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Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Holy Spirit, church, miraculous anointing, boldness, joy, enthusiasm, sin, selfishness, raw power, flesh, gifts, altar, tongues, vibrate, shake, prayer ministers
When the Holy Spirit comes in His fullness, people receive miraculous anointing, remarkable boldness, overflowing joy and irresistible enthusiasm. Yet because we are all bent toward sin and selfishness, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Justin Lathrop, wide, deep, balance, watered-down, gospel, knowledge, vocabulary, message, programs, pastors, calling, unchurched, teach, challenge
There are two requirements set on pastors and their churches, and they seem to be contradictory: Our churches must simultaneously go deep and wide. Here's what I mean by that: When I listen to people talk ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Richard Salazar, mean-spirited, leader, Dr. Chuck Swindoll, Twitter, Christians, death, deceived, ravenous wolves, enemy, kill, steal, destroy, judgmental, genuine-hearted, accuser, rules, regulations, ...
I was astounded when a close friend of mine recently forwarded a Tweet to me sent out by Dr. Chuck Swindoll a few months back that read, "The problem with mean Christians is that not enough people have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, medium, television, Christian, message, churches, ministries, nonprofits, Nielsen, cable, satellite, America's Last Great Campfire, worldwide web, statistics
... research firm Nielsen, here's some interesting new facts: The average home in America now receives 189 television channels. It's a significant increase from 2008, when the average home received 129 channels. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, bad, decision, major, hints, leadership, everyone happy, easy, alone, quickly, slowly, changes nothing, gut, dangerous
I've made many bad decisions in my leadership. Thankfully, the longer I lead, the more I develop warning signs I'm about to make another. I think these may apply to all leaders. These aren't full proof. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, mistakes, ministry, burnout, rest, body, relax, physical needs, release, frustrations, refocus, God, recommit, God
I wrote last week about four big mistakes that lead to ministry burnout. One thing I love about the Bible is that it doesn't just give us the causes of our problems in life. It gives us cures. When Elijah ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, America, church, trends, dying, missiology, Christian, atheist, Jewish, cultural, congregational Christian, convictional Christian, Evangelicals, nominals, nones
Despite what many think, the church in America is not dying (and no serious researcher thinks that). However, there are some challenges and changes to be considered. When we consider missiology, part of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, burnout, ministry, emotions, thinking, mistakes, issues, pastors, feelings, facts, comparison, Bible, Billy Graham, blame, fault, exaggerate, negative
One of the issues that we sometimes address here at pastors.com is the issue of ministry burnout. And when we do address it, the responses are overwhelming. It's a big issue. Why do so many pastors burn ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 / Community
Tags: Brian Dodd, Rick Warren, church, irrelevant, TED Talk, resisting change, false sense of security, ignore, next generation, changing communities
"Everybody wants to be relevant. We want to be relevant personally. We want to be relevant in our businesses." —Rick Warren I agree with Pastor Rick's words from a recent TED talk. No one purposefully ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 / Vision
Tags: Justin Lathrop, time, emails, hours in a day, culprit, efficiency, inboxes, outbox, professional hamster wheel, computer screen, process, create, innovate, distraction
You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't long for more hours in the day. It seems we're just getting started when it's time for lunch or time to go home or time to be somewhere else or time ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 May 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Cox, preaching, humanity, role, Bible, message, Word, terminology, vernacular
Some believe that preaching preparation is where the preacher goes off to talk to God with Bible in hand. Then God gives a message to the preacher. Then the preacher comes to the people without altering ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 / Community
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, Cross Church, Northwest Arkansas, stability, longevity, plan, pastor, minister, personal walk, Christ, marriage, church, grown, together, perspective, circle of love
When the Lord called me to Northwest Arkansas in October 1986, I had no idea I would be here 27 years later. I really did not come here with a plan about how long I would stay, but I always assumed I would ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 May 2014 / Money
Tags: Phil Cooke, financial crisis, church, survival, Mary Hutchinson, Mark Dreistadt, Dale Berkey, David Holland, donors, financial, Jesus, blanket appeal
I asked a distinguished panel of donor development and fundraising experts about the advice they would give churches and ministries during a financial crisis. The panel included Mary Hutchinson, Mark ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Hebrews, Frank Viola, Word of God, Jesus Now, mind, will, emotion, spirit, soul, Holy Spirit, Christian, immature
When I was a young believer, I committed to memory Hebrews 4:12: “For the Word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Jared Moore, pastor, realities, blessings, ministry, training, immature church, angry, failure, legalism, liberalism, ignorance, tradition, opposition, preaching, teaching
The blessings of ministry far outweigh the realities below; however, ministry is definitely not easy. Don’t waste your time and money going to seminary or college for pastoral training if you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 May 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, affirm, accept, appreciate, criticize, greeters, smile, snobs, church, loving, Saddleback Church, hospital, sinners, hotel, saints, Catholics, Charismatics, Jews, Buddhists, Baptists, ...
One of the most important factors for the growth of your church, of any church, of the kingdom for that matter, is how loving we are as Christians. It’s absolutely essential that we lead our churches to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 May 2014 / Education
Tags: Greg Surratt, trends, ministerial leaders, leadership skills, doing, watching, learning, Confessions, St. Augustine, Feedly, Christianity, news, social media, technology, photography, Pocket, Ev
How do you grow in your leadership skills? By doing? By watching? By being stretched? By learning from others? Probably you grow by doing a combination of all of them. One of the ways I grow best is by ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: Chuck Lawless, ministry, immediately, improve, book, seminar, conference, talk, leader, class, degree, podcast, obedient, God, clarity, relevance, communication, gospel, non-believers, gospel se
You have many options to strengthen your ministry. Read a book. Attend a conference. Talk to another leader. Take a class or earn another degree. Listen to a podcast. Watch a web seminar. All of these ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, church names, trends, Bible study, denomination, affiliation, Baptist, Christ, Assembly, Community, unchurched, Internet, relationships
The call came from an eager young man starting a new church in Florida. He already had 50 people meeting in homes in Bible studies. They had secured a leased space to launch the church in just a few months. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Neil Eskelin, LifeBridge Books, Christian, sermon, pastors, mistakes, personality, personal stories, thesaurus, vision, faith, synonyms, shout, speak, long passages, Benny Hinn, Holy Spirit
Editor's Note: After ghostwriting and editing more than 300 Christian books, Neil Eskelin, president of LifeBridge Books, offers his advice to ministers who have a sermon series they want to see published ... [ +++ ]
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