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Created on Friday, 21 February 2014 / Culture
Tags: Frank Viola, local church, institutional church, leaving, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Church of Latter Day Saints, assembling, anti-church, postchurch, Jesus Christ, Reggie McNeal, volunteers, anti-pastor, ...
It’s funny. We still live in a celebrity culture. Even Christians have chewed hard on it. Whenever a celebrity Christian author or blogger talks about “leaving church,” all of a sudden masses of Christians ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 February 2014 / Counseling
Tags: teacher, preacher, apostle, learn, teacher, Christ, college, seminary, languages, Hebrew, Jesus, God, education, church, Apostle Paul, Old Testament, Barnabas, Word, gospel, grow
I am a teacher. When I was a senior in high school, a classmate gave me one of those unforgettable moments that lives in one’s mind forever. Principal Andy Davis had summoned me to his office to help Jerry ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 February 2014 / Women
Tags: Christian, leaders, pastors’ wives, lonely, depression, loneliness, suffer, financial, struggles, husband, complaints, children, support, moves, meanness, mean, wife
My blog, ThomRainer.com, began as a source of information for pastors, staff and other Christian leaders. I have been incredibly blessed to discover a subgroup of my readership that has much to offer: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Os Hillman, Barna Research, trends, faith, work, calling, Christian community, professional, workplace, Jesus, tax collectors, prostitutes, marketplace, killer sheep
This month, a new study came out from Barna Research on trends in faith, work and calling. There were some surprising facts that came from the study that every church leader should take to heart. The study ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preach, sermons, conclusion, Christ, gospel, message, summarize, redemption, emotional intensity, specific response, personal, opportunity, commitment
Some of the greatest preachers in history were great at introducing and delivering sermons but poor at closing them. We preach Christ, and we preach a gospel that calls for commitment, so powerful preaching ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, Jesus, stuff, heart, unchurched, youth, Christian school, salvation, temptation, flesh, righteousness, fellowship, testimony, pride, lust
Last week I had a really interesting conversation with a group of freshmen. It all started with this question from one girl: “So, in church, they’re always talking about asking Jesus into your heart. I’m ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brandon Cox, social media, church, engage, world, Jesus, Paul, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Christians, Rick Warren, online, mission, Great Commission, Internet, community, lost, unsaved
As we develop a driving philosophy of why to take up the mantle of social media engagement, it’s important to understand that the purposes for engaging the culture this way are the same purposes that led ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Worship
Tags: Church, choirs, Don Chapman, irrelevant, churchgoer, boring, outdated music, rehearsal, volunteers, busy, vibrant praise choirs, modern worship leader, Christmas, Easter, money, assistant
“I hate choirs!” So said a friend of mine recently at lunch as we discussed ministry matters. He’s your typical, middle-aged churchgoer with a wife and three kids. I could understand “dislike,” but “hate?” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 January 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, misconceptions, pastors, Christian leaders, ambition, master plan, big purpose, dreams, great leader, humility, fear, contentment, laziness
Many leaders never achieve the level of influence they could potentially have because they drift through life on autopilot, maintaining the status quo, without a big ambition. They have no master plan, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, relationships, spiritual warfare, fight, battle, flesh and blood, darkness, evil, Paul, Jesus Christ, ministry, Satan, demonic forces, advance, gospel
Only days ago, a pastor wrote to me about how one of his staff members had split their church and took some members in order to start another church. The pastor was concerned, hurt, and requested prayer. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, hurting, challenging, immoral, community, Pew Research, clergy, moral failures, widespread coverage, Christian faith, nation, marginalize, tenure, entitlement mentality, social ...
A day does not pass that I do not hear from a hurting pastor. Serving in that role has to be one of the most challenging vocations today. Sure, there are some bad and immoral pastors. But the vast majority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Impact Nations, Jesus, gospel, more, Christ, peacemakers, follow
Jesus has invited us to a life of "more." It is what we were created for­—to move in the eternal and all-embracing purposes of the Creator. Jesus called it abundant life. But what does "more" look like, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 January 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Doug Stringer, pulpit, responsibility, degenerate, worldly, church, well-intentioned Christians, Good News, A.W. Tozer, Charles Finney, Rowland Hill, 2 Chronicles 7:14
It seems more and more that we are living in a land of paradoxes. While we are all the beneficiaries of sacrifices made for the foundations laid by which we enjoy the liberties and freedoms in our nation, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, Christ Fellowship Church, Palm Beach, volunteers, curriculum, vision, role, energy, passion
Volunteers get tired. Even the most committed, faithful ones. If you want to keep them for the long haul, then you have to infuse them with new life during these times. Here are four ways to give your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Chris Christie, Bridgegate, press conference, Phil Cooke, email, downfall, Google, police, government, courts, NSA
Chris Christie may be finished as a presidential candidate, and maybe not. But either way, he experienced a potentially catastrophic event this past week with his now famous “Bridgegate” problems. While ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 January 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, media, pastor, mega-church, small congregation, gospel, consultant, workshop, quality people, quality equipment, tell a story, Christian lingo, package
As a media consultant, I have the opportunity to help some of the largest churches and ministries in the country create effective, high quality media outreaches. In most cases, they are experienced, committed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kyle Corbin, youth ministry, town, hamlet, village, recreation center, blue collar workers, recreation guide, walk, connection, Youth for Christ
My assumption is that very few of us are fortunate enough to do ministry in the area in which we were born. I am not talking about the state or province, but rather the actual town, city, hamlet or village. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rob Pochek, leader, change, church, Ecclesiastes, Christ, relationship, Reformation, denomination, battles, worship, facility
Change is inevitable. Equally inevitable is the difficulty that is faced by anyone seeking to effect change. Leading change in the life of a church is no different; it is difficult. The question is why. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, ultimate goal, preaching, Christlikeness, character, convictions, conduct, information, Bible, obedience, behavior modification, challenges, disciples, repentance
If God’s objective for every believer is to transform us into total Christlikeness, then the objective of preaching is to motivate people to develop Christlike convictions (to think like Jesus), Christlike character ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 January 2014 / Youth
Tags: Tony Myles, More Than Dodgeball, trends, current, U.S., youth ministry, Miley Cyrus, Duck Dynasty, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Google, Christian
How do you get students to start serving and affecting their culture in the name of Jesus Christ? Maybe it begins by being in the loop on past and current trends. You’ve probably heard all the flashy headlines ... [ +++ ]
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