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Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Kenny Burchard, pastors, John Piper, Christian ministry, body of Christ, Saul, king, Gene Edwards, A Tale of Three Kings, church leadership, model
Hopefully, if you're in pastoral work (or you work on a ministry staff at a church) you've read John Piper's great book, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, and have embraced his conclusion that "the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, multiethnic, multicultural, churches, pastors, leaders, kingdom of God, Revelation 7, tribe, nation, tongue, simplicity, growth, changes, barriers
The church is called to be both an instrument and sign of the kingdom of God. As an instrument, the church is God's agent in the world, showing and sharing the love of Jesus to a broken and hurting world. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, culturally relevant, churches, cool, music, coffee, diversity, attract new people, conversation, lose focus, Jesus, sacrifice, truth
The concept of church is thousands of years old, yet we're still understanding, debating and re-forming what we believe church should look like. We all grew up with different experiences of church. Some ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 02 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Brandon Cox, growth, compromise, theology, megachurches, small churches, local, Leadership Network, worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship
I love small churches. I love medium-sized churches. And I love large churches and "megachurches" (typically defined as an evangelical congregation with 2,000 or more weekend service attenders). I also ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnston, youth ministry, longevity, long haul, guarantee, local church, silver bullet, refuse, exit, off ramp, money, regular hours, burnout
Everybody likes guarantees, and in youth ministry there are few. But if you are hoping to stay involved in youth ministry in a local church setting for the long haul, I know the secret—the silver ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, trends, churches, prediction, multi-site, multi-venue, megachurches, teacher, multi-preachers, denominations
... 200 in attendance that have more than one preacher or teacher. 3. The rapid increase in large churches functioning as quasi-denominations. The functions of denominations have historically included missions ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Blake Lorenz, Samson, church, asleep, awaken, Leonard Ravenhill, Pentecost, prison, Rees Howell, money, perseverance, strength, sea of sin, power, spirits, Savior, Jesus
As I read a word from Leonard Ravenhill, two concerns began to stir in my soul. One was his insight that all it took for a great man of God to fall, Samson, was for him to sleep. And then I think ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Church, worship, flags, banners, We Are Worship, local transformation, community, outreach, training, awakenings, Jesus
Most of us, if we're honest, look back to the days of our youth—those school and college years—and remember feeling a little confused as we searched for our identity. Whether we were raised ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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