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Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, bivocational, ministry, serve, church, income, dependence, connected, non-believers, ministry, missions, missiology, delegate, train, laypersons, theological training, calling
"I didn't come to seminary to be a bivocational minister, to have to get another kind of job," my student told me. I may not have agreed with my student, but I did understand his thinking. Back then (almost ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Greg Stier, Dare 2 Share, laser, lightbulb, ministry, focus, Acts, obsession, status quo, spiritual growth, energize, generation, evangelize, disciple-making process
A light bulb can brighten up a dark room. A laser can cut through steel. Light bulbs disperse soft light in every direction for a short distance. Lasers can only be focused in a single direction but, theoretically, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 August 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children, ministry, volunteers, praying, vision casting, student ministry leaders, entry-level positions, teaching, worship leading
Don't have enough volunteers?  It may be because of one or more of these reasons. 1. You're not asking. You're not inviting people to join your team. Week in, week out, you've got to invite, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: George Wood, Assemblies of God, monitor, progress, ministry, leadership, invitation, responsibility, self-enrichment, questions, serve, personality, struggles, credibility, integrity, confidence, ...
Leadership is an invitation to responsibility, and responsibility means hard work. Leadership also is a trust. Leaders—especially in the church—must tend to two fundamental, legal duties: to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, Simply Youth Ministry, parents, youth, untraditional family, grandparents, fatherlessness, house parents, registration, stepfather, connection
The "nontraditional family" has become the "traditional" family. The U.S. census indicates that more than 3 million grandparents in the United States are raising their grandchildren. I have found on some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Justin Lathrop, pastors, life blood, power, strength, Bible, God, intimate, refueling, job description, peace, rest, connection, change locations, read a book, go for a drive, study for yourself, ...
As pastors, our life-blood, our power and our strength comes from the time we spend with God. But if you've been in ministry for more than a few minutes, you may have noticed that as a pastor, spending ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 August 2014 / Family Life
Tags: Rob Hoskins, OneHope, fishing, family, ministry, prayer, leadership, intentionality, children, society, spiritual heritage, missionary kid, travel, communication
My dad and I recently went on our annual "Mahi massacre" fishing trip. For many years we have set sail excited about quality father/son time, the thrill of the sport, and some really good eats. But, it's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Steve Murrell, crisis, change, leadership, lessons, Bethel Franklin, Bethel Brentwood, ministry, closure, merger, communication, honesty, perspective, patience, spiritual leadership, Holy Spirit, ...
Kevin York, Justin Gray and I had the unenviable task of informing hundreds of good people that their church community, Bethel Franklin in Tennessee, is closing and merging with Bethel Brentwood. It's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 / Missions
Tags: Rob Hoskins, OneHope, missions, Bible app, kids, cutting edge, programs, children's ministry, intentionality, teens, local church, spiritually homeless youth, missiology, ecclesiology, proactive, ...
Ever wonder what missions might look like 10 years from now? Will we be supporting digital missionaries that holographically appear to unreached people groups using technology that interprets their spoken ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, transformation, small groups, Saddleback Church, California, model, ministry, fastest-growing churches, priority
Saddleback Church might seem like a large church on Sunday, but what's really amazing is that we're actually larger when we're smaller. We're larger during the week. On a recent weekend at Saddleback, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, ministerial leader, leave, church, mistake, call, conflict, criticism, match, family needs, skills, fired, forced out, ministry, denominational, parachurch, paycheck
I am reticent to write this article. I do not want to encourage pastors to leave churches too early. Frankly, many pastors have shared with me that, in the aftermath of their departures, they realized ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 July 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, calling, ministry, Evangelical, Pentecostal, churches, local church, self-ordained pastors, The Apostle, Elmer Gantry, U.S. military, anointing
... in my city approached me in 2005 about consecrating me as a bishop, the first thing I did before allowing such a consecration was to have them call several local and national bishops who knew me well to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, serve, position, honor, young pastors, ministry, Holy Spirit, buzz saw, spiritually immature, humble, candid
Young pastors enter the ministry expecting the people of the Lord to be healthy, sane, balanced, spiritual, biblically informed and Holy Spirit-guided. And then they run into reality. The image of "running ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Schultz, Children's Ministry Magazine, worship, singing, Sunday, service, microphones, spectator set-up, professionalism
Looking around the church last Sunday I noticed that the majority weren't singing. And most of those who were singing barely moved their lips. The only voices I actually heard were those on stage with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, spiritual health, relational health, physical health, pastors, ministry, intimacy with God, stress, Gary Thomas, Every Body Matters
As pastors, we know our job to minister to the spiritual health of our communities. But as you think about the spiritual health of the people in your church, do you consider their mental, physical, emotional ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 July 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Justin Lathrop, blog, social media, pastor, ministry, ideas, notebook, genius, writing time, schedule, consistency, build audience, end goal, community, purpose, perspective, daunting, tool, res
Like it or not, times have changed. Blogging has now become a part of our everyday lives and engaging in the online world should be a priority as a pastor. While blogging is not technically mandatory, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Steve Murrell, preaching, gospel, privilege, burden, calling, read, study, teach, communicate, disciples, ministry, Bible, Jesus, burden, vision, values, mission, preparing, hearts
Preaching the gospel is privilege. It is also a burden, and a calling. I have been a preacher since 1982. I love my job. I love to read, study, teach and preach. Every day I am thankful that I get to do ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 July 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, families, return, strategy, guest services, check in, first-time families, registered, personal note, pre-schooler
This is one of the most important strategies your children's ministry can focus on. We recently implemented a new tweak in our strategy for connecting with first-time guest families, and we are seeing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Church, parking lot, ministry, entrance, visible, landscaping, poorly tended, parking, guest parking, greeters, badges, traffic flow, worshipers, walk, shuttle, welcome center, security, prayer
I know the topic of church parking lots is not attention grabbing. In fact, I almost did not write this post—except that I continue to see too many churches miss an opportunity for ministry that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, media ministry, success, Joel Osteen, Billy Graham, Joyce Meyer, Salvation Army, American Bible Society, whole package, production quality, creativity, response, training, media buying, ...
Pastors and ministry leaders come to me from time to time and ask an interesting question: "Do for me what you did for Joel Osteen." Apparently, they think it's easy. But whenever I've worked with ... [ +++ ]
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