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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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Os Hillman, Warriors, Tourists, local church, Holy Spirit, kingdom, College of Prayer, church growth, movement, Peter Wagner, validation, affirmation
... is subscribed to by 200,000 people worldwide each day. www.TodayGodIsFirst.com  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 / Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church, growth, numbers, healthy, Holy Spirit, believers, seasons
Here is an example of a common question I receive: My church is not growing. People come, but they do not stay. We’ve analyzed all the majors and feel we are doing what we should, but they do not stay. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 August 2013 / Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, church growth, church health, planning, America, spiritual health, responsibility, role, giftedness, pastors, transformation
Based on research and anecdotal evidence, I estimate that nine out of every 10 churches in America are growing at a slower pace than their communities—if they are growing at all. That is not a good sign ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 / Social Media
Tags: Web, Tony Morgan, spiritual growth, church website, brochure, volunteers, stream, services, Seacoast Church, LifeChurch.tv, Pinelake Church, Bible app
Remember the days when we just duplicated everything in the church bulletin on the church website? Church websites were just online brochures. Then we started encouraging people to connect. We offered ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 July 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Discipleship, culture, churches, pastors, salvation, growth, equipping, vision, mission, BHAG, cheerleader, czar, Implementation Team, communication package, plan
... your people in a small group with an average of eight people. For example if you have 200 people, 80 percent = 160 divided by 8 = 20 small groups. Determine how many trained small group leaders you have, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 July 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, assimilation, process, sustained growth, church, connected, grow up, encouragement, engagement
A simple assimilation process is absolutely vital for any church to see sustained growth. Here’s the one I’ve seen work so well, and you can customize it for your church quite easily. It covers the three ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, bad habits, teams, ministry strategy, stuck, laedership team, plans, growth, meetings, schedules, offerings, conversation
Habits impact churches much more than they realize. In fact, many churches are stuck because of bad habits. Charles Duhigg writes in The Power of Habit, “Most of the choices we make each day may feel ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 June 2013 / Calling
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational, pastors, wall, guilt, brainstorming, church, growth, baptism, Moses, honesty, doubts, problems
I was talking to a friend the other day about some of the stresses bi-vocational pastors face that are unique. During our brainstorming session, we hit upon one that struck a chord—guilt. You might recognize ... [ +++ ]
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