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Created on Thursday, 18 December 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Warren Bird, Internet, online campus, broadcast, worship, Leadership Network, multisite churches, chat rooms, prayer rooms, faith commitments, virtual small groups, growth, text, email, login
"Do you have an internet campus?" Leadership Network polled more than 500 multisite churches in late 2013 (entire report as free download here), with the following findings: 1 percent—We DID have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Foursquare Church, Water Ramos, Jesus, movements, leaders, pastor, passion, Word of God, disciples, momentum, skill set, guidance, example, believing in others, Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Churc
The night I found Jesus I was on my way to take my life at a local park. Although I didn't know it, He was waiting for me at a church close to that park. I walked in, sat in the back of the room and didn't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 / Money
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, giving, year-end, church, responsibility, stewardship, pastor, December, lead, challenge, tithe, international missions
What is the role of the pastor in year-end giving in your church? Do you have any responsibility in regards to biblical stewardship in the life of your people? I believe we do have a responsibility for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 December 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Brandon Cox, counselors, broken, atmosphere, life's hurts, healing, spiritual health, relationships, church members, Grace Hills Church, Saddleback Church, Rick Warren
Some of the spiritually healthiest people I know are in counseling. There seems to be some stigma around it, but getting help with our mental and emotional issues is really a matter of choosing to grow ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Kenny Burchard, pastors, John Piper, Christian ministry, body of Christ, Saul, king, Gene Edwards, A Tale of Three Kings, church leadership, model
Hopefully, if you're in pastoral work (or you work on a ministry staff at a church) you've read John Piper's great book, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, and have embraced his conclusion that "the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 November 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, tough times, praise, thanks, worry, prayer, joy, thank God, God's peace, Jesus Christ, guard your hearts and minds
When the Apostle Paul says, "Always be full of joy in the Lord," he doesn't say to only be joyful in good times. Even when times are tough, the Bible teaches we can be joyful if we follow these simple ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Greg Surratt, Mt. Pleasant, electricity, lights, dark, awareness, desperation, creativity, innovation, nursery classes, experiences, community, power, presence, Jesus
Recently, the lights went out at our Mt. Pleasant Campus. All of them. For a very long time. Three and one-half hours, to be exact. Fun times. Oh, I've been in the dark for longer periods of time, but ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, biblical community, blocks, cohesiveness, intentional, small groups, micro-communities, church family, fellowships, interest groups, humility, honesty, mercy, unity, confidentiality
Churches must grow larger and smaller at the same time. The larger a church gets, the more intentional it has to be about being smaller, and small groups are the ideal way to create micro-communities within ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, genuine, friendly, church, guests, return rate, intentional, warmth, humility, worship service, website, clear signage, greeters ministry, information places
Several years ago, when I was involved in active church consultations, I assembled data on what I called GFCs, genuinely friendly churches. I set certain parameters for GFCs, and then I attempted to measure ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, blocks, small groups, community, koinonia, frequency, authenticity, mutuality, accountability, encouragement, courtesy, sympathy
What the public generally knows about Saddleback Church is that we have a large weekend attendance. But what the outside world doesn't realize is that the strength of Saddleback is really in our small ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Ron Edmondson, senior leader, adversity, unpopular, decisions, appreciation, loneliness, heart, God's will, loyalty, belief, flexibility, compromise, truth, push forward
Making the right decision isn't always appreciated. If a leader is going to do anything of value, it will involve risks and be subject to the opinions of others. There will be days, weeks and seasons in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, Christmas, church growth, first-time guests, Easter, Mother's Day, community, gospel, relatives, friends, vision, members, morale, congregation, pool of volunteers, prospect list
One of the secrets of growth at Saddleback Church is that we use special days as an evangelism tool and to keep our members motivated toward the growth of our congregation. In a sense, Saddleback ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, self-awareness, leaders, skill, emotional intelligence, intellectual intelligence, Daniel Goleman, impact, weaknesses, strengths, limitations, Perry Noble
So ... how self-aware are you? It's a skill I've been trying to build every year for many years as a leader, husband and friend. Here's why. I realized a while ago that self-awareness is a characteristic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 November 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, money, stewardship, struggling, finances, scarcity, budget, programs, impact, church, community, expenditures, accountability
A consistent theme of concern I have seen in many churches is in the area of church finances. Many church leaders operate out of a mode of scarcity instead of abundance. While I realize that churches cannot ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Education
Tags: Rick Warren, reader, leader, Israel, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, books, knowledge, New Testament, Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, inspiration, motivation, sharpen skills, stay current, changing ...
If you've ever been to Israel, you know there's a real contrast between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee is full of water and full of life. There are trees and vegetation. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Church planting, Mez McConnell, Niddrie Community Church, small groups, training, leaders, home church, building, costs down, demographic, community, congregate, extended family, friends, sense of ...
... the schemes.   Mez McConnell has been the Senior Pastor of Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh, U.K., since September 2007. Prior to that he spent four years with UFM Worldwide working with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 / Money
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pastor, stewardship, money, tithe, giving, spiritual leader, expectations, monitor, staff, accountability, commitment
Have you ever had to confront a pastor or a member of your ministry staff team about not exercising their personal stewardship of giving? I have, and it is one of the most difficult conversations you will ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, progress, perfect, performance, ministry leaders, challenges, excellence, core values, enthusiasm, sharpened skills, promises, reliable, positive attitude
God is more concerned with your progress than your perfect performance. The very nature of discipleship is progressive. God's purpose is that you become more and more like His Son, Jesus, and He will use ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, credibility, people, leadership, influence, D.L. Moody, character, respect, integrity, humility, dependability, right priorities, generosity, Andrew Carnegie, spirituality
You'll never have to earn God's favor. God loves you and is pleased with you completely because of grace and not because of your performance. People, on the other hand, are a little different. If you want ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, moral failure, ministry, leaders, integrity, evangelistic, Jesus, gospel, desires, temptation, commitment, God's standards, marriage, manage, mind, media intake, Internet pornograph
One of my gravest concerns about the witness of the church to our current culture is the threat to our evangelistic integrity caused by moral failures among ministry leaders. Every time a leader falls, ... [ +++ ]
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