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Created on Friday, 21 February 2014 / Missions
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors.com, addictions, pain, helps, ministry, Jesus, broken, recovery, evangelistic tool, sin, messes, desperation, volunteer, healing, redemption
Some churches don’t want a recovery ministry—a ministry that specializes in helping people deal with their addictions and pain—because of the messes they’d have to get involved in. That’s tragic. Most ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, close friends, pastor, ministry, boundaries, relationships, confidant, struggle, sin, spiritual guide, safe, healthy, people, trust, time
One of the most difficult aspects of being a pastor or working in church ministry isn’t talked about much—and that is the difficulty of making close friends. One of the unique things about being in full-time ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 / Service
Tags: Recruiting, volunteers, church, Brian Flax, maintanence, advertising, help, ask, training, word of mouth, social media, Facebook
Recruiting volunteers for your church or religious group is a time-consuming process, especially if only one person has taken on the responsibility to do so. Recruiting and maintaining a good group of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Ron Edmondson, crash, burnout, factors, indicators, isolation, excuses, hidden sins, apathy, indecisiveness, short-tempered, desperation
I’ve been there. I’ve faced burnout and frustration in my work. Thankfully, I’ve never bottomed out, but I’ve felt near the bottom in my spirit. More than that, I’ve walked through these times with dozens ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joseph Mattera, sexual sin, resist, James, flesh, temptations, leaders fall, firewall, intimate fellowship, spouse, trust, children, purpose, call, God, example, spiritual sons and daughters
The Bible teaches, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). It also tells us to turn away from those who are led by various lusts (see 1 Tim.3:5-6). Many great people in God have fallen ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Mark Driscoll, single, pastors, Jeremiah, Jesus, apostle Paul, qualifications, lifetime, John Stott, ministry, tough odds, 1 Corinthians 7
The Bible is full of godly single men who served God faithfully. The prophet Jeremiah, the apostle Paul and, of course, the Lord Jesus come to mind first. However, they suffered difficult lives and died. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 January 2014 / Children
Tags: Cheri Fuller, children, prayer, God, teach, conversation, heart to heart, on the spot, rut, musical prayers, blessing, bedtime, comfort, reassurance
Recently in the prayer class I lead at our church in Oklahoma City, I was explaining to the new children why we take one Sunday a month from their regular lessons to focus on prayer. “We want you to know ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 31 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, preacher, help, Kingdom work, blessing, sermon, family, goals, activities, Jesus, scripture, theories, convictions, confidence
It sounds like such fun, being an encourager of ministers of the gospel. And it is. Except for when it’s not. What does an encourager of preachers do when he finds those who need not so much encouragement ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: George O. Wood, Great Commission, Assemblies of God, church planting, team, young people, schoolteachers, accountants, lawyers, business people, Jesus, apostles, Book of Acts, Paul
It takes everyone working together from all walks of life to carry out the Great Commission. As part of our AG church-planting initiative, we share our vision on college campuses, and we’ve had as many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 / Married
Tags: Predicament, Marsha Fisher, Inside Out Ministries, Porn to Purity, computer, authority, secret, sexual sin, destructive message, counselor
Consider this predicament: Your boss, the company CEO, has given you a high-level project. After a few months on the job, you discover that your new responsibilities involve falsifying records. Not ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Housing, ministers, EFCA, Freedom From Religion Foundation, federal district court, judge, housing allowance, clergy
For more than two years, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) has been closely tracking a federal court challenge brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to declare ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 November 2013 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Gospel, business, Laurie Beshore, Mariners Church, groceries, Jesus, If/then generosity, transaction, meal, authenticity, good motives, results, serve
Even with the best of intentions, things have a way of going south. When we launched our outreach ministry at Mariners Church in Orange County, Calif., the first thing we thought to do was meet the basic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 November 2013 / Money
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors, effective, ministry, excellence, budget, financial resources, church plant, values, faithraising, discipling
When we began planting Grace Hills, we didn’t have the quarter of a million dollars that some church plants in America start out with. We had way less than that, in fact, so we had to figure out how to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Jesus, public ministry, government, orphan care, poverty, Geoff Surratt, medical care, Romans, resources, healing, feeding, raising the dead, The Four Disciplines of Execution, Wildly Important
I am amazed at all Jesus didn’t do while He was on earth. His public ministry only lasted three years, and in those years, His scope of ministry was incredibly narrow. He is God, after all. It seems like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Joseph Mattera, sexual sin, pornography, adultery, Proverbs, emotional firewalls, barriers, temptation, spiritual strength, Holy Spirit, intimate fellowship, trust, spouse, children, compromise
The Bible teaches us to “resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7), and in another place it tells us to flee lusts (1 Tim. 6). Many great people in God have fallen into various fleshly ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 October 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pastors, believe, Twitter, negativity, insinuations, writers, ministries, immoral, liars, critics, perfect, service, church
As I surf the web, receive emails from ministries and scan Twitter, I am absolutely amazed at the negativity and insinuations made about pastors today. Many writers and ministries take the view that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, leaders, spiritual attack, enemy, Satan, Apostle Paul, Jerusalem, others, neglect, caregivers, spiritual disciplines, ministry activity, power, failure, little sins, Charles Spurgeon, ...
New Testament writers warn us again and again about the reality of spiritual attack. The Apostle Paul, a leader extraordinaire, challenged believers to wear the full armor of God (Eph. 6:11), being ever ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Steve Murrell, staff meetings, time, business, sports, education, entertainment, government, ministry, focus, upgrade, simplicity, communication
Like all leaders, I have participated in never ending staff meetings that wasted everyone’s time. I am also guilty of leading some useless meetings. Occasionally I find myself in a meeting that actually ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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