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Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, sting, criticism, environment, toxic person, workplaces, response, critical comment, emotions, upset, complaint, prayer, sleep, truth, preachers, message, relationally, Andy Stanley, ...
Criticism. You dread it. I dread it. Who doesn't? In fact, it can completely derail your day, your week and your work. So what do you do when it comes your way? Finding a Criticism-Free ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: J.D. King, World Revival Church, growth, Africa, Asia, Brazil, China, antagonistic environment, church, Roman Empire, Jesus, Ramsey MacMullen, Pentecostal beliefs, signs, wonders, healing, deliverance, ...
One question continually being asked is, "How can the Christian church grow?" This issue is particularly relevant as we consider the harsh realities being imposed upon us today. How does the church find ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Starched, iron, Joe McKeever, prim, proper, rigid, set in their ways, pretty, not functional, self-righteous, legal, unloving, pharisaical, proud, convictions, leadership positions
"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart ... "  (Acts 7:51).  "No one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch pulls away from the garment and a worse tear results. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Steve Murrell, church, pastor, leaking, environment, leaders, God's presence, Exodus, transformational preaching, empowered ministry time, participatory worship, mission, community, Victory Manila, ...
I recently spoke with a pastor whose church was leaking people. As soon as a family joined the church, another family vanished. As we were trying to discover the cause of the leak, I made up the following ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 February 2014 / Children
Tags: Parents, invest, extra-curricular activities, children, martial arts, tutoring, sports, spiritual investment, worship training, peace, environment, creativity, inspiration, memorization, the Wor
Parents typically spend hundreds of dollars on extracurricular activities for their children. Money spent on training in martial arts is considered an investment in children’s safety. Private tutoring ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Derwin Gray, pastors, staff member, church, leave, vision, star, Transformation Church, generosity, scarcity, Jesus, Ephesians, manipulate, control, guilt, leaders, cult-like environment
Pastors, what do you do when staff wants to leave and join the staff of another church? And I’m not talking about the staff you want to leave. I’m talking about the “star” that really moves the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 / Worship
Tags: Ron Phillips, Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, Ebeneezer Scrooge, Jesus, greed, misery, irony, Savior, child
“Marley was dead: to begin with.” With these words, Charles Dickens begins his classic tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge, who found life and redemption after living a life of greed and misery. A story that begins ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 / Children
Tags: Gina McClain, children's ministry, volunteers, safety procedures, environment, kids, illness, leader, knowledge, resources
Safety procedures are some of the more important and more minute aspects of children’s ministry. These details of ministry are critical to creating a safe environment for kids. The challenge with safety ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Rick Warren, motivation, practical, advice, theology, ministry, vision, plans, paper, excuses, tasks, progress, Poor Richard's Almanac, benefits, completion, books, optimism, action environment, ...
When it comes to ministry leadership, I don’t focus on trying to motivate other people. I worry about motivating me, and if I’m motivated, it will be contagious. This is true in any area of ministry. Your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 November 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Adversity, personnel, team, loss, reorganization, workload, product, widgets, experiences, relationships, environment, impact, child, connect
Yesterday I was in a meeting with a few of the fpKIDS staff team. After recently losing members of our team, we’re in a re-org mode and working through the realities of being down two staff members. When ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: sam hinn, restoration of a fallen leader, ron johnson, mark chironna, bishop lonnie langston, four-year affair, forgiveness, adultery, church on the living edge, jospeh garlington, re-ordaining sam ...
Whether you recognize Sam Hinn’s name or know nothing about the ministry of Benny Hinn’s younger brother, there’s an important issue in the body of Christ that needs to be addressed in light of Sam’s “re-ordination” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 June 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, frustration, quit, pastor, leader, depression, work environment, prayer, memories, burdens, rest, heart, journal
I was talking to a staff member of a church recently who is ready to quit. But he can’t. What he’s experiencing is not depression, in my opinion. It could turn into that at some point, if he’s not careful, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 May 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Gina McClain, needed, known, church, pastors, members, Ecclesiastes, vision, culture, environment
I recently had a phone conversation with a woman from our congregation who said, “We’re thinking of leaving the church.” “Tell me why,” I replied. “Because we just haven’t been able to connect," she said. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Gina McClain, conflict, kids ministry, confrontation, value, iron, Proverbs, Phillipians
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to lead a breakout session at Lifeway’s Kids Ministry Conference 2012 titled "The Non-Confrontationalist’s Guide to Confrontation." I thoroughly enjoyed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 March 2013 / Youth
Tags: Children's Ministry, safety, secure, environment, policy, manual, workers, alone, volunteers, background checks
With the spate of national tragedies in the last few months, all parents are asking, “Is this a safe place for our kids?” That includes churches. As children’s ministry leaders, we’re charged to take our ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 / Communication
Tags: Jonathan Cliff, affirm, parent, environments, relationships, acceptance, affirmation
We can create relevant environments and put our leaders in the best possible position to start relationships, but it’s imperative to remember that for all our children and many of our teenagers, it’s the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 / Main
Tags: andy stanley,church,environment,gospel,north point community church,scripture,volunteers
QUOTE: "The reason several thousand volunteers do what they do ... is because those volunteers understand that we're not simply parking cars, we're not simply taking care of kids ... we're creating ... [ +++ ]
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