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Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Communication
Tags: LifeWay Research, Chris Martin, Crossroads Christian Fellowship, communication, TCAT, assessment tool, community-based congregation, demographic swing, transition, minister, discipleship, mission, ...
... congregation. Becky, Pastor Valekis' wife and a leader in the church, said, "We started there [Crossroads] in 1999-2000, and we were about 100 percent commuter-based, I would guess. Then, by the time we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resuorces, church leaders, members, troubling statements, pastors, staff, community, discipleship church, money, small groups, guests
If you want your church to move toward a slow yet certain death, make certain your church leadership and membership affirms most of these 10 statements. They are troubling statements. Indeed, they are ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 18 December 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, harsh realities, leadership, common challenges, unpopular, disagreements, decisions, success, excuses, mandate, motivate, legacy, investment, conflict, soul
I love leadership. I feel called to it. I realize the need for good leadership, but the fact is that leadership is hard. I meet regularly with some high-level, senior leaders to glean from them. We talk ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 December 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Warren Bird, Internet, online campus, broadcast, worship, Leadership Network, multisite churches, chat rooms, prayer rooms, faith commitments, virtual small groups, growth, text, email, login
"Do you have an internet campus?" Leadership Network polled more than 500 multisite churches in late 2013 (entire report as free download here), with the following findings: 1 percent—We DID have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Lake City Foursquare Church, transformation, assessment tool, TCAT, hard times, discipleship, community, small groups, adjustments, LifeWay Research
For Pastor Dave Chandler of Lake City Foursquare Church, an assessment provided the catalyst to address the areas in his church needing change. Lake City is in Moses Lake, Washington, a growing community ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Foursquare Church, Water Ramos, Jesus, movements, leaders, pastor, passion, Word of God, disciples, momentum, skill set, guidance, example, believing in others, Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Churc
The night I found Jesus I was on my way to take my life at a local park. Although I didn't know it, He was waiting for me at a church close to that park. I walked in, sat in the back of the room and didn't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, blind spot, ministry, car, entry standards, leaders, Jesus, Peter, extreme commitment, psychic intuition, unconnected
I think we all know what a blind spot is, especially when it's in our car. It's that spot that you can't really see when you're changing lanes or backing up. If you've seen the movie Blind Side you know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 December 2014 / Multi-Ethnic Ministry
Tags: Water of Life Church, New York City, Transformational Church Assessment Tool, serve, people, Latino families, Bronx, bivocational pastor, legalistic background, congregation, health, Hispanic, Spanish, ...
Water of Life Church was a growing congregation in New York City drawing predominately young Latino families in the Bronx. But while the members felt numerous improvements had been made since Carlos Franco ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Jonathan Dodson, evangelism, eternal life, failure, Jesus, doctrine, argument, heart, instruction, gospel metaphors, Francis Schaeffer
If our evangelism is increasingly unbelievable, what can we do to be more believable to an inoculated, indifferent and, at times, antagonistic society? In evangelistic seminars, people are often asked ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, critical, non-supportive leader, boss, bitter, unproductive, appreciation, discipline, demeaning, team environment, developing leaders
I was talking to a younger leader recently. He is feeling under-appreciated. His boss, the senior leader, never notices the work that he is doing. Even worse, for this senior leader, criticism flows easily. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, biblical worldview, counterculture, witness, families, empowerment, parents, nationalization, liberals, federal government, freebies, exchange, votes
Since World War II, the Great Society programs of the 1960s and more, the federal government of the United States has been getting larger at the expense of individual liberty and freedom. The liberals ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Ron Cantor, Messiah's Mandate, Israel, revival, mystery, Jews, Jerusalem, Messianic movement, prophecy, doctrines
In a 30-minute span one morning this summer, Hamas sent a barrage of 13 Qassam rockets at Israel. This is what life is about here in the Holy Land. Considering how much controversy surrounds this tiny ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, youth, ministry, attractional ministry, magnetic ministry, faith, abandonment, intergenerational opportunities, missional strategies, methodology
Over the past several years, one of the hottest topics in the youth ministry world has been faith abandonment—specifically, when kids "graduate" from youth group. It's an important conversation to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 / Communication
Tags: Jewish Voice Ministries International, Jonathan Bernis, Jews, Israel, Christians, Messianic Movement, Missiology, theology, evangelism, missions, Ethnos, Goyim, Last Days, Romans 11
Decades of annual, clockwork-like repetition had taught John Wilkinson to expect the arrival of the letter in the opening days of each New Year. Wilkinson had founded the Mildmay Mission to the Jews in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Israel, spiritual, replacement theology, end-times church, Grant Berry, Yeshua, scripture, Paul, Zion, Covenant, Jews, Gentiles, restoration
In order for us to understand that the church's reconnection to Israel in the Spirit is also connected to the last great outpouring and harvest that is to come upon the earth, we need to first understand ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 / Legacy
Tags: Dan Reiland, coaching, young leaders, listen, young-minded, slow down, conquer, temptation, be yourself, mentors, models, heroes, dig deep, discipline, dream big, discouragement
Coaching young leaders is one of the most rewarding things anyone can do. I recently had lunch with six young college students who are summer interns at 12Stone® Church. I was impressed. They are all sharpies! ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 November 2014 / Service
Tags: Joe McKeever, cup of water, benevolence, missions, judgement, Savior, excuses, life or death, dire situations, journey, encouragement
I'm the only person I know who picks up stray pennies. I add them to my coil cup, which will eventually be given to missions. Every little bit counts. The gospel song goes: "If just a cup of water I place ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, blocks, small groups, community, koinonia, frequency, authenticity, mutuality, accountability, encouragement, courtesy, sympathy
What the public generally knows about Saddleback Church is that we have a large weekend attendance. But what the outside world doesn't realize is that the strength of Saddleback is really in our small ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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