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Created on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Cox II, Soul Preaching, poverty, tools, kingdom, Daniel, Joseph, sermon, virtual debate, Republican, Democrat, scientifically oriented society, offense of the cross, raising the dead, good ...
There is a lot of preaching today that does not address the reality of our membership in the kingdom of God. Neither does it address the reality of the “present evil age” (Gal. 1:4) that we might be delivered ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Dr. Bob Rhoden, Four Faces of a Leader, Christian, thermostat, boldness, courage in action, culture, singles, newlyweds, busy parents, Generation X, Millenials
The main point for a pastor or any Christian leader is not simply to keep a lid on things, to maintain the status quo, to keep the wheels greased. A leader is to be a thermostat, not a thermometer. Leaders ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Andrew Douglas, City Compassion, Portland, City Bible Church, raising money, relationships, needs, gospel-centered church
You can find prophetic keys to your city by watching the local nightly news. Marc Estes, an executive pastor of City Bible Church in Portland, Ore., says it’s on TV news where you’ll see your city’s greatest ... [ +++ ]
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 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 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, 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 Monday, 14 October 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, leaders, commitments, Saddleback, raising the bar, Bible study, living connection, community, foundation, obedient servant, development
Whether you use a low or high bar of small group leadership, I think all of us have hope that our leaders will do more than open their home, facilitate a discussion or convene a meeting. And ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Hilgemann, sermons, losing people, sloppy transitions, connection, points, too much information, long introductions, lazy conclusions, abstract thoughts, real-life application
Are you losing people when you preach? Do people check out during your sermons? After listening to thousands of sermons and preaching quite a few myself, I have learned eight different ways that pastors ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 13 September 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, abrasive, Christian, God's Word, teacher, Apostle Paul, Peter, patience, gentleness, kindness, blessing, hindrance
This week, in Lynne Olson’s Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, I found this interesting depiction of Harold Ickes, a member of FDR’s cabinet during ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Allison Vesterfelt, Justin Lathrop, discovery, calling, life, chaos, confusion, Rich Young Ruler, passion, selfish, frivolity, change, singing, golf
I spent most of my 20s floundering around, trying to figure out what I was “supposed” to do with my life. Actually, from the outside, it probably didn’t look much like floundering (I went to college, graduate ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, kids' ministry, worship leader, worship singer, prompting, storytelling, children, filling the gap
After the past few years of observing the worship element of our kids’ experiences, I’ve discovered three key skills that distinguish a worship leader from a worship singer. The former leads kids to engage ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Rick Warren, ministry, minister, Saddleback Church, singles, youth, leadership, God's timing, motivation
Saddleback didn’t have an organized youth ministry until we had 500 in attendance. We didn’t have a singles ministry until we had 1,000 people in attendance. And I’m glad we didn’t. It’s not because those ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Small World, Geoff Surratt, Christians, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, sing, cancer, devastation, marriage
I’ve always hated the Its a Small World ride at Disneyland. I don’t know if it’s the incessant song, the Chucky-like dolls or just the bland predictability of it all. I prefer Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, where ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, pastors, leadership, ministry, failure, church, learning experience, delegation, vision, problems, change, people pleasing
In my talks with pastors and ministry leaders, I hear some repeated themes. One common theme is that they have a story of a failed leadership experience. It might have been their first church or the church ... [ +++ ]
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