutionary parenting, Tom Rath, Kara Powell
When I’m talking with potential leaders, I’m usually investigating how much knowledge they have and how they learn. One great question is “What are you reading right now, and what books have impacted you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Jared Moore, pastors, repetition, sermon points, text, animated, boredom, audience, funny, opinion, hobbyhorse, Greek, Hebrew, impress, Word of God, teaching, neglect, joke, flesh
If you want to help your hearers focus on God and think on God when they leave your sermon, here are 10 things that you cannot do: 10. Abuse repetition. There is repetition for emphasis, and then ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 / Communication
Tags: Mark Driscoll, Resurgence, God's Word, communication, tone, words, wedding, mood, scripture, funeral, classroom, halftime, boot camp, family, teaching
How many times have you misunderstood a letter, an email or a text because you misread the intended tone? Whether it was haste perceived as anger, friendship perceived as romance, or sarcasm perceived ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 / Education
Tags: Soul Preaching, Sherman Haywood Cox II, public ministry, seminary, define, church, supportive, paper, diploma, function, Bible, broader vision
Because of my public ministry, I receive a lot of questions. One that comes up from time to time is whether the questioner should attend seminary, and if so, where? I see myself in many of these people. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, laugh, jokes, water, slime, pudding, funny song, whopee cushion app, costume, burping contest, prank, impersonations
I love hearing kids laugh. There’s nothing more precious than the laughter of a child ... especially at church.  Over the years, I’ve found ways to get kids laughing. Here’s 20 of them: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: pastors, biblical, Ron Edmondson, perspective, family, ministry, secondary, control, spouse, dark places, longevity, pace, burnout, function, church, indispensable
I love pastors. I love to encourage pastors, and that’s biblical. (Ephesians 4:29 … or something like that.) Seriously, I’m a pastor. And, I work with pastors everyday. Having been in the business world ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 December 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, difficult, leader, know it all, gifted, hyper-critical, wounded, insecurity, traditionalist, skills, sharpen, fun
Someone asked me recently, “Who has been the most difficult person you’ve had to lead?” That’s a great question. As a leader for over a quarter of a century (wow, that sounds old), I’ve experienced just ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 November 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth ministry, time, students, hugs, Jesus, high fives, control, small talk, guidance, prayer, discernment, fun
I love the craziness of large groups where I get to see a bunch a students at once. I love mowing through the crowd, giving hugs and high fives and randomly having greeting tribal dance-offs ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 29 October 2013 / Growth
Tags: Kyle Searcy, church planting, growth, expansion, parents, exhilaration, baby, DNA, Norcross, Atlanta, Montgomery, team work, dream, funds, grace, components, prayer, community, spiritual exercis
When my wife and I decided to start a family, we thought we were ready to become parents. We had read the best books, asked for advice from our most auspicious relatives and mustered our prayer life around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Justin Lathrop, introverted, shy, opportunities, networking, smalltalk, mingling, skills, self-fulfilling prophecy, authentic, critical, disconnect, smart, nice, funny, John 8, verses, memory
I meet talented, smart, interesting people all the time who admit they’re nervous to connect with others. These people avoid networking events and chances to “mingle” before and after church because the ... [ +++ ]
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, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Jack Hayford, Holy Spirit, college age, church family, pastors, prophecy, foundation, funding, elders
Imagine a church breathing fresh winds of the Holy Spirit’s presence and joy throughout its entire church family—winds generated by God’s grace but rising specifically from His working among the teens ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Dan Reiland, leaders, spiritual growth, philosophy, human nature, Asbury Theological Seminary, 12Stone® Church, capacity, fun, price, risks, vision
If you love to learn, improve and grow, think back on who helped to ignite that fire within you. A mentor in my late teen years, Ray Crowell, was the first person to inspire me to grow as a person. He ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, job, Twitter, vocation, ministry, conflict, complaining, family challenges, busy work, expectations, social functions, confrontation, sin, staff members, evangelism, passio
Let me state the obvious: Pastors are human. That means they have preferences, likes and dislikes. So I did an unscientific Twitter poll to find out what pastors really don’t like about their job. By the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 June 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom S. Rainer, pastors, burnout, vision, prayer, Word, Bible, dreams, comparison, non-Christians, negative, positive, fun, gratitude
There are few vocations that can engender burnout like the pastorate. The demands on a pastor’s time, emotions and energy can be overwhelming. When I was a pastor, I often felt at least the symptoms of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 May 2013 / Preaching
Tags: George O. Wood, adversity, human effort, thriving, funeral, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Nazis, World War II, Psalm, escape, sruvive
The late great American preacher Clarence McCartney recounted ministering at the funeral of a young husband. He stood by the coffin and listened as the young widow poured out her soul in grief. Finally ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 / Missions
Tags: Fight, Human sex trafficking, educate, fundraising
What every church can do about human sex trafficking—now Can I be blunt and say that I’m sick and tired of churches and ministries that are committed to “raising awareness” about sex trafficking? We’re ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 July 2010 / Main
Tags: first biblical baptist church of palmetto,florida,fund raising,guy francois,haiti
QUOTE: “At the beginning, everybody was alert [about the situation in Haiti], but now things seem to be shifting in a different direction. The problem is still there, and I feel it is my responsibility ... [ +++ ]
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