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Created on Thursday, 20 February 2014 / Counseling
Tags: teacher, preacher, apostle, learn, teacher, Christ, college, seminary, languages, Hebrew, Jesus, God, education, church, Apostle Paul, Old Testament, Barnabas, Word, gospel, grow
I am a teacher. When I was a senior in high school, a classmate gave me one of those unforgettable moments that lives in one’s mind forever. Principal Andy Davis had summoned me to his office to help Jerry ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preach, sermons, conclusion, Christ, gospel, message, summarize, redemption, emotional intensity, specific response, personal, opportunity, commitment
Some of the greatest preachers in history were great at introducing and delivering sermons but poor at closing them. We preach Christ, and we preach a gospel that calls for commitment, so powerful preaching ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 14 February 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Justin Lathrop, stress, sanity, pastor, mental health, mentor, on-call, friends, work out, stay in shape, invest in family, professional growth
No job is easy, but the job of a pastor can be particularly stressful. Not only are you expected to perform while you’re on the job, but you’re expected to perform while you’re “off the job” as well. Sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 February 2014 / Worship
Tags: Ray Jones, San Antonio, Texas, worship, leaders, generation, resources, recommendations, Community Bible Church, Kids Choir, multi-generational
Almost every week, I hear from pastors asking if I can recommend someone to lead worship for their congregation. Most of these are smaller churches or new church plants with limited resources. Most of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, uncharted territory, gaining ground, sharpen clarity, preferred future, finding solutions, problem identification, Colin Powell, simplifiers, questions, Albert Einstein, Craig Groeschel, ...
Do you want to take new ground in 2014? Don’t we all? You’re probably not spending a lot of time figuring out how to avoid or slow down the rate of losing ground (although this Dilbert cartoon has ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Hal Seed, church, Acts, Revelation, Jesus, pastor, New Song Church, fruitfulness, responsive, serve, caring, diversity, entrepreneurial, unified staff, family, children, commitment, church planting, ...
A quick read of the book of Acts or the letters in Revelation proves that Jesus loves his church. He died for it, prays for it, lives for it and is going to return for it. Let’s be honest: It’s not easy ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 February 2014 / Children
Tags: Children's ministry, Dale Hudson, relevant, plateau, new service, growth path, space, options, momentum, God's attention
Many children’s ministries find their attendance has plateaued or is declining. The children’s ministry where I serve as director has plateaued twice, and on both occasions it has been due to lack of space. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Jason Hatley, pastors, ministry, management, mentorship, Moses, Building Strong Worship Leaders, we, me, mindset, generosity, scarcity
For the second time this week, Joe felt like he had reached the end of his rope.  As the worship pastor in a growing church, he constantly felt overwhelmed and underprepared. Regardless of how ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Joseph Mattera, marketplace, kingdom message, politics, economics, education, family, religion, arts/entertainment, science, misunderstandings, extreme teachings
Almost everywhere I go, believers are attempting to apply the kingdom message to influence the cultural mountains, which are described as the major areas we need to influence in order to transform society: ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 04 February 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, transformational, leadership, inspiration, vision, core values, purpose, communication, stories, teamwork, people, lead, commitment
A transformed children’s ministry comes from transformational leadership. Transformational leadership is when a leader raises team members to higher levels of motivation and effectiveness. Transformational ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 January 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, misconceptions, pastors, Christian leaders, ambition, master plan, big purpose, dreams, great leader, humility, fear, contentment, laziness
Many leaders never achieve the level of influence they could potentially have because they drift through life on autopilot, maintaining the status quo, without a big ambition. They have no master plan, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, wife, experience, ministry, church, assessment, Dwight L. Moody, hurt, help, divorce, split, ego, denomination, vain, creatures, self-centered, needy, weak
What qualifies me to write this piece, if anything, is that I am a pastor who has been married most of my life. My wife, Margaret, and I did this entire ministry thing together, having married the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Derwin Gray, pastors, staff member, church, leave, vision, star, Transformation Church, generosity, scarcity, Jesus, Ephesians, manipulate, control, guilt, leaders, cult-like environment
Pastors, what do you do when staff wants to leave and join the staff of another church? And I’m not talking about the staff you want to leave. I’m talking about the “star” that really moves the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 / Counseling
Tags: David Mathis, church leaders, young leaders, older leaders, retirement, retreat, empower, baby boomers, space, Larry Osborne, eagles fly, Great Commission, millenials, John Piper
... 1980–2000), along with Gen X (1965–1979): By exhibiting model Christian posture in word and deed, give the older generation no good cause for despising your youth. But the second part is for the baby boomers ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, volunteers, ask, ministry, youth, bulletin announcement, senior pastor, pulpit, Jesus, everybody, students
Recently in a youth ministry seminar the presenter asked the question, “How many of you feel like you have enough volunteers in your ministry?” One guy raised his hand. The rest of the room wanted to punch ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, denominations, churches, arguments, worship, music style, services, churches die, attire, salaries, megachurches, working hours, why people, pastor's wife
For many years I served as a consultant to churches and denominations, a role I relinquished when I became president of LifeWay more than eight years ago. Part of our consultative process was interviewing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, hurting, challenging, immoral, community, Pew Research, clergy, moral failures, widespread coverage, Christian faith, nation, marginalize, tenure, entitlement mentality, social ...
A day does not pass that I do not hear from a hurting pastor. Serving in that role has to be one of the most challenging vocations today. Sure, there are some bad and immoral pastors. But the vast majority ... [ +++ ]
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