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Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dale Hudson, Katy Perry, pastor's kids, heaven, hell, Barna, research, unrealistic expectations, negative experiences, church, father, mother, faith, modeled, friends, peers
Katy Perry is currently the highest-profile pastor's kid (PK) that has walked away from her faith. In a recent interview, she said she is no longer a Christian and doesn’t believe in heaven, hell or ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Frank Viola, ministry, season, church, Paul, Jerusalem, Colossians, Ephesians, Philippians, Andrew Murray, Beyond Evangelical, Jesus: A Theography, crop rotation, missional churches
Over the years, I’ve said a lot about the seasonal nature of the church and the seasonal nature of the Christian life. What is true for the church and for the individual Christian is also true for spiritual ... [ +++ ]
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 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 / Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, church trends, 2013, missiology, study, dying, America, transition, trends, fastest-growing churches, multisite churches, evolution, church buildings, continualist Christians, ...
... us in our shared mission once again. In the American context, 2009 was a turning point in regards to the perception of Christianity’s health in the United States. That year, the results of the American ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Research, joyful, pastor, Bible, prayer time, daily, family time, calendar, long-term perspective, churches, sense of humor, blame, circumstances
I have in front of me the names of 20 pastors I know well. It did not take me long to assemble the names by the specific trait I was seeking. Simply said, I wanted to find out what names I would write ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 December 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, Christmas, Jesus, carol, karaoke, John 3:16, reason for the season, substitutes
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” A few years back, the minister of music and I decided to try something different on the last Sunday night before Christmas. We had done ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: David Tarkington, pastors.com, churches, tsunami, closure, Bob Dylan, community, millenials, generations, Pew Research Center, nones, missions, times
... pastoral staff since January 1994. Beginning in 2005, David began serving as the senior pastor. For the original article, visit pastors.com.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 / Administration
Tags: Will Mancini, pastors.com, measuring stick, church, organization, congregation, commitment, Auxano, strategy, culture, vision, decision-making, priorities, LifeWay Research, Vision Pathway, guest ...
Below you will find what I believe to be 20 very important, if not the most important, things you should know about your church. Keep in mind these are things to measure about your church as an organization. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 / Growth
Tags: Kyle Searcy, church planting, growth, expansion, parents, exhilaration, baby, DNA, Norcross, Atlanta, Montgomery, team work, dream, funds, grace, components, prayer, community, spiritual exercis
When my wife and I decided to start a family, we thought we were ready to become parents. We had read the best books, asked for advice from our most auspicious relatives and mustered our prayer life around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 October 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Mark, Gospels, fishing, religious, boats, nets, hunting, sea, water, shotgun, Christ, Word of God, Behavior, Bible, Men, NewMan E-Mag, Salvation
Mark 1:17 says, “And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men’” (ESV). Throughout my ministry, God has placed so many different people in my path—people from all different ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 September 2013 / Environment
Tags: Thom Rainer, power groups, churches, LifeWay Research, family owned, operated, deacons, work-around warriors, benevolent dictators, formal alliances, money managers, past-is-present protectors, ministry ...
This topic will cause some discomfort for many of you. The very thought of the presence of power groups seems contrary to the spirit and grace of the gospel. But power groups are very real in churches. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Chuck Lawless, diseases, churches, unhealthy, community disconnect, methodological arthritis, grass is greener syndrome, professional wrestling sickness, program nausea, baby believer malady, theological ...
In the 1990s, Peter Wagner published The Healthy Church, a book describing several diseases that churches sometimes exhibit. Some of his descriptions are quite helpful (e.g., koinonitis = excessive, inward ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Joe McKeever, young pastors, stewardship, witnessing, benevolence, tithing, preparation, family, conflict resolution, humility, pornography, prayer, laugh, attitude, mentors, search committees
1. In all the world there are only three Christians who love change; none of them are in your church. 2. When you speak before an unfamiliar group, be careful what you say because you never know who is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 September 2013 / Youth
Tags: Ron Luce, nones, youth, ministry, lost generation, Pew Research Center, religiously unaffiliated, atheists, agnostics, Barna Research Group, teenagers, Billy Graham crusades
... we confront these challenges? Our Current Dilemma Think about the above-mentioned studies, then add to them this report: In a 2007 poll by the Pew Research Center, 83 percent of Millennials said they “never ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 10 September 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Research, church, southern Indiana, pastor, ministry, faithful, salvation, criticism, Word, prayer, grudge, challenges
It was 30 years ago that I began serving a small rural church in southern Indiana. I was so incredibly green then; I’m glad I didn’t always realize it. I loved those people in that church and, for some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 September 2013 / Youth
Tags: Sean Dunn, Groundwire, youth, personality, label, tag, behaviors, delusional, perspectives, upwardly-mobile, judge, intentional design
When you look at the students in your life (let’s give them a name for the sake of convenience—how about Steve and Sally?), what do you see? What stands out to you? Is it their height, their build or their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 September 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Phil Cooke, Kyle Searcy, Evangelism, race, leadership, 21st Century, multi-generational, innovative thinking, nightclub, Birmingham
... had been a front for illegal activity. In a few weeks, we purchased the 2,200 seat auditorium and 374 acres of land for just $1.7 million and transformed it into our current sanctuary. We now serve Communion ... [ +++ ]
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