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Created on Monday, 26 January 2015 / Evangelism
Tags: Scott Attebery, evangelism, revival, God, fried chicken, intense worship, prayer, awakening, sovereignty, responsibility, Charles Simeon, fallow ground, Dr. Cornell Haan, Lighthouse Movement
Growing up, I remember the announcement every year in church: "Ladies, please sign up to bring food for next week's revival services." I loved that announcement. Why? Several reasons: Homemade fried chicken, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 January 2015 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, Mark Driscoll, personality, leader, congregation, crises, songs, services
After hearing of the dissemination of Mars Hill Church after Mark Driscoll's resignation, my heart sank. It's sad to see an organization rise and fall on the personality of one leader. Sure, there were ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 January 2015 / Worship
Tags: Worship, distractions, music, choir, praise team, unsmiling faces, poor musicians or singers, unprepared, preachy music directors, sermon topic, disconnection, media, lyrics
A few weeks ago, I posted findings on common worship distractions. Since that time, some readers have questioned me more specifically about our findings regarding the musical component of worship. So, ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Culture
Tags: Will Mancini, trend, churches, 2015, local predicament, kingdom concept, worship services, attendance, committed, decline, reality, halo-effect, Auxano
I like reading about trends and I like thinking about a long list of church trends. Two of my most widely read posts on church trends include: "5 Trends in Retail that Matter the Church (2013)" "11 Church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, God-centered, engaging, leader, boldness, prepare, forget, patience, Holy Spirit, move, connection, countenance, priority, throne of grace, effectiveness, songs, musi
When we gather to worship, what are we really hungry for? Why are we there? What is the goal? Is it: Songs? Great music? Entertainment? Powerful leadership? Answers to questions? God? Malcolm du Plessi ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Phil Cooke, Internet, powerful technology, online education, great causes, connect, culture of attack, Christian news sites, worship music, op-ed piece, heated comment, social media, blogs
There's no question that the Internet has brought Christianity many wonderful things. Today we have online education available to virtually everyone, social media that encourages people to support great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 December 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, mood, atmosphere, melody, crowd, emotion, worship leader, speaker, band, performance, feeling
The question needs to be asked: Are we in danger of worshiping worship? The mood. The atmosphere. The melody. The crowd. The emotion. Your favorite worship leader or your favorite speaker. The band. The ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 December 2014 / Deliverance
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, idolatry, church, sins, Ten Commandments, human sexuality, lifestyle choices, celebrity preachers, worship, entertainment, personal property, objectifying God, ethnicity
The greatest sin in the Bible by far is the sin of idolatry. Idolatry is when we violate the first of the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20), which is "You shall have no other gods before me." It is when we put ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: church, service, nervous, introvert, extrovert, worship, raising hands, praying aloud, socially awkward, group intercessory prayer, doing life together, external factors, show-off generation
I have a confession to make. I have spent my life in church. A preacher's kid, then a seminary grad. Now, after seven years of house church ministry, my wife and I are embarking on a new chapter. We don't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, bridge, generation gap, church, older, younger, membership class, testimonies, worship service, grandparenting ministry, pastoring, mentoring, small groups, multi-generational, pr
I've heard phrases like these dozens of times as I do church consulting: "Those newer folks just don't understand the way we do church" or "The older people are in the way of our growth." In many churches, ... [ +++ ]
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 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 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 Wednesday, 03 December 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, passion, zeal, heart on fire, missing the point, records, concerts, royalty checks, jobs, productions, emotional feelings, desperate, God, desire, fire, Paul
Worship. How would you define it? Hearing that word almost creates confusion. It has become so many things. Songs, services, singing and industry. Records, sold-out shows, iTunes charts and royalty ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 / Worship
Tags: Joe McKeever, worship, service, lies, enemy, whisper, wasting time, inspiration, worship leaders, pastor, preaching, hypocrite
The devil's first plan of attack is to get us to worship him. He tried that with our Lord, as recorded in Luke 4:7. "All these things will be yours if you will worship me." He soon found the futility ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Brandon Cox, growth, compromise, theology, megachurches, small churches, local, Leadership Network, worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship
I love small churches. I love medium-sized churches. And I love large churches and "megachurches" (typically defined as an evangelical congregation with 2,000 or more weekend service attenders). I also ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pride, humility, 1 Corinthians, Holy Spirit, conviction, truth, spiritual vital signs, knees, self-worship, prayer, fasting
When pride walks onto the platform, God walks off. Under major conviction from the Holy Spirit in 1995, in the early morning on a night when I could not sleep, God revealed this truth to me. It was not ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Church, worship, flags, banners, We Are Worship, local transformation, community, outreach, training, awakenings, Jesus
Most of us, if we're honest, look back to the days of our youth—those school and college years—and remember feeling a little confused as we searched for our identity. Whether we were raised ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 November 2014 / Communication
Tags: Chuck Lawless, worship, service, controversial topic, secret shoppers, starting late, distractions, disorganization, apathy, poor sound, video quality, loud music, incomprehensible words, grammatical ...
Worship is frequently a controversial topic, and it's not my goal with this post to add to those debates. I also realize that the focus of worship is God. Any attention we give to the human component of ... [ +++ ]
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