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Created on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Greg Atkinson, Easter, church, guests, visit, front door, attire, odor, smell, parking, parents, kids, classroom, free, giveaway, Chris Hodges, Church of the Highlands, Alabama, security, visible ...
... Author and international speaker Greg Atkinson has been in ministry for two decades and has been writing, speaking and training thousands of church leaders since 2000. In late 2003, Greg launched MultisensoryWorship.com ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Chuck Lawless, options, leader, ministry, improvement, degree, seminar, class, obedience, Jesus, clarity, relevance, communicate, gospel, non-believers, sensitivity, invest, release, accountability, ...
You have many options to strengthen your ministry: Read a book. Attend a conference. Talk to another leader. Take a class, or earn another degree. Listen to a podcast. Watch a web seminar. All of these ... [ +++ ]
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, 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, 27 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, tiny churches, megachurches, North Alabama, nursery, electricity, frills, kerosene lamps, bonus, pastor salary, finances, size, congregation, Paul
Not long ago, I was worshiping with friends in a small, rural and very old church not far from our family home in North Alabama. The building was erected in 1857 and has been used by various congregations ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: pastors leaving the ministry, Phil Cooke, Mark Brewer, Presybterian church, pastors committing suicide, pastors frustrated, megachurch, charismatic churches, baptist churches, mainline denominations, ...
... experience. Yes, it was President Reagan’s church. When I first got there in 2001, the president had not yet died, so I had to meet with the Secret Service my second month to prepare for his funeral. (Did ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 06 September 2013 / Youth
Tags: Sean Dunn, Groundwire, youth, personality, label, tag, behaviors, delusional, perspectives, upwardly-mobile, judge, intentional design
When you look at the students in your life (let’s give them a name for the sake of convenience—how about Steve and Sally?), what do you see? What stands out to you? Is it their height, their build or their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 July 2013 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Joe Champion, couple, ministry leaders, Celebration Church, Texas, investment, cultivation, intentionality, selflessness, God's intervention, connection, competitors, co-laborers, romance
Whenever two type-A personalities combine in a marriage, as well as in a ministry, the results can often be catastrophic. Most ministry couples will tell you it’s far too easy for a couple serving together ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Kyle Searcy, rest, grandkids, innocence, 40-pound bag, Hebrews, obedience, labor, faith, relationship, trust
I am a proud grandfather of two rambunctious grandkids. Like many grandparents, my wife and I are often amused by their candid innocence. At a young age, kids are so eager to please and to help out wherever ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Confrontation, Gina McClain, lead, collaboration, conflict, purple elephants, obvious, objective
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. Last week, we posted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, Saddleback Church, student volunteers, roles, availability, eager, kids' ministry
I was watching my friend Parker the other night. He is an incredible student leader and a talented young man. He was working lights at our Saturday night service during our "You Own the Weekend" series. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 February 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, church, family, love, lab, sacrifice
“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” (1 Cor. 12:27, NLT) A church family moves you out of self-centered isolation. The local church is the classroom for learning how ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 January 2012 / Main
Tags: Defying Political Labels: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy
by Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr. Guest Editor of the January-February 2012 issue of Ministry Today, with the theme of Social Transformation On Oct. 16, the new memorial for Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 / Main
Tags: The Newest Issue of 'Ministry Today' With Dr. Mark Rutland as Guest Editor Is Now Available
The newest issue of Ministry Today for September-October with Dr. Mark Rutland, president of Oral Roberts University, as the guest editor, is now available. It's a great issue, and I believe you'll get ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 July 2011 / Main
Tags: The Newest Issue of 'Ministry Today' With Mike Bickle as Guest Editor Is Now Available
"We continue with guest editors, and for the July/August 2011 issue of Ministry Today it's my good friend Mike Bickle. He is the founder and director of the International House of Prayer (IHOP-KC) in Kansas ... [ +++ ]
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