Faith

Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pastor, faithfully, challenge, professionally, personally, new year, evaluation, examination, relationships, church culture, elevate, Christ, walk, spirituality, leadership, future
With the holiday season looming, how can you end the year faithfully? In other words, pastor, what should your focus be for these last few days of the year? You can lead aimlessly to nowhere or aim ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Cancer, transition, Percy McCray, prayer, optimism, stress, immune system, National Institute of Health, God Changes Your Brain, Our Journey of Hope, faith
Belief can make the difference for a life in transition. During difficult times when an individual must prioritize their health, a spiritual or religious faith can ease tensions, boost attitude and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 November 2013 / Culture
Tags: Manny Pacquiao, pound-for-pound church, odds, oppponent, punch, Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, greatness, numbers, church health, disciple making, God's justice, missions, faith, fruitfulness, weaknesses, ...
Greatness must involve victory over quality opposition or significant odds. In the boxing world, I have just described Manny Pacquiao. You don’t even have to love boxing to admire and respect ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, preaching, teaching, exhorting, proclaiming, Bible, organization, Psalms, faith, worship
Most preachers would rather preach than teach. Even the names say that, don’t they?  We call pastors “preachers,” not “teachers.”  And yet … In seminary, we used up an entire class period one ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 November 2013 / Money
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors, effective, ministry, excellence, budget, financial resources, church plant, values, faithraising, discipling
When we began planting Grace Hills, we didn’t have the quarter of a million dollars that some church plants in America start out with. We had way less than that, in fact, so we had to figure out how to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 October 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Deborah Wipf, pastors, happy, faithful, volunteers, planning, supplies, equipment, church beautification, expectations, background checks, delegation, responsibility, compelling vision, documentation, ...
We all are familiar with the 10 Commandments; so I thought I’d have some fun and create a version for leading church volunteers. I also have a set for how to be an all-star volunteer. Stay tuned for that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, preachers, pastors, Christ, new creations, baptisms, career, seminary, worship, give, preach, serve, minister, faith
Nothing affirms a pastor more than seeing people come to Christ and become new creations. That’s why ministers whose churches are regularly baptizing new believers cannot wait to tell you about it. They’re ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 October 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Edmondson, structure, faith, policies, processes, growing church, dependence on God
This is an opinion post. In fact, this is an opinion blog. Unless I’m quoting Scripture, you can dismiss everything I write as one person’s opinion. Mine. But, this is an opinion post about a problem I’ve ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, fears, church planting, coaching, leap of faith, congregation, finances, checkbook balance, giving, departures
Having planted two churches and now working with church planters on a regular basis in a coaching capacity, I know first hand the fears associated with the situation. It’s a leap of faith and one God is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, church, believe, miracles, faith, challenges, Kingdom domination, Acts, declaration, city, measurable impact
"Those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. ... Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ. ... And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Dan Reiland, big ministry, small churches, Pastor's Coach, courage, investment, faith, competence, patience, love
Lakeside Wesleyan Church, in Lakeside, Calif., was the first church I served as a staff member. It was a small church, and I learned much! Rich Lauby was the pastor then, and the church accomplished significant ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Research, church, southern Indiana, pastor, ministry, faithful, salvation, criticism, Word, prayer, grudge, challenges
It was 30 years ago that I began serving a small rural church in southern Indiana. I was so incredibly green then; I’m glad I didn’t always realize it. I loved those people in that church and, for some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Phillips, rain, summer, Rich Mullins, screen door, submarine, faith, works, Awesome God, Christian music, money, royalty checks, stocks, bond, retirement
It’s funny. I don’t remember moving to Seattle. To my friends in the Seattle area, those of us in East Tennessee are beginning to be able to relate to you. This year, we have been inundated with rain. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth leader, Jesus, youth ministry, relationships, students, potential, talk, challenge, faith
I’ve learned that relating to students is more about what you do than who you are. I wrote a post a while ago called “The Bs to Being a Great Youth Leader,” and it was about clearing up the misconceptions of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 August 2013 / Culture
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, Preachers of LA, reality television, condemnation, judgement, Christianity, church, America, Kenneth Hagain, Faith Library, career, sexual indiscretion
Beginning this fall, a major television network will begin airing a new reality show called Preachers of L.A. Before you continue reading this article, please view this trailer. Though every ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, introvert, church, people, connecting, insolation, Susan Cain, Adam McHugh, evangelicalism, atmosphere, faith, awareness
Some of you may find this surprising, but I’m an introvert. I first made the confession in this blog post back in 2012. Now, just because I’m an introvert, that doesn’t mean I don’t like connecting with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 July 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Kim Martinez, doubt, Thomas, faith, lack of faith, belief, practicality, journey, boldness, questions
We know Thomas best by his famous statement soon after Jesus’ resurrection: “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t believe it.” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, dumb, frustration, congregation, golf, comedian, pulpit, faithful, attendance, offerings
We preachers sometimes torture the faithful with our complaints about the unfaithful. We don’t mean to do that. It’s just something that happens, usually as a result of our frustration. Listen to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Sean Dunn, mask, deceit, judgment, healing, cleansing, battles, shame, desperation, Bible, defeated faith, routine, internal prayers
My mask was failing. I had worked so hard to keep people out, to keep them from seeing the real me, that I hadn’t invested the energy in allowing God to clean up the stuff I was trying to hide. My ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, churches, life change, strategy, success, hard work, mission statement, faith card, pastors, leaders
Booz & Company just recently completed a study asking leaders about their business strategy. Based on their research, they found that most executives don’t believe their company’s strategy is understood ... [ +++ ]
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