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Created on Thursday, 23 October 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Steve Murrell, discipleship, empowered church, Joey Bonifacio, Ministers Fellowship International, City Bible Church, Frank Damazio, WikiChurch, Holy Spirit, witnesses, apostles, growth, persecution, ...
It was a privilege to preach at City Bible Church during their Purple People (Purple Book) campaign and to teach WikiChurch discipleship principles at the Ministers Fellowship International (MFI) Focus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, roadblocks, senior pastor, succession plan, churches, power struggle, relational breakdown, unmet expectations, Taylor Guitars, philosophy, transition
Most succession plans fail. It's not because the plan was bad; it's most often because of an expectation for the process to go exactly like the written plan indicated. That never happens. Life happens! ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 / Community
Tags: Mark Howell, pervasive community, church, unconnected people, community, small-group ministry, weekend service, friendly, sticky points, street, seat, empathy, vision
If you believe that unconnected people are always one tough thing away from never being at your church again, then you have all the motivation you need to invest in building a pervasive sense ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church, disappear, leave, burn out, injury, distractions, life change, mistakes, power struggle, lack of connection, issues
One disappointment I have had in ministry is watching people come to church, get excited for a time, then disappear. You spend energy and heart on people, grow to love them and get excited about them, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Steve Murrell, legacy, pastors, leaders, Andy Stanley, honoring God, making disciples, doing mission, serving people, empowering leaders
Before my recent trip to South Africa, I listened to an Andy Stanley leadership podcast that said great leaders are always thinking about their legacy. Confession: I never think about my legacy. And I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, pastors, thank you, staff, appreciation, gratitude, praying, studying, God's Word, communicating, grace, love, patience, motives, countless hours, continual learner, spouses, children, ...
To all pastors and church staff, I want you to know that I know being a pastor or church staff member is the most difficult job in the world. While it has unbelievable highs and on its best days is the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, habit, lifestyle, theologian, conversation, God's glory, Holy Spirit, Bible, grace, Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit
We say that worship is a lifestyle, but how many of us actually live it? Merriam Webster defines lifestyle as "a particular way of living: the way a person lives or a group of people live." If that's the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, pastors, blatant sin, casual drifting, distractions, danger, neglect, soul, family, sacrifice, numbers game, comparison, affirmation, rebels, truth, popularity, glory, ...
I encounter so many struggling pastors. And unfortunately, I know so many who used to be pastors but no longer hold the position. It may be through a blatant sin or a casual drifting from doing what they ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 September 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Mark Howell, strangleholds, grip, ministry, Andy Stanley, pursuit, problem-free, indecision, fear, failure, lure, compromise, usual suspects
You know that "your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing" (Andy Stanley). You know the well-worn path never arrives at a new destination. You even know Albert ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: George O. Wood, Assemblies of God, powerful preaching, changed lives, inspiration, Holy Spirit, Haggai, delay, discouragement, defilement, destiny
I have learned over the years that sermon preparation involves as much, if not more, perspiration than inspiration. It requires hard work to dig the message out of the text. About a year before the event, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 September 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Robert Morris, leadership, empowered, Jesus, serve, delegate, Gateway Church, The Word, power, authority, insecurity, exaltation, promotion
On more occasions than I can count, I have heard positive comments about my empowering approach to running a church. I've had more than a few of our recent hires come to me and say something like, "Robert, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Chris White, revenue, Modern English Version, Passio, Harry Connick Jr., apostle Paul, followers of Christ, Holy Spirit, translation, NIV
This is the Word I know and love, rendered both more poetic and clearer. I have to admit to a little cynicism about the MEV being yet another new translation and whether or not it was just going to be ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, church growth, attendance, barriers, megachurches, multisite churches, Barna group, Protestant, desire, prayer, love, facility, leaders, strategy, empowered, volunteers, microman
... the church. Every single day, I want our church to become more effective in reaching one more person with the hope that's in Christ. So, why is it that most churches never break the 200-person attendance ... [ +++ ]
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 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 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 Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, God's mission, glory, reflect, culture, Israel, transforming power, deny yourself, ministry, redemption, Jesus, crucified, nailed cross
Last week, I wrote a bit about the importance of focusing our lives on mission for the glory of God. This week, we look at a couple of practical ways in which this can be done. What does it practically ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Atkinson, pride, powerful worship, God, humility, C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, speak to your heart, yourself
I was looking back on a blog I wrote over 7 years ago and I saw something I felt God speak to me during a time of powerful worship: "When pride walks in, I walk out." I remember God speaking in His still, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Justin Lathrop, pastors, life blood, power, strength, Bible, God, intimate, refueling, job description, peace, rest, connection, change locations, read a book, go for a drive, study for yourself, ...
As pastors, our life-blood, our power and our strength comes from the time we spend with God. But if you've been in ministry for more than a few minutes, you may have noticed that as a pastor, spending ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church growth, prevention, small church, mentality, Christian, secular, leaders, followers, dream, pastor, new people, voice, vision, change, excuses, quit dreaming, organized system, ...
I was once asked to help a church process how to get younger people to attend. After we discussed some recommendations for change, a man pulled me aside and said, "Son, we don't need no fancy ideas around ... [ +++ ]
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