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Created on Friday, 22 August 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, religious systems, pastors, rules, expectations, cultures, false religions, Old Testament, regulations, legalism, prestige, wealth, power, money, stumbling block, kingdom, ...
Every church and/or organization has a corporate culture with norms, rules and expectations that pressure participants to conform. Some cultures are good and some bad. That being said, there are particular ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Rob Ketterling, pastors' kids, pressures, beliefs, challenges, trip, ugly side of ministry, joy, zapped, dream big
Being a pastor, I have such a passion for pastors' kids. It's such a unique way to grow up—complete with unique pressures, unique benefits and unique challenges. Just like most things in life, it ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Scott Postma, Church Leaders, pastors, encouragement, Scriptures, traits, characteristics, church planting, mission, disciples, Jesus, service, shepherd, relationship, God, humble, teachable, doctrine, ...
... in younger, smaller churches where the mission of the Great Commission is the central focus. Of course, "smaller" is subjective, but according to the experts and historians, 150-200 congregants offer the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Kyle Searcy, worship, people, pleasing, God, service, church, contemporary, free-flowing, prayer, devotion, leaders, pressures, careers, family, ministry
Every church, whether traditional, formal, contemporary or free-flowing, should meet for one reason: to worship God. After all, it is the chief end of man to glorify God and enjoy Him forever according ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 May 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Derwin Gray, educational system, America, memorize, information, Christianity, Bible concepts, Pharisees, scriptures, Jesus, hearts, head, hands
In the American educational system, from first grade all the way up through high school, we're taught to memorize information and then take a test. If we pass the intellectual test, then we move on to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, do-overs, pastors, failures, regrets, struggles, failures, response, anger, obsession, critics, admit mistake, neglect, family member, church need, initiative, buy-in, megachurch
We are certainly to move forward from past failures and regrets. Paul told us to “forget what is behind and reach forward to what is ahead” (Phil. 3:13). But we can learn from the wisdom of others, even ... [ +++ ]
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 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 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 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 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 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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 October 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, thoughts, leaders, deadly, fallen, mistake, failures, compromise, family time, rock the boat, tough decisions, procrastination, second chance, main goal, money
By the time we hear of a leadership failure, any attempts at intervention to save the leader are usually futile. The damage has been done. The family or organization suffers as their leader has fallen ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 17 October 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Dan Reiland, leadership, pressures, church, pastors, finances, internal pressure, transferred pressure, problems, peer pressure, advisers, wasted pressure, lack of discipline, personal pressure, ...
Every leader faces pressure. It’s how you handle that pressure matters. Do you attempt to avoid it and let it conquer you, or embrace it and use it to your advantage? In most situations, leadership pressure ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, fears, church planting, coaching, leap of faith, congregation, finances, checkbook balance, giving, departures
Having planted two churches and now working with church planters on a regular basis in a coaching capacity, I know first hand the fears associated with the situation. It’s a leap of faith and one God is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, evaluation, church health, assessment, Bible, body of Christ, Paul, supernatural, relationships, ecclesiological structures, traditions
... from that study, however, is that men are closing the gap. From 1989 to 2009, the gulf shrank from seven years to just over five. The reason? Males were living healthier lifestyles and had become more ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 / Education
Tags: Ron Edmondson, authenticity, leader, culture, church, pastor, awesome, mediocre, credit, help, accessibility, accountability, failures, fears
It has been well documented that today’s culture craves authenticity in leadership. It shouldn’t be, but many times it is hard to find in leadership, even in the church. One of the fastest ways for a leader ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 May 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Joe McKeever, sermons, work, progress, Sherlock Holmes, pastor, scriptures
Those of us who counsel pastors and teach future preachers sometimes caution them to “study the Bible for itself, just to receive the Word into your heart, not to prepare sermons.” We might as well tell ... [ +++ ]
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