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Created on Thursday, 04 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, young leaders, church, pastors, love, prayer, passion, energy, globally minded, heroes, hard questions, Great Commission, bureaucracy, financial guidance, American, balance
I have previously posted here about what we older leaders need to hear from young church leaders, but I continue to learn from them and about them. They are passionate, energetic, globally minded, committed ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 08 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Christianity, Bible, culture, Believers, doctrines, practices, church, Scripture, Evangelicals, American Dream, corporate vision, destiny, stewardship, individual prosperity
It has been evident to numerous biblical scholars that often (if not most of the time) believers (including preachers) interpret the Bible through the lens of their culture. This has resulted in many beliefs, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, media ministry, success, Joel Osteen, Billy Graham, Joyce Meyer, Salvation Army, American Bible Society, whole package, production quality, creativity, response, training, media buying, ...
Pastors and ministry leaders come to me from time to time and ask an interesting question: "Do for me what you did for Joel Osteen." Apparently, they think it's easy. But whenever I've worked with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, medium, television, Christian, message, churches, ministries, nonprofits, Nielsen, cable, satellite, America's Last Great Campfire, worldwide web, statistics
... research firm Nielsen, here's some interesting new facts: The average home in America now receives 189 television channels. It's a significant increase from 2008, when the average home received 129 channels. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, America, church, trends, dying, missiology, Christian, atheist, Jewish, cultural, congregational Christian, convictional Christian, Evangelicals, nominals, nones
Despite what many think, the church in America is not dying (and no serious researcher thinks that). However, there are some challenges and changes to be considered. When we consider missiology, part of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 May 2014 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, revival, Great Awakening, United States, Africa, Asia, National Day of Prayer, Azusa Street Revival, Charismatic Movement, Pensacola, Latin America, Brazil, social media, communal ...
This past week I had a private dinner with a prominent African bishop who was involved in a mighty national awakening in Uganda. This dinner, and the fact that last week was the National Day of Prayer ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 May 2014 / Community
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, American church, China, Asia, Brazil, South America, body of Christ, Pentecost, Jews, Jerusalem, revival, Great Awakening
... the churches influence has ebbed and flowed across the globe over 2000 years. We would all agree that the church began in Jerusalem. By the middle of the first century the influence of the gospel made ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 May 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Derwin Gray, educational system, America, memorize, information, Christianity, Bible concepts, Pharisees, scriptures, Jesus, hearts, head, hands
In the American educational system, from first grade all the way up through high school, we're taught to memorize information and then take a test. If we pass the intellectual test, then we move on to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 May 2014 / Missions
Tags: Mission field, college students, summer, caution, earth, America, intentional, suggestion, opportunity, misconceptions, orphans, teaching, focus point, wisdom, connecting points, relationships
College ministry in the summer can be an interesting beast to tame. Some of our ministries aren’t really affected by the summer months; others blow up with all their college students coming back home, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 April 2014 / Culture
Tags: Greg Stier, churches, America, Protestant, Starbucks, converts, Colorado, Grace Church, outreach, evangelism, prayer
Right now there are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America. Just do the division—300,000 divided by 50 states—and that equals 6,000 churches per state. Wow! That’s a lot of churches! Think about it ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, preaching, Word, orator, prophet, talent, James Earl Jones, Praise God, messages, inspire, push change, patronizing, sin, African-American tradition
In the book Sacred Art: Preaching and Theology in the African-American Tradition, Olin Moyd quotes Peter T. Forsyth, who said, “The Christian preacher is not the successor of the Greek orator, but of the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 March 2014 / Communication
Tags: Brandon Cox, social media, church plant, formula, America, launch, hackers, money, Facebook, Twitter, proof, advertising, search engines
There’s a formula for launching a church in America: Collect lots of money. Spend lots of money getting the word out. Turn a big crowd of strangers into a church. It’s easy—if you have lots of money. But ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / 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, 17 February 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: LifeWay Research, racial diversity, ethnic group, Martin Luther King Jr., Ed Stetzer, segregated, multi-ethnic church, pastors, U.S. Census Bureau, Native Americans, African-Americans, Hispanic
Having a racially diverse church remains more dream than reality for most Protestant pastors. More than 8 in 10 (85 percent) say every church should strive for racial diversity, according to a survey from ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, Soul Preaching, easy, shout, pain, emotional release, positive, superficial, African-American style, diagnosis, gravy, good outcome, incarnation
The other day I was listening to a preacher close a sermon about pain. The preacher preached about the very real struggle with pain and suffering that we all have to encounter in this life. In typical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, fall, America, The Harbinger, banks, economic calamities, Great Depression, 2012 presidential election, China, Russia, Obamacare, NSA, mass chaos, U.S. dollar
... by runs on banks and economic calamities), to a severe economic crisis far worse than what happened globally in 2008! All in all, most who I speak to portend a major financial correction is soon coming ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, church trends, 2013, missiology, study, dying, America, transition, trends, fastest-growing churches, multisite churches, evolution, church buildings, continualist Christians, ...
... us in our shared mission once again. In the American context, 2009 was a turning point in regards to the perception of Christianity’s health in the United States. That year, the results of the American ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, unchurched, overchurched, African-American, white, high school students, racism, struggles, God, stereotypes, skin color, shallow, Christ, Aslan Youth
I need to begin with context. Our ministry is a multisite urban youth ministry. We work with a mix of “churched,” “unchurched,” “dechurched” and “overchurched” students. Our students are primarily African-American. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 October 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Ed Stetzer, Calvary Chapel, Chuck Smith, cancer, Protestantism, evangelicalism, evangelist, Viral Churches, Reinventing American Protestantism, sheep, Bible, verses, legacy, church planting
Like many of you, I found out Thursday morning that Calvary Chapel founder and pastor Chuck Smith has died. He was 86. Charismanews.com has a helpful obituary. Chuck and Calvary Chapel have played ... [ +++ ]
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