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Church planters need a lot of encouragement and instruction. These are also good for other ministry leaders.
Slow, steady growth isn't as cool or exciting as explosive growth, but there are benefits.
Ministers have a responsibility to be diligent in checking the facts.
There are a lot of unfulfilled Christians, and that devastates our witness to the world.
Although they can easily be misused or misconstrued, stats are important for a number of reasons.
Our flesh is in a hurry to sin.
There are a lot of parallels between communicating with Olympians in Rio and communicating with teenagers in our ministries.
It's nothing that God Himself wouldn't long for.
Ministry rarely affords a light week, but most of your time should be spent doing this.
The possibilities for using television and other media to impact this generation for the kingdom are numerous.
These will help you ask some tough questions about yourself.
The job you have doesn't have to steal your joy.
People may not notice your efforts for a while, but give it time.
These meetings are important, so don't let them get stale.
As leaders, we have the opportunity to craft the culture of our organizations.
Don't hang around people who hang around.
This lady, and others like her, desperately need our prayers.
King Uzziah in 2 Chronicles knew about this all too well.
Let us care for what is happening, and pray for the Lord's people.
Our ministries need regular check-ups.
It leads some to wonder if seminaries are addressing these issues.
While there's nothing wrong with Christian pop music, Jesus would most certainly like us to pay attention to more substantive things in the kingdom.
The thunder rolls and storms drown a weak leader.
There are both pros and cons to this issue.
You know the types.
It will also be a huge benefit the people you serve.
Jesus didn't say, "stay in the church building." He said, "go."
God does not build unity out of conformity, but He builds unity out of diversity.
It will help you in times when you are opposed and are being criticized.
If doubts and questions about God's will for healing arise in your heart and mind, it's time to find out the real truth here.
These are often made by people who have never been involved with this type of ministry.
It would be more prudent to chase these godly traits instead.
Believers should all be willing to stick to these no matter what.
A handful of pastors lend their expertise on how to deal with this touchy subject.
The Holy Spirit uses this regularly.
If you think that makes you immune from sin, think again.
Thankfully, and with God's grace, these can be corrected.
Reconciliation can have a tremendous impact when demonstrated by men.
The risk of shallowness is a real one.
"It's a good thing to come to firm conclusions. But I don't think we need to have on boxing gloves."
It's a very delicate subject and a question with no simple answer. But here are some guidelines.
Long before there was a recovery or addiction program, Jesus used one of his greatest sermons to lay the foundation for our healing from every hurt, habit and hang-up!
It is simply a part of being a leader.
It is what Jesus would most likely do.
He has given you a good mind, but when it comes to life transformation, there are some big questions still to be answered.
You might be surprised at the number of churches that don't have an itinerary for this.
"Anything short of instilling an evangelistic heart in members isn't lasting."
How many of these things are you doing?
There's never been a more appropriate time for us, as Christians, to ask ourselves what Jesus wants his movement, his people, his Kingdom to stand for.