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Created on Friday, 11 October 2013 / Education
Tags: Chuck Lawless, LifeWay Resources, dean, professor, continuing education, mentor, graduates, growth, Christian life, learn, humility, theological issues
I admit my bias here. I am a seminary dean and professor, and I believe in education. Students help to pay my salary. They have become my friends, my mentees, my children in the faith. Graduates make me ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 October 2013 / Money
Tags: pastor, salary, congregation, church, wrinkle, supplies, utilities, leadership, LifeWay Christian Services, tax credit, Apostle Paul, money, Timothy, bi-vocational
Every once in a while, someone comes up with a new wrinkle on church headaches. A young pastor friend wrote to say the church he now serves went through a split a year or so before he arrived, and the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 September 2013 / Environment
Tags: Thom Rainer, power groups, churches, LifeWay Research, family owned, operated, deacons, work-around warriors, benevolent dictators, formal alliances, money managers, past-is-present protectors, ministry ...
This topic will cause some discomfort for many of you. The very thought of the presence of power groups seems contrary to the spirit and grace of the gospel. But power groups are very real in churches. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, loneliness, pastor, observations, pain, ministry, causes, giving, receiving, defensive mode, burnout, moral failure, depression
The conversation took place recently. A young man told me his dad, a pastor, recently committed suicide. He talked about the pain his father experienced in ministry as well as the intense loneliness. Though ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, evaluation, church health, assessment, Bible, body of Christ, Paul, supernatural, relationships, ecclesiological structures, traditions
... from that study, however, is that men are closing the gap. From 1989 to 2009, the gulf shrank from seven years to just over five. The reason? Males were living healthier lifestyles and had become more ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Research, church, southern Indiana, pastor, ministry, faithful, salvation, criticism, Word, prayer, grudge, challenges
It was 30 years ago that I began serving a small rural church in southern Indiana. I was so incredibly green then; I’m glad I didn’t always realize it. I loved those people in that church and, for some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ed Stetzer, assessment, culture, Christians, credibility, benefit, LifeWay Research, growth, honesty, trustworthiness, Transformational Church
... aren’t always friendly. So while I often say “facts are our friends,” they aren’t always friendly. For example, in 2009, LifeWay Research found that 55 percent of church attendees believed they had grown ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Ranier, LifeWay, confessions, broken pastor's wife, commenters, encouragement, email, nerve, good pastors, good people, good family people, priorities, spouses, vows, hurting, Timothy
I love the community that has formed on my blog. There are several people who are regular commenters; they have become a part of my blog's family, and I feel like I know them. Some of them come to the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, winner, whiner, wayward, fruit, small town, worship leader, cause, poison, seeds, commitment, vision, off course, wicked types
“They have eyes, and yet they don’t see.” Many leaders don’t see the fruit that is about to manifest in those around them. All they can see is the tree. A tree can look strong, weak, ugly or handsome, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, Lifeway, poll, pastors, work, week, hours, Twitter, accuracy
...  (Full-time Pastors)  2008 LifeWay Research Poll (Part-Time & Full-Time Pastors) Less than 40 hours 3% 16% 40-49 hours 47% 19% 50-59 hours 40% 30% 60-69 hours 7% 27% 70 hours or more 3% 8% ... [ +++ ]
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