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Created on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Phil Cooke, pastors, inspiration, reality, prophetic voices, speakers, Bible, adultery, New Testament, Jesus, religious leaders
The last 30 years of church history could be called the “inspiration” decades. It’s been a period where pastors were more likely to be inspirational speakers than prophetic voices. And I get it. Most people ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, Saddleback Church, youth ministry, teens, morale, testimony, love, parents, bragging, thank them, support, physical affirmation
Recently, we had a senior girl share her testimony at our high school program. It was powerful. Afterward, her peers came up and showed her love. What made the testimony even better was the fact that we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Greg Atkinson, pastor, confession, salvation, healing, testimonies, rescue, deliverance, dead heart, setting people free, Galatians, hurt, anger, shame, guilt
God did something amazing in my heart recently (but it’s not about me). God did something amazing in our church (but it’s not about us). I could share stories and testimonies with you all day (and maybe ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 October 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, evangelism, fishing, marketing, New Testament, Jesus, parable of the sower, good soil, divorce, crises, death, economic problems, new baby, fruit
It’s a waste of time to fish in a spot where fish aren’t biting. Wise fishermen move on. They know fish eat at different times of the day in different places. To apply this to ministry, you need to focus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 October 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Ed Stetzer, Calvary Chapel, Chuck Smith, cancer, Protestantism, evangelicalism, evangelist, Viral Churches, Reinventing American Protestantism, sheep, Bible, verses, legacy, church planting
Like many of you, I found out Thursday morning that Calvary Chapel founder and pastor Chuck Smith has died. He was 86. Charismanews.com has a helpful obituary. Chuck and Calvary Chapel have played ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 September 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Rick Warren, integrity, reverence for God, temptations, influence, testimony, promotion, accountability, pastors, love, David, discipline, eternal rewards
Last week, I wrote about the three greatest temptations of leadership. This week, I want to talk about the three ways we can keep our integrity and prevent those temptations from destroying our testimony ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, gifts, staff, responsibilities, leadership development, test, role, gifted, strengths, weakness, encouragement
As a pastor, you have a lot of responsibilities. When your task list grows, it’s easy to overlook the need to invest in your staff. However, one of the most important parts of leadership development is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, change, difficulty, leadership, test, conflict, culture, vision, trust, risk, return, obedience
Change is hard, almost always. Sometimes change is harder than other times. It’s then where leadership is tested. Tensions can mount. And people are more likely to object. It’s good to know these times ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 June 2013 / Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, church growth, key, Jesus, love, sacrifices, children, New Testament, family, magnet
I believe the most overlooked key to growing a church is this: We must love unbelievers the way Jesus did. Without His passion for the lost, we will be unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary to reach ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 May 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Church growth, church health, Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Church, New Testament, Ephesians, 2 Corinthians, James, children, organism, secret, balance, fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry, ...
When I wrote The Purpose Driven Church, I predicted that church health—not church growth—would be the primary concern of the 21st Century church. I believe that prediction is proving itself true. The New ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Phillips, heart surgery, alive, thankful, sleep apnea, bypass, cardiologist, widow maker, stress test
As I sit in my office contemplating the last year, I am overwhelmed by a profound sense of thanksgiving. At this time a year ago, I was lying in a hospital bed, recovering from open-heart surgery. As many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, Jesus, passion, lost, sacrifices, people, Gospels, New Testament
I believe the most overlooked key to growing a church is this: We must love unbelievers the way Jesus did. Without His passion for the lost, we will be unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary to reach ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 / Uncategorised
Tags: Rick Warren, beliefs, belonging, church, Christian, New Testament
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35, NLT) The Bible says a Christian without a church home is like an organ without a body, a sheep without a flock, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 February 2013 / Multicultural
Tags: Hispanic, Evangelicals, Sam Rodriguez, Protestant, Reformation
... “In 2001, for the first time, over 50 percent of all missions giving from Hispanic churches went to such places as Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.” Hispanics are deliberately focusing on such ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 February 2013 / Ethics
Tags: david lamb, God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?, is god angry, is god mad, god is mad at me, does god use women to preach, wrathful god, loving god
Evangelical theologian David Lamb tackles some of the Bible’s most troubling passages in his book, God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? His answer: yes and no. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 October 2012 / Main
Tags: Romney, Faith, Mormon, Protestant, Pastors
... Twenty-two percent are still undecided. The breakdown is similar to what it was in 2008 when John McCain challenged Obama for the presidency. A survey conducted by LifeWay Research in October 2008 found ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 June 2010 / Main
Tags: job market,pastors,protestant,recession,unemployment
... national enrollment is down 6.4 percent since 2005. However, a large pool of unemployed ministers is good for some groups. Churches that are financially stable, especially larger churches with big staffs, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 27 April 2010 / Main
Tags: ed stetzer,evil,franklin graham,islam,lifeway research,pastors,protestant,religion
Half of protestant pastors agree with Franklin Graham’s view that Islam is an “evil” religion, according to a new LifeWay Research survey. Most pastors have a negative view of the religion overall. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 27 April 2010 / Main
Tags: bob frie,building blocks program,catholic,churches,colorado,dave runyon,denver,foothills community church,neighbors,outreach,protestant
For more than a year, 20 Catholic and Protestant pastors in Denver have been partnering in an outreach program designed to encourage their congregations to take the commandment to “love your neighbor” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 / Main
Tags: association of theological schools,education,lifeway research,pastors,preaching,protestant,scott mcconnell,seminary
... The number was even higher among those with doctorate degrees, where 94 percent said the experience was worth it. “This is encouraging news for seminaries at a time when a 2009 report from the Association ... [ +++ ]
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