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Created on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Jonathan Dodson, evangelism, eternal life, failure, Jesus, doctrine, argument, heart, instruction, gospel metaphors, Francis Schaeffer
If our evangelism is increasingly unbelievable, what can we do to be more believable to an inoculated, indifferent and, at times, antagonistic society? In evangelistic seminars, people are often asked ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Pastors, tenure, negative circumstances, ministry opportunity, Thom Rainer, fired adverse conditions, false promises, clear expectations, accountability, advocacy group
I have written rather extensively on this blog regarding the short tenure of pastors in churches. Of course, many pastors leave churches for very positive reasons. They sense a call to another ministry ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, emotions, pastor, leadership, culture, John Mayer, passion, John Wesley, powerful leadership
I had a blah day earlier this week. Nothing terrible happened. There was no direct trigger. I just didn't feel great emotionally. Chances are you have more than a few of those days yourself. Sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, biblical worldview, counterculture, witness, families, empowerment, parents, nationalization, liberals, federal government, freebies, exchange, votes
Since World War II, the Great Society programs of the 1960s and more, the federal government of the United States has been getting larger at the expense of individual liberty and freedom. The liberals ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Blake Lorenz, society, culture, chaos, rejection, Christ, love, endurance, gospel, Sermon on the Mount, Moses, lawlessness, challenge, condemnation, false prophets, run the race, Jesus' vision
What should be our response to an age of lawlessness? How should we live in a world that is rejecting the laws of God as given in Jesus Christ? The immediate context of Matthew 24 gives ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, young leaders, church, pastors, love, prayer, passion, energy, globally minded, heroes, hard questions, Great Commission, bureaucracy, financial guidance, American, balance
I have previously posted here about what we older leaders need to hear from young church leaders, but I continue to learn from them and about them. They are passionate, energetic, globally minded, committed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, failure, insights, relationships, business setbacks, bad circumstances, ministry, mistakes, forgiving yourself
I deal with people who feel like failures. Every day. It could be because of relationships gone bad or business setbacks. A personal life—that was private—but is not anymore. Bad decisions ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, confessing, compromising church, Christians, pressure, Nazi Germany, society, religious liberty, culture, accommodation, Word of God, kingdom, ethnicity, methods of preaching, ...
During the days of Nazi Germany there arose a Confessing Church movement that rose against the German Church movement, which became the religious arm of the Fascist Nazi Socialist movement. Of the 18,000 ... [ +++ ]
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.  ... [ +++ ]
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