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Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, resign, quit, seasons, relationship, marriage, pastors, church staff, lay leaders, clarity, gratitude, joy, critics, discouragement, difficulty
You are frustrated. Or hurting. Or just don't know if you can take it any more. You may be in a difficult relationship. You may be in a job you hate. You may be the pastor of a church, and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 29 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, Soul Preaching, seminary, Biblical passage, sermon generation, church, song, Job, John the Baptist, walk, challenge, scripture
One of my seminary professors gave me a few approaches to generate sermon ideas: 1. The first approach would be to take the author of the biblical passage or one of the characters in the passage and simply ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth, pastor, lessons, learning, teachable, flexible, extra mile, attitude, students, authority, Jesus, time
Being in youth ministry, I've had the privilege of learning a lot. And, I can honestly say out of all the things I've learned, there are some lessons that I feel will never cease to teach me. When I started ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, fresh, production, well-rehearsed band, ever-expanding creativity, approach, leader, patience, be present, silence, songs, Holy Spirit, Heaven, copying, stadium event, ...
I crave the real thing. I don't know about you, but I want the manifest presence of God in my home, life and church—not just manufactured, emotional experiences with great songs. Of course, I am ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Ron Edmondson, God, Twitter, post, Scripture, grace, social media
Recently I wrote 20 Things God Might Tweet. It was a popular post. All were designed to be easily tweeted with a simple copy and paste. I thought there might be a companion post. I believe, based on Scripture, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Children, ministry, Dale Hudson, rut, volunteers, attendance, vision, guests, glaring problems, solutions, fresh eyes, fear, failure
Is your ministry stuck in a rut? Attendance flat? Vision a word you once talked about? Volunteers just going through the motions? Baptistry is dry? Very few guests walking through the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Money
Tags: Jeff Anderson, tithing, giving, churches, dysfunctional, culture, vision casting, denomination, doctrinal teaching, metrics, biblical standard
Church-giving culture is drastically different than it was decades ago. While it didn't change overnight, this culture shift has accelerated just in the past five years. I won't bore you with the common ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 August 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: National Association of Evangelicals, board, survey, church growth, biblical teaching, outward focus, strong vision, mission, Leith Anderson, biblical authority, community, needs, care
The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) asked its board of directors, which includes denominational leaders, pastors and other evangelical leaders, for the main characteristics they notice in growing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 August 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church plant, grow, seeds, harvest
I've worked with a lot of church plants. And, I've been involved in two—as a planter. Every planter goes into the process hoping to see lives changed with the gospel. Hoping to grow. Some work. Some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, bivocational, ministry, serve, church, income, dependence, connected, non-believers, ministry, missions, missiology, delegate, train, laypersons, theological training, calling
"I didn't come to seminary to be a bivocational minister, to have to get another kind of job," my student told me. I may not have agreed with my student, but I did understand his thinking. Back then (almost ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Communication
Tags: Ron Edmondson, inadvertent, closed, church, closed for business, Sunday, community, friendships, happy, greeting, parking lot, confusion, signage, visitors, language, acronyms, closed groups, ho
I was running recently on a route I've run many times, but I missed this sign until this particular run. It was too "good" not to stop and take a picture with my phone. I saw the sign and the first word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 August 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children, ministry, volunteers, praying, vision casting, student ministry leaders, entry-level positions, teaching, worship leading
Don't have enough volunteers?  It may be because of one or more of these reasons. 1. You're not asking. You're not inviting people to join your team. Week in, week out, you've got to invite, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: George Wood, Assemblies of God, monitor, progress, ministry, leadership, invitation, responsibility, self-enrichment, questions, serve, personality, struggles, credibility, integrity, confidence, ...
Leadership is an invitation to responsibility, and responsibility means hard work. Leadership also is a trust. Leaders—especially in the church—must tend to two fundamental, legal duties: to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brian Dodd, blog, social media, website, generosity, readership, churches, pastors, resources, Ralph Waldo Emerson
A few days ago I was having lunch with a friend who wanted to launch a blog and he asked me what was most responsible for my site's growth. He was pleasantly surprised when I told him what has helped my ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Atkinson, pride, powerful worship, God, humility, C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, speak to your heart, yourself
I was looking back on a blog I wrote over 7 years ago and I saw something I felt God speak to me during a time of powerful worship: "When pride walks in, I walk out." I remember God speaking in His still, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Scott Attebery, God, will, tightrope, theory, Moses, Israel, perfect will of God, open door theory, follow your heart theory, Samson, Jesus, hunch, gut feeling, god's will, will of god, knowing god's ...
Where do we find God's will? Is it in one of the following theories? 1. The Tightrope Theory This teaching declares God's will is like a tightrope where one wrong move will ruin your life and require you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Steve Murrell, crisis, change, leadership, lessons, Bethel Franklin, Bethel Brentwood, ministry, closure, merger, communication, honesty, perspective, patience, spiritual leadership, Holy Spirit, ...
Kevin York, Justin Gray and I had the unenviable task of informing hundreds of good people that their church community, Bethel Franklin in Tennessee, is closing and merging with Bethel Brentwood. It's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church growth, prevention, small church, mentality, Christian, secular, leaders, followers, dream, pastor, new people, voice, vision, change, excuses, quit dreaming, organized system, ...
I was once asked to help a church process how to get younger people to attend. After we discussed some recommendations for change, a man pulled me aside and said, "Son, we don't need no fancy ideas around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 July 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Greg Atkinson, laughter, team, cry, comedy, serious, Jesus laughing, therapeutic, Chronicle of Higher Education, joke, ego check, morale
Last week I was doing my regular Thursday night thing—watching the comedy shows back to back on NBC (as I have for years). I was reflecting on how good and healthy it is to laugh and unwind. Then ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Justin Lathrop, credibility, leadership, influence, micromanaging, fear, delegation, Mark Batterson, energy, time, focus, big picture
We all want to be the type of leader who influences others to be the most effective people they can be. We want our teams to be functioning well and each member of the team to be operating at peak capacity. ... [ +++ ]
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