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Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ed Stetzer, assessment, culture, Christians, credibility, benefit, LifeWay Research, growth, honesty, trustworthiness, Transformational Church
... aren’t always friendly. So while I often say “facts are our friends,” they aren’t always friendly. For example, in 2009, LifeWay Research found that 55 percent of church attendees believed they had grown ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 / Prayer
Tags: Rick Warren, prayer, leader, above-average, In Search of Excellence, pastors, Jabez, Bible, 1 Chronicles, ambition, verses
I’ve never considered being called average a compliment. I think it means you’re just as close to the bottom as on top. I don’t believe God meant for you to be average. I don’t think God meant ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Sean Dunn, Groundwire, beauty, mess, choices, promises, substances, relationships, authority, parents, exterior, interior, pain, anger, hostility
Alisha’s life was a mess. Her family was dysfunctional and broken. Her past was littered with poor choices, shattered promises, substances and illicit relationships. She hated her parents, despised authority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 / Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church, growth, numbers, healthy, Holy Spirit, believers, seasons
Here is an example of a common question I receive: My church is not growing. People come, but they do not stay. We’ve analyzed all the majors and feel we are doing what we should, but they do not stay. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Sean Dunn, pastoral care, refreshment, activity, Kingdom responsibility, mask, empty, burnout, Christ, connection, dilemma, anointing, invitation
The youth ministry I grew up in was amazing. I was offered so much activity and was infused with so much passion that I was always serving somewhere. Each week started with Sunday school, followed by Sunday ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 July 2013 / Youth
Tags: Sean Dunn, Groundwire, mutilation, cigarette lighter, scars, emotional, internal, psychological, immoral, Jesus, struggles
Her name was Randy. She was working in a fast food restaurant in her mid-teens when I met her. Apart from her nametag, she blended in with the rest of the people she worked with. Same uniform, average ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Kyle Searcy, eternity, praying, daydreaming, heaven, Christian, E.V. Hill, Revelation, Apostle Paul, pain, Jesus, joy, boldness
Have you ever had one of those long daydreaming moments while you were should be praying? I certainly have. You know the scenario: You are supposed to be talking to the Lord, and you suddenly find yourself ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 / Social Media
Tags: Web, Tony Morgan, spiritual growth, church website, brochure, volunteers, stream, services, Seacoast Church, LifeChurch.tv, Pinelake Church, Bible app
Remember the days when we just duplicated everything in the church bulletin on the church website? Church websites were just online brochures. Then we started encouraging people to connect. We offered ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Church, response, Christians, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans, antidepressants, marketplace, hope, Jesus, depression, healing, behavior
It’s amazing how many Christians are suffering from depression. There are precious people who love the Lord dearly yet find themselves struggling in a day-to-day battle to simply enjoy their lives.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Billy Graham, Sean Dunn, Groundwire, evangelize, young people, youth crisis, pornography, depression, self-injury, hopelessness, society, religion
In article in a 1972 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, the Rev. Billy Graham was quoted as saying, “The vast majority of American young people are still alienated, uncommitted, and uninvolved. There ... [ +++ ]
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