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Created on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, Noah, sin, bondage, power, movement, God, righteousness, immunity
The new year brings hope and opportunity. Many of us have made New Year's resolutions we are firmly committed (at least for now) to keep throughout the year. Every new year, though, also brings renewed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 January 2015 / Construction
Tags: maximizing money, time, space, and people, maximizing impact, more with less church, church growth
... in 2000, Hilltop was a program-based church and the building was built to meet the needs of those programs. With Hilltop 2.0, most of those programs went away as more and more ministry moved out of the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 January 2015 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, God, blessings, Abraham, Genesis, needs
Based on what we know about the rest of the world and how they live, would you consider those of us living in America to be unusually blessed? I think we'd all have to admit that our country—even ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 / Equipment
Tags: Wireless, giving, plate, connection, iPad, iPhone, checks, coins, bills, technology, kiosk, multi-formats
... for nonprofit websites rose 16 percent from the year prior (M+R 2014 Benchmark Study). Charitable giving revenue grew 4.9 percent in 2013, the largest gain since the 2008 recession (Forbes).  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 / Prayer
Tags: prayer, intercession, intercessory prayer, intercessors, prayerlessness, church, pastors, Jennifer LeClaire
I believe prayerlessness is the greatest sin in the church—and unfortunately some leaders are propagating this sin and discouraging those with prayer burdens from cooperating with the Spirit of God ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, bridge, generation gap, church, older, younger, membership class, testimonies, worship service, grandparenting ministry, pastoring, mentoring, small groups, multi-generational, pr
I've heard phrases like these dozens of times as I do church consulting: "Those newer folks just don't understand the way we do church" or "The older people are in the way of our growth." In many churches, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Blake Lorenz, society, culture, chaos, rejection, Christ, love, endurance, gospel, Sermon on the Mount, Moses, lawlessness, challenge, condemnation, false prophets, run the race, Jesus' vision
What should be our response to an age of lawlessness? How should we live in a world that is rejecting the laws of God as given in Jesus Christ? The immediate context of Matthew 24 gives ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, young leaders, church, pastors, love, prayer, passion, energy, globally minded, heroes, hard questions, Great Commission, bureaucracy, financial guidance, American, balance
I have previously posted here about what we older leaders need to hear from young church leaders, but I continue to learn from them and about them. They are passionate, energetic, globally minded, committed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 November 2014 / Communication
Tags: Chuck Lawless, worship, service, controversial topic, secret shoppers, starting late, distractions, disorganization, apathy, poor sound, video quality, loud music, incomprehensible words, grammatical ...
Worship is frequently a controversial topic, and it's not my goal with this post to add to those debates. I also realize that the focus of worship is God. Any attention we give to the human component of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, Relevant Children's Ministry, lesson, talk, interactive, pictures, visual learners, teach, less is more, repetition, learning styles, attention span, object, information, engage, se
Did you know that if you did the following things this past weekend the kids have already forgotten 90 percent of what you taught? 1. You didn't let them talk. Kids learn best not by being lectured to, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Chuck Lawless, enemy, Satan, upper hand, church, chaos, confusion, Jesus, cross, sin, difficulties, discouragement, evangelism, position, power, kingdoms
Let me start this post with a clear caveat: Satan will not ultimately win as he attacks God's church. Jesus broke the powers through His cross (Col. 2:15), and the enemy will eventually be cast into outer ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 / Fasting
Tags: Chuck Lawless, fasting, eating, local church pastor, evangelicals, believers, missionaries, God's kingdom, slow down, reflect, deepest longings, spiritual beings
Fasting—not our favorite topic. We don't usually like to talk about not eating. In fact, nobody talked to me about fasting when I was a young believer. I didn't learn about this spiritual discipline ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, broken, heart, preachers, leaders, Catalyst, Andy Stanley, culture, God, invitation, homelessness, passion, hobby, coincidence, change, influence
I spent last week at a Catalyst conference in Atlanta, and I have to tell you: Being around so many world changers feels like having a fire lit in your soul—you cannot leave this weekend without ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, pastors, thank you, staff, appreciation, gratitude, praying, studying, God's Word, communicating, grace, love, patience, motives, countless hours, continual learner, spouses, children, ...
To all pastors and church staff, I want you to know that I know being a pastor or church staff member is the most difficult job in the world. While it has unbelievable highs and on its best days is the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Jesus, eating, Justin Lathrop, lessons, meal, last supper, sacrifice, death, resurrection, salvation, bread, wine, Leonard Sweet, table, ministry, connection, sinners, status, lifestyle
Did you know that 80 percent of the gospel accounts are made up of Jesus either going to or coming from a meal? Many of his miracles surrounded food, his ministry happened around the table, and his first ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, passion, rekindle, Christian, devil, 1 Corinthians, Gospel of Mark, Jesus, disciples, heart, supporters, vacation, mission trip, growth
Having been in ministry for over 30 years, I understand. The church is sometimes not easy to love. People claim to be Christian but act like the devil. We say the words, "I love the church" while knowing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Chuck Lawless, mentor, discipleship, pastors, ministerial leaders, biblical, Elijah, Elisha, relationship, experience, teacher
A few years ago, I wrote a study called Mentor: How Along the Way Discipleship Can Change Your Life. That study was directed to college students, because I believe every young person needs a mentor. Now, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, young, pastors, learner, church, stories, people, grandparents, children, patience, laughter, investment, ministry, apology, spouse, children, accountability, apathy
Last week, a friend asked me what general advice I would give to young church leaders. I'm sure this list is not complete, but here's a start: 1. Always be a learner. Degrees don't signal an end to learning. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth, pastor, lessons, learning, teachable, flexible, extra mile, attitude, students, authority, Jesus, time
Being in youth ministry, I've had the privilege of learning a lot. And, I can honestly say out of all the things I've learned, there are some lessons that I feel will never cease to teach me. When I started ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian resources, breakout pastors, breakout churches, hopelessness, hopefulness, possibilities, reality, long term, perspective, increments, setbacks, intentionality, outward ...
If you want to experience an "a-ha" moment about revitalizing churches, this research may be the near the top. Most of you have heard the dire information and statistics about congregations in North America. ... [ +++ ]
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