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Created on Monday, 20 October 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, social media, harm, good, church, communication, encouragement, attack, leaders, criticize, share the gospel, prayer requests
On a few occasions, I have addressed the topic of church leaders on social media. I obviously have a fascination with this form of communication. Indeed, I see it as one of the great modern-day vehicles ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, phrases, youth ministry, Saddleback Church, work, hard, leader, terrible, character assassination, vision, direction, savior
I was thinking about three phrases I've said to my self from time to time. The problem is that they are either destructive or self-defeating phrases that get stuck in our minds and misdirect us. They ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: pastor, extra-marital affair, Ron Edmondson, marriage vows, Dr. Jennifer Degler, lie, drug, distraction, narcissist, inappropriate relationship, revelation, secret, exposed, abandonment, abuse, self-absorbed, ...
This post is from a friend of mine, Dr. Jennifer Degler. Jennifer pulls no punches. But she's a difference-maker in the kingdom. I'm thankful for her influence. She writes: Dear Pastor, If you are a pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, Richard R. Hammar, compensation, pastors, church staff, Southern Baptist Convention, church income, gender, worship attendance, longevity, education, geographical ...
Some of the current trends in pastor and church staff compensation are surprising to me, while others are about what I expected. I relied on several current compensation studies to assemble these nine ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: Charles Billingsley, worship, ministry, singing, crisis, voice, surgery, faith, lifestyle, limitations, growth, Jesus, believer
It was five years ago, on a hot August night in Orlando, Florida, that I unintentionally entered into one of the deepest valleys of my life. I had been fighting a summer cold but throughout the weekend ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 October 2014 / Women in Leadership
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor's wife, expectations, vulnerability, uncalled assistant pastor, unpaid employee, biblical expert, be herself, accountability, love, gratitude, love, prayers, responsible care, ...
We're all vulnerable. Everyone who walks in the church door can be helped or hurt by what happens during the following hour or more. Whether saint or sinner, preacher or pew-sitter, old-timer or newcomer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church, disappear, leave, burn out, injury, distractions, life change, mistakes, power struggle, lack of connection, issues
One disappointment I have had in ministry is watching people come to church, get excited for a time, then disappear. You spend energy and heart on people, grow to love them and get excited about them, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, pastors, thank you, staff, appreciation, gratitude, praying, studying, God's Word, communicating, grace, love, patience, motives, countless hours, continual learner, spouses, children, ...
To all pastors and church staff, I want you to know that I know being a pastor or church staff member is the most difficult job in the world. While it has unbelievable highs and on its best days is the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, habit, lifestyle, theologian, conversation, God's glory, Holy Spirit, Bible, grace, Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit
We say that worship is a lifestyle, but how many of us actually live it? Merriam Webster defines lifestyle as "a particular way of living: the way a person lives or a group of people live." If that's the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, tenure, pastor, church, traits, prayer, staff, family time, ministry, community, battles, accountable, conflict, criticism
Imagine what might take place if pastors consistently stayed at churches for 10 or more years. Imagine that their tenure was largely healthy. Imagine what would happen in our congregations. The median ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, music, joy, instrument, stress, relationship, critical, practice, creativity, heart, disconnection, sharing, gift
In this post, I'm going to outline six reasons that your musicality isn't as strong as it could be, in hopes that you'll re-imagine your instrument and rediscover the joy of music. 1. You're stressed. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, pastors, blatant sin, casual drifting, distractions, danger, neglect, soul, family, sacrifice, numbers game, comparison, affirmation, rebels, truth, popularity, glory, ...
I encounter so many struggling pastors. And unfortunately, I know so many who used to be pastors but no longer hold the position. It may be through a blatant sin or a casual drifting from doing what they ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastoral vacancy, job interviewing, search, months, qualifications, candidates, traditional processes, internal candidates, trend, screening, awkwardness
Hardly a week goes by that I don't hear from a church searching for a pastor. As I have taken mental notes from these conversations over the past few months, I have noticed common themes. Here are the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 / Community
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, lost, sinners, broken, churches, Christians, spiritually stable, unchurched, friends, separated, compassion, dysfunctional family, serve, save
It is a natural thing for Christians to want to be around other Christians. Something special happens in the fellowship of believers. We can worship freely, study deeply, and communicate clearly. Hanging ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Jesus, eating, Justin Lathrop, lessons, meal, last supper, sacrifice, death, resurrection, salvation, bread, wine, Leonard Sweet, table, ministry, connection, sinners, status, lifestyle
Did you know that 80 percent of the gospel accounts are made up of Jesus either going to or coming from a meal? Many of his miracles surrounded food, his ministry happened around the table, and his first ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 September 2014 / Special Needs
Tags: LifeWay Research, mental illness, churches, guidance, distress, Protestant, senior pastors, Focus on the Family, severe depression, churchgoers, spirituality, Ed Stetzer
... Among them were 200 churchgoers. A third survey polled 207 Protestant family members of people with acute mental illness. Researchers also conducted in-depth interview with 15 experts on spirituality and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, consulting, offering, money, financial stewardship, churches, congregation, pastors, key leader, worship, communication, vision, mission, gifts
I have been visiting and consulting with churches and church leaders for over 25 years. Do you know what that means? Mostly, it means that I'm old. But it also means I have seen a lot of what takes place ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, delivery, message, distractions, cable network, Facebook, social media, media messages, cell, wifi, radio, TV, short wave, competition
Now before you crucify me for heresy, let me explain. My father was a pastor back in the 1950s and 1960s, and compared to today, getting his message out was easy. Church was a big part of life back then, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church leaders, pastors, multisite churches, research, Leadership Network, Generis, Warren Bird, study, evangelistic strategy, campus pastor, staff ministers
... looked at multisite churches in recent years. Scott McConnell, the director of LifeWay Research, wrote Multi-site Churches in 2009, an excellent analysis of the movement. Now a study by Leadership Network ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, church, millennials, realism, state of the world, bandaids, bullet wounds, pacifists, activists, honesty, safe place, Truth, Bible, social activism, passionate
It's no secret that millennials aren't exactly flocking to churches these days. There are theories and statistics, but the fact remains the same: Our churches aren't a place millennials tend to call home. ... [ +++ ]
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