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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 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 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, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church growth, decline, turnaround, plateau, abundance, blame, pastor, elders, deacons, seniors, excuses, pretend, lower expectations, cut expenses, overreaction, panic, leadership, ...
Part of my ministry involves working with other churches. Sometimes when I hear from a church, they have been plateaued or in a season of decline for several years. They are often looking for answers of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preaching, calendar, factors, content, balance, Old Testament, New Testament, spiritual growth, style, tone, 1 Corinthians, purposes, church
Hopefully by now, you’re already thinking through your preaching calendar for next year. Part of shepherding a congregation toward long-term health is offering a balanced diet from the pulpit. Your preaching ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 22 October 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Rick Warren, leaders, kingdom, growth, apostles, leaders, Bible, Acts, Hebraic Jews, multiplying, biblical, problems, discontent, unmet needs, pastors, spirit-filled believers, assistance, praying, ...
If you want your church to grow—and if you want the kingdom to grow—you’re going to need to develop many more leaders. In the early church, an interesting turn of events happened when the apostles shifted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Michael Jones, pastors, truths, painful, growth, best, preaching, discipleship, leadership, Mr. Rogers, seminary training, expertise, training, theology, biblical studies, evangelism, pastoral care, ...
... Michael has done over 200 funerals but only one wedding, which is a source of great amusement to his pastor friends (but not his congregation). He’s doing his PhD at the university of Chester in Theology ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, churches, busyness, programs, activities, ministries, diet, fruitfulness, discipleship, LifeWay, sacred cows, spiritual growth, families
Most churches—more than eight out of 10—are busy; too busy. These churches need to slim down their plethora of programs, activities, and ministries. They need to go a busyness diet. Unfortunately, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 October 2013 / Education
Tags: Chuck Lawless, LifeWay Resources, dean, professor, continuing education, mentor, graduates, growth, Christian life, learn, humility, theological issues
I admit my bias here. I am a seminary dean and professor, and I believe in education. Students help to pay my salary. They have become my friends, my mentees, my children in the faith. Graduates make me ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 September 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Mark Howell, impact, small groups, ministry, growth, senior pastor, spokesperson, champion, planted meal, promotion, leadership, requirements
Once you make the decision that small groups will be your primary (or only) delivery system for connection and discipleship, it only makes sense to look for ways to accelerate small group ministry growth ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, delegator, problems, authority, availability, faster, leader, growth, credit, toolbox
I have always strived to be a delegator. I know I’ve written posts on it before—how to do it successfully and that kind of garbage. But that’s before I knew the skinny on delegation. So, that’s it. I’m ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ed Stetzer, assessment, culture, Christians, credibility, benefit, LifeWay Research, growth, honesty, trustworthiness, Transformational Church
... aren’t always friendly. So while I often say “facts are our friends,” they aren’t always friendly. For example, in 2009, LifeWay Research found that 55 percent of church attendees believed they had grown ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 14 August 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Justin Lathrop, excuses, potential, teacher, parent, leader, slack, personal growth, busy, guilt, ministry, learn, church, choices
It’s easy to tell whether a person is giving an excuse. Whether you’re a teacher, a parent or a leader, we’ve all heard excuses from other people that don’t quite add up. While determining the validity ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 August 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, discipleship, broken views, Great Commission, religious knowledge, program, Romans, preaching, growth, effort, Philippians, salvation, practical steps
There is a lot of talk about discipleship these days—and it is about time. Jesus seemed to think discipleship was a big deal, putting it as the heart—and the verb—of the Great Commission to "make disciples ... [ +++ ]
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