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Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Vision
Tags: Greg Stier, youth leader, employee, jobs on line, indispensable, ministry, excellence, strong relationships, improvise, adapt, overcome, budget, superior results, criticism, grow, above and beyond, ...
It has been said that "nobody is indispensable" and, to a degree, that is a true statement. But I can tell you that, as a former pastor and current leader of a youth ministry organization (with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Greg Surratt, business, church, body, pastor, quit, retire, declining health, priorities, time, future growth, concrete rules, freedom, paint by numbers
I read an article recently about how to tell when your business needs a new leader. It opens with: "An entrepreneur should know when it is time to move on for the sake of his or her business. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 / Community
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, Cross Church, Northwest Arkansas, stability, longevity, plan, pastor, minister, personal walk, Christ, marriage, church, grown, together, perspective, circle of love
When the Lord called me to Northwest Arkansas in October 1986, I had no idea I would be here 27 years later. I really did not come here with a plan about how long I would stay, but I always assumed I would ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Pastors, Charles Arn, growth, new, units, principle, application, people, saturation, template, unchurched, target audience, needs
Here’s a growth axiom you can take to the bank. Whether you are pastoring a (large, medium or small) church, leading a youth group, overseeing a music ministry or are involved with any other aspect of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, Easter, purpose-driven church, evangelism, growth, eggs, Billy Graham, fruit, decision, relationship, acceptance, approval, love, lifestyle
Easter is one of the two biggest weekends for most churches in terms of attendance. I see this as a great opportunity for evangelism to begin and for a relationship to start between your church and all ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, youth ministry, questions, finished product, ministry leaders, faith, growth, followers, Jesus, small groups, activities, influence, relationship
If I ask you why you care for the students who are in your youth ministry, you will probably say something about helping them growing in their faith. I inquire, “OK, who do you want them to be?” You ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 April 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, practices, growing churches, services, multi-site, attendance, budget, church health, Rick Warren, excellence, mission, vision, core values, unproductive ministries
I have been involved in a number of conversations lately about church growth. What should growth look like? How does it look different for various sizes of churches? Should you add services or go ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 18 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, chasing cars, leaders, dreams, goals, vision, pastor, dogs, growl, gifts, pace, walks
We’ve all seen dogs that chase cars. It’s funny that they like to try and catch up with a car going 40 mph and bark and growl like they really have a chance of catching it. As pastors and leaders, we’re ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, growing pains, church, pastors, labor, care issue, small groups, control issue, growth, criticism, newcomers, comfort issue, ministry, leave, relationships, vision, changes, affirmation, ...
A church that wants to grow without going through growing pains is like a woman who says, “I want to have a baby, but I don’t want to go through labor.” Is the pain worth it? Yes, it’s worth it. People ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 February 2014 / Counseling
Tags: teacher, preacher, apostle, learn, teacher, Christ, college, seminary, languages, Hebrew, Jesus, God, education, church, Apostle Paul, Old Testament, Barnabas, Word, gospel, grow
I am a teacher. When I was a senior in high school, a classmate gave me one of those unforgettable moments that lives in one’s mind forever. Principal Andy Davis had summoned me to his office to help Jerry ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 13 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Joe McKeever, reminder, principles, church leaders, holiness, strategy, role, prayer, Word of God, doctrine, study, growth, scripture, laborers, servants, recognition
We think of church leadership as mature, godly and self-starters. They read the Bible for themselves and do not need to be spoon-fed. They know how to pray, have the confidence of the membership, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 February 2014 / Children
Tags: Children's ministry, Dale Hudson, relevant, plateau, new service, growth path, space, options, momentum, God's attention
Many children’s ministries find their attendance has plateaued or is declining. The children’s ministry where I serve as director has plateaued twice, and on both occasions it has been due to lack of space. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Ron Edmondson, pastors, lies, Satan, hurt, spiritual warfare, self-confidence, too small, task, control, growing, church
My heart is for the pastor. Maybe it stems from the fact that I spent so many years as a layperson, a deacon and Sunday school teacher and, now, as a pastor. I realize now how much I didn’t understand ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 03 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, predictions, church, 2014, trends, data, LifeWay Research, momentum, leaders, consultation, confidence factor, church acquisitions, denominational structures, conversion growth, megachurches, ...
Predicting is as much of an art as it is a science. And if any prognosticator is honest, he or she will tell you that they don’t always get it right. I know. I certainly don’t always get it right. But ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, church trends, 2013, missiology, study, dying, America, transition, trends, fastest-growing churches, multisite churches, evolution, church buildings, continualist Christians, ...
... us in our shared mission once again. In the American context, 2009 was a turning point in regards to the perception of Christianity’s health in the United States. That year, the results of the American ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 December 2013 / Administration
Tags: Artie Davis, slow-moving church, clear vision, growth, decline, music, giving, community, understanding, tools, outreach, impact, written plan, calendar
Almost every church will see seasons of growth and decline. But how do you get a church that seems to be coming to a stop to regain some forward momentum? Here are a few points I have found helpful: 1. ... [ +++ ]
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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