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Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 / Technology
Tags: Saddleback Church, Church Online, Jay Kranda, Rick Warren, fears, shrink, local church attendance, marketing tool, shallow community, disconnected generation
My big third-grade school project was a beast. Every 8-year-old had to do their final project in front of the class, and Mr. Michaels, my teacher—who might as well have been Michael Myers from horror film ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 11 March 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: David Ireland, evangelism, crusades, soup kitchens, Jesus, Billy Graham, discipleship, cost, gospel invitation, Len Sweet, generosity, acts of kindness, missions, service-based evangelism, online ...
... 24-26, 2005. New York park and police officials tallied the crowd at some 242,000 people over the three-day crusade. More than 1,400 churches representing 82 denominations provided an estimated 20,000 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnston, Saddelback Church, children's ministry, pastor, strategic thinker, direction, road map
Every Tuesday I eat lunch with our children’s ministry pastor, Steve Adams. I do it for three reasons: He’s a good friend, he's an extremely strategic thinker, and every youth pastor needs to be in cahoots ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, volunteers, ask, ministry, youth, bulletin announcement, senior pastor, pulpit, Jesus, everybody, students
Recently in a youth ministry seminar the presenter asked the question, “How many of you feel like you have enough volunteers in your ministry?” One guy raised his hand. The rest of the room wanted to punch ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, connectivity, congregation, leadership, commodity, Joshua, David, I Chronicles, traction, Sleeping Giant
Connectivity. It is a precious commodity in the leadership world. With it, you can move your organization through changes and challenges much easier and with greater facility than those who lack it. Those ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, church, purpose statement, Saddleback Church, membership, maturity, ministry, mission, magnify
Saddleback’s purpose statement has been quietly guiding much of our decision-making for nearly three decades. Our purpose statement is: To bring people to Jesus and membership in his family, develop ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 November 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth ministry, time, students, hugs, Jesus, high fives, control, small talk, guidance, prayer, discernment, fun
I love the craziness of large groups where I get to see a bunch a students at once. I love mowing through the crowd, giving hugs and high fives and randomly having greeting tribal dance-offs ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 November 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, dreams, ministry, ordinary leaders, extraordinary dreams, plans, Napoleon, Einstein, Saddleback Church, gospel, daughter church, missionaries
Have you ever stopped to think that our ability to dream is a God-given gift? God has given us the power to be creative, to dream, to visualize, to plan. It is a powerful force that can be used for either ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 November 2013 / Culture
Tags: Manny Pacquiao, pound-for-pound church, odds, oppponent, punch, Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, greatness, numbers, church health, disciple making, God's justice, missions, faith, fruitfulness, weaknesses, ...
Greatness must involve victory over quality opposition or significant odds. In the boxing world, I have just described Manny Pacquiao. You don’t even have to love boxing to admire and respect ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, preacher, weaknesses, character, handicap, prayer team, staff, public speaking, adrenaline, Saddleback Church, Peter, Paul, confession, dependence on God, pride, governor, minister
Instead of hiding and denying our weaknesses, we need to learn to recognize them. We need to learn to share them. And we need to learn to glory in our weaknesses. If God is ever going to use you greatly, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, creative juices, enthusiasm, energy level, team, rhythm, burnout, external drains, compensation, energy cycles, Saddleback Church, staff members, flexible schedules
The quickest way to destroy a team is to burn them out. And you don’t have to look around the field of ministry very long to realize that the ministry is filled with burned-out leaders. But it’s possible ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 November 2013 / Multi-Ethnic Ministry
Tags: Ray Chang, leaders, investment, leadership development, program, discipleship, support system, life investment, long-term commitment, Korean church, Ambassador Network
Growing up as a Korean immigrant in the Korean church, I always struggled with my sense of identity. I came to the United States when I was 6. Back in the ’70s, the Asian-American community was relatively ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, ministry, men's ministry, rogue, unpredictable, dangerous, solitary, deep fear, meetings, influence, congregation, connection, body of believers, tribal knowledge, ...
“He’s gone rogue.” Usually you will encounter this phrase in spy novels when counter-intelligence operatives, spies or assassins leave the grid and, consequently, the control of their handlers. In ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 November 2013 / Multicultural
Tags: Ray Chang, body of Christ, multicultural society, Ambassador Church, California, Brea, empowerment, gospel, primary focus, grace, humility, intentionality
... Fong, pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, described it this way: “When I was at the Urbana 2000 speakers’ retreat [in 1999], we all got a chance to hear from the new apologist for our upcoming ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, volunteers, youth, program, destroy, successes, failures, assumptions, lessons, initiative, heart, passion
One thing I can freely assume about volunteers is that they want to help. Other than that, I should be careful about anything else I assume. I’ve been working with volunteers for a while and can say I’ve ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, brainteaser, authority, sermon, respect, benefits, longevity, role, age, hierarchical structure, experience level, proven track record
Here’s a little brainteaser: Many without it despise it. Many with it abuse it. Many simultaneously want more and less of it in their lives. What am I? Most articles I’ve read and sermons I’ve listened ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 October 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, leaders, commitments, Saddleback, raising the bar, Bible study, living connection, community, foundation, obedient servant, development
Whether you use a low or high bar of small group leadership, I think all of us have hope that our leaders will do more than open their home, facilitate a discussion or convene a meeting. And ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, Saddleback Church, youth ministry, teens, morale, testimony, love, parents, bragging, thank them, support, physical affirmation
Recently, we had a senior girl share her testimony at our high school program. It was powerful. Afterward, her peers came up and showed her love. What made the testimony even better was the fact that we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnson, bomb, youth ministry, youth pastor, mission, timing, agenda, engagement, defensive, conversation, Saddleback Church
For most youth workers, few things in ministry are as dreaded as navigating conflict—especially when it comes in the form of an angry parent or frustrated volunteer and when it comes suddenly and unexpectedly. ... [ +++ ]
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