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Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 / Community
Tags: Mark Howell, pervasive community, church, unconnected people, community, small-group ministry, weekend service, friendly, sticky points, street, seat, empathy, vision
If you believe that unconnected people are always one tough thing away from never being at your church again, then you have all the motivation you need to invest in building a pervasive sense ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 / Administration
Tags: Greg Atkinson, multisite churches, campus pastor, vision, values, shapes, sizes, cookie-cutter approach, North Point, Buckhead Church, Transformation Church, challenges
I've been a campus pastor previously, and I'm preparing to be a campus pastor again. You may think I'm thinking, "I've got this." Nope. I pray and think all the time about the learning curve that I'm about ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church, disappear, leave, burn out, injury, distractions, life change, mistakes, power struggle, lack of connection, issues
One disappointment I have had in ministry is watching people come to church, get excited for a time, then disappear. You spend energy and heart on people, grow to love them and get excited about them, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, church leaders, healthy, toxic, poisonous, pastors, fruit, Spirit, minimalist, structure, accountability, behavior, favoritism, critical, anger outbursts, manipulation, transparency, ...
Most church leaders are godly and healthy. A toxic church leader, one that figuratively is poisonous to the organization, is rare. But it is that church leader who brings great harm to churches and other ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Dan Reiland, cultivation, faith, church, Kingswood University, pastoral theology, 12Stone Church, evangelism, environment, Kevin Myers, hope, challenges, gospel, inspiration, investment
Dr. David Smith from Kingswood University located in Sussex, New Brunswick Canada, invited me to teach a class as part of their Masters of Pastoral Theology. The class title is "The Missional Pastor: Evangelism ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 October 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, structure, healthy church, collapse, wineskins, growth, plateau, internal conflict, leaders, discouragement, personal renewal, corporate renewal, community, mission renewal, structural ...
Structure is far more important that we usually realize. Every building in the world has to have the right structure to stand up and not collapse. Living things have structure as well. An animal can grow ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, media, platform, audience, reach, strategy, vision, local TV, billboards, social media, church youth director, radio, newspaper advertising, multi-cultural, faith
Too many people use media randomly, with no real strategic vision. Perhaps a friend recommended local TV, or a board member suggested billboards, or a church youth director likes social media. All these ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, market-driven culture, biblical Christianity, contemporary, evangelical church, Hebraic mindset, growth, quality, competition, humility, accomplishments, being, individualism, co
When I say "market driven" I am referring to the contemporary ethos in culture whose only value is infinite growth and production. This market-driven culture is equally present in the contemporary evangelical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, volunteer, children's ministry, conversation, background check, red flag, safety, affirm, church family, drug conviction, reference, application
I recently sat down with someone who wanted to serve in our children's ministry. I knew going into the conversation that he would not be able to serve at this time. His heart was in the right place ... ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, tenure, pastor, church, traits, prayer, staff, family time, ministry, community, battles, accountable, conflict, criticism
Imagine what might take place if pastors consistently stayed at churches for 10 or more years. Imagine that their tenure was largely healthy. Imagine what would happen in our congregations. The median ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 / Community
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, lost, sinners, broken, churches, Christians, spiritually stable, unchurched, friends, separated, compassion, dysfunctional family, serve, save
It is a natural thing for Christians to want to be around other Christians. Something special happens in the fellowship of believers. We can worship freely, study deeply, and communicate clearly. Hanging ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Charis Hillman Brown, Os Hillman, Christians, media attention, negative, Jesus, Harvard University, LGBT group, Westboro Baptist Church, abortion clinics, gay pride parades, Tim Tebow, Ira Glass, ...
Have you ever noticed that most of the media attention Christians receive is negative? As I have worked with my dad and seen a lot of the media response to Christianity, it has me really confused. The ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, changes, church culture, worship leader, jeans, tie, iPhones, blended services, Saddleback Church, North Point, Celebration Church, alive, obedient, needs, requirements
These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I'm invited to preach have these things in common: Almost no man wears a necktie or suit. On the platform you find all kinds of musical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 September 2014 / Singles
Tags: Scott Attebery, singles ministry, church, relationships, class, lost and found, Christ, common struggles, grace, in touch, trendy, demographic
"I don't belong here." That was the first thought that entered my mind when I walked into the room labeled, "singles." I had recently relocated and was interested in building relationships in my new church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 September 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, small groups, local church, transformational, connection, fellowship, community, burdens, church walls, gospel transformation, corporate worship
If you think community is an important part of healthy church life, and I hope you do, then small groups should also be important to you. They are actually crucial to the life of any church. I'm not the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 September 2014 / Special Needs
Tags: LifeWay Research, mental illness, churches, guidance, distress, Protestant, senior pastors, Focus on the Family, severe depression, churchgoers, spirituality, Ed Stetzer
... Among them were 200 churchgoers. A third survey polled 207 Protestant family members of people with acute mental illness. Researchers also conducted in-depth interview with 15 experts on spirituality and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Chuck Bomar, target, millennials, label, attraction, church, perspective, generations, denominations, college students, older generations, dehumanize
Some leaders try to figure out what attracts younger people to a church. But it's another thing to actually provide belonging for them. Let's look at that from a little different perspective. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, preschool, early childhood, ministry, church, childcare, elementary, pre-ten, students, culture, chapel, nursery, Bible, songs, God's Word
How important is the preschool/early childhood ministry in your church? Many people think preschool ministry is simply "childcare" and not as important as elementary, pre-teen or student ministry. This ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, consulting, offering, money, financial stewardship, churches, congregation, pastors, key leader, worship, communication, vision, mission, gifts
I have been visiting and consulting with churches and church leaders for over 25 years. Do you know what that means? Mostly, it means that I'm old. But it also means I have seen a lot of what takes place ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: J.D. King, World Revival Church, growth, Africa, Asia, Brazil, China, antagonistic environment, church, Roman Empire, Jesus, Ramsey MacMullen, Pentecostal beliefs, signs, wonders, healing, deliverance, ...
One question continually being asked is, "How can the Christian church grow?" This issue is particularly relevant as we consider the harsh realities being imposed upon us today. How does the church find ... [ +++ ]
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