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Created on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 / 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 Monday, 19 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Great Commandment, pastors, physical, health, facemask moment, 10 commandments, LifeWay, exercise plan, sustainable eating plan, fitness, perspective, pray, discipline
The "Great Commandment" is what I like to call a facemask moment for both the original followers and opponents of Jesus. Those who have played football with a helmet know exactly what happens in that moment ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 January 2015 / Discipleship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay, scriptural discipleship, spiritual maturity, evangelicalism, growth, spiritual depth, Word of God, goals, fear of the deep
Lately there has been a lot of talk about spiritual formation and discipleship, and rightfully so. I think we can all agree there's a discipleship deficit in evangelicalism. Perhaps the elephant in the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 January 2015 / Multicultural
Tags: Bob Smietana, Lifeway Research, segregation, church, worshippers, pastors, Sunday morning, racial group, diversity, Protestant senior pastors, Evangelicals
Sunday morning remains one of the most segregated hours in American life, with more than 8 in 10 congregations made up of one predominant racial group.  And most worshippers like it that way. Two-thirds ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 January 2015 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, employment, pastors, church staff, jobs, informal network, resumes, influential person, recommendations, social media, reputations
This post may cause some of you to feel uneasy. I have to admit I've had some of those same feelings writing it. I prefer to think of pastoral ministry as a calling more than a job. And I sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 January 2015 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, young adults, unchurched, Christianity, LifeWay Research, dying, spiritual, relative, perception, churches, connection, share
There's an idea that Christianity in America is dying. No serious researcher—not one—thinks that. However, I still am surprised that some people think this. (For a quick analysis, see this ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 January 2015 / Finance
Tags: Faith, Finances, Gunnar Johnson, Gateway Church, economics, healing, wounded, stewardship, pastor, perspective, accountability
Picture in your mind what your church would look like if your people were financially free. Dwell on that image. Dwell on the impact your financially free congregation could have on your community, on ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 / College
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, young adults, drop out, church, first-hand faith, personal life, parents' pressure, relationship, Christ, Thom Rainer, Sam Rainer, Protestant, Evangelical
Despite all the fear-driven presentations you've heard, not every young person is walking out of the church the moment they finish high school and never coming back. Here's what you need to know. The young ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Communication
Tags: LifeWay Research, Chris Martin, Crossroads Christian Fellowship, communication, TCAT, assessment tool, community-based congregation, demographic swing, transition, minister, discipleship, mission, ...
... congregation. Becky, Pastor Valekis' wife and a leader in the church, said, "We started there [Crossroads] in 1999-2000, and we were about 100 percent commuter-based, I would guess. Then, by the time we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resuorces, church leaders, members, troubling statements, pastors, staff, community, discipleship church, money, small groups, guests
If you want your church to move toward a slow yet certain death, make certain your church leadership and membership affirms most of these 10 statements. They are troubling statements. Indeed, they are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Lake City Foursquare Church, transformation, assessment tool, TCAT, hard times, discipleship, community, small groups, adjustments, LifeWay Research
For Pastor Dave Chandler of Lake City Foursquare Church, an assessment provided the catalyst to address the areas in his church needing change. Lake City is in Moses Lake, Washington, a growing community ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: LifeWay Christian Resources, transformation, Mountain Vista Bible Church, TCAT, significant debt, consultation, worship experience
When interim pastor and church consultant Lavern "Bud" Brown was leading Mountain Vista Bible Church in Mesa, Arizona, through a time of transition, he decided it was the best time to assess the strengths ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, Christmas, Christ, holidays, poll, data, de-Christianization, Santa Claus, traditions, reason for the season, Jesus
In recent years there has been some significant discussion and controversy over the de-Christianization of Christmas. With shop workers being told to say "Happy Holidays," the over-emphasis of Santa Claus, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 December 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: LifeWay Research, Lakeview Church, transformation, mission, pastors, status quo, congregation, sharing the gospel, TCAT, overseas missions, worship, ministry, survival mode
It was time for things to change at Lakeview Church in Hickory, North Carolina. The church's longtime pastor had stepped down in 2012 and the congregation was looking for a new pastor. But they didn't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 December 2014 / Multi-Ethnic Ministry
Tags: Water of Life Church, New York City, Transformational Church Assessment Tool, serve, people, Latino families, Bronx, bivocational pastor, legalistic background, congregation, health, Hispanic, Spanish, ...
Water of Life Church was a growing congregation in New York City drawing predominately young Latino families in the Bronx. But while the members felt numerous improvements had been made since Carlos Franco ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, trends, churches, prediction, multi-site, multi-venue, megachurches, teacher, multi-preachers, denominations
... 200 in attendance that have more than one preacher or teacher. 3. The rapid increase in large churches functioning as quasi-denominations. The functions of denominations have historically included missions ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Thanksgiving, holidays, LifeWay Research, hunger, America, church-run food pantry, food supply, church, churchgoers, Feeding America
As the holidays approach, food pantries across the country will collect donations to help those in need.  Chances are some of the folks who donate also know what it's like to go to bed hungry. Nearly ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Shawn Akers, Israel, apathy, admiration, attitudes, Jewish people, Charisma Media, salvation, Standing With Israel, Jonathan Feldstein, backgrounds, beliefs, Orthodox Jew, Gazan conflict, Hamas, ...
Sad to say, but a little more than two years ago my interest in the State of Israel could be described as apathetic at best. Because I believe the Bible is the uncompromised Word of God—and I have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / Legacy
Tags: Wayne Hilsden, King of Kings Jerusalem, Israel, Holy Land, torch, truth, Arab Christian, Zionism, Millennials, Pew Research Center, younger generations
A few years ago I spoke at a conference plenary session at a prominent Christian university. The preceding speaker was an Arab Christian peace activist. The next day the two of us hosted a Q&A session ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Israel, ministries, Messianic, Wayne Hilsden, Dr. Michael Brown, Jonathan Bernis, King of Kings Community Jerusalem, Yeshua, Hebrew, Jewish Voice Ministries International, Ezra International
... Lifeshield Responding originally to disruptions in northern Israel during a 2006 war with Lebanon, this year's attacks from Gaza have shifted its emphasis to the country's southern region. Bowman felt ... [ +++ ]
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