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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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, Relevant Children's Ministry, lesson, talk, interactive, pictures, visual learners, teach, less is more, repetition, learning styles, attention span, object, information, engage, se
Did you know that if you did the following things this past weekend the kids have already forgotten 90 percent of what you taught? 1. You didn't let them talk. Kids learn best not by being lectured to, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, tensions, pitfalls, rapid growth, miscommunication, changing roles, power struggles, burnout, confusion, complacency, stressed structures
I've been blessed to be a part of several organizations experiencing exponential growth. Once in business and with a few churches, we had what was considered explosive growth. As wonderful as growth is—and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Israel, spiritual, replacement theology, end-times church, Grant Berry, Yeshua, scripture, Paul, Zion, Covenant, Jews, Gentiles, restoration
In order for us to understand that the church's reconnection to Israel in the Spirit is also connected to the last great outpouring and harvest that is to come upon the earth, we need to first understand ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Kenny Luck, Every Man Ministries, future, obsession, planning ahead, crystal ball, forecasting, imagining, potential pitfalls, burdens, predictions, King Solomon
Worrying about the future is big business and a big burden. We ask our kids what they want to be when they grow up. Tiger moms and dads pressure their kids to perform at a high level at very tender ages ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, church, sex, talk, culture, marriage, family, scrutiny, same-sex attraction, conviction, sexual sin, church sin, Christians, impurity, hostility, quarrelling, jealousy
How are you talking about sex at your church (or with your kids ... or with your friends) these days? Or are you talking about it? Sometimes when we don't know what to say, we say nothing. Or we say the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, ministry, coaching, small-group system, model, strategy, failure to thrive, resources, budgeting, milestone, future
I've written about the powerful benefits of a thriving small-group ministry and the five easily overlooked secrets to building a thriving small-group ministry. But as it turns out, I've never written ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 November 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Mark Dance, LifeWay Research, pastors, prayer, plan, revitalization, Jesus, leaders, future church leaders, Missionary Small groups, David Francis
As goes the pastor, so goes the church. As goes the church, so goes the nation—and the world. Church revitalization begins with pastoral revitalization. Our spiritual health will directly affect ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 November 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, pastors, job listings, empty positions, church, leaders, Christian Universities, seminaries, internships, future
I've been in serving in children's ministry full-time for about 25 years now. At 47, I'm definitely middle-aged. And, I'm starting to turn around and look behind me. What I see alarms me. There ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 November 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, money, stewardship, struggling, finances, scarcity, budget, programs, impact, church, community, expenditures, accountability
A consistent theme of concern I have seen in many churches is in the area of church finances. Many church leaders operate out of a mode of scarcity instead of abundance. While I realize that churches cannot ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 October 2014 / Media
Tags: publishing house, closing, Nazarene church, Beacon Hill Press, holiness literature, music, resources, Sunday school curriculum, economic downturn, crisis
... decreased dramatically over the last decade to the point that the company was forced to draw heavily on financial reserves to stay afloat. The economic downturn of 2008 only deepened the pending crisis." ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 / Preaching
Tags: David Siriano, rapture, early church, Left Behind, Great Tribulation, Lot, Sodom, Gomorrah, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Herod, Shepherd of Hermas, Ephrem, Assemblies of God
... Siriano was an Assemblies of God minister for 45 years before retiring from the pulpit in 2008. He is an author and teaches eschatology at North Point Bible College in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Millennials, mass exodus, Christian faith, criticism, Barna Group, Cornerstone Knowledge Network, modularity, visual clarity, respite, nature
The mass exodus of Millennials (today's 18- to 30-year-olds) from their Christian faith has caused many to wring their hands about the future of the church. Some have answered Millennials' criticisms that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Troy Jackson, humility, church, culture, Timothy Thomas, Cincinnati, racial tension, Chris Beard, Pentecostal, Terry Thomas, redemption, repentance, Forgive Us, Civil Rights movement
In April 2001, an unarmed African-American teenager named Timothy Thomas was shot and killed by Cincinnati police. Thomas's death was the latest in a series of intriguing deaths of unarmed African-Americans ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, religious liberty, freedom of expression, Houston, pastors, Fox News, gender equality, homosexuality, Annise Parker, bedroom, church, bullies, diverse culture
As reported Tuesday, the city of Houston has issued subpoenas for several pastors to hand over all their sermons regarding homosexuality, gender identity or Mayor Annise Parker. The far-left has now finally ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, moral failure, ministry, leaders, integrity, evangelistic, Jesus, gospel, desires, temptation, commitment, God's standards, marriage, manage, mind, media intake, Internet pornograph
One of my gravest concerns about the witness of the church to our current culture is the threat to our evangelistic integrity caused by moral failures among ministry leaders. Every time a leader falls, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, broken, heart, preachers, leaders, Catalyst, Andy Stanley, culture, God, invitation, homelessness, passion, hobby, coincidence, change, influence
I spent last week at a Catalyst conference in Atlanta, and I have to tell you: Being around so many world changers feels like having a fire lit in your soul—you cannot leave this weekend without ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, church leaders, healthy, toxic, poisonous, pastors, fruit, Spirit, minimalist, structure, accountability, behavior, favoritism, critical, anger outbursts, manipulation, transparency, ...
Most church leaders are godly and healthy. A toxic church leader, one that figuratively is poisonous to the organization, is rare. But it is that church leader who brings great harm to churches and other ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 October 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, structure, healthy church, collapse, wineskins, growth, plateau, internal conflict, leaders, discouragement, personal renewal, corporate renewal, community, mission renewal, structural ...
Structure is far more important that we usually realize. Every building in the world has to have the right structure to stand up and not collapse. Living things have structure as well. An animal can grow ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, market-driven culture, biblical Christianity, contemporary, evangelical church, Hebraic mindset, growth, quality, competition, humility, accomplishments, being, individualism, co
When I say "market driven" I am referring to the contemporary ethos in culture whose only value is infinite growth and production. This market-driven culture is equally present in the contemporary evangelical ... [ +++ ]
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