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Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church service, first-time guests, greet, worship, unfriendly, unsafe, unclean, children's ministry, information kiosk, insider church language, church website, poor signage, ...
If you attend a church regularly, you've probably noticed the phenomenon. A guest shows up for a worship service, but he or she never returns. It is, unfortunately, a common issue in many churches. I did ... [ +++ ]
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: David Santistevan, songs, worship, routine, preparation, building people, prayer, God movement, church, discipleship, needed, indispensable, presence, connection
When it comes to preparing for Sunday's worship, we have the usual routines. We pick our songs, we arrange the music, we schedule the band, we rehearse. But what if I told you there was more to your preparation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Vision
Tags: Greg Stier, youth leader, employee, jobs on line, indispensable, ministry, excellence, strong relationships, improvise, adapt, overcome, budget, superior results, criticism, grow, above and beyond, ...
It has been said that "nobody is indispensable" and, to a degree, that is a true statement. But I can tell you that, as a former pastor and current leader of a youth ministry organization (with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 May 2014 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, revival, Great Awakening, United States, Africa, Asia, National Day of Prayer, Azusa Street Revival, Charismatic Movement, Pensacola, Latin America, Brazil, social media, communal ...
This past week I had a private dinner with a prominent African bishop who was involved in a mighty national awakening in Uganda. This dinner, and the fact that last week was the National Day of Prayer ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 / Community
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, Cross Church, Northwest Arkansas, stability, longevity, plan, pastor, minister, personal walk, Christ, marriage, church, grown, together, perspective, circle of love
When the Lord called me to Northwest Arkansas in October 1986, I had no idea I would be here 27 years later. I really did not come here with a plan about how long I would stay, but I always assumed I would ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 April 2014 / Administration
Tags: Assemblies of God, centennial, celebration, Hot Springs, Arkansas, AG Trust, Grand Opera house, general council, George O. Wood, Bonnie Olsen, Oliver P. Brann
Approximately 300 people gathered in Hot Springs, Ark., on April 10-11, 2014, to celebrate the centennial of the Assemblies of God. Echoes of the statements from the founding general council, where another ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Chuck Lawless, LifeWay, church, documents, bulletin, calendar, by-laws, unsaved, members, local congregations, classes, discipleship, mentoring, budget, ministry programs, missions support
I love working with local congregations. As I consult with churches, I learn so much by visiting the church, listening to the staff and interviewing members. Nothing can fully take the place of spending ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brandon Cox, social media, church, engage, world, Jesus, Paul, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Christians, Rick Warren, online, mission, Great Commission, Internet, community, lost, unsaved
As we develop a driving philosophy of why to take up the mantle of social media engagement, it’s important to understand that the purposes for engaging the culture this way are the same purposes that led ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Chris Christie, Bridgegate, press conference, Phil Cooke, email, downfall, Google, police, government, courts, NSA
Chris Christie may be finished as a presidential candidate, and maybe not. But either way, he experienced a potentially catastrophic event this past week with his now famous “Bridgegate” problems. While ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, fall, America, The Harbinger, banks, economic calamities, Great Depression, 2012 presidential election, China, Russia, Obamacare, NSA, mass chaos, U.S. dollar
... by runs on banks and economic calamities), to a severe economic crisis far worse than what happened globally in 2008! All in all, most who I speak to portend a major financial correction is soon coming ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: pastors, biblical, Ron Edmondson, perspective, family, ministry, secondary, control, spouse, dark places, longevity, pace, burnout, function, church, indispensable
I love pastors. I love to encourage pastors, and that’s biblical. (Ephesians 4:29 … or something like that.) Seriously, I’m a pastor. And, I work with pastors everyday. Having been in the business world ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 November 2013 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Gospel, business, Laurie Beshore, Mariners Church, groceries, Jesus, If/then generosity, transaction, meal, authenticity, good motives, results, serve
Even with the best of intentions, things have a way of going south. When we launched our outreach ministry at Mariners Church in Orange County, Calif., the first thing we thought to do was meet the basic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, creative juices, enthusiasm, energy level, team, rhythm, burnout, external drains, compensation, energy cycles, Saddleback Church, staff members, flexible schedules
The quickest way to destroy a team is to burn them out. And you don’t have to look around the field of ministry very long to realize that the ministry is filled with burned-out leaders. But it’s possible ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Hal Seed, outside the box, unsaved, unchurched, pastor, Craig Groeschel, comedian, church service, empowerment, preaching, grace, biblical message, invitation, laughter, risk
I’m sure I’m not the only pastor who’s been rocked by Craig Groeschel’s famous statement that, “If you want to reach people you’re not currently reaching you’re going to have to do things you’re not currently ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Dan Reiland, attender, fire, church, The Orange Code, customers, transactions, ING Direct, business, vision, contribution, community
Maybe fire isn’t the right word. But can you say no to someone in a way that suggests your church might not be the right church for them? How do you balance loving and caring for a person and not allowing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 March 2013 / Service
Tags: Laurie Beshore, Love Without Walls, service, Mariners Outreach Ministries, transaction, authentic, generous
Even with the best of intentions, things have a way of going south. When we launched our outreach ministry (at Mariners Church in Orange County, Calif.), the first thing we thought to do was meet the basic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 November 2012 / Evangelism
Tags: intercession, fasting, worship, prayer, Lou Engle, ThCall, TheCall Geneva, Switzerland, national prayer, prayer rally, prayer event, Holy Spirit, IHOP-KC, International House of Prayer in Kansas ...
... D.C., in 2000, and have gathered more than 400,000 people to pray and fast for the U.S.  ... [ +++ ]

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