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Created on Friday, 14 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Court of Appeals, Freedom From Religion Foundation, federal tax code provision, church-provided housing allowances, income, tax-free, unconstitutional
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an important decision Thursday in Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Lew, concluding that the federal tax code provision that treats church-provided ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 October 2014 / Media
Tags: publishing house, closing, Nazarene church, Beacon Hill Press, holiness literature, music, resources, Sunday school curriculum, economic downturn, crisis
... decreased dramatically over the last decade to the point that the company was forced to draw heavily on financial reserves to stay afloat. The economic downturn of 2008 only deepened the pending crisis." ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: Charles Billingsley, worship, ministry, singing, crisis, voice, surgery, faith, lifestyle, limitations, growth, Jesus, believer
It was five years ago, on a hot August night in Orlando, Florida, that I unintentionally entered into one of the deepest valleys of my life. I had been fighting a summer cold but throughout the weekend ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, media, platform, audience, reach, strategy, vision, local TV, billboards, social media, church youth director, radio, newspaper advertising, multi-cultural, faith
Too many people use media randomly, with no real strategic vision. Perhaps a friend recommended local TV, or a board member suggested billboards, or a church youth director likes social media. All these ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 September 2014 / Singles
Tags: Scott Attebery, singles ministry, church, relationships, class, lost and found, Christ, common struggles, grace, in touch, trendy, demographic
"I don't belong here." That was the first thought that entered my mind when I walked into the room labeled, "singles." I had recently relocated and was interested in building relationships in my new church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 September 2014 / Worship
Tags: Jack Hayford, worship, God, reassessing, expectations, leader, truth, mind, spirit, heart, broken, contrite, faith, theology of worship, His presence, humility, sacrifice
What type of worship honors God?" or, to look at the question another way, "After all, theologically speaking, what is it that actually makes worship worshipful to God?" Even though I have practiced, led, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 / Singles
Tags: Justin Lathrop, ministry, qualification, singles, married, perspectives, communication, liberal churches, time, reliance on Jesus, closeness with God
The overwhelming majority of church leadership in the United States is married. Married people are the overwhelming majority of voices with the power to influence church decisions—and marriage is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Ministry Outreach
Tags: Perry Noble, New Spring Church, small groups, lives, changed, walk with Christ, laugh, cry, spiritual refreshing, singles, study, LifeWay Christian Bookstores
At NewSpring Church, we believe that you can't do life alone. Honestly, I would say that the single most important thing for me in regards to me staying connected in my walk with Christ has been having ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Resources, unleadable, church members, pastor, overt negativity, pray, blessings, families, attitude, mentor, recalcitrant, new members class, influencers, consistency
"I am so frustrated. I am ready to leave this church and the pastorate altogether. The church members are unleadable." The email came to me just as I quoted. Though I didn't think "unleadable" was a word, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Schultz, Children's Ministry Magazine, worship, singing, Sunday, service, microphones, spectator set-up, professionalism
Looking around the church last Sunday I noticed that the majority weren't singing. And most of those who were singing barely moved their lips. The only voices I actually heard were those on stage with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: off-pitch, housewives, worship, skinny-jeaned hipsters, singing, leader, struggle, affirmation, microphones, ministry, music
... it. If, in my little church, I had at any given time two or three OPHs demanding to be on the praise team, he must have 200-300. He candidly told me they started having auditions to help relieve the OPH ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, singles, congregation, hurting, pulpit, force, connections, dating service, community group, set up, married, segregation, resources, groups
In each of our churches, we have ministries and activities that cater to a specific group within the congregation. It makes sense to provide these places—a place for infants and toddlers, for fifth-graders, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Kyle Searcy, worship, people, pleasing, God, service, church, contemporary, free-flowing, prayer, devotion, leaders, pressures, careers, family, ministry
Every church, whether traditional, formal, contemporary or free-flowing, should meet for one reason: to worship God. After all, it is the chief end of man to glorify God and enjoy Him forever according ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Bobby Gilles, worship, song, singability, melodic range, intervals, space, symmetry, right key, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Chris Tomlin
Most worship leaders agree that songs for congregational worship should be "singable," a made-up word that means "easy for a congregation to sing together." But it is tempting for many of us to subtly ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: John Burke, maturity, leader, prayer, Word, Bible, ministry, connected, God's Spirit, community, confessing, Bible, Reveal survey, reading, reflecting
The single best practice to change your spiritual life is ...? Before I tell you what research says, let me tell you what I've noticed in my own life and watching others over 25 years of ministry. About ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 May 2014 / Seniors
Tags: Dale Hudson, Relevant Children's Ministry, gray hair, healthy, church, families, generations, grandparents, culture, past blessings, kids, pastors
Let me preface this post by saying I love the wisdom, faithfulness and depth that older Christ-followers bring to a church. At 47, I have some gray hair myself.  That being said, if your church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, depressing, self-imposed, scars, sufferings, perfectionism, frustration, resignation, Dorothy Hamill, gospel, mother
When showing his scars and enumerating his sufferings, Paul ends with a mention of the daily care of the Lord’s people. That was a great burden also. You don’t bleed from caring for the Lord’s flock. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Respect, trust, congregation, confidence, pastors, concept, benevolent, dictator, blessing, shepherd, experience, personal contact, time, routine, sermons, administration, leadership, staff, program, ...
Elton was a new pastor of a small church up the highway from here. To call him excited is an understatement. Early in the process, Elton announced to the deacons they would hold an overnight retreat and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Jared Moore, pastor, realities, blessings, ministry, training, immature church, angry, failure, legalism, liberalism, ignorance, tradition, opposition, preaching, teaching
The blessings of ministry far outweigh the realities below; however, ministry is definitely not easy. Don’t waste your time and money going to seminary or college for pastoral training if you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, volunteer, paid, full-time, part-time, church, ministry, staff, guidelines, Pandora's Box, disharmony, single mom, childcare
I received a great question recently. Unfortunately, I couldn’t give a good answer.  Or, at least, not the answer they were seeking. They wanted an answer that would solve the issue. I couldn’t ... [ +++ ]
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