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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 Wednesday, 26 November 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Youth pastors, lies, Josh Griffin, truth, difference, serving, length of service, reality, church, teach, hypocritical life, God's spirit
From time to time, I've caught myself in a terrible lie. I start to believe something that couldn't be further from the truth—but at the time, it actually feels like the truth itself. Here are three ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, confessing, compromising church, Christians, pressure, Nazi Germany, society, religious liberty, culture, accommodation, Word of God, kingdom, ethnicity, methods of preaching, ...
During the days of Nazi Germany there arose a Confessing Church movement that rose against the German Church movement, which became the religious arm of the Fascist Nazi Socialist movement. Of the 18,000 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, biblical community, blocks, cohesiveness, intentional, small groups, micro-communities, church family, fellowships, interest groups, humility, honesty, mercy, unity, confidentiality
Churches must grow larger and smaller at the same time. The larger a church gets, the more intentional it has to be about being smaller, and small groups are the ideal way to create micro-communities within ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, sabbatical, paid leave, rejuvenation, deeper study, churches, pastors, break, vacations, vocations, highs, lows, on call, uninterrupted study, tenure, affirmation
The word "sabbatical" has different meanings, depending on the context in which it is used. It has one meaning in the academic community, another meaning in its biblical usage and still another in many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, weight, isolated, responsibility, senior leader, business world, nonprofits, churches, intentional, activity, vision, values, victories, velocity
One reason leadership can make a person feel isolated is the weight of responsibility on the one who claims to be the senior leader in an organization. Whether in the business world, in nonprofits ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, youth, ministry, attractional ministry, magnetic ministry, faith, abandonment, intergenerational opportunities, missional strategies, methodology
Over the past several years, one of the hottest topics in the youth ministry world has been faith abandonment—specifically, when kids "graduate" from youth group. It's an important conversation to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, genuine, friendly, church, guests, return rate, intentional, warmth, humility, worship service, website, clear signage, greeters ministry, information places
Several years ago, when I was involved in active church consultations, I assembled data on what I called GFCs, genuinely friendly churches. I set certain parameters for GFCs, and then I attempted to measure ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Israel, spiritual, replacement theology, end-times church, Grant Berry, Yeshua, scripture, Paul, Zion, Covenant, Jews, Gentiles, restoration
In order for us to understand that the church's reconnection to Israel in the Spirit is also connected to the last great outpouring and harvest that is to come upon the earth, we need to first understand ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Court of Appeals, Freedom From Religion Foundation, federal tax code provision, church-provided housing allowances, income, tax-free, unconstitutional
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an important decision Thursday in Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Lew, concluding that the federal tax code provision that treats church-provided ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, blocks, small groups, community, koinonia, frequency, authenticity, mutuality, accountability, encouragement, courtesy, sympathy
What the public generally knows about Saddleback Church is that we have a large weekend attendance. But what the outside world doesn't realize is that the strength of Saddleback is really in our small ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Greg Stier, first-time guests, churches, service, traveling evangelist, church shopping, parking lot team, smile, greeters, door, questions, dummy-proof signs, gospel, understand, weird, check-in ...
As a "traveling evangelist," I've had the privilege of preaching in churches from coast to coast. And, until I have the microphone on over my ear, most people have no clue that I'll be the preacher that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Chuck Lawless, enemy, Satan, upper hand, church, chaos, confusion, Jesus, cross, sin, difficulties, discouragement, evangelism, position, power, kingdoms
Let me start this post with a clear caveat: Satan will not ultimately win as he attacks God's church. Jesus broke the powers through His cross (Col. 2:15), and the enemy will eventually be cast into outer ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, church, sex, talk, culture, marriage, family, scrutiny, same-sex attraction, conviction, sexual sin, church sin, Christians, impurity, hostility, quarrelling, jealousy
How are you talking about sex at your church (or with your kids ... or with your friends) these days? Or are you talking about it? Sometimes when we don't know what to say, we say nothing. Or we say the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, immigration, gospel, global missions, nations, outreach, impact, church, lost people, different races, Asia, masses, Muslims, Christ
Immigration is changing how churches think about missions and outreach in North America, and rightly so. People are slowly waking up to the new cultural landscape that surrounds them—a landscape ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 November 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Mark Dance, LifeWay Research, pastors, prayer, plan, revitalization, Jesus, leaders, future church leaders, Missionary Small groups, David Francis
As goes the pastor, so goes the church. As goes the church, so goes the nation—and the world. Church revitalization begins with pastoral revitalization. Our spiritual health will directly affect ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 November 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, young adults, churched kids, panic, teens, college age, high school, frustrations, bar set low, ministries
The panic has been seeping in for a few years now. There are all sorts of statistics out there about "teens" leaving the church. Some say it starts around 15 years of age. Others say 80 percent of the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 November 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, pastors, job listings, empty positions, church, leaders, Christian Universities, seminaries, internships, future
I've been in serving in children's ministry full-time for about 25 years now. At 47, I'm definitely middle-aged. And, I'm starting to turn around and look behind me. What I see alarms me. There ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, Christmas, church growth, first-time guests, Easter, Mother's Day, community, gospel, relatives, friends, vision, members, morale, congregation, pool of volunteers, prospect list
One of the secrets of growth at Saddleback Church is that we use special days as an evangelism tool and to keep our members motivated toward the growth of our congregation. In a sense, Saddleback ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church service, first-time guests, greet, worship, unfriendly, unsafe, unclean, children's ministry, information kiosk, insider church language, church website, poor signage, ...
If you attend a church regularly, you've probably noticed the phenomenon. A guest shows up for a worship service, but he or she never returns. It is, unfortunately, a common issue in many churches. I did ... [ +++ ]
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