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Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church leaders, pastors, multisite churches, research, Leadership Network, Generis, Warren Bird, study, evangelistic strategy, campus pastor, staff ministers
... looked at multisite churches in recent years. Scott McConnell, the director of LifeWay Research, wrote Multi-site Churches in 2009, an excellent analysis of the movement. Now a study by Leadership Network ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, quiet time, God's presence, morning watch, personal devotion time, Bible, pray, fellowship, Jesus Christ
The quiet time has been called many things in the history of the Christian church. It is known as the "morning watch," "personal devotions," "appointment with God" or "personal devotional time." It really ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, failure, defeats, disappointments, Proverbs, plan ahead, consequences, arrived, arrogance, destruction, downfall, pride, risks, fear, give up, listen
Failure doesn't have to be final. In fact, I believe God wants to put our failures to work for us. Everybody experiences defeats in life. Everybody has failures. The book of Proverbs has a lot of insight ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, creative, effective, ministry, ownership, Saddleback Church, implementers, decision makers, committee, board of directors, challenge, Jesus, Great Commission, control, permission, c
It's impossible to have a healthy church that experiences multi-dimensional growth without trusting people enough to delegate leadership to them. Having said that, this remains one of the greatest bottlenecks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian resources, breakout pastors, breakout churches, hopelessness, hopefulness, possibilities, reality, long term, perspective, increments, setbacks, intentionality, outward ...
If you want to experience an "a-ha" moment about revitalizing churches, this research may be the near the top. Most of you have heard the dire information and statistics about congregations in North America. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 August 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, prayer, Word of God, theological error, intellectual midget, prayer warriors, faith, Southern Baptist Convention, Great Awakening, movement
One of the most powerful experiences of my life occurred when someone challenged me to prioritize prayer in my life. When I embraced prayer in my college years, not only did it change my life, it also ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, faith, ministry, pleasure, God, believing, achievement, obeying, understanding, giving, persisting, thanks, Jericho, trust, Judge
Some Bible verses are so clear that their simple truth is undeniable, such as Hebrews 11:6 which says, "And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, Millennials, Baby Boomers, generation, local churches, smaller venues, enemy, denounce, culture, cooperation, worship wars, communities, involvement
... the Millennials are from 1980 to 2000. So the oldest member of this generation is 34, while the youngest is only 14. But their impact is already noticeable, and it will be for years to come. Here are 10 ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 12 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, tired, disillusioned, discouraged, lethargic, fatigued, warm weather, health, churches, feelings, unreliable, dry spells, character building, Jesus, eternal rewards, difference
There comes a point in every great work when you will begin to get tired, disillusioned and discouraged. Fatigue at the halfway point of anything worthy of your dedication is inevitable. This is true for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Christianity, Bible, culture, Believers, doctrines, practices, church, Scripture, Evangelicals, American Dream, corporate vision, destiny, stewardship, individual prosperity
It has been evident to numerous biblical scholars that often (if not most of the time) believers (including preachers) interpret the Bible through the lens of their culture. This has resulted in many beliefs, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, purpose, preaching, Bible, Proverbs, sermons, Charles Swindoll, mist, pulpit, fog, pew, Christ-like character, convictions, conduct
God has a purpose for everything. The Bible says in Proverbs 19:21, "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails" (Pr. 19:21, NIV). God has a specific purpose for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, standards, smoker, cigarettes, drummer, church, awkward, grace, discipleship, alcohol, born again Christians, dress code, church member, drug problem, homosexual, jokes, ...
I was in shock the moment I saw it. There in the spotlight—a pack of cigarettes protruding from the front pocket of our scheduled drummer. I wasn't leading worship, but I stood at the back and saw ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, leaders, attention, Tom Brady, Nick Saban, command, Brian Dodd, language, clarity, intensity, focus, results, John Maxwell, Bill Hybels, Perry Noble, Carey Nieuwhof, Urban ...
There are hundreds of great communicators in today's world who speak on the subject of leadership.  Everyone has their own preferences as to who and what style they enjoy hearing.  I personally ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, expectant, reactive, Discipled Warriors, recognized vision, direction, fireman leaders, dollars, immobility, status quote, response, needs, prayer, technology, master plan, easily ...
The Bible is a story of expectations: an expected Messiah who would crush the serpent (Gen. 3:15), an expected people from Abram (Gen. 12:1-3), an expected new covenant (Jer. 31:31-34), an expected return ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, transformation, small groups, Saddleback Church, California, model, ministry, fastest-growing churches, priority
Saddleback Church might seem like a large church on Sunday, but what's really amazing is that we're actually larger when we're smaller. We're larger during the week. On a recent weekend at Saddleback, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Steve Murrell, leader, responsibility, blame, own it, success, do it, rewards, excuses, initiative, upgrade it, innovation, urgency
A consultant once asked me what I mean when I say that certain positions can only be filled by a "leader." Without thinking, I said I expect a leader to do the following: 1. Own it. Good or bad, success ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, prayer meeting, Cross Church, Sunday morning, spiritual awakening, Jonathan Edwards, revival, personal conviction, Great Commission, worship, word-based
On Sunday morning, October 13, 2013, I led our entire Cross Church Family in a prayer meeting. I believed it was time to issue a call to the Cross Church Family for spiritual revival in the church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, influence, kingdom, builder, economy, service, generosity, trust, prayer, example, faithful, truth, unity, criticism, price
In my previous article I argued that, "Everyone has influence. We all influence someone." And that God expects us to be good stewards of that influence. I defined a "kingdom builder" as one who has a great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 July 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Rick Warren, influence, time, resources, kingdom builder, Bible, Holy Spirit, encouragement, accountability, position, authority, fame, wealth
Everyone has influence. We all influence someone. And God expects us to be good stewards of that influence for His kingdom's sake. He didn't give us our influence for selfish purposes on our part, but ... [ +++ ]
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