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Created on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Research, church, southern Indiana, pastor, ministry, faithful, salvation, criticism, Word, prayer, grudge, challenges
It was 30 years ago that I began serving a small rural church in southern Indiana. I was so incredibly green then; I’m glad I didn’t always realize it. I loved those people in that church and, for some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Greg Atkinson, role, campus pastor, multi-site church, leading, equipping, training, serving, helping, senior pastor, counseling, LifeGroups, lay leaders, community meetings
This past week, I was contacted by a minister who was getting ready to start his new role of campus pastor at a multisite church in 2014. He asked me to share with him what my week and responsibilities ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Phillips, rain, summer, Rich Mullins, screen door, submarine, faith, works, Awesome God, Christian music, money, royalty checks, stocks, bond, retirement
It’s funny. I don’t remember moving to Seattle. To my friends in the Seattle area, those of us in East Tennessee are beginning to be able to relate to you. This year, we have been inundated with rain. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, blindfold, experience, blinding, leadership, learning, danger, knowledge, information, training, position, people builder, investment, legacy
Many times, as leaders, we are blindfolded by the experience we have gained over the years. We assume everyone knows what we know, but we forget what we once didn’t know. I feel what I’m writing is elementary ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, job, Twitter, vocation, ministry, conflict, complaining, family challenges, busy work, expectations, social functions, confrontation, sin, staff members, evangelism, passio
Let me state the obvious: Pastors are human. That means they have preferences, likes and dislikes. So I did an unscientific Twitter poll to find out what pastors really don’t like about their job. By the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 August 2013 / Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, church growth, church health, planning, America, spiritual health, responsibility, role, giftedness, pastors, transformation
Based on research and anecdotal evidence, I estimate that nine out of every 10 churches in America are growing at a slower pace than their communities—if they are growing at all. That is not a good sign ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, church, staff person, strong work ethic, loyalty, execution, personality chemistry, vision, relationship, staff members
After about a quarter of a century of church consultations, I have dealt with a plethora of church staff matters. I continue to hear many of the same themes since I left church consultation. Today I present ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, Lifeway, poll, pastors, work, week, hours, Twitter, accuracy
...  (Full-time Pastors)  2008 LifeWay Research Poll (Part-Time & Full-Time Pastors) Less than 40 hours 3% 16% 40-49 hours 47% 19% 50-59 hours 40% 30% 60-69 hours 7% 27% 70 hours or more 3% 8% ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 July 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Kim Martinez, drained, church, vacation, pastors, staff, introvert, ministries, awareness, counseling, time, accountability
Years ago, I realized that I was different than the rest of my staff. When they took vacation, they looked for a big church to celebrate at (and learn from). I love learning from other churches. Every ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Pastors, Church staff, challenges, apathy, internal focus, Twitter, staff issues, volunteers, time constraints, buy-in, members, generational challenges, finances, traditions
In my latest non-scientific Twitter survey, I asked the following question of pastors and church staff: What is your biggest challenge in ministry? Here are the top 12 responses with representative quotes. ... [ +++ ]
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