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Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, sting, criticism, environment, toxic person, workplaces, response, critical comment, emotions, upset, complaint, prayer, sleep, truth, preachers, message, relationally, Andy Stanley, ...
Criticism. You dread it. I dread it. Who doesn't? In fact, it can completely derail your day, your week and your work. So what do you do when it comes your way? Finding a Criticism-Free ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, changes, church culture, worship leader, jeans, tie, iPhones, blended services, Saddleback Church, North Point, Celebration Church, alive, obedient, needs, requirements
These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I'm invited to preach have these things in common: Almost no man wears a necktie or suit. On the platform you find all kinds of musical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 September 2014 / Special Needs
Tags: LifeWay Research, mental illness, churches, guidance, distress, Protestant, senior pastors, Focus on the Family, severe depression, churchgoers, spirituality, Ed Stetzer
... Among them were 200 churchgoers. A third survey polled 207 Protestant family members of people with acute mental illness. Researchers also conducted in-depth interview with 15 experts on spirituality and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, focus, task, productive, distracted, mind wanders, discipline, rest, deadlines, passion, project, encouragement, success, exercise, systems
I'm fairly productive as a person. But the truth is, I get distracted easily and have a hard time staying focused at times. If I didn't have notes when I was preaching, I would totally get off track. My ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, preschool, early childhood, ministry, church, childcare, elementary, pre-ten, students, culture, chapel, nursery, Bible, songs, God's Word
How important is the preschool/early childhood ministry in your church? Many people think preschool ministry is simply "childcare" and not as important as elementary, pre-teen or student ministry. This ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, preaching, hardcore, sin, hell, punishment, grace, insensitive, pastors, writers, culture, Christian message, priority, truth
We're seeing a lot of criticism recently of pastors, writers, speakers, filmmakers as well as others about how they share the Christian message with the outside culture. Some are criticized for making ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, Christians, jerks, behavior, reputation, traits, judgmental, hypocritical, pushy, mean, gospel, Jesus, excuse, angry, rude
It is no secret that Christians don't exactly have the best reputation outside (or even inside) the church. Jesus says we should be known by our love, but today it seems we're known for traits and behaviors ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 September 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Scott Hagan, young leaders, faithfulness, futility, manipulation, developmental years, all-access leaders, future-centric, unholy urgency, leverage, influence, behaviors, example, expert
For many rising leaders in ministry, the modern messaging of faithfulness is code for futility. Being told that faithful reps are the fastest path to results feels manipulative. A lot of young leaders ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, race, religion, gay narrative, race-baiters, ethnicity, disdain, Christian, Muslim, far left, militant movement, Jesus, radicals, division, ideology
... to live by this ethos, and it has confounded both friend and foe alike. For example, two days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, instead of objectifying all Muslims I went into a local mosque ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: J.D. King, World Revival Church, growth, Africa, Asia, Brazil, China, antagonistic environment, church, Roman Empire, Jesus, Ramsey MacMullen, Pentecostal beliefs, signs, wonders, healing, deliverance, ...
One question continually being asked is, "How can the Christian church grow?" This issue is particularly relevant as we consider the harsh realities being imposed upon us today. How does the church find ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Growth
Tags: Brandon Cox, control, growth, church, David Chrzan, leadership, theological framework, systems, Holy Spirit, commitment, congregation, discipleship
He may not be Solomon, but David Chrzan often drops nuggets of wisdom that sound as if they could have come from the book of Proverbs. In the five years or so that I've known and worked with David, he's ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 15 September 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Kyle Searcy, God, crutch, church, sovereignty, natural realm, grace, Bible, The Word, neglect, natural laws, confinement, fear, slothfulness
I was spiritually raised in a very strict segment of Christianity. There were great things I learned at that church. But, the emphasis that was placed on pleasing God actually created an unhealthy fear ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: George O. Wood, Assemblies of God, powerful preaching, changed lives, inspiration, Holy Spirit, Haggai, delay, discouragement, defilement, destiny
I have learned over the years that sermon preparation involves as much, if not more, perspiration than inspiration. It requires hard work to dig the message out of the text. About a year before the event, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Joe McKeever, disciples, evangelism, Christian workers, assignment, preaching, Great Commission, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, Jesus, Paul, Silas, gospel, bold, confident, peac
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore, be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves" (Matt. 10:16). This is a brief Bible study. (Just so you'll know. Smiley-face here.) For ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, volunteer, recruitment, retention, churches, vision, ministries, specific, end dates, member's passion, pastor, leaders, communication, relationships, checkups
Without volunteer labor and ministry, our churches would not exist. The recruitment and retention of volunteers should be one of the highest priorities of church leaders. While we typically honor our paid ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, failure, defeats, disappointments, Proverbs, plan ahead, consequences, arrived, arrogance, destruction, downfall, pride, risks, fear, give up, listen
Failure doesn't have to be final. In fact, I believe God wants to put our failures to work for us. Everybody experiences defeats in life. Everybody has failures. The book of Proverbs has a lot of insight ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 September 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Rob Hoskins, OneHope, leadership, dream team, ministry leaders, Global Congress, experience, longevity, commitment, people
Recently at our Global Congress of worldwide ministry leaders, we held a panel discussion featuring six missions and ministry veterans representing well over 200 years of combined experience. I marveled ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Michael Briggs, Modern English Version, Bible, scriptural engagement, biblical literacy, King James Version, Christianity, church, millennials, Scripture, Barna Group, David Kinnaman, Dr. Stanley ...
... the woodwork of our local communities. Indeed today Americans and especially the millennials (born 1980-2000) are looking for God's Word to be more than just a bunch of words compiled in a book. They want ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Dave Buehring, Lionshare, The Jesus Blueprint, transformation, disciplemakers, obedience, revelation, engagement, scriptures
I enjoy watching a great Bible story that is well captured on the big screen. It provides me with fresh vantage points, making me think about things I'd never seen before or previously considered. I've ... [ +++ ]
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