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Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, resign, quit, seasons, relationship, marriage, pastors, church staff, lay leaders, clarity, gratitude, joy, critics, discouragement, difficulty
You are frustrated. Or hurting. Or just don't know if you can take it any more. You may be in a difficult relationship. You may be in a job you hate. You may be the pastor of a church, and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, creative, effective, ministry, ownership, Saddleback Church, implementers, decision makers, committee, board of directors, challenge, Jesus, Great Commission, control, permission, c
It's impossible to have a healthy church that experiences multi-dimensional growth without trusting people enough to delegate leadership to them. Having said that, this remains one of the greatest bottlenecks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 29 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joseph Mattera, represent, God, world, oracles of God, Holy Spirit, teaching, sound doctrine, godly motivation, godly activity, serve, attitude, discernment, fruit, Spirit
... when I was consecrated a bishop (in 2006) many congratulated me for being "elevated" to which I replied that I believed I was being made lower, not higher. Unfortunately, the celebrity-driven secular culture ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Football, Dan Reiland, plan, strategy, mission, God, victories, right people, phone, decision, distractions, vision, experiment, care
Who's your favorite football team? I live in Atlanta now, so I love it when the Falcons do well. But being a native San Diegan, the Chargers will always have a place in my heart. Football games are won ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, young, pastors, learner, church, stories, people, grandparents, children, patience, laughter, investment, ministry, apology, spouse, children, accountability, apathy
Last week, a friend asked me what general advice I would give to young church leaders. I'm sure this list is not complete, but here's a start: 1. Always be a learner. Degrees don't signal an end to learning. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Women
Tags: women, empower, emerging leaders, Ed Stetzer, LifeWay, Tim Keller, Center Church, theology, leadership, connection, power, Facts and Trends, networking
Too often, we can miss the gifts of others. That's human nature, I guess. The fact is, God has gifted all His people, and the work of Christ is benefited when we acknowledge and engage different people ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Brad Lomenick, Catalyst, staff meeting, boring, monotonous, stories of impact, guest speakers, food, curriculum, pattern, book, peer recognition, leaders, leadership topic, mission, vision, core ...
Most of us dread the weekly staff meeting. "Just get me out of there ASAP so I can get back to actually doing the work and making things happen" is the attitude many of us have. I know from experience. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Expansion
Tags: church, renovation, construction, buildings, Internet connectivity, security system, plumbing, management, financial processes, controls, volunteer management, HR process, hiring, staff development, ...
Have you ever visited a construction site before the walls are finished and the drywall is put into place? If so, you've probably noticed the myriad of wires and pipes woven into the hidden recesses of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian resources, breakout pastors, breakout churches, hopelessness, hopefulness, possibilities, reality, long term, perspective, increments, setbacks, intentionality, outward ...
If you want to experience an "a-ha" moment about revitalizing churches, this research may be the near the top. Most of you have heard the dire information and statistics about congregations in North America. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 August 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, prayer, Word of God, theological error, intellectual midget, prayer warriors, faith, Southern Baptist Convention, Great Awakening, movement
One of the most powerful experiences of my life occurred when someone challenged me to prioritize prayer in my life. When I embraced prayer in my college years, not only did it change my life, it also ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 August 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, religious systems, pastors, rules, expectations, cultures, false religions, Old Testament, regulations, legalism, prestige, wealth, power, money, stumbling block, kingdom, ...
Every church and/or organization has a corporate culture with norms, rules and expectations that pressure participants to conform. Some cultures are good and some bad. That being said, there are particular ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, faith, ministry, pleasure, God, believing, achievement, obeying, understanding, giving, persisting, thanks, Jericho, trust, Judge
Some Bible verses are so clear that their simple truth is undeniable, such as Hebrews 11:6 which says, "And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, Millennials, Baby Boomers, generation, local churches, smaller venues, enemy, denounce, culture, cooperation, worship wars, communities, involvement
... the Millennials are from 1980 to 2000. So the oldest member of this generation is 34, while the youngest is only 14. But their impact is already noticeable, and it will be for years to come. Here are 10 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, myths, church-wide campaigns, disappointment, disaster, solution, sagging attendance, neighbors, friends, co-workers, disunity, small group ministry
There definitely are ways that church-wide campaigns can miss the mark, and there are keys to avoiding a church-wide campaign disaster. There are certain things you need to do to have a great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: George Wood, Assemblies of God, monitor, progress, ministry, leadership, invitation, responsibility, self-enrichment, questions, serve, personality, struggles, credibility, integrity, confidence, ...
Leadership is an invitation to responsibility, and responsibility means hard work. Leadership also is a trust. Leaders—especially in the church—must tend to two fundamental, legal duties: to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Resources, unleadable, church members, pastor, overt negativity, pray, blessings, families, attitude, mentor, recalcitrant, new members class, influencers, consistency
"I am so frustrated. I am ready to leave this church and the pastorate altogether. The church members are unleadable." The email came to me just as I quoted. Though I didn't think "unleadable" was a word, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pulpit, sermons, courage, pews, compromise, messenger of God, graciousness, wisdom, kindness, judgmental, withdrawal, flawed plans
"The Lord is for me; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Psalm 118:6. See also Heb. 13:5-6) I read that scripture-–especially the Hebrews 13:5-6 incarnation-–and smile.  Asking "what ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 / Administration
Tags: Soul Preaching, Sherman Haywood Cox II, assistant, minister, pastor, slaves, respect, acknowledgment, ordination, responsibilities, effectiveness
I have been an assistant for much of my time in ministry. Some pastors have treated me with the utmost respect. I have seen other pastors who treat their assistants almost as slaves, giving them the least ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pressure, deadlines, Sunday morning, responsibilities, increase, Israel, body of Christ, writing assignments, prioritize, preparation, position, production, prayer
Right now, many deadlines are pressing in on me. Has that ever happened to you? I remember when the only pressure I had was that of sermon preparation for Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Dan Reiland, choices, decisions, resistance, big deal, scary, courageous, leader, risks, accuracy, speed, information, soak time, mental declaration
Jacob is the senior pastor at a church in Phoenix that averages about 140 in attendance. This includes about 110 adults and 30 kids. The church's worship auditorium seats about 125. The growth isn't explosive ... [ +++ ]
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