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Created on Thursday, 22 January 2015 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, studying, pastor, next generation, leaders, business, leadership, courses, connections, volunteer, secular job, counseling course, mentor, accountability
I have the opportunity to talk with young pastors each week. I also interact regularly with those who are preparing for the pastorate. I love investing in the next generation of leaders and am thankful ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, Noah, sin, bondage, power, movement, God, righteousness, immunity
The new year brings hope and opportunity. Many of us have made New Year's resolutions we are firmly committed (at least for now) to keep throughout the year. Every new year, though, also brings renewed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Great Commandment, pastors, physical, health, facemask moment, 10 commandments, LifeWay, exercise plan, sustainable eating plan, fitness, perspective, pray, discipline
The "Great Commandment" is what I like to call a facemask moment for both the original followers and opponents of Jesus. Those who have played football with a helmet know exactly what happens in that moment ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 January 2015 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, employment, pastors, church staff, jobs, informal network, resumes, influential person, recommendations, social media, reputations
This post may cause some of you to feel uneasy. I have to admit I've had some of those same feelings writing it. I prefer to think of pastoral ministry as a calling more than a job. And I sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 / Growth
Tags: Ed Stetzer, Pentecostals, nominalism, growth, movement, trend, sociological perspective, mainstream, shared experiences, value, Baptism in the Holy Spirit, tongues, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyter
There are parts of the globe where the greatest church growth is happening through the Pentecostal movement. One of the most frequently asked questions is: "In a world where the church seems to be declining ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, TED Talks, technology, entertainment, design, leaders, inspire, action, creativity, schools, virtual choir, champion, magic, science, teachers, Ramsey Musallam
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conferences were started in 1984. They feature some of the brightest, most innovative people on the planet. They address a wide range of topics within the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 January 2015 / Growth
Tags: Brandon Cox, church planters, creativity, Grace Hills Church, Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, money, quality equipment, facility, advertising, launch, transferable principles
A quarter of a million dollars sounds like a whole lot of money to me. But that's the amount an expert in the field of church planting said I should have in the bank before attempting to plant Grace Hills ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Communication
Tags: Brandon Cox, articles, pastors, truth, Bible, Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court, church plant, social media, church growth, control, marriage, disciples, local churches, disappointment, give up
I loved 2014. It was crazy busy, but there has also been a sweet rhythm to life. I haven't blogged as regularly as I have in past years, but my posts have often been longer, more article-length, and at ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Culture
Tags: Will Mancini, trend, churches, 2015, local predicament, kingdom concept, worship services, attendance, committed, decline, reality, halo-effect, Auxano
I like reading about trends and I like thinking about a long list of church trends. Two of my most widely read posts on church trends include: "5 Trends in Retail that Matter the Church (2013)" "11 Church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 January 2015 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, ministry, counseling, sanctuary, business leaders, Christian leader, transparent, reputation, protection, God, counselor, coach, couch, mentor, friends, family
This is written to the struggling leader. I frequently hear from you. Email appears to be a safe place to reach out to someone—and for that I'm thankful. Some of my pastor friends are lonely or about ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, Christian, narcissism, Jesus Christ, leaders, inconsiderate, selfish, excessive attention, entitlement, brilliant, charismatic, behavior, prayer, eyes opened, humility, trust, adviser, ...
Narcissism should never be said in the same breath as Christian. The former is love of self; the latter is love of God in Jesus Christ. But the sad reality is that narcissism can and often does creep into ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, charisma, character, leadership, Hitler, Mussolini, Marx, competence, church leaders, God's Word, Great Commission, Great Commandment
All leadership is built on two things—character and competence. Those are the twin values of leadership. Charisma is optional. Some of the most charismatic people of the 20th century were also the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 January 2015 / Administration
Tags: Women, church, authority, Wendy Alsup, Gospel-Centered Woman, Richard Rohr, abuse, submission, personal weakness, Paul, Romans, government, Bible, guidelines
"The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority." ―Stanley Milgram "Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, church planting, established, denomination, Jesus, New Testament, pattern, Great Commission, thriving, dysfunctional, unhealthy
If you are reading this, you are most likely involved in an established church. Maybe yours is thriving, but probably not—depending on the denomination, we are talking about 70 percent of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Phil Cooke, Internet, powerful technology, online education, great causes, connect, culture of attack, Christian news sites, worship music, op-ed piece, heated comment, social media, blogs
There's no question that the Internet has brought Christianity many wonderful things. Today we have online education available to virtually everyone, social media that encourages people to support great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 December 2014 / Deliverance
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, idolatry, church, sins, Ten Commandments, human sexuality, lifestyle choices, celebrity preachers, worship, entertainment, personal property, objectifying God, ethnicity
The greatest sin in the Bible by far is the sin of idolatry. Idolatry is when we violate the first of the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20), which is "You shall have no other gods before me." It is when we put ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, House Church Movement, disciples, hospitality, church, poor, outcast, New Testament, Paul, Romans, lifestyle, stranger, love, Jesus, powerful
As part of our travels to India, Impact Nations has been experiencing the House Church Movement first hand. This is a movement that is baptizing over a million new disciples a year and is now the largest ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, unchurched people, excitement, attractive, dark reality, Christians, transparent, expectations, serving, multiple options, pro-active, well informed, child safety
A dark reality exists for many Christians that deep down they don't talk about at parties. Many Christians, if they would be totally transparent, are extremely nervous to bring their unchurched friends ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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