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Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, pastors, blatant sin, casual drifting, distractions, danger, neglect, soul, family, sacrifice, numbers game, comparison, affirmation, rebels, truth, popularity, glory, ...
I encounter so many struggling pastors. And unfortunately, I know so many who used to be pastors but no longer hold the position. It may be through a blatant sin or a casual drifting from doing what they ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastoral vacancy, job interviewing, search, months, qualifications, candidates, traditional processes, internal candidates, trend, screening, awkwardness
Hardly a week goes by that I don't hear from a church searching for a pastor. As I have taken mental notes from these conversations over the past few months, I have noticed common themes. Here are the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 September 2014 / Special Needs
Tags: LifeWay Research, mental illness, churches, guidance, distress, Protestant, senior pastors, Focus on the Family, severe depression, churchgoers, spirituality, Ed Stetzer
... Among them were 200 churchgoers. A third survey polled 207 Protestant family members of people with acute mental illness. Researchers also conducted in-depth interview with 15 experts on spirituality and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, consulting, offering, money, financial stewardship, churches, congregation, pastors, key leader, worship, communication, vision, mission, gifts
I have been visiting and consulting with churches and church leaders for over 25 years. Do you know what that means? Mostly, it means that I'm old. But it also means I have seen a lot of what takes place ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, preaching, hardcore, sin, hell, punishment, grace, insensitive, pastors, writers, culture, Christian message, priority, truth
We're seeing a lot of criticism recently of pastors, writers, speakers, filmmakers as well as others about how they share the Christian message with the outside culture. Some are criticized for making ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 September 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, fasting, pastor, food, abstinence, Jesus, journey, focus, sin, exposes, holiness, deception, spiritual
Pastor, when is the last time you practiced a day of fasting? When is the last time you spent a season of fasting for three days, 10 days or longer? What is Fasting? Fasting is abstinence from food ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church leaders, pastors, multisite churches, research, Leadership Network, Generis, Warren Bird, study, evangelistic strategy, campus pastor, staff ministers
... looked at multisite churches in recent years. Scott McConnell, the director of LifeWay Research, wrote Multi-site Churches in 2009, an excellent analysis of the movement. Now a study by Leadership Network ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Chuck Lawless, mentor, discipleship, pastors, ministerial leaders, biblical, Elijah, Elisha, relationship, experience, teacher
A few years ago, I wrote a study called Mentor: How Along the Way Discipleship Can Change Your Life. That study was directed to college students, because I believe every young person needs a mentor. Now, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sermon, love, preach, pastors, genuine, transformation, communication, phrase, story, engaging, energetic, interesting
Can you preach a good sermon without love? I was at a gathering of pastors, and the gust speaker said, "You can preach a good sermon without loving your people, but you will never preach a great sermon ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 September 2014 / Legacy
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, young pastor, future, basic conviction, ministry, surrender, navigate, gospel, Dr. Jeff Crawford, yes, altar, stay, leave
I was raised in Texas. When I was a young pastor, I had no idea what my future would be. Quite honestly, I still do not. When I surrendered to God's calling to come to my church more than 27 years ago, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, volunteer, recruitment, retention, churches, vision, ministries, specific, end dates, member's passion, pastor, leaders, communication, relationships, checkups
Without volunteer labor and ministry, our churches would not exist. The recruitment and retention of volunteers should be one of the highest priorities of church leaders. While we typically honor our paid ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 September 2014 / Money
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, money, biblical prosperity, wealth, Christian, balance, integrity, automatic, 10 percent, finances, happiness, pastors, business, spirit of poverty, faith, name and claim
There has been much written in recent years about the Christian's role in producing wealth on the earth. The following are common misconceptions in the church regarding prosperity and wealth creation that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: church growth, pray for your pastor, pray for your leaders, body of Christ, Denise J. Shultz, Missional Woman
I've been participating in the life of a local church for over four decades. For most of these years, I've either been the pastor's kid, the youth pastor's wife, the children's pastor, or the elder's wife. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 / Administration
Tags: Justin Lathrop, efficiency, church, pastor, staff, inventory, time, energy, meetings, conversations, overwhelm, to-dos, goal, marketing, service planning, administrative
I want you to take a moment to reflect on how you and your staff spend your time. Think of this as taking inventory—something we as churches don't normally have to do. Consider this taking inventory ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, resign, quit, seasons, relationship, marriage, pastors, church staff, lay leaders, clarity, gratitude, joy, critics, discouragement, difficulty
You are frustrated. Or hurting. Or just don't know if you can take it any more. You may be in a difficult relationship. You may be in a job you hate. You may be the pastor of a church, and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 September 2014 / Technology
Tags: Pastor, Phil Cooke, tablet, iPad, Android, speaking notes, technology, podiums, pulpits, classrooms, speakers, eye contact, audience, inept, practice, rotation, font size
I love technology and I applaud speakers, preachers, teachers and others who use an iPad or other tablet for your speaking notes. But as much I want people to know you're savvy with technology, here's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, young, pastors, learner, church, stories, people, grandparents, children, patience, laughter, investment, ministry, apology, spouse, children, accountability, apathy
Last week, a friend asked me what general advice I would give to young church leaders. I'm sure this list is not complete, but here's a start: 1. Always be a learner. Degrees don't signal an end to learning. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth, pastor, lessons, learning, teachable, flexible, extra mile, attitude, students, authority, Jesus, time
Being in youth ministry, I've had the privilege of learning a lot. And, I can honestly say out of all the things I've learned, there are some lessons that I feel will never cease to teach me. When I started ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Justin Lathrop, young, pastor, mistakes, maturation, work-life balance, counsel, experience, understanding, success, serve God, passion, knowledge
If you could write a letter to yourself 10 years ago, what would you say? What would you tell yourself to focus on or shy away from? What would you tell yourself to pay attention to or to let go a little ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian resources, breakout pastors, breakout churches, hopelessness, hopefulness, possibilities, reality, long term, perspective, increments, setbacks, intentionality, outward ...
If you want to experience an "a-ha" moment about revitalizing churches, this research may be the near the top. Most of you have heard the dire information and statistics about congregations in North America. ... [ +++ ]
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