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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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, tenure, pastor, church, traits, prayer, staff, family time, ministry, community, battles, accountable, conflict, criticism
Imagine what might take place if pastors consistently stayed at churches for 10 or more years. Imagine that their tenure was largely healthy. Imagine what would happen in our congregations. The median ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, changes, church culture, worship leader, jeans, tie, iPhones, blended services, Saddleback Church, North Point, Celebration Church, alive, obedient, needs, requirements
These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I'm invited to preach have these things in common: Almost no man wears a necktie or suit. On the platform you find all kinds of musical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, preschool, early childhood, ministry, church, childcare, elementary, pre-ten, students, culture, chapel, nursery, Bible, songs, God's Word
How important is the preschool/early childhood ministry in your church? Many people think preschool ministry is simply "childcare" and not as important as elementary, pre-teen or student ministry. This ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, preaching, hardcore, sin, hell, punishment, grace, insensitive, pastors, writers, culture, Christian message, priority, truth
We're seeing a lot of criticism recently of pastors, writers, speakers, filmmakers as well as others about how they share the Christian message with the outside culture. Some are criticized for making ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, leaders, guard, hearts, minds, brain capacity, sinful nature, false teaching, false religions, temptation, A.W. Tozer, counterfeit, spiritual experiences, pride, overworked mind
Leaders are readers. Leaders are learners. And leaders are definitely thinkers. Your mind is a special gift from God. It's one of the most important tools in a leader's arsenal. Your mind can potentially ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 September 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Mark Howell, strangleholds, grip, ministry, Andy Stanley, pursuit, problem-free, indecision, fear, failure, lure, compromise, usual suspects
You know that "your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing" (Andy Stanley). You know the well-worn path never arrives at a new destination. You even know Albert ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 September 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Scott Hagan, young leaders, faithfulness, futility, manipulation, developmental years, all-access leaders, future-centric, unholy urgency, leverage, influence, behaviors, example, expert
For many rising leaders in ministry, the modern messaging of faithfulness is code for futility. Being told that faithful reps are the fastest path to results feels manipulative. A lot of young leaders ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 September 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Steve Murrell, Max Lucado, books, impact, Internet, Victoria Osteen, Norman Grubb, J.J. Packer, A.W. Tozer, holiness, God, R.C. Sproul, Kenneth Scott Latourette, Al Ries, missional passion, Frank ...
It seems that everyone on the Internet is now required to either dump a bucket of ice water on their head, criticize Victoria Osteen, post narcissistic selfies, or make a top-10 books list. Since I have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Rick Warren, failure, strength, responsibility, blame, natural sin, John Wooden, regret, repent, Godly sorrow, former, future
God is a God of second chances and fresh starts. And if you're alive and breathing and reading this post, God obviously isn't finished with you yet. Don't quit, and don't give up, even when you've experienced ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 September 2014 / Legacy
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, young pastor, future, basic conviction, ministry, surrender, navigate, gospel, Dr. Jeff Crawford, yes, altar, stay, leave
I was raised in Texas. When I was a young pastor, I had no idea what my future would be. Quite honestly, I still do not. When I surrendered to God's calling to come to my church more than 27 years ago, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 September 2014 / Youth
Tags: church, culture, Greg Stier, youth ministry, Mike Yaconelli, Youth Specialties, broken teens, healing, discipleship, relationships, Jewish culture, Christian faith
We live in a church culture where some quadrants are starting to second-guess the value of youth ministry. Books, articles and blogs have been written decrying its effectiveness and calling out for action ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, Jesus Culture, concerts, idolize, artists, praise, glory, adoration, fame, honor, renown, exaltation, responsibility, spirit, truth, obedience, fear
"Wow, that worship service was amazing." It's a phrase we all hear, all the time. Whether you're leaving the arena after a Jesus Culture concert or driving to the buffet after Sunday's worship, we've all ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Perry Stone, ministerial leaders, weapon, armor, sword of the Spirit, God's Word, mishandling scriptures, battle, out of context, Satan, bait and switch, personal gain
The believer has a mighty weapon in the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Eph. 6:17). The Word of God was written on parchments with black ink and quill pens and was later translated into ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, failure, defeats, disappointments, Proverbs, plan ahead, consequences, arrived, arrogance, destruction, downfall, pride, risks, fear, give up, listen
Failure doesn't have to be final. In fact, I believe God wants to put our failures to work for us. Everybody experiences defeats in life. Everybody has failures. The book of Proverbs has a lot of insight ... [ +++ ]
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