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Created on Monday, 17 February 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: LifeWay Research, racial diversity, ethnic group, Martin Luther King Jr., Ed Stetzer, segregated, multi-ethnic church, pastors, U.S. Census Bureau, Native Americans, African-Americans, Hispanic
Having a racially diverse church remains more dream than reality for most Protestant pastors. More than 8 in 10 (85 percent) say every church should strive for racial diversity, according to a survey from ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 February 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, transformation, reformation, revival, churches, communities, passion, soul winning, shepherd, biblical objectives, contemporary, shift, culture, ethics, standards, prosperous, ...
... principles and secularism! For more on why revival is not enough read my first book Ruling in the Gates published by Creation House in 2003. Joseph Mattera is overseeing bishop of Resurrection Church, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Joe McKeever, reminder, principles, church leaders, holiness, strategy, role, prayer, Word of God, doctrine, study, growth, scripture, laborers, servants, recognition
We think of church leadership as mature, godly and self-starters. They read the Bible for themselves and do not need to be spoon-fed. They know how to pray, have the confidence of the membership, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, uncharted territory, gaining ground, sharpen clarity, preferred future, finding solutions, problem identification, Colin Powell, simplifiers, questions, Albert Einstein, Craig Groeschel, ...
Do you want to take new ground in 2014? Don’t we all? You’re probably not spending a lot of time figuring out how to avoid or slow down the rate of losing ground (although this Dilbert cartoon has ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, small group time, social media, devices, narrative, read, pray, dinner, snack, lecture, facilitate
This year with my small group of high schoolers, I decided to try some things that I didn’t do with my last group, and boy, has it paid off. I thought I’d share with you five things that I’ve tried this ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, sabbatical, Lifeway Resources, time off, rest, deeper study, churches, requirement, emotional highs and lows, vocations, longer tenures
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 Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, wife, experience, ministry, church, assessment, Dwight L. Moody, hurt, help, divorce, split, ego, denomination, vain, creatures, self-centered, needy, weak
What qualifies me to write this piece, if anything, is that I am a pastor who has been married most of my life. My wife, Margaret, and I did this entire ministry thing together, having married the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, leader, problems, nice, smart, loyal, kind, gentle, mean, stress, big picture, problems, organization, team, suffers, performance standards, conflict, tough conversations, friend
I was talking with a leader recently. She’s an incredibly kind and gentle person. She’s smart, hardworking and loyal. She’s a relational leader and usually brings out the best in people, so she’s had success ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, hurting, challenging, immoral, community, Pew Research, clergy, moral failures, widespread coverage, Christian faith, nation, marginalize, tenure, entitlement mentality, social ...
A day does not pass that I do not hear from a hurting pastor. Serving in that role has to be one of the most challenging vocations today. Sure, there are some bad and immoral pastors. But the vast majority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 January 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joseph Mattera, Roman Catholic church, Kingdom, religious paradigm, Vatican, church doctrine, secular culture, pastors, megachurches, cultural influence
As I have been traveling the world teaching on the kingdom of God in many large Christian leadership conferences, I have noticed something of great concern to me. Since many pastors in Latin America, Europe ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: David Shibley, moral failures, casualties, leaders, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress, counsel, Jonah, firewalls, short accounts, real accountability, humility, escape hatch
Jesus often suffers more from His friends than from His enemies. In John Bunyan’s epic The Pilgrim’s Progress, one of Christian’s guides to the celestial city offers this wise counsel: “There are two things ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, confidence, God's Word, pastors, Holy Scripture, sabotage, preaching, sermon, text, Billy Graham, Jesus, preparation, Bible, Greek, Hebrew, theme
We pastors love the Word of God. We read it, study it and devote our lives to learning it and teaching and preaching its riches. It is our sole authority for what we believe and teach. And yet ... ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 January 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, encouragement, words, pastors, ministry, church growth, scriptures, people-pleaser, influence, gossip, priority
This is for all my pastor friends. It may not make as much sense to readers who haven’t served in that role. One thing that sets me apart from some pastors is that the amount of time I spent in the business ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Bob Hostetler, desperate pastor, Cobblestone Community Church, culture, needs, problems, issues, God's Word, opinions, mission, Bible newbie, humor, shallow, manipulation, emotions, solution, di
When we were first starting Cobblestone Community Church, I would host an occasional “speakers’ breakfast” in an effort to train homegrown speaking talent for our teaching ministry. In developing the material ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, pastor, search committee, single-issue pastors, politically ambitious, denominational, predators, sheep, combative, immature, mentally unhealthy, carnal, off-color
You’re on your church’s pastor search committee? Good for you. It’s a difficult task, one that can make or break your church for a long time to come. But this can be one of the finest services you render ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, predictions, church, 2014, trends, data, LifeWay Research, momentum, leaders, consultation, confidence factor, church acquisitions, denominational structures, conversion growth, megachurches, ...
Predicting is as much of an art as it is a science. And if any prognosticator is honest, he or she will tell you that they don’t always get it right. I know. I certainly don’t always get it right. But ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 January 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Steve Murrell, discipleship, truths, Victory Manila, Indonesia, Jesus, Christian, journey, class, men, women, community, evangelism, relationship, culture, principles
Recently, my wife Deborah and I were in Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan teaching Asian pastors, church-planters, and missionaries about discipleship and leadership. Same ole boring strokes, again. After ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, preacher, help, Kingdom work, blessing, sermon, family, goals, activities, Jesus, scripture, theories, convictions, confidence
It sounds like such fun, being an encourager of ministers of the gospel. And it is. Except for when it’s not. What does an encourager of preachers do when he finds those who need not so much encouragement ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 December 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Brad Lomenick, next generation, leaders, Generation Y, passion for God, Christ, willing to work together, credit, generosity, sharing, currencies, culture, influence, authenticity, trust, social ...
I love leaders—especially next-generation leaders. Specifically, I love those leaders who are currently in their 20s and 30s. And I’m incredibly hopeful regarding this next wave of leaders—incredibly excited, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 / Children
Tags: Gina McClain, children's ministry, volunteers, safety procedures, environment, kids, illness, leader, knowledge, resources
Safety procedures are some of the more important and more minute aspects of children’s ministry. These details of ministry are critical to creating a safe environment for kids. The challenge with safety ... [ +++ ]
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