Life

Created on Friday, 20 December 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Bible verses, life, ministry, truths, hidden, heart, index card, refrigerator, Noah, evil desires, ignorance, holy, salvation, joy, willing spirit
Here are 12 Bible verses that have helped shape my life. There are so many others, but these were the first 12 to come to mind. I memorized these years ago, and they’ve been timeless truths—daily reminders—that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom S. Rainer, LifeWay, pastors, stress, life, struggles, families, day off, unhappy spouse, glass house, financial needs, criticisms
Most pastors love their calling. Most pastors could not imagine doing anything else. Most pastors have joy in their ministries. I want to be clear that I don’t view pastors as a depressed, melancholy and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 December 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Mark Howell, pastors.com, small group ministry, benefits, life change, worship service, Andy Stanley, Barna, pipeline, leadership development, off-campus, unlimited space
Have you figured this out already? Still arm wrestling with the usual suspects over whether the return on investment is worth the cost? Here are 10 killer benefits of a thriving small group ministry: 1. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Millenials, Thom Rainer, LifeWay, churches, young adults, Christians, relationships, doctrine, community focused, worship
... 2000 are large in number, nearly 80 million. They are the largest generation in America, and they will continue to shape much of what takes place in our nation. They are also setting the tone for American ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 / Administration
Tags: Will Mancini, pastors.com, measuring stick, church, organization, congregation, commitment, Auxano, strategy, culture, vision, decision-making, priorities, LifeWay Research, Vision Pathway, guest ...
Below you will find what I believe to be 20 very important, if not the most important, things you should know about your church. Keep in mind these are things to measure about your church as an organization. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Kim Martinez, preaching, newsletter, computer, child-birth class, notepad, students, real life, notebook, Jesus, Sermon on the Mount
This week I helped a friend learn to make a newsletter on the computer. As we started, she pulled out a notepad to write down the directions. You’ve seen this before: students jotting down your every word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, Christmas, gifts, appreciation, responses, heartbreak, cash, pain, exhortation, inquiry, financial struggle, Thanksgiving
I am always grateful when pastors and church members share with me topics of interest to them. Those suggestions tend to be viewed by more readers than my own ideas. I guess that says something about my ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, servant, heart, leadership, others, created, Ephesians, Christ, belong, owe, 1 Corinthians, life, meaning, reward, eternity
Jesus said in Matthew 20:26-28, “Anyone wanting to be a leader among you must be your servant. And if you want to be right at the top, you must serve like a slave. Your attitude must be like my own, for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, More than Dodgeball, small groups, youth ministry, curricula, ideas, books, formulas, approaches, Bible, life, Christ, prayers, leaders, students, heart, salvation
I totally revamped my approach to small groups in our ministry recently. We have tried a multitude of curricula, ideas, books, formulas and approaches. It has been topical and as simple as opening ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, life, ministry, learning, process, Scripture, Christ, ownership, growing, encouragement, change, success, desperation, pastors, human
Some of these are new, and some are reminders I’m seeing lived out: 1. The most mature is often not the one with the most knowledge of Scripture but the one who has learned to most live like Christ. 2. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 November 2013 / Education
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church, membership, classes, Twitter, poll, teaching, efficiency, options, Bible study, legalistic, benefits
One of the most significant changes in church practices in the past 15 years is the requirement of an entry class to be granted church membership. In a 1997 survey I did, only 17 percent of churches were ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Resources, sick churches, solutions, survival, congregations, hope, false hope, decline, God, miracles, reverse trends, action, Haggai, Nehemiah
In my previous post on my website, I addressed the issue of very sick churches, noting that as many as 40 percent of American congregations fall in that category. Several readers commented they would like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, character, boldness, Christ-likeness, godly, leader, Charles Spurgeon, the Word, priority, personal life, prayer, DNA, accountability, Kingdom, genuineness, urgency, speech, mento
This blogpost was not easy to compose. Writing about godliness is never easy, for to do so is to imply you’ve figured out how to walk in holiness. I make no such claim here. I struggle like everyone else ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 November 2013 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Reources, worship wars, hymnody, fighting, splitting, lamenting, worship leaders, style, services, Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, In Christ Alone, The Power of the Cross, Speak ...
... in mind the age differences here. The boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. The millennials were born between 1980 and 2000. On the average, there is a 30-year difference in the ages of individual members ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 November 2013 / Multi-Ethnic Ministry
Tags: Ray Chang, leaders, investment, leadership development, program, discipleship, support system, life investment, long-term commitment, Korean church, Ambassador Network
Growing up as a Korean immigrant in the Korean church, I always struggled with my sense of identity. I came to the United States when I was 6. Back in the ’70s, the Asian-American community was relatively ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: limitless life, Brandon Cox, power, preaching, Derwin Gray, child of God, conqueror, redeemed, brokenness, cross, sermon, message
Last Sunday, we wrapped up our teaching in the series Limitless Life, based on the book by Derwin Gray by the same title. The basic idea is that we are all limited by the labels we wear. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 October 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, thoughts, leaders, deadly, fallen, mistake, failures, compromise, family time, rock the boat, tough decisions, procrastination, second chance, main goal, money
By the time we hear of a leadership failure, any attempts at intervention to save the leader are usually futile. The damage has been done. The family or organization suffers as their leader has fallen ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, churches, busyness, programs, activities, ministries, diet, fruitfulness, discipleship, LifeWay, sacred cows, spiritual growth, families
Most churches—more than eight out of 10—are busy; too busy. These churches need to slim down their plethora of programs, activities, and ministries. They need to go a busyness diet. Unfortunately, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 October 2013 / Community
Tags: Ed Stezer, LifeWay, social justice, Jesus
... to a series of telephone surveys conducted by LifeWay Research between 2008 and 2012, there is a growing awareness of and involvement in social justice ministries among Protestant churches in the United ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 October 2013 / Education
Tags: Chuck Lawless, LifeWay Resources, dean, professor, continuing education, mentor, graduates, growth, Christian life, learn, humility, theological issues
I admit my bias here. I am a seminary dean and professor, and I believe in education. Students help to pay my salary. They have become my friends, my mentees, my children in the faith. Graduates make me ... [ +++ ]
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