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Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rebuilding, old cars, preach, break, build, restored, reassembled, marriage, flawed perspective, transformed, actions, Jesus
I have a friend who is really into rebuilding old cars. It is an art form to take a rusted out car from the scrap heap or auction lot and restore it to better than new condition. He once told me that when ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 June 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Mark Driscoll, preach, Sunday, responsibility, organization, relational, preaching, rest, holidays, attendance, guard, pre-service, meetings, hydrated, eat well
How can a lead pastor handle sermon preparation while also juggling other pastoral responsibilities, like counseling and administration? Pastor Mark Driscoll has some advice for a reader on just that question. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joe McKeever, Southern Baptist, churches, doctrines, false, mistake, liberal, overestimate, people, salvation, Christ, death, cross, shed blood, Samuel M. Shoemaker, Revive Thy Church Beginning With ...
The typical liberal church—as this Southern Baptist farm boy sees it, anyhow—makes a dozen serious errors, some of them monumental. But this one is about as big as they come. The typical ... [ +++ ]
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, 28 May 2014 / Youth
Tags: Greg Stier, youth, leader, character, traits, yield, detour, unpopular message, teach, rest stop, reset, relax, prayer, school zone, Dare 2 Share
As I travel down the youth ministry highway, I get the privilege of encountering a lot of excellent youth leaders along the way. As I speed along, it's hard not to notice the signs of youth leaders who ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 May 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ken Winton, performance, mindset, ministry, motivation, leading, church, pastor, stressful, service, resting, immaturity, weaknesses
Are you one of the pastors operating out of a performance-based mindset? I certainly was. Sure, ministry can be stressful at times. Rather than gritting our teeth and accepting this as normal, we can let ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, big attendance, Easter, Mother's Day, Jesus, resurrection, Saddleback Church, Christmas Eve, evangelism, tool, morale, volunteers, prospect list, community, interest
Easter is coming! And it will be one of the most well-attended Sundays for churches this year. Wise church leaders will take advantage of the opportunity to present the simple but profoundly hopeful message ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, sabbatical, Lifeway Resources, time off, rest, deeper study, churches, requirement, emotional highs and lows, vocations, longer tenures
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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, physical training, spiritual training, gluttony, skinny, Pillsbury Doughboy, mental capacity, energy, ministry, discipline, forced rest
One would have to be living under a rock to not know we have grown larger as a people in the United States. Obesity is a growing concern in our nation. And, few in the church have bothered with the issue ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Charisma, Dino Rizzo, Chris Hodges, Church of the Highlands, Birmingham, Ala., restoration, healing
No pastor relishes the idea of having to involve himself in the restoration of another leader who has fallen. So when Chris Hodges, senior pastor of the Church of the Highlands in Alabama, heard of the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 / Healing
Tags: Jack Hayford, restoration, process, healing, prayer, time, discipline, fallen leader, mending, punishment, judgment, mercy, spiritual leadership, significance, submission
The discipline of a fallen leader is not a punishment by others. It is a voluntarily accepted state of one who believes the full teaching of the Word about three things: God’s mercy in forgiveness, God’s ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Rick Warren, pastors, physical health, spiritual health, God, Creator, longevity, sharpness, challenge, bodies, ideal weight, diet, exercise program, sleep, rest, processed junk foods
As pastors, we tend to like to focus on spiritual things. But God is the Creator of our physical bodies, and it’s in our physical bodies that we live our spiritual lives out before others. We pastors have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 / Administration
Tags: Interim pastor, success, set up, Sabbath rest, Lavern Brown, pastors.com, church board, investment, expectations, roles, vision, leadership, conflicts
The interim pastor has a tremendous opportunity to work with church leaders to address many of the issues that can be hazardous for the next permanent pastor. One of the most important questions an interim ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Phil Cooke, opinions, ideas, Jolt, social media, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, stress, email, blogs, tools, politics, sports, art, newspapers, TV, magazines
The world turns on the power of ideas, and yet the social media world seems very often to revolve around shallow opinions. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and others encourage ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 November 2013 / Media
Tags: Freedom House Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, Phil Cooke, racism, media, social media, firestorm, crisis, response, Tory Maxwell, apology, team meetings, public information, secrets, digital age, ...
Recently, Freedom House Church in Charlotte, N.C., was confronted by the incredible power and influence of the media. When a member of the church’s leadership team sent an email to the congregation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 October 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Ron Cantor, Messiah's Mandate, pastor, God's anointed, adultery, prophecy, King David, King Saul, doctrine, Israel, leader, New Testament, Hebrew, service, conflict of interest
“I am God’s anointed. Nothing can touch me!” According to a friend of mine, these were the words that a leader of a congregation used as he responded to a congregant, who sought to challenge him on issues ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Networking, encouragement, Geoff Surratt, biblical imperative, pastor, lost art, lip service, hurts, prayers, Thessalonians, building up, agenda, genuine interest
When our home phone would ring on Saturday morning, I knew it was probably my future wife’s grandfather, Hubert Sparks, calling. He called my dad almost every Saturday morning. He didn’t call to complain, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Chuck Lawless, diseases, churches, unhealthy, community disconnect, methodological arthritis, grass is greener syndrome, professional wrestling sickness, program nausea, baby believer malady, theological ...
In the 1990s, Peter Wagner published The Healthy Church, a book describing several diseases that churches sometimes exhibit. Some of his descriptions are quite helpful (e.g., koinonitis = excessive, inward ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 August 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, words, rodeo, fights, wrangling, theology, Paul, biblical words, firestorm, Facebook, Charles Spurgeon, 2 Timothy
I’m not sure most of us preachers fully believe the scriptural command to avoid word fights: “Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 August 2013 / Education
Tags: Jonathan Cliff, trust, leaders, loyalty, concern, interest, success, failure, mistakes, anger, Philippians
I’ve worked for bullies that demanded trust. I’ve worked for weaklings that demanded trust. I’ve worked for very few that legitimately worked to build my trust in them. Trust, like loyalty, is a two-way ... [ +++ ]
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