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Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brian Dodd, blog, social media, website, generosity, readership, churches, pastors, resources, Ralph Waldo Emerson
A few days ago I was having lunch with a friend who wanted to launch a blog and he asked me what was most responsible for my site's growth. He was pleasantly surprised when I told him what has helped my ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, influence, kingdom, builder, economy, service, generosity, trust, prayer, example, faithful, truth, unity, criticism, price
In my previous article I argued that, "Everyone has influence. We all influence someone." And that God expects us to be good stewards of that influence. I defined a "kingdom builder" as one who has a great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 / Money
Tags: Pastor, Brandon Cox, money, apostle Paul, finances, churches, gift, manage, worship, need, generosity, justice, tyranny, missions
As a pastor, I'm well aware of how many people have the assumption that "all pastors want to talk about is money." The funny thing is, after twenty years in ministry and communicating regularly with thousands ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Gateway Church, Texas, Pastor Robert Morris, generous living, Lawrence Swicegood, Holy Spirit, multi-site campuses, The Blessed Life, Israel, Great Commission
... as lives are being changed and large numbers of people are being saved and baptized. Gateway, a multicampus church listed as the 24th fastest-growing church in America, began in 2000. It has since grown ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 May 2014 / Communication
Tags: Dan Reiland, staff member, resignation, termination, pressure, church, communication, business, ministry, influence, children's leader, volunteers, personal information, generosity
Losing a staff member for any reason can be hard on you as a leader. It's a difficult process. After all, your church staff is in some ways like family! Pastors often call and ask if they need to make ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dan Reiland, team, morale, spirit, happiness, energetic, productive, adversity, generosity, trust, empowerment, alignment, caring
The hallways often reveal more than the boardroom. What you hear in the hallways is often a better indicator of the spirit of your team than what is said in the boardroom. I’m not suggesting that your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: David Ireland, evangelism, crusades, soup kitchens, Jesus, Billy Graham, discipleship, cost, gospel invitation, Len Sweet, generosity, acts of kindness, missions, service-based evangelism, online ...
... 24-26, 2005. New York park and police officials tallied the crowd at some 242,000 people over the three-day crusade. More than 1,400 churches representing 82 denominations provided an estimated 20,000 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 / Culture
Tags: Culture, church, Justin Lathrop, stuck feeling, volunteer, generosity, positive, encourage, correct, Paul, Corinthians, Ephesians, ownership, mistakes, negativity
You’ve heard it said that culture starts at the top and works its way down. I couldn’t agree more. And yet, after years of working with and around pastors, listening to their greatest concerns, I know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, bar, standards, church, organization, responsibility, parameters, Jesus, vision casting, character, team spirit, generosity, goals, objectives, creativity, pace
If you are a leader of an organization, then you have the awesome responsibility of establishing the parameters by which your organization will be successful. Now, as I feel the need in every post like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Jason Hatley, pastors, ministry, management, mentorship, Moses, Building Strong Worship Leaders, we, me, mindset, generosity, scarcity
For the second time this week, Joe felt like he had reached the end of his rope.  As the worship pastor in a growing church, he constantly felt overwhelmed and underprepared. Regardless of how ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Derwin Gray, pastors, staff member, church, leave, vision, star, Transformation Church, generosity, scarcity, Jesus, Ephesians, manipulate, control, guilt, leaders, cult-like environment
Pastors, what do you do when staff wants to leave and join the staff of another church? And I’m not talking about the staff you want to leave. I’m talking about the “star” that really moves the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 December 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Brad Lomenick, next generation, leaders, Generation Y, passion for God, Christ, willing to work together, credit, generosity, sharing, currencies, culture, influence, authenticity, trust, social ...
I love leaders—especially next-generation leaders. Specifically, I love those leaders who are currently in their 20s and 30s. And I’m incredibly hopeful regarding this next wave of leaders—incredibly excited, ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 15 October 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, Acts, healthy, growing, church, Peter Wagner, B.H. Carroll, Jerusalem, New Testament, Christ, Holy Spirit, power, fellowship, small groups, vision, prayer, generosity, mobilization, ...
... estimates a minimum of 60,000. In any Bible dictionary, it will tell you that in New Testament times, the city of Jerusalem was approximately 200,000 people. What we have here is a church with 100,000 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 September 2013 / Money
Tags: RSI Stewardship, giving, church, generosity, tithe, Bible, money, connection, difference, resources, allocated, vision, plan, priorities, ministry, finances
It’s common sense: Church leaders can’t expect people to grow in generosity if it’s not talked about. While some leaders try to avoid the topic at all costs, the truth is most churchgoers aren’t as resistant ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 September 2013 / Social Media
Tags: Justin Lathrop, social media, key, content, blog, likeability, resourcing others, generosity, authenticity
If you’re operating social media for yourself or for your church and you’re trying to grow your platform, I’m sure you’ve heard the one key to social media success is this: “Content is king.” But have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Brad Lomenick, leadership, responsibility, stewardship, Catalyst, pressure, God, credit, step up, generosity, vision, mission
I am asked constantly by young leaders, “How do you handle the responsibility of leading something like Catalyst?” Good question. The reality is, anyone who leads a church, leads a company, leads a community, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joey Bonifacio, Body of Christ, Pastors, Christians, Conferences, Overseer, 1 Timothy, reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, disciplined, ...
If you’ve been tracking my posts recently, you know that I have just returned from speaking at a conference in Australia. I understand the significance of conferences and their service to the body of Christ, ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 13 November 2012 / Prayer
Tags: Election, Christians, Prayer closet, Govern, Emotions, Nero, Ronald Reagan, Jesus, Barack Obama
Election Day ... it did it again! The results produced myriad emotions ranging from convulsive joy in some to severe depression in others. I’m fascinated every time I see our democratic process unfold. ... [ +++ ]
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