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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, 11 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Kathryn Scott, lost people, Jesus, Ireland, Causeway Coast Vineyard Church, intentional direction, vision, collision, community outreach, purpose, Great Commission, faith, model, church
When we moved to the North Coast of Northern Ireland and planted the Causeway Coast Vineyard Church back in May 1999, we had no idea what it would look like. The only thing we knew for certain was we wanted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 August 2014 / Administration
Tags: Brian Dodd, practices, effective, churches, worship experience, contemporary, traditional, biblical community, next generation, balance, outreach, global efforts
The following is another installment from my friends at MAG Bookkeeping. If your church needs bookkeeping or virtual assistance, there is no one I recommend more. You can contact this wonderful organization ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Pastors, ministerial leaders, suicide, depressed, difficult issues, escape, hopeless, discouraged, Christian, non-Christian, community, talking about suicide, indicators, teens, elderly, self-vi
He was a business acquaintance and a good friend. We did not commonly spend time together outside of necessary meetings, but when we did there was a mutual enjoyment of each other's company. From the outside ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 August 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: National Association of Evangelicals, board, survey, church growth, biblical teaching, outward focus, strong vision, mission, Leith Anderson, biblical authority, community, needs, care
The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) asked its board of directors, which includes denominational leaders, pastors and other evangelical leaders, for the main characteristics they notice in growing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Communication
Tags: Ron Edmondson, inadvertent, closed, church, closed for business, Sunday, community, friendships, happy, greeting, parking lot, confusion, signage, visitors, language, acronyms, closed groups, ho
I was running recently on a route I've run many times, but I missed this sign until this particular run. It was too "good" not to stop and take a picture with my phone. I saw the sign and the first word ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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