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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. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, ministry, high school ministry, building, game, goals, focus, motivator, authenticity, Jesus Christ, priorities
A lot of times we can get into the results game or the comparative game and lose sight of what matters most. We think if only I had that building, that equipment, more staff or more money, then we would ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, self-protection, leaders, spirit, team, relationship, marketplace, wolves, Jesus, communication, suck up
I am one of those people who believes the best about other people. In my career as a junior guy working his way up and as a CEO, I have met all sorts of leaders in the marketplace and, now, in the church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 September 2013 / Youth
Tags: Ron Luce, nones, youth, ministry, lost generation, Pew Research Center, religiously unaffiliated, atheists, agnostics, Barna Research Group, teenagers, Billy Graham crusades
... we confront these challenges? Our Current Dilemma Think about the above-mentioned studies, then add to them this report: In a 2007 poll by the Pew Research Center, 83 percent of Millennials said they “never ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Phil Cooke, traditional, legacy, ministries, survival, Billy Graham, Campus Crusade for Christ, The Jesus Film Project, The Gideons, world, changing, Robert Schuller, communicate, generations, o
Back in the 1950s and through the 1980s, there were some massive evangelistic and social-service ministries created that did amazing work around the world (and some still are). From Campus Crusade, the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth leader, Jesus, youth ministry, relationships, students, potential, talk, challenge, faith
I’ve learned that relating to students is more about what you do than who you are. I wrote a post a while ago called “The Bs to Being a Great Youth Leader,” and it was about clearing up the misconceptions of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Rick Warren, ministry, minister, Saddleback Church, singles, youth, leadership, God's timing, motivation
Saddleback didn’t have an organized youth ministry until we had 500 in attendance. We didn’t have a singles ministry until we had 1,000 people in attendance. And I’m glad we didn’t. It’s not because those ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, Youth Ministry, pastors, elders, numbers, attendance, signups, small groups, salvations, baptisms, database, Instagram, social media, blog, friend
As youth pastors, we don’t like to talk about numbers. If we do, it’s with wailing and gnashing of teeth, as we imagine the elders shaking their heads in frustration at the job we’re doing to reach the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 May 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, youth ministry, pitfalls, staff covenants, boundaries, opposite sex, Saddleback Church, youth workers, overspending, inappropriate relationships, money
I had a chance to get away with some of our youth ministry leadership team recently to process some of the common pitfalls that youth pastors face as they navigate ministry. My mind has hovered around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 April 2013 / Administration
Tags: Rick Warren, untapped, gold mines, church, sleeping giant, lay people, financial support, evangelicals, Saddleback
Pastor, you’ve got a sleeping giant in your church. If you awake that sleeping giant, it’ll change your church, your community and the world. This sleeping giant in your church is your unengaged lay people. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Ron Phillips, rebuke, spirit, fear, sad, angry, injured, Patriot's Day, Boston, terror, vicious cycle
After following the news in the wake of last week’s terror attack at the Boston Marathon, it is obvious and understandable that emotions in our nation run the gamut. We are saddened by the physical and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 / Service
Tags: Greg Mauro, Dr. Morris Cerullo, Spain, Madrid, Crusade, pastors, bullring, Elijah, Elisha
... I immediately got on a plane and met with this wonderful group of about 12 pastors from across Madrid. One pastored a church of 20 people, another 35; the largest was less than 200. All together, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, life, worst disasters, son, suicide, Saddleback church, grief, receive, bitter, Christ
It would be impossible, in just one message, to go into all the reasons for suffering and for why God allows tragedy. Instead I want to focus on five ways that we should respond to tragedy. I Need to Release ... [ +++ ]
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