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Created on Friday, 11 July 2014 / Community
Tags: Thom Rainer, dysfunctional, church, symptoms, theological errors, eschatology, denials, pastor eater, severe conflict, community, worship, attendance, decline
If you want to hear about really sick churches, then stick with me on this post. If you are tired about many of us writing about the sordid state of congregations, I understand. Skip this article and I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 July 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Justin Lathrop, blog, social media, pastor, ministry, ideas, notebook, genius, writing time, schedule, consistency, build audience, end goal, community, purpose, perspective, daunting, tool, res
Like it or not, times have changed. Blogging has now become a part of our everyday lives and engaging in the online world should be a priority as a pastor. While blogging is not technically mandatory, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, adversity, dying, church, life, autopsy, hard data, health, help, significance, influence, guilt, dependence, community, love, control, miracle
I have written another article that presented the findings of my "autopsy" on a church that recently closed its doors and died. I knew the church well because I had been their leadership's consultant 10 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 / Money
Tags: Joe McKeever, money, manipulation, pastors, Hagar, Africa, Internet, healing, spiritual gifts, signs, wonders, Satan, Garden of Gethsemane, contributors, decisions for Christ, servant, community
A stock cartoon situation that has set up punch lines for thousands of comics has someone climbing to the top of a mountain to consult a guru for his pearls of wisdom.  In today's Hagar comic strip, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, singles, congregation, hurting, pulpit, force, connections, dating service, community group, set up, married, segregation, resources, groups
In each of our churches, we have ministries and activities that cater to a specific group within the congregation. It makes sense to provide these places—a place for infants and toddlers, for fifth-graders, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Steve Murrell, church, pastor, leaking, environment, leaders, God's presence, Exodus, transformational preaching, empowered ministry time, participatory worship, mission, community, Victory Manila, ...
I recently spoke with a pastor whose church was leaking people. As soon as a family joined the church, another family vanished. As we were trying to discover the cause of the leak, I made up the following ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, Simply youth ministry, students, generalizations, awkward conversations, adults, video games, middle school, inclusive community, church, youth ministry
My son calls them, "Awkward conversations with adults." In an attempt for adults to make conversation with a teen boy the first question they often ask is, "What's your favorite video game?" It becomes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Creativity, church, community, teach, lead, worship, pastors, inviting space, opportunities, wiggle room, linear thinkers, voice, artists, contributions, expectations
In recent decades, churches haven't been known as hubs for creativity. Instead, churches have been known for doing things the same way—the same kind of worship, the same songs, the same bulletins, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Justin Lathrop, community, impact, struggles, social media, need, Hoot Suite, churches, office, relationships, coffee
In many parts of the country, churches are more ubiquitous than Starbucks—gracing every street corner with tall steeples and signs that catch the attention of passersby: "Honk if you love Jesus. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: John Burke, maturity, leader, prayer, Word, Bible, ministry, connected, God's Spirit, community, confessing, Bible, Reveal survey, reading, reflecting
The single best practice to change your spiritual life is ...? Before I tell you what research says, let me tell you what I've noticed in my own life and watching others over 25 years of ministry. About ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Somebody Cares International, Doug Stringer, humanitarian aid, Ministry Today, Houston, New Testament, gospel, impact, influence, church, ministry, heart, community, Jesus Christ
... Asia in late 2004, Somebody Cares partnered with local churches in Houston to provide more than $200,000 in cash and in-kind donations to the affected areas. Doors were opened to Somebody Cares partners ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Antioch Community Church, Waco, Texas, missions, young adults, Great Commission, Passion and Purpose, Russia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Antioch Ministries International
... and Uzbekistan; and formed an international missions organization called Antioch Ministries International. The church gained international attention in 2001 after the Taliban arrested two of its young ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, church names, trends, Bible study, denomination, affiliation, Baptist, Christ, Assembly, Community, unchurched, Internet, relationships
The call came from an eager young man starting a new church in Florida. He already had 50 people meeting in homes in Bible studies. They had secured a leased space to launch the church in just a few months. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: George O. Wood, smaller churches, dying, struggle, Assemblies of God, faithful, Holy Spirit, New Community Church, The Oaks, Texas, Chris Railey, community outreaches, miracle, extinction
... 80 people to nearly 700, with 1,200 decisions for Christ. This success story is miraculous but it’s also within reach of most of our churches on the brink of extinction. Let’s all do what we can to fan ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, rhythm, God, reconciliation, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, community, Genesis, Malachi, return, apostle Paul
Central to God’s heart is community. From before the beginning of time, God dwelt in the triune community of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He created man for community with Him and with each other. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 / Technology
Tags: Saddleback Church, Church Online, Jay Kranda, Rick Warren, fears, shrink, local church attendance, marketing tool, shallow community, disconnected generation
My big third-grade school project was a beast. Every 8-year-old had to do their final project in front of the class, and Mr. Michaels, my teacher—who might as well have been Michael Myers from horror film ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, big attendance, Easter, Mother's Day, Jesus, resurrection, Saddleback Church, Christmas Eve, evangelism, tool, morale, volunteers, prospect list, community, interest
Easter is coming! And it will be one of the most well-attended Sundays for churches this year. Wise church leaders will take advantage of the opportunity to present the simple but profoundly hopeful message ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 / Growth
Tags: Bob Rhoden, Four Faces of a Leader, Holy Spirit, Simeon, Richmond, Virginia, leaders, miracles, connection, Easter, community, demonic bondage
When the Holy Spirit chose to kick off a bold new outreach from the Antioch church (Acts 13:1-3), what voice box did He use? I’m inclined to believe it was either Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 13 February 2014 / Worship
Tags: Ray Jones, San Antonio, Texas, worship, leaders, generation, resources, recommendations, Community Bible Church, Kids Choir, multi-generational
Almost every week, I hear from pastors asking if I can recommend someone to lead worship for their congregation. Most of these are smaller churches or new church plants with limited resources. Most of ... [ +++ ]
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