Mark

Created on Monday, 30 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, New Year, resolution, Jesus, Mark 5, seek, passionately, tightly, claim, readily, public attention, experience, faith, honor
One of my closest friends and I hosted a Christian radio talk show for 17 years. He was out of town one morning for Christmas break and I had to do the show alone. As I was preparing that morning, I read ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, ideas, puzzles, ministry approach, reshape, IQ, problem-free, Andy Stanley, church, reach, Craig Groeschel, ministry, foundation, questions
From the mundane and everyday to the extraordinary and once-in-a-lifetime, all of us have puzzles we are trying to solve. Sometimes a single new perspective is all that’s needed to solve a difficult puzzle. ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 22 November 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Brian Dodd, pastors.com, volunteers, church, staff, pastors, church leaders, marginal time, significance, value, service, well organized, community, opinions, decisions, marketplace
What are the volunteers serving in your church thinking? What are their hopes, dreams and needs? During the last 26 years, I have had the privilege of serving on two church staffs, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Mark Rutland, Obamacare, Sweden, Vasa ship, King Adolphus, designers, website, crash, rollout, politics, Republicans, Obama administration
In 1628, the king of Sweden was Gustavus Adolphus. Intimidated by the great naval powers of Europe, he decided Sweden should burst onto the stage with a resounding statement. King Adolphus commissioned ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, senior pastors, small groups, lead, authentic community, Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, reality, reconnection
Senior pastors, you need to know something. If you want authentic community to flourish in your church, it begins with you. It must begin with you. I don’t know what has prompted your hope for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 / Communication
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, dots, connecting, Andy Stanley, ministry, Ministry Today, coaching, busy, opportunities, disciples, strategic
I love what Andy Stanley says: “Your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you’re currently experiencing.” If you don’t like the results you’re currently experiencing with your small groups, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 October 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, leaders, commitments, Saddleback, raising the bar, Bible study, living connection, community, foundation, obedient servant, development
Whether you use a low or high bar of small group leadership, I think all of us have hope that our leaders will do more than open their home, facilitate a discussion or convene a meeting. And ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: pastors leaving the ministry, Phil Cooke, Mark Brewer, Presybterian church, pastors committing suicide, pastors frustrated, megachurch, charismatic churches, baptist churches, mainline denominations, ...
... experience. Yes, it was President Reagan’s church. When I first got there in 2001, the president had not yet died, so I had to meet with the Secret Service my second month to prepare for his funeral. (Did ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, connection, objectives, attendance, membership, strategy, discipleship groups, off-campus small groups, ministry, investment
Ever wonder why some small group ministries seem to steadily move to new levels of success and health while others start with a bang and go out with a whimper? Here are five commitments that make the difference: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 October 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, evangelism, fishing, marketing, New Testament, Jesus, parable of the sower, good soil, divorce, crises, death, economic problems, new baby, fruit
It’s a waste of time to fish in a spot where fish aren’t biting. Wise fishermen move on. They know fish eat at different times of the day in different places. To apply this to ministry, you need to focus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 October 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Mark, Gospels, fishing, religious, boats, nets, hunting, sea, water, shotgun, Christ, Word of God, Behavior, Bible, Men, NewMan E-Mag, Salvation
Mark 1:17 says, “And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men’” (ESV). Throughout my ministry, God has placed so many different people in my path—people from all different ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 September 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Mark Howell, impact, small groups, ministry, growth, senior pastor, spokesperson, champion, planted meal, promotion, leadership, requirements
Once you make the decision that small groups will be your primary (or only) delivery system for connection and discipleship, it only makes sense to look for ways to accelerate small group ministry growth ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, self-protection, leaders, spirit, team, relationship, marketplace, wolves, Jesus, communication, suck up
I am one of those people who believes the best about other people. In my career as a junior guy working his way up and as a CEO, I have met all sorts of leaders in the marketplace and, now, in the church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Kim Martinez, marketing, pastors, event, sermon series, target audience, kids, men
There is a counterintuitive marketing concept that we, as pastors, should spend some time contemplating: “If you try to reach everyone, you’ll reach no one.” When you are promoting an event or sermon ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: sam hinn, restoration of a fallen leader, ron johnson, mark chironna, bishop lonnie langston, four-year affair, forgiveness, adultery, church on the living edge, jospeh garlington, re-ordaining sam ...
Whether you recognize Sam Hinn’s name or know nothing about the ministry of Benny Hinn’s younger brother, there’s an important issue in the body of Christ that needs to be addressed in light of Sam’s “re-ordination” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 August 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Paul Andrew, church planting, urban, churn, Sydney, Australia, New York, Liberty Church, pace, margin, community, cost, Tokyo, authenticity, value, marketing, logistics, spiritual warfare, local
When pastors Paul and Andi Andrew made the decision to move with their kids from Sydney to New York City to plant Liberty Church, they only knew two people in the city.  That was 2010, and just a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 July 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, storytelling, preaching, Mark, sermon, truth, President Lincoln, clarity, King David
Pastor, your people love a good story. Listeners who have gone on vacation during the first 10 minutes of your sermon will return home in a heartbeat the moment you begin, “A man went into a store….” or  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Church, response, Christians, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans, antidepressants, marketplace, hope, Jesus, depression, healing, behavior
It’s amazing how many Christians are suffering from depression. There are precious people who love the Lord dearly yet find themselves struggling in a day-to-day battle to simply enjoy their lives.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 / Community
Tags: Tony Morgan, community, persona, target visitor, needs, generational marketing, audience, Baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Y
If you ask most churches, they are genuinely seeking how to reach their community. Identifying your target visitor through building a community persona is the first step. Next, you need to figure out how ... [ +++ ]
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