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Created on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 / Family Life
Tags: Andrew Lisa, family ministry, professionals, Bible, home, children, true faith, learned, practiced, supplemental, separate, literature, media, support groups, retreats, accountability
Although the physical act of going to church is a central tenet of the faith, true faith is rooted in the Christian household. For people of faith, family ministry is crucial to maintaining a true understanding ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: John Burke, Jesus, lesbians, relationship, contempt, Christ, sexual issues, affairs, Gateway, shocking, ministry, healing, wholeness, relational struggles
“Let’s just go for fun! We’ll see how much we can push their buttons,” Amy teased her girlfriend, who didn’t like the idea of hanging around a bunch of Christians. “Come on,” Amy insisted. “I hear their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 March 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: millennials, church, Generation X, leave the church, change, church complaints, the bride of Christ, making a difference, helping Christians mature, connecting believers to God, take a stand, youth ...
I recently turned 35. I was raised on Saturday morning cartoons (DuckTales, Shirt Tales, lots of stuff with tales), cordless phones with extendable four-foot antennae, and Pop Rocks and Coke ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, ministry, counseling, sanctuary, business leaders, Christian leader, transparent, reputation, protection, God, counselor, coach, couch, mentor, friends, family
This is written to the struggling leader. I frequently hear from you. Email appears to be a safe place to reach out to someone—and for that I’m thankful. Some of my pastor friends are lonely or about to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 March 2014 / Teens
Tags: Simply Youth Ministry, Chuck Bomar, ministering, gay teens, black and white issue, Greek, sexual immorality, porneia, discipling, marriage, bigot, Jesus, gay agenda
There is a new book out that I can’t wait to read. I’ll get to that in a minute. I have written no less than a half-dozen posts about the LGBTQ conversation. There is a world of complexities ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 March 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, avoid, responsibility, task, not to do, kids, quiet and still, volunteers, gifts, rules, relationship, baptism, events, programs, email, feedback, Jesus, parents, ...
Children’s ministry leaders have a great deal of responsibility, and sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with every little task that needs performing. Here, however, is a list of things for leaders not ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Passion, ministry, Justin Lathrop, feeling, career, the lost, marriage, risks, God, thriving, energy, direction, bodies, worn out
Passion is a hard thing to describe or pin down. We sense when we have it and when it’s gone, but we aren’t sure how to explain where it comes from or why we have it or what to do when it goes away. And ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Brandon Cox, dynamic, ministry, healthy, church, theology, strategy, ecclesiology, Great Commission, Pastors, Jesus, missional communities, Great Shepherd, pre-eminence
When it comes to leading a strong ministry and building a healthy church, it takes more than solid theology or smart strategy. In fact, it takes a combination of those, plus the Spirit’s leading and empowerment. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Pastors, struggle, depression, suicide, help, issues, spiritual warfare, unrealistic expectations, demands, pressure, ministry, marriage, family, problems
The issue of mental health and Christians is finally getting some attention. Among the Christians who have challenges, many pastors struggle with depression. We hear too frequently about a pastor committing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: George O. Wood, Assemblies of God, leadership, ideals, desire, ministry, vision, communication, risks, relationships, initiation, response, failure, loss, godly principles
I’ve shared thousands of words on a host of subjects on my blog, freely peppered with my life’s experiences. My primary theme, of course, has been ministerial leadership. To help make your journey along ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 February 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Karen Jensen, unforgiveness, betrayal, ungrateful, un-Christlike, ministry, hurt people, fresh start, drinking poison
It’s happened to all of us. We’ve gone out of our way to lay down our lives for someone—ministered to them, helped them, gone the extra mile. Or we’ve worked alongside someone and shared life with them. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, growing pains, church, pastors, labor, care issue, small groups, control issue, growth, criticism, newcomers, comfort issue, ministry, leave, relationships, vision, changes, affirmation, ...
A church that wants to grow without going through growing pains is like a woman who says, “I want to have a baby, but I don’t want to go through labor.” Is the pain worth it? Yes, it’s worth it. People ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnston, Saddelback Church, children's ministry, pastor, strategic thinker, direction, road map
Every Tuesday I eat lunch with our children’s ministry pastor, Steve Adams. I do it for three reasons: He’s a good friend, he's an extremely strategic thinker, and every youth pastor needs to be in cahoots ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 February 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, ineffective, children's ministry, devastating, affects, families, communities, destroyed, failed, training, faith, broken, lost, spiritually obese, dead religion
Do you ever wonder why some children who grew up in church don’t want to have anything to do with it anymore? Do you ever wonder why the family unit as a whole in your community has been destroyed? Could ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 February 2014 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, student, volunteers, value, Seacoast Church, middle school students, high school students, orientation, ministry, lead, communication, mentoring, small group leaders
I recently wrote about the value of student volunteers and how we can create an environment that helps them stick. One post generated an excellent comment by Scott Kinney at Seacoast Church. This guy doesn’t ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 February 2014 / Missions
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors.com, addictions, pain, helps, ministry, Jesus, broken, recovery, evangelistic tool, sin, messes, desperation, volunteer, healing, redemption
Some churches don’t want a recovery ministry—a ministry that specializes in helping people deal with their addictions and pain—because of the messes they’d have to get involved in. That’s tragic. Most ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 February 2014 / Married
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, engaged, newlyweds, couples, ministry, time off, distracted, Deuteronomy, cell phones, emails, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, spiritual, biblical
There has been a teaching that has gone around certain church circles intermittently for the last several decades that states, “Newly married couples should step away from church-related ministry for at ... [ +++ ]
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 / Education
Tags: Soul Preaching, Sherman Haywood Cox II, public ministry, seminary, define, church, supportive, paper, diploma, function, Bible, broader vision
Because of my public ministry, I receive a lot of questions. One that comes up from time to time is whether the questioner should attend seminary, and if so, where? I see myself in many of these people. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ministry, pastors, churches, mistakes, informative, website, guests, social media, staff, influencing, content, groups, considerate, worship service
I was recently in Arkansas speaking with a pastor who is a daily reader of my blog. He expressed gratitude for all the free content, but then he made a kind plea. He said that the blog has so much content ... [ +++ ]
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