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Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Communication
Tags: LifeWay Research, Chris Martin, Crossroads Christian Fellowship, communication, TCAT, assessment tool, community-based congregation, demographic swing, transition, minister, discipleship, mission, ...
... congregation. Becky, Pastor Valekis' wife and a leader in the church, said, "We started there [Crossroads] in 1999-2000, and we were about 100 percent commuter-based, I would guess. Then, by the time we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resuorces, church leaders, members, troubling statements, pastors, staff, community, discipleship church, money, small groups, guests
If you want your church to move toward a slow yet certain death, make certain your church leadership and membership affirms most of these 10 statements. They are troubling statements. Indeed, they are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Lake City Foursquare Church, transformation, assessment tool, TCAT, hard times, discipleship, community, small groups, adjustments, LifeWay Research
For Pastor Dave Chandler of Lake City Foursquare Church, an assessment provided the catalyst to address the areas in his church needing change. Lake City is in Moses Lake, Washington, a growing community ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: LifeWay Christian Resources, transformation, Mountain Vista Bible Church, TCAT, significant debt, consultation, worship experience
When interim pastor and church consultant Lavern "Bud" Brown was leading Mountain Vista Bible Church in Mesa, Arizona, through a time of transition, he decided it was the best time to assess the strengths ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, Christmas, Christ, holidays, poll, data, de-Christianization, Santa Claus, traditions, reason for the season, Jesus
In recent years there has been some significant discussion and controversy over the de-Christianization of Christmas. With shop workers being told to say "Happy Holidays," the over-emphasis of Santa Claus, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 December 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: LifeWay Research, Lakeview Church, transformation, mission, pastors, status quo, congregation, sharing the gospel, TCAT, overseas missions, worship, ministry, survival mode
It was time for things to change at Lakeview Church in Hickory, North Carolina. The church's longtime pastor had stepped down in 2012 and the congregation was looking for a new pastor. But they didn't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 December 2014 / Multi-Ethnic Ministry
Tags: Water of Life Church, New York City, Transformational Church Assessment Tool, serve, people, Latino families, Bronx, bivocational pastor, legalistic background, congregation, health, Hispanic, Spanish, ...
Water of Life Church was a growing congregation in New York City drawing predominately young Latino families in the Bronx. But while the members felt numerous improvements had been made since Carlos Franco ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Jonathan Dodson, evangelism, eternal life, failure, Jesus, doctrine, argument, heart, instruction, gospel metaphors, Francis Schaeffer
If our evangelism is increasingly unbelievable, what can we do to be more believable to an inoculated, indifferent and, at times, antagonistic society? In evangelistic seminars, people are often asked ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 December 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Brandon Cox, counselors, broken, atmosphere, life's hurts, healing, spiritual health, relationships, church members, Grace Hills Church, Saddleback Church, Rick Warren
Some of the spiritually healthiest people I know are in counseling. There seems to be some stigma around it, but getting help with our mental and emotional issues is really a matter of choosing to grow ... [ +++ ]
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 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 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 Friday, 21 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Barry Rubin, Messianic Jews, ministries, Jewish-friendly, Israel, Yeshua, Zionist, immigration, Holocaust, Intifada, Hamas, rockets, anti-Semitism, Christians, King of Kings Jerusalem, Caspari C
In recent decades, Messianic Judaism, a movement of Jewish people who have accepted Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah and continued to embrace their Jewishness, has been steadily growing—especially in the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 November 2014 / Service
Tags: Joe McKeever, cup of water, benevolence, missions, judgement, Savior, excuses, life or death, dire situations, journey, encouragement
I'm the only person I know who picks up stray pennies. I add them to my coil cup, which will eventually be given to missions. Every little bit counts. The gospel song goes: "If just a cup of water I place ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Chuck Lawless, enemy, Satan, upper hand, church, chaos, confusion, Jesus, cross, sin, difficulties, discouragement, evangelism, position, power, kingdoms
Let me start this post with a clear caveat: Satan will not ultimately win as he attacks God's church. Jesus broke the powers through His cross (Col. 2:15), and the enemy will eventually be cast into outer ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, immigration, gospel, global missions, nations, outreach, impact, church, lost people, different races, Asia, masses, Muslims, Christ
Immigration is changing how churches think about missions and outreach in North America, and rightly so. People are slowly waking up to the new cultural landscape that surrounds them—a landscape ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 November 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Mark Dance, LifeWay Research, pastors, prayer, plan, revitalization, Jesus, leaders, future church leaders, Missionary Small groups, David Francis
As goes the pastor, so goes the church. As goes the church, so goes the nation—and the world. Church revitalization begins with pastoral revitalization. Our spiritual health will directly affect ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 November 2014 / Legacy
Tags: Myles Munroe, plane crash, Bahamas, Munroe death, Myles Munroe and his wife, Bahamas Faith International Fellowship, Oral Roberts University, NHCLC, Empowered21 Caribbean
Myles Munroe was killed on Sunday, Nov. 9, when his private jet struck a construction crane and crashed during its approach to the Grand Bahama International Airport. As Charisma News previously reported, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church service, first-time guests, greet, worship, unfriendly, unsafe, unclean, children's ministry, information kiosk, insider church language, church website, poor signage, ...
If you attend a church regularly, you've probably noticed the phenomenon. A guest shows up for a worship service, but he or she never returns. It is, unfortunately, a common issue in many churches. I did ... [ +++ ]
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