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Created on Thursday, 27 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, sacred space, church, families, sex, marriage, divorce, money, addiction, doubt, mental illness, physical health, healing, identity, social justice
Sometimes we think church is supposed to be a sacred space, where we only talk about certain things or only address certain subjects. There are subjects we would talk about in our families, for example, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 / Teens
Tags: Smartphones, technology, Pentecostal Evangel, Assemblies of God, parents, texting, video games, friends, connect, Common Sense Media, TextPlus
JJ Shackelford loves his iPhone 5. He uses it to check sports stats, stay in contact with his parents, play video games and connect with his friends. He keeps it with him and checks it multiple times throughout ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: George O. Wood, Assemblies of God, leadership, ideals, desire, ministry, vision, communication, risks, relationships, initiation, response, failure, loss, godly principles
I’ve shared thousands of words on a host of subjects on my blog, freely peppered with my life’s experiences. My primary theme, of course, has been ministerial leadership. To help make your journey along ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 February 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, ineffective, children's ministry, devastating, affects, families, communities, destroyed, failed, training, faith, broken, lost, spiritually obese, dead religion
Do you ever wonder why some children who grew up in church don’t want to have anything to do with it anymore? Do you ever wonder why the family unit as a whole in your community has been destroyed? Could ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Ron Edmondson, pastors, lies, Satan, hurt, spiritual warfare, self-confidence, too small, task, control, growing, church
My heart is for the pastor. Maybe it stems from the fact that I spent so many years as a layperson, a deacon and Sunday school teacher and, now, as a pastor. I realize now how much I didn’t understand ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dale Hudson, church visitors, customer service, employees, I don't know, great question, tweak, guest families
Have you ever been in store, asked one of the employees a question, and gotten the response, “I don’t know?”  You probably got very frustrated didn’t you? When you hear the words “I don’t know” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: George O. Wood, Great Commission, Assemblies of God, church planting, team, young people, schoolteachers, accountants, lawyers, business people, Jesus, apostles, Book of Acts, Paul
It takes everyone working together from all walks of life to carry out the Great Commission. As part of our AG church-planting initiative, we share our vision on college campuses, and we’ve had as many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Joseph Mattera, mistakes, young leaders, church, pastors, zeal without knowledge, older, wiser, work, families, unrealistic goals
As a person who started off in full-time ministry at the ripe old age of 21, I write the following out of personal experience and not only observation. We desperately need young leaders to emerge. We older ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom S. Rainer, LifeWay, pastors, stress, life, struggles, families, day off, unhappy spouse, glass house, financial needs, criticisms
Most pastors love their calling. Most pastors could not imagine doing anything else. Most pastors have joy in their ministries. I want to be clear that I don’t view pastors as a depressed, melancholy and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 October 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Deborah Wipf, pastors, happy, faithful, volunteers, planning, supplies, equipment, church beautification, expectations, background checks, delegation, responsibility, compelling vision, documentation, ...
We all are familiar with the 10 Commandments; so I thought I’d have some fun and create a version for leading church volunteers. I also have a set for how to be an all-star volunteer. Stay tuned for that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Shawn Harrison, ministry, success, resignation, youth, Christ-like attitude, selfish ego, student ministry, families, file folder, calendar of events, sample budget, resources, example
Do you want the next guy to succeed in your position? I wrestled with this while sitting in my office after handing in my resignation. After three years as the student and family pastor at our church, ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Men
Tags: male-friendly church, relevance, Assemblies of God, language, masculinity, success, guilt, sexuality, purity, marriage, children, integrity, home, church, workplace, greatness, challenge, actions, ...
I am often asked, “Why are the men leaving the church today?” Sometimes it comes out as “What can we do to keep the men of this church?” or “How can our church reach more men?” There is no easy answer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 October 2013 / Money
Tags: pastor, salary, congregation, church, wrinkle, supplies, utilities, leadership, LifeWay Christian Services, tax credit, Apostle Paul, money, Timothy, bi-vocational
Every once in a while, someone comes up with a new wrinkle on church headaches. A young pastor friend wrote to say the church he now serves went through a split a year or so before he arrived, and the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 July 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Satan, marriage, family, disruptions, scandal, lies, busyness, rumors, burnout, church conflict
I’m not a pastor who is constantly looking for Satan behind everything that goes wrong. I concentrate my attention on Jesus and encouraging others to follow Jesus and not to focus on the defeated one. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 July 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: George O. Wood, servanthood, scripture, class president, leadership, general superintendant, Assemblies of God, Ray Rachels
Self-conscious about a chipped front tooth, my unruly red hair and the spray of freckles across my nose and cheeks, I was shy and withdrawn throughout high school. But by the time I had been in college ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 July 2013 / Culture
Tags: Ron Edmondson, lies, Christians, hurt, help, control, God, understanding, marriage, time, prayer
Here are 12 of the biggest lies I’ve heard people tell: 1. I’m not going to let him (or her) hurt me anymore. 2. I don’t need any help. 3. I’ve got this under control. 4. I’m only going to try it one time. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 April 2013 / Preaching
Tags: George Wood, Assemblies of God, Congregation, Preaching, leadership, model
Growing up in Assemblies of God churches, I often heard preaching in an imperative—even imperial—mode. Pastors operated with a command-and-control model of leadership that carried over into the pulpit. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 April 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Phillips, pastor, mysteries, lies, whys, Isaiah, 2 Corinthians
Why? It is the single word ground into the bloody soil of every battlefield in the world. It is buried in the rubble of every civilization, state and neighborhood that has been devastated by a natural ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 / Cutting Edge
Tags: Steve Hill, lies, deception, church, false teachings
Years ago my wife, Jeri, and I were driving on the interstate when we were overcome by a white cloud of windblown snow. “I can’t see a thing!” I shouted. We were experiencing a complete whiteout. I lost ... [ +++ ]
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