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Created on Monday, 19 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Great Commandment, pastors, physical, health, facemask moment, 10 commandments, LifeWay, exercise plan, sustainable eating plan, fitness, perspective, pray, discipline
The "Great Commandment" is what I like to call a facemask moment for both the original followers and opponents of Jesus. Those who have played football with a helmet know exactly what happens in that moment ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: IHOPKC, Shawn A. Akers, Mike Bickle, Romans 12, scripture, God's mercy, pastors, ministry, Thom Rainer, divine destiny, transformation
In my 48 years on this earth, I have heard sermons surrounding Romans 12:1-2 many times. I am certain that it is one that most of you have preached sometime during your career as a pastor or a ministerial ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 January 2015 / Multicultural
Tags: Bob Smietana, Lifeway Research, segregation, church, worshippers, pastors, Sunday morning, racial group, diversity, Protestant senior pastors, Evangelicals
Sunday morning remains one of the most segregated hours in American life, with more than 8 in 10 congregations made up of one predominant racial group.  And most worshippers like it that way. Two-thirds ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 January 2015 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, employment, pastors, church staff, jobs, informal network, resumes, influential person, recommendations, social media, reputations
This post may cause some of you to feel uneasy. I have to admit I've had some of those same feelings writing it. I prefer to think of pastoral ministry as a calling more than a job. And I sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 January 2015 / Vision
Tags: pastors commit to pray, politicians will save america, absolom, king david, solomon, john quincy adams, freedom's fire, a free people's suicide
A month ago, I appealed for pastors to commit to pray for 30-45 days, in order to discern if the Lord is calling them to run for city council, county commissioner, school board, mayor or congress ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 / Prayer
Tags: prayer, intercession, intercessory prayer, intercessors, prayerlessness, church, pastors, Jennifer LeClaire
I believe prayerlessness is the greatest sin in the church—and unfortunately some leaders are propagating this sin and discouraging those with prayer burdens from cooperating with the Spirit of God ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Leadership, Phil Cooke, threats, pastors, churches, nonprofits, businesses, motivator, ultimatum, credibility, authority, communication, respect
The New Testament book of Mark is a powerful example of who responded to the message of Jesus and who didn't. Chapter 12 is an especially good example. The people (Mark describes them as "throngs") loved ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Communication
Tags: Brandon Cox, articles, pastors, truth, Bible, Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court, church plant, social media, church growth, control, marriage, disciples, local churches, disappointment, give up
I loved 2014. It was crazy busy, but there has also been a sweet rhythm to life. I haven't blogged as regularly as I have in past years, but my posts have often been longer, more article-length, and at ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Pastors' kids, positive experiences, healthy attitudes, churches, freedom, normal kid, defend, church members, time, mother, wife
Over a year ago, I wrote a post at this blog on pastors' children. According to the comments and the views, I obviously hit a nerve. Some of the comments came from pastors themselves. But a number ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resuorces, church leaders, members, troubling statements, pastors, staff, community, discipleship church, money, small groups, guests
If you want your church to move toward a slow yet certain death, make certain your church leadership and membership affirms most of these 10 statements. They are troubling statements. Indeed, they are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Joe McKeever, computer technology, Internet, pitfalls, rumors, inuendo, preachers, pastors, fact check, accuracy, Google, Wikipedia, Snopes, scurrilous, blog
... to "Archives." Scroll down to the beginning, sometime in 2004, I think. There they are, waiting forever, for the Judgment, perhaps. (I wonder if my great-grandchildren will still be able to find all ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 December 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: LifeWay Research, Lakeview Church, transformation, mission, pastors, status quo, congregation, sharing the gospel, TCAT, overseas missions, worship, ministry, survival mode
It was time for things to change at Lakeview Church in Hickory, North Carolina. The church's longtime pastor had stepped down in 2012 and the congregation was looking for a new pastor. But they didn't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Pastors, tenure, negative circumstances, ministry opportunity, Thom Rainer, fired adverse conditions, false promises, clear expectations, accountability, advocacy group
I have written rather extensively on this blog regarding the short tenure of pastors in churches. Of course, many pastors leave churches for very positive reasons. They sense a call to another ministry ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Kenny Burchard, pastors, John Piper, Christian ministry, body of Christ, Saul, king, Gene Edwards, A Tale of Three Kings, church leadership, model
Hopefully, if you're in pastoral work (or you work on a ministry staff at a church) you've read John Piper's great book, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, and have embraced his conclusion that "the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, multiethnic, multicultural, churches, pastors, leaders, kingdom of God, Revelation 7, tribe, nation, tongue, simplicity, growth, changes, barriers
The church is called to be both an instrument and sign of the kingdom of God. As an instrument, the church is God's agent in the world, showing and sharing the love of Jesus to a broken and hurting world. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, young leaders, church, pastors, love, prayer, passion, energy, globally minded, heroes, hard questions, Great Commission, bureaucracy, financial guidance, American, balance
I have previously posted here about what we older leaders need to hear from young church leaders, but I continue to learn from them and about them. They are passionate, energetic, globally minded, committed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Doug Lawrence, reviewing, responding, listening, attentiveness, expression, eye contact, body language, pastors, present, people
... is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and advisor, who helps churches assess and improve their skillfulness in creating engaging worship experiences. In 2007 he founded and continues to serve ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Youth pastors, lies, Josh Griffin, truth, difference, serving, length of service, reality, church, teach, hypocritical life, God's spirit
From time to time, I've caught myself in a terrible lie. I start to believe something that couldn't be further from the truth—but at the time, it actually feels like the truth itself. Here are three ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 November 2014 / Education
Tags: Joe McKeever, bad advice, young pastors, ministry, Baptist, preaching, study, diligence, relationships, theological education, opportunities, hurting, forgiveness, permission
People love to give advice to young adults just entering the ministry. I'm sure they think they're helping. I was a senior in college when the Lord fingered me for the ministry. When my coal ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, sabbatical, paid leave, rejuvenation, deeper study, churches, pastors, break, vacations, vocations, highs, lows, on call, uninterrupted study, tenure, affirmation
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 ... [ +++ ]
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