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Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Women
Tags: women, empower, emerging leaders, Ed Stetzer, LifeWay, Tim Keller, Center Church, theology, leadership, connection, power, Facts and Trends, networking
Too often, we can miss the gifts of others. That's human nature, I guess. The fact is, God has gifted all His people, and the work of Christ is benefited when we acknowledge and engage different people ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 July 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, pastor, Believer, love, theology, faith, John 15, commandment, leader, Christians, social media
I don't know a pastor—or even a believer—who isn't concerned with getting the theology of faith right. We want to do the research and settle on answers about the rapture, marriage, creation, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church, autopsy, death, caution, pessimism, optimism, reality, leaders, prayer movements, church planting, revitalization, theology, practical ministry
I know. I have been a spokesman for gloom and doom of the local church. I've even written a book about church autopsies—not necessarily a topic of hope and joy. There have, however, been reasons ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, questions, lead pastor, emotions, rigors, lead role, church, theology, competent, organization, administration, spouse, progress
As we all know by now, thousands of lead pastors leave full-time church ministry every year. Along those lines, a high percentage of new church plants never make it past three years. One reason is that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, sermon, soulpreaching.com, time, preparation, Bible, theology, pastors, limits, spiritual, intentional time
Can we complete sermon preparation in four hours? Whether in full-time or part-time ministry, we all have limited time. However, those of us who are called to the preaching office have to put together ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Education
Tags: Pastor, training, 21st century, theology, biblical truths, missions, disciplines, American culture, shift, international mission field, language, non-Christian culture, cultural Christians, Thom ...
Any pastor or other church staff member should be prepared in biblical truths. Theology is a key discipline as well. Indeed, none of the classical disciplines should be forsaken, nor any of the practical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 / Communication
Tags: Joe McKeever, heresy, church, pastors, bad theology, preach, Word, orthodox, right thinking, sound doctrine, Walt Kelly, possum Pogo, Water Nigg, salvation
For a pastor, the way to deal with bad theology in his church is always to preach the Word. Just hang in there, year after year, teaching and preaching God’s unchanging truth. The changes in your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Brandon Cox, dynamic, ministry, healthy, church, theology, strategy, ecclesiology, Great Commission, Pastors, Jesus, missional communities, Great Shepherd, pre-eminence
When it comes to leading a strong ministry and building a healthy church, it takes more than solid theology or smart strategy. In fact, it takes a combination of those, plus the Spirit’s leading and empowerment. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Rick Warren, motivation, practical, advice, theology, ministry, vision, plans, paper, excuses, tasks, progress, Poor Richard's Almanac, benefits, completion, books, optimism, action environment, ...
When it comes to ministry leadership, I don’t focus on trying to motivate other people. I worry about motivating me, and if I’m motivated, it will be contagious. This is true in any area of ministry. Your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 October 2013 / Culture
Tags: Jesus, world, hatred, theology, sociology, likeability, Apostle Paul, social revolutionaries, temporal economy, earthly government, Christians, hatred, love, parallels, connections
I talk and write often about the concept of likeability because I believe it can have a tremendous impact on our personal and professional lives. The most difficult feedback I receive goes like this: “Okay, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, books, secular, read, Bible, pastor, priority, theology, doctrine, leadership, training
... to Great by Jim Collins Though this book was published in 2001, it continues to be a best-seller today. Every chapter has valuable insights for the pastor, but the chapter on Level 5 Leadership is my favorite. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Gina McClain, multi-site church, kids' ministry, strategy, volunteers, launch team, programming, philosophies, negotiables, curriculum, parameters, values, theology, intradependence
Your initial steps into the world of the multisite church can be intimidating. It isn’t a lack of willingness to make it happen; it’s simply knowing where to begin. Launching your first multisite location, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Michael Jones, pastors, truths, painful, growth, best, preaching, discipleship, leadership, Mr. Rogers, seminary training, expertise, training, theology, biblical studies, evangelism, pastoral care, ...
... Michael has done over 200 funerals but only one wedding, which is a source of great amusement to his pastor friends (but not his congregation). He’s doing his PhD at the university of Chester in Theology ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Kim Martinez, theology, God, rewards, attitudes, emotions, Holy Spirit, communion, cross, price, sin
Every once in a while, we have to sit down and balance our checkbook. We take the time to assess what we’ve spent and how we are doing financially. In a similar way, from time to time we need to take a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 August 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, words, rodeo, fights, wrangling, theology, Paul, biblical words, firestorm, Facebook, Charles Spurgeon, 2 Timothy
I’m not sure most of us preachers fully believe the scriptural command to avoid word fights: “Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 July 2013 / Worship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, Lifeway, conflicts, music, Christians, worship, doxology, theology, Matt Boswell, Providence Church, Frisco, Texas, renewed hunger
To say worship is a subject of great interest in the church would be an understatement. Worship is an integral part of our lives as Christians. That’s why I’m thankful for worship leaders like Matt Boswell. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 June 2013 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, future, church, local, going green, partnerships, theology, missional, global perspective, diversity
Last year, I attended the Velocity 2012 conference hosted by lead pastor Shawn Lovejoy at Mountain Lake Church in Cumming, Ga. For the last seven years, Shawn and his team have invested in the lives of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 March 2010 / Main
Tags: adults,barna group,charismatics,christian,david kinnaman,generational gap,holy spirit,pentecostals,prophecy,spiritual gifts,theology,tongues
One quarter of all Christian adults identify themselves as charismatic or Pentecostal, yet many differences exist between the various age groups, according to a recent Barna Group poll. The number ... [ +++ ]
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