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Created on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, Relevant Children's Ministry, lesson, talk, interactive, pictures, visual learners, teach, less is more, repetition, learning styles, attention span, object, information, engage, se
Did you know that if you did the following things this past weekend the kids have already forgotten 90 percent of what you taught? 1. You didn't let them talk. Kids learn best not by being lectured to, ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 02 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, habit, lifestyle, theologian, conversation, God's glory, Holy Spirit, Bible, grace, Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit
We say that worship is a lifestyle, but how many of us actually live it? Merriam Webster defines lifestyle as "a particular way of living: the way a person lives or a group of people live." If that's the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Jesus, eating, Justin Lathrop, lessons, meal, last supper, sacrifice, death, resurrection, salvation, bread, wine, Leonard Sweet, table, ministry, connection, sinners, status, lifestyle
Did you know that 80 percent of the gospel accounts are made up of Jesus either going to or coming from a meal? Many of his miracles surrounded food, his ministry happened around the table, and his first ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 June 2014 / Youth
Tags: Greg Stier, full-time, ministry, youth leaders, stars, longevity, burn out, prayer, fitness, physical, mental, lifestyle, cardio, weight training, marathon, intentionality, mission, planning, excellence, ...
Over the last 25 years of full-time ministry (as a church planter, youth guy and para-church director), I have seen all sorts of youth leaders. Some are like falling stars; a bright streak of light that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Justin Lathrop, website, church, social media, landscaping, statistics, inviting, time, money, style, straightforward, information, Microsoft Paint, old sermons, statement of belief
We might as well admit it. We all judge a book by its cover. But in our defense, before we've opened the book, the cover is all we have. Facades serve as an invitation. The path leading up to your front ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 June 2014 / Administration
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, good fit, church, administrator, misalignment, substance, style, doctrinal, basic, changeable, superficial, committee, sweet spirit, conservative, liberal
The committee could not find any specific reasons they wanted the pastor to leave.  Church attendance was healthy, the congregation was responding well to the minister's leadership, and finances were ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, fun, boring, church, Relevant Children's Ministry, engaged, attention, learning style, interactive, game, God's Word
Do you want to know if kids like coming to your church or not? There are two words you can ask them to find out. These two words carry a lot of weight for a child. The first word is fun. If you want ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, House Church Movement, disciples, hospitality, church, poor, outcast, New Testament, Paul, Romans, lifestyle, stranger, love, Jesus, powerful
As part of our travels to India, Impact Nations has been experiencing the House Church Movement first hand. This is a movement that is baptizing over a million new disciples a year and is now the largest ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, Easter, purpose-driven church, evangelism, growth, eggs, Billy Graham, fruit, decision, relationship, acceptance, approval, love, lifestyle
Easter is one of the two biggest weekends for most churches in terms of attendance. I see this as a great opportunity for evangelism to begin and for a relationship to start between your church and all ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, Lifeway Research, Millennials, Texas, data, worship style, blended styles, war, paradigm, rich content, theological truths
... had the opportunity to speak on the subject on many occasions. We reminded this audience in Dallas of the birthdates of this generation, 1980 to 2000, and then proceeded to share our research. We had commissioned ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Gospel of John, recruiting practices, Jesus, style, principles, success, transitional people, influencers, team, challenge, budget
Chapter 1 of the Gospel of John shares helpful insight into the leadership of Jesus. I’ve written previously about Jesus’ leadership style here and here. In John 1, I see three more principles. When Jesus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, church politics, 12StoneChurch, King Henry VIII, Catholic Church, Martin Luther, Anglican Church, torture, execution, decisions, church board, sacred cows, business meetings, worship ...
What do Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr have in common? In addition to being wives of King Henry VIII, they were all part of church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, Soul Preaching, easy, shout, pain, emotional release, positive, superficial, African-American style, diagnosis, gravy, good outcome, incarnation
The other day I was listening to a preacher close a sermon about pain. The preacher preached about the very real struggle with pain and suffering that we all have to encounter in this life. In typical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, denominations, churches, arguments, worship, music style, services, churches die, attire, salaries, megachurches, working hours, why people, pastor's wife
For many years I served as a consultant to churches and denominations, a role I relinquished when I became president of LifeWay more than eight years ago. Part of our consultative process was interviewing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, predictions, church, 2014, trends, data, LifeWay Research, momentum, leaders, consultation, confidence factor, church acquisitions, denominational structures, conversion growth, megachurches, ...
Predicting is as much of an art as it is a science. And if any prognosticator is honest, he or she will tell you that they don’t always get it right. I know. I certainly don’t always get it right. But ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 November 2013 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Reources, worship wars, hymnody, fighting, splitting, lamenting, worship leaders, style, services, Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, In Christ Alone, The Power of the Cross, Speak ...
... in mind the age differences here. The boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. The millennials were born between 1980 and 2000. On the average, there is a 30-year difference in the ages of individual members ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 / Administration
Tags: Practices, Churches, sustained success, worship styles, community, next generation, World Series, St. Louis Cardinals, John Mozeliak, Sports Illustrated, The Cardinal Way, change, avoid complacency, ...
During my 20s, two nationally recognized churches resided in my hometown within just five miles of each other. Because of a demand for new worship styles, a changing community and their inability and refusal ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preaching, calendar, factors, content, balance, Old Testament, New Testament, spiritual growth, style, tone, 1 Corinthians, purposes, church
Hopefully by now, you’re already thinking through your preaching calendar for next year. Part of shepherding a congregation toward long-term health is offering a balanced diet from the pulpit. Your preaching ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Kim Martinez, authenticity, leadership, evaluation, feedback, information, credibility, top-down management style, weaknesses, strengths, questions, answers, Holy Spirit
Pastor Joe answered the call for authentic leadership. He changed his illustrations to demonstrate that he, too, could be impatient. In staff meetings, he offered honest prayer requests, sharing his concerns ... [ +++ ]
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