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Created on Friday, 30 May 2014 / Communication
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, church members, LifeWay Christian Resources, care, visit, teach, Bible, Word, preaching, change
I am among the most blessed men in the world. God has graciously saved me and sustained me. I have an incredible family. The place and ministry where I serve vocationally is a gift from God. And then, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 May 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: ARC, Greg Surratt, church planting, affiliates, multi-site churches, kingdom impact, Billy Hornsby, Chris Hodges, Bethany World Prayer Center, Rick Bezet, Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research
Church Planting Although Greg Surratt didn't start out with many specifics in mind, his vision of starting 2,000 churches has created one of the most fruitful church-planting networks in the nation. The ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, crises, trials, tribulations, response, leaders, George Bailey, It's a Wonderful Life, outset, slow down, don't panic, composure, plan, navigation, recovery
How do you respond when crisis comes to the team you lead? I love the leadership displayed during a scene in It's a Wonderful Life where George Bailey is about to leave for his honeymoon and panic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, House Church Movement, disciples, hospitality, church, poor, outcast, New Testament, Paul, Romans, lifestyle, stranger, love, Jesus, powerful
As part of our travels to India, Impact Nations has been experiencing the House Church Movement first hand. This is a movement that is baptizing over a million new disciples a year and is now the largest ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Neil Eskelin, LifeBridge Books, Christian, sermon, pastors, mistakes, personality, personal stories, thesaurus, vision, faith, synonyms, shout, speak, long passages, Benny Hinn, Holy Spirit
Editor's Note: After ghostwriting and editing more than 300 Christian books, Neil Eskelin, president of LifeBridge Books, offers his advice to ministers who have a sermon series they want to see published ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, Easter, purpose-driven church, evangelism, growth, eggs, Billy Graham, fruit, decision, relationship, acceptance, approval, love, lifestyle
Easter is one of the two biggest weekends for most churches in terms of attendance. I see this as a great opportunity for evangelism to begin and for a relationship to start between your church and all ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, Lifeway Research, Millennials, Texas, data, worship style, blended styles, war, paradigm, rich content, theological truths
... had the opportunity to speak on the subject on many occasions. We reminded this audience in Dallas of the birthdates of this generation, 1980 to 2000, and then proceeded to share our research. We had commissioned ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research, Ed Stetzer, religious liberty, decline, United States, Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court, preachers, uneasy, evangelical, Christian leaders, war
Americans have always had mixed feelings about religious liberty. Most say it’s important, but they don’t always agree how much liberty is enough or too much. That’s the issue at the heart of the Supreme ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: John Burke, gospel, heart, God, Erwin McManus, church planting, leaders, Jesus, evangelism, communication, New Testament, God, life
Erwin McManus and I did a one-day event for church planters talking about creating "Come as U R" churches that help people far from God actually grow into future leaders for God. (Check out stories on ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors, social media, Bible, social issues, brand, Loving Choices, pro-life, pro-choice, homosexuality, liberals
Christianity has a brand, like it or not. So does your church. And so do you, for that matter. That might make more sense if you define branding the way I do—as the story people are telling about a person, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, God, usable, warrior, requirements, ministry, mission, personal character, clean life, cleansing, status, world, talent, eyes open, leadership, vision, wisdom, grateful heart, firm purpose, ...
If you’re a pastor or church leader of any kind, you most likely found yourself in that place because you want God to use you. And chances are, you want God’s help releasing and freeing other people to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Education
Tags: Pastor, training, 21st century, theology, biblical truths, missions, disciplines, American culture, shift, international mission field, language, non-Christian culture, cultural Christians, Thom ...
Any pastor or other church staff member should be prepared in biblical truths. Theology is a key discipline as well. Indeed, none of the classical disciplines should be forsaken, nor any of the practical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, renewal, process, structure, church, leadership, change, rededication, consecration, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Purpose Driven Life, relational, missional, structural, organizational, cult
If you are being led to change the way your church serves God’s purposes, it's helpful to understand the process of renewal. Many leaders want to start by changing the structure of their church. However, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Small groups, Mark Howell, pastors, quantity, quality, stories, website, life change, learning experience
How can you tell if your small group ministry is gaining ground? What are the signs? Can it be measured quantitatively? Or do you have to know how to measure qualitatively? Obviously, you can ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 February 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: LifeWay Research, racial diversity, ethnic group, Martin Luther King Jr., Ed Stetzer, segregated, multi-ethnic church, pastors, U.S. Census Bureau, Native Americans, African-Americans, Hispanic
Having a racially diverse church remains more dream than reality for most Protestant pastors. More than 8 in 10 (85 percent) say every church should strive for racial diversity, according to a survey from ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Chuck Lawless, LifeWay, church, documents, bulletin, calendar, by-laws, unsaved, members, local congregations, classes, discipleship, mentoring, budget, ministry programs, missions support
I love working with local congregations. As I consult with churches, I learn so much by visiting the church, listening to the staff and interviewing members. Nothing can fully take the place of spending ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, terminated, unjustly, reaction, winner, greater things, ministry, house, life, chairman, elders, deacons, humility, prayerful, sweet-spirited, argument, Word, knees, source, resour
Let’s say you are a minister on the staff of a medium-sized church. You finished seminary, and at the invitation of this church, you moved your young family here to this city and have gotten deeply ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, sabbatical, Lifeway Resources, time off, rest, deeper study, churches, requirement, emotional highs and lows, vocations, longer tenures
The word sabbatical has different meanings depending on the context in which it is used. It has one meaning in the academic community, another meaning in its biblical usage, and still another in many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Impact Nations, gospel, Jesus, heaven, church, David Olson, Pastoral Care, LifeWay, declining, teach
David Olson, in his 2008 work The American Church in Crisis: Groundbreaking Research Based on a National Database of over 200,000 Churches, tells us that “contrary to the oft-quoted 40 percent, in fact ... [ +++ ]
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