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Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Communication
Tags: LifeWay Research, Chris Martin, Crossroads Christian Fellowship, communication, TCAT, assessment tool, community-based congregation, demographic swing, transition, minister, discipleship, mission, ...
... congregation. Becky, Pastor Valekis' wife and a leader in the church, said, "We started there [Crossroads] in 1999-2000, and we were about 100 percent commuter-based, I would guess. Then, by the time we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Lake City Foursquare Church, transformation, assessment tool, TCAT, hard times, discipleship, community, small groups, adjustments, LifeWay Research
For Pastor Dave Chandler of Lake City Foursquare Church, an assessment provided the catalyst to address the areas in his church needing change. Lake City is in Moses Lake, Washington, a growing community ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, Christmas, Christ, holidays, poll, data, de-Christianization, Santa Claus, traditions, reason for the season, Jesus
In recent years there has been some significant discussion and controversy over the de-Christianization of Christmas. With shop workers being told to say "Happy Holidays," the over-emphasis of Santa Claus, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 December 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, transformation, making disciples, Emmanuel Baptist Church, healthy, TCAT, research study, biblical, reliable, data-driven, membership, community, impact
Most churches do a good job of measuring what Micah Fries calls the "three B's"—budgets, buildings and baptisms. Those are helpful, he said. But they don't always show whether a church is fulfilling ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 December 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: LifeWay Research, Lakeview Church, transformation, mission, pastors, status quo, congregation, sharing the gospel, TCAT, overseas missions, worship, ministry, survival mode
It was time for things to change at Lakeview Church in Hickory, North Carolina. The church's longtime pastor had stepped down in 2012 and the congregation was looking for a new pastor. But they didn't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Blake Lorenz, Samson, church, asleep, awaken, Leonard Ravenhill, Pentecost, prison, Rees Howell, money, perseverance, strength, sea of sin, power, spirits, Savior, Jesus
As I read a word from Leonard Ravenhill, two concerns began to stir in my soul. One was his insight that all it took for a great man of God to fall, Samson, was for him to sleep. And then I think ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Thanksgiving, holidays, LifeWay Research, hunger, America, church-run food pantry, food supply, church, churchgoers, Feeding America
As the holidays approach, food pantries across the country will collect donations to help those in need.  Chances are some of the folks who donate also know what it's like to go to bed hungry. Nearly ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / Legacy
Tags: Wayne Hilsden, King of Kings Jerusalem, Israel, Holy Land, torch, truth, Arab Christian, Zionism, Millennials, Pew Research Center, younger generations
A few years ago I spoke at a conference plenary session at a prominent Christian university. The preceding speaker was an Arab Christian peace activist. The next day the two of us hosted a Q&A session ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, immigration, gospel, global missions, nations, outreach, impact, church, lost people, different races, Asia, masses, Muslims, Christ
Immigration is changing how churches think about missions and outreach in North America, and rightly so. People are slowly waking up to the new cultural landscape that surrounds them—a landscape ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 30 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: LifeWay Research, Bob Smietana, Christian theology, heaven, hell, heresy, Ligonier Ministries, sinner, Stephen Nichols, R.C. Sproul, Black Protestants, Catholics, faith, salvation
Most Americans believe in heaven, hell and a few old-fashioned heresies. Those are among the findings of a new study of American views about Christian theology from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Americans ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Education
Tags: Rick Warren, reader, leader, Israel, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, books, knowledge, New Testament, Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, inspiration, motivation, sharpen skills, stay current, changing ...
If you've ever been to Israel, you know there's a real contrast between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee is full of water and full of life. There are trees and vegetation. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 October 2014 / Communication
Tags: Brad Lomenick, seasoned leader, author, professor, CEO, pastor, politician, communication, speech, simplicity, stories, validation, action, audience, hooks, repetitions, personal connection, eye ...
Whether you are a seasoned leader, college student, author, professor, CEO, politician or pastor, we all have to learn to communicate well. Whether we are speaking to thousands, speaking to our staff, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 / Community
Tags: Mark Howell, pervasive community, church, unconnected people, community, small-group ministry, weekend service, friendly, sticky points, street, seat, empathy, vision
If you believe that unconnected people are always one tough thing away from never being at your church again, then you have all the motivation you need to invest in building a pervasive sense ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastoral vacancy, job interviewing, search, months, qualifications, candidates, traditional processes, internal candidates, trend, screening, awkwardness
Hardly a week goes by that I don't hear from a church searching for a pastor. As I have taken mental notes from these conversations over the past few months, I have noticed common themes. Here are the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 / Community
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, lost, sinners, broken, churches, Christians, spiritually stable, unchurched, friends, separated, compassion, dysfunctional family, serve, save
It is a natural thing for Christians to want to be around other Christians. Something special happens in the fellowship of believers. We can worship freely, study deeply, and communicate clearly. Hanging ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 September 2014 / Special Needs
Tags: LifeWay Research, mental illness, churches, guidance, distress, Protestant, senior pastors, Focus on the Family, severe depression, churchgoers, spirituality, Ed Stetzer
... Among them were 200 churchgoers. A third survey polled 207 Protestant family members of people with acute mental illness. Researchers also conducted in-depth interview with 15 experts on spirituality and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church leaders, pastors, multisite churches, research, Leadership Network, Generis, Warren Bird, study, evangelistic strategy, campus pastor, staff ministers
... looked at multisite churches in recent years. Scott McConnell, the director of LifeWay Research, wrote Multi-site Churches in 2009, an excellent analysis of the movement. Now a study by Leadership Network ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 September 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Kyle Searcy, God, crutch, church, sovereignty, natural realm, grace, Bible, The Word, neglect, natural laws, confinement, fear, slothfulness
I was spiritually raised in a very strict segment of Christianity. There were great things I learned at that church. But, the emphasis that was placed on pleasing God actually created an unhealthy fear ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, resign, quit, seasons, relationship, marriage, pastors, church staff, lay leaders, clarity, gratitude, joy, critics, discouragement, difficulty
You are frustrated. Or hurting. Or just don't know if you can take it any more. You may be in a difficult relationship. You may be in a job you hate. You may be the pastor of a church, and ... [ +++ ]
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