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Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, growing pains, church, pastors, labor, care issue, small groups, control issue, growth, criticism, newcomers, comfort issue, ministry, leave, relationships, vision, changes, affirmation, ...
A church that wants to grow without going through growing pains is like a woman who says, “I want to have a baby, but I don’t want to go through labor.” Is the pain worth it? Yes, it’s worth it. People ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preach, sermons, conclusion, Christ, gospel, message, summarize, redemption, emotional intensity, specific response, personal, opportunity, commitment
Some of the greatest preachers in history were great at introducing and delivering sermons but poor at closing them. We preach Christ, and we preach a gospel that calls for commitment, so powerful preaching ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 February 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Rick Warren, Paul, Timothy, relationship, multi-generational, parenthood, pacesetting, Great Commission, partnering
Every leader needs mentors and models—typically other leaders just ahead of where they are in their growth and journey. And every leader also needs to be mentoring and modeling those just behind them. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brandon Cox, social media, church, engage, world, Jesus, Paul, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Christians, Rick Warren, online, mission, Great Commission, Internet, community, lost, unsaved
As we develop a driving philosophy of why to take up the mantle of social media engagement, it’s important to understand that the purposes for engaging the culture this way are the same purposes that led ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Ron Edmondson, pastors, lies, Satan, hurt, spiritual warfare, self-confidence, too small, task, control, growing, church
My heart is for the pastor. Maybe it stems from the fact that I spent so many years as a layperson, a deacon and Sunday school teacher and, now, as a pastor. I realize now how much I didn’t understand ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 January 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, misconceptions, pastors, Christian leaders, ambition, master plan, big purpose, dreams, great leader, humility, fear, contentment, laziness
Many leaders never achieve the level of influence they could potentially have because they drift through life on autopilot, maintaining the status quo, without a big ambition. They have no master plan, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, relationships, spiritual warfare, fight, battle, flesh and blood, darkness, evil, Paul, Jesus Christ, ministry, Satan, demonic forces, advance, gospel
Only days ago, a pastor wrote to me about how one of his staff members had split their church and took some members in order to start another church. The pastor was concerned, hurt, and requested prayer. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Rick Warren, biblical disunity, pastors, accountable, shepherds, wolves, flock, envy, strife, quarreling, evil suspicions, friction, troublemakers, repent, negative words, hurt, harmony, unity
The Bible says that pastors are accountable to God to manage and direct the church (see 1 Peter 5, 1 Timothy 3:5, 1 Timothy 5:17). Good shepherds are good protectors against wolves, and wolves are everywhere. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, passion, energize, enthusiasm, ministry, Paul, purpose, Brent Hobbs, Charles Spurgeon
Passion is what energizes life. It turns the impossible into possible. In fact, if you don’t have any passion in your life, ministry will become boring, dull, routine, monotonous. I’ll go so far as say ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Impact Nations, Steve Stewart, Pope Francis, weighty matters, Catholic church, Matthew 23, Jesus, condemnation, pharisees, scribes
This appears to be Pope Francis’ time. In only eight months, he has captured the attention of much of the world. Recently, the Pope said, “The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, mask, leaders, authenticity, influence, mentor, pastors, conflicts, church, exposed, afraid, fear, rejected, disapproval, hurt
You want God to use you to influence others in ministry or you probably wouldn’t be reading this. And for God to really use you, you have to be willing and able to get close to people and enjoy real relationships ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Scott Attebery, mission field, harvest, turf wars, John Wesley, Anglican Church, boundary disputes, Adam, Eve
Turf wars can be brutal—especially within ministry. As a young minister in the 18th century, John Wesley was chided by the Anglican Church for preaching across parish lines (invading another pastor’s ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, ultimate goal, preaching, Christlikeness, character, convictions, conduct, information, Bible, obedience, behavior modification, challenges, disciples, repentance
If God’s objective for every believer is to transform us into total Christlikeness, then the objective of preaching is to motivate people to develop Christlike convictions (to think like Jesus), Christlike character ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, church, purpose statement, Saddleback Church, membership, maturity, ministry, mission, magnify
Saddleback’s purpose statement has been quietly guiding much of our decision-making for nearly three decades. Our purpose statement is: To bring people to Jesus and membership in his family, develop ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, It's a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart, Christmas, classic, movie, hurt, pain, community
My wife Cheryl and I saw “It’s a Wonderful Life” again this year. That isn’t unusual. It was probably about the 30th time or so. We love the movie. It may be considered my “favorite”… if I ever had to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, Christmas, Easter, guests, grace, evangelistic mandate, love, seek, shepherd, wise men, distracted, Herod, Jesus, spiritual family
If the two times of the year that guests typically show up for a weekend church service are Easter and Christmas, then we have an evangelistic mandate to make the most of the opportunity to welcome them, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, God's purposes, focus, church, Purpose Driven Church, Great Commandment, Great Commission, worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, Bible, growth
When I wrote The Purpose Driven Church, I made the bold assertion that every church is driven by something. That’s still true, and as you prepare to lead your church into another new year, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Rick Warren, pastors, physical health, spiritual health, God, Creator, longevity, sharpness, challenge, bodies, ideal weight, diet, exercise program, sleep, rest, processed junk foods
As pastors, we tend to like to focus on spiritual things. But God is the Creator of our physical bodies, and it’s in our physical bodies that we live our spiritual lives out before others. We pastors have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, servant, heart, leadership, others, created, Ephesians, Christ, belong, owe, 1 Corinthians, life, meaning, reward, eternity
Jesus said in Matthew 20:26-28, “Anyone wanting to be a leader among you must be your servant. And if you want to be right at the top, you must serve like a slave. Your attitude must be like my own, for ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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