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Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Steve Murrell, crisis, change, leadership, lessons, Bethel Franklin, Bethel Brentwood, ministry, closure, merger, communication, honesty, perspective, patience, spiritual leadership, Holy Spirit, ...
Kevin York, Justin Gray and I had the unenviable task of informing hundreds of good people that their church community, Bethel Franklin in Tennessee, is closing and merging with Bethel Brentwood. It's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 / Missions
Tags: Rob Hoskins, OneHope, missions, Bible app, kids, cutting edge, programs, children's ministry, intentionality, teens, local church, spiritually homeless youth, missiology, ecclesiology, proactive, ...
Ever wonder what missions might look like 10 years from now? Will we be supporting digital missionaries that holographically appear to unreached people groups using technology that interprets their spoken ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, expectant, reactive, Discipled Warriors, recognized vision, direction, fireman leaders, dollars, immobility, status quote, response, needs, prayer, technology, master plan, easily ...
The Bible is a story of expectations: an expected Messiah who would crush the serpent (Gen. 3:15), an expected people from Abram (Gen. 12:1-3), an expected new covenant (Jer. 31:31-34), an expected return ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Stier, professional, communicator, ritual, review, relentless, notes, adjustments, quick, preparation, exegesis, homiletics, passionate, prayer, pace, caged animal, tie shoes
As a professional communicator, I get the privilege of doing a lot of speaking to a ton of different groups. God has blessed me to speak in front of big groups (just finished preaching recently to 5,000 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, invitation, unchurched, failure, contact, rejection, music, worship, preaching, problems, crowded, challenge, conversation
Several years ago, more than one study showed large percentages of unchurched would consider attending a church if someone simply invited them. The problem is not the attitude of the unchurched; rather, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 July 2014 / Growth
Tags: Growing, churches, Church of the Highlands, Gateway Church, Saddleback, Fearless Church, Los Angeles, Koinonia Christian Church, OneChurch Columbus, Crossfit, Redemption Point Church, Freedom Ch
... want to come because they know something great will happen in their relationships." In 2004, Koinonia pastor Dr. Ronnie Goines, his wife Nikki and three other people started a Bible study in the Goines' ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Chuck Lawless, churches, Great Commission, execute, walk, talk, language, biblical texts, commitment, task, ministers, missionaries, non-believers, lost, obedience, teach, transfer
In 17 years of doing church consulting, no church leader has said to me, "Our church really doesn't want to do the Great Commission." I've worked with many churches, however, that proclaim the Great Commission ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church planting, lessons, challenge, God, Good News, Jesus Christ, shy away, leaders, money, fear, pushback, encouragers, naysayers, stretched, hurting people, embrace
I've planted two churches. In each plant, God overwhelmed us continually with what He did among us. I feel humbled and blessed to be a part of such healthy environments God uses to reach people with the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Gateway Church, Texas, Pastor Robert Morris, generous living, Lawrence Swicegood, Holy Spirit, multi-site campuses, The Blessed Life, Israel, Great Commission
... as lives are being changed and large numbers of people are being saved and baptized. Gateway, a multicampus church listed as the 24th fastest-growing church in America, began in 2000. It has since grown ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 May 2014 / Seniors
Tags: Dale Hudson, Relevant Children's Ministry, gray hair, healthy, church, families, generations, grandparents, culture, past blessings, kids, pastors
Let me preface this post by saying I love the wisdom, faithfulness and depth that older Christ-followers bring to a church. At 47, I have some gray hair myself.  That being said, if your church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 May 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, pastor, former, Charles Spurgeon Center, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, eternal significance, Word, transformation, power, gospel
I served as a senior pastor for 14 years in Ohio prior to becoming a seminary professor in 1996. To be honest, I think often about those days. I realize the Lord has not placed me in the role of pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Respect, trust, congregation, confidence, pastors, concept, benevolent, dictator, blessing, shepherd, experience, personal contact, time, routine, sermons, administration, leadership, staff, program, ...
Elton was a new pastor of a small church up the highway from here. To call him excited is an understatement. Early in the process, Elton announced to the deacons they would hold an overnight retreat and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Jared Moore, pastor, realities, blessings, ministry, training, immature church, angry, failure, legalism, liberalism, ignorance, tradition, opposition, preaching, teaching
The blessings of ministry far outweigh the realities below; however, ministry is definitely not easy. Don’t waste your time and money going to seminary or college for pastoral training if you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: Chuck Lawless, ministry, immediately, improve, book, seminar, conference, talk, leader, class, degree, podcast, obedient, God, clarity, relevance, communication, gospel, non-believers, gospel se
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 Friday, 25 April 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, attendance, numbers, Easter, glorifying God, goal, preparations, blessings, effectiveness, people, unchurched
We are celebrating our Easter number this week. It was an incredible day. Whenever we talk about celebrating an attendance number, I hear the same questions—why celebrate a number? Do numbers really matter? ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, criticism, leadership, unrealistic expectations, ministry, blessed, calling, Jonah, love, unconditionally, eyes, resurrected Lord, gospel, focus
By my warped standards, it was not a good day. After nearly nine years serving as president and CEO of LifeWay, I have learned that criticisms are a part of the life and leadership I have. But the critics ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: Chuck Lawless, Easter, Resurrection Sunday, Jesus, truths, Christian leaders, prayer, hope, second chance, reconciliation, vigor, teaching, passion, Bible, the Word, communication
This coming Sunday, Christians around the world will celebrate Easter—perhaps better understood as “Resurrection Sunday.” Some believers will celebrate with meals and family get-togethers. Some will gather ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 April 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, walk, chalk, talk, John F. Kennedy, observe, update, lesson, parents, volunteers, smiling, families
Our ministries are a work in progress—and always will be. There are three simple steps you can take to improve your children’s ministry. Though simple, they can accelerate your ministry if implemented ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Community
Tags: Chuck Lawless, pastors, churches, Resurrection Sunday, guests, spies, website, greeters, building, impression, sign, services, foyer, guest welcome center, fellowship
Last year, I published a blog post titled "Eight Confessions of Church Spies," a summary report from the “spies” our church consulting team, the Lawless Group, has used over the years. As we approach the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bob Russell, surrender, cultural war, United States, freefall, stewardship, blessings, forefathers, battle cries, songs, grandchildren, Ninevah, Jonah, Jeremiah, passivity, Adolf Hitler, martyr
God has entrusted us with the most outstanding nation in the history of the world. The freedom, technology and wealth of the United States of America have provided the opportunity for the gospel to ... [ +++ ]
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