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Created on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Joseph Mattera, Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill Church, resignation, accountability, board of elders, apostolic overseer, satellite churches, pastor, preacher, vulnerability, one-man brand
According to some reports, the aftermath of the resignation of Pastor Mark Driscoll as the lead pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle has resulted in losing about half of their 14,000 attendees. This will ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 November 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, words, power, life, death, tongue, transformative, believe, proud, leader, love, church family
"The tongue can bring death or life ..." (Prov. 18:21, NLT). There is so much power in your words. Your words can change a child's life. Your words can bring confidence and courage to a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 November 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, money, stewardship, struggling, finances, scarcity, budget, programs, impact, church, community, expenditures, accountability
A consistent theme of concern I have seen in many churches is in the area of church finances. Many church leaders operate out of a mode of scarcity instead of abundance. While I realize that churches cannot ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 October 2014 / Administration
Tags: Senior leader, Ron Edmondson, leadership, isolation, responsibility, business, churches, inactivity, 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 Thursday, 30 October 2014 / Media
Tags: publishing house, closing, Nazarene church, Beacon Hill Press, holiness literature, music, resources, Sunday school curriculum, economic downturn, crisis
... decreased dramatically over the last decade to the point that the company was forced to draw heavily on financial reserves to stay afloat. The economic downturn of 2008 only deepened the pending crisis." ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 / Preaching
Tags: David Siriano, rapture, early church, Left Behind, Great Tribulation, Lot, Sodom, Gomorrah, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Herod, Shepherd of Hermas, Ephrem, Assemblies of God
... Siriano was an Assemblies of God minister for 45 years before retiring from the pulpit in 2008. He is an author and teaches eschatology at North Point Bible College in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Jonathan Dodson, City Life Church, evangelism, believable, religious services, Christ, wisdom, incarnate, excarnate, responsibility, Jehovah's Witness, Mormon, love, suffering, despair, cynicism, ...
One in five Americans don't believe in a deity. Less than half of the population attends religious services on a regular basis. People simply find our evangelism unbelievable. Why? While a person's response ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Kurt W. Bubna, pastors, front door, back door, lost, church, small group ministry, invested, unrealistic expectations, connected, authority, position, character, skills
"Everybody is leaving someday!" When my pastor and friend of almost 40 years made that declaration, I was a bit shocked. He could see the look on my face, so he clarified, "We shouldn't get too bent out ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Joe McKeever, gems, wisdom, pastor, beginning, calling, New Orleans Baptist Association, training, shortcuts, Acts 16:25, Paul, Silas, Philippian jail, Jesus Christ, network, mentors, advisors, prayer ...
... early retirement from his firm to attend Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham. Then, in 2009, when Duane McDaniel succeeded me as DOM for the association, he asked Jack to take charge of our inner city ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 October 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Thom Rainer, revitalization, churches, resistant, pastors, decline, growth, communities, fearful, comfortable, denial, coasting, resources, hope, possibilities
You've heard my dire statistics from time to time. For example, nine out of 10 churches in America are either declining or growing more slowly than the community in which they are located. The overwhelming ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Reford Mott, comfort, church, family, happiness, ISIS, Muslim caliphate, systematic beheading, Christian, pray, strength, political correctness, values, Houston, Annise Parker, pastors
Like most people, I love my comfort. I love my church, life and my family. When I think about the future, I don't want to imagine a world that is so radically different from the one I know now—a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, idols, church leaders, heart check, John Calvin, strategy, skill, size, stats, alliances, progress, balance
Have you ever asked yourself as a church leader, do I worship something or someone other than God? It's a great question to ask and a great heart check. I'll stick my neck out and suggest ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Church planting, Mez McConnell, Niddrie Community Church, small groups, training, leaders, home church, building, costs down, demographic, community, congregate, extended family, friends, sense of ...
... the schemes.   Mez McConnell has been the Senior Pastor of Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh, U.K., since September 2007. Prior to that he spent four years with UFM Worldwide working with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Steve Murrell, discipleship, empowered church, Joey Bonifacio, Ministers Fellowship International, City Bible Church, Frank Damazio, WikiChurch, Holy Spirit, witnesses, apostles, growth, persecution, ...
It was a privilege to preach at City Bible Church during their Purple People (Purple Book) campaign and to teach WikiChurch discipleship principles at the Ministers Fellowship International (MFI) Focus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Troy Jackson, humility, church, culture, Timothy Thomas, Cincinnati, racial tension, Chris Beard, Pentecostal, Terry Thomas, redemption, repentance, Forgive Us, Civil Rights movement
In April 2001, an unarmed African-American teenager named Timothy Thomas was shot and killed by Cincinnati police. Thomas's death was the latest in a series of intriguing deaths of unarmed African-Americans ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, kingdom-centered church, box church, Constantine, marketplace, cathedrals, clergy, building, equipping, Bible, the Word, celebrated, sacred, mission
Ever since the fourth century when the Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal, the church progressively went from a decentralized "saints movement" to a temple-centered, "clergy-dependent" movement. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 / Fasting
Tags: Chuck Lawless, fasting, eating, local church pastor, evangelicals, believers, missionaries, God's kingdom, slow down, reflect, deepest longings, spiritual beings
Fasting—not our favorite topic. We don't usually like to talk about not eating. In fact, nobody talked to me about fasting when I was a young believer. I didn't learn about this spiritual discipline ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 October 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, social media, harm, good, church, communication, encouragement, attack, leaders, criticize, share the gospel, prayer requests
On a few occasions, I have addressed the topic of church leaders on social media. I obviously have a fascination with this form of communication. Indeed, I see it as one of the great modern-day vehicles ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 October 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: unchurched, Carey Nieuwhof, Christians, salvation, Jesus, Connexus Community Church, North Point
If you're like many Christians, you have an authentic desire to share your faith with people who don't yet follow Jesus. I know I do. One of my deepest longings is that every person would come to know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, phrases, youth ministry, Saddleback Church, work, hard, leader, terrible, character assassination, vision, direction, savior
I was thinking about three phrases I've said to my self from time to time. The problem is that they are either destructive or self-defeating phrases that get stuck in our minds and misdirect us. They ... [ +++ ]
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