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Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, Lifeway Research, Millennials, Texas, data, worship style, blended styles, war, paradigm, rich content, theological truths
... had the opportunity to speak on the subject on many occasions. We reminded this audience in Dallas of the birthdates of this generation, 1980 to 2000, and then proceeded to share our research. We had commissioned ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research, Ed Stetzer, religious liberty, decline, United States, Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court, preachers, uneasy, evangelical, Christian leaders, war
Americans have always had mixed feelings about religious liberty. Most say it’s important, but they don’t always agree how much liberty is enough or too much. That’s the issue at the heart of the Supreme ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 March 2014 / Communication
Tags: Brandon Cox, social media, church plant, formula, America, launch, hackers, money, Facebook, Twitter, proof, advertising, search engines
There’s a formula for launching a church in America: Collect lots of money. Spend lots of money getting the word out. Turn a big crowd of strangers into a church. It’s easy—if you have lots of money. But ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Education
Tags: Pastor, training, 21st century, theology, biblical truths, missions, disciplines, American culture, shift, international mission field, language, non-Christian culture, cultural Christians, Thom ...
Any pastor or other church staff member should be prepared in biblical truths. Theology is a key discipline as well. Indeed, none of the classical disciplines should be forsaken, nor any of the practical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 March 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Kyle Searcy, discipleship, church, 21st century, Christians, mandate, Bible, experience, leadership, George Barna, Paul Harvey, relationship
I walked into my dorm room thinking I was alone, but I was wrong! As a senior in college at Alabama State University, I found myself at the end of a very successful four years. Everything was great. I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 February 2014 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, student, volunteers, value, Seacoast Church, middle school students, high school students, orientation, ministry, lead, communication, mentoring, small group leaders
I recently wrote about the value of student volunteers and how we can create an environment that helps them stick. One post generated an excellent comment by Scott Kinney at Seacoast Church. This guy doesn’t ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Os Hillman, Barna Research, trends, faith, work, calling, Christian community, professional, workplace, Jesus, tax collectors, prostitutes, marketplace, killer sheep
This month, a new study came out from Barna Research on trends in faith, work and calling. There were some surprising facts that came from the study that every church leader should take to heart. The study ... [ +++ ]
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 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 ... [ +++ ]
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