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Created on Friday, 04 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Thom S. Rainer, church, revitalization, mirror, factors, hindering, Great Commission, priority, evangelism, laypersons, pastors, staff, excuse mentality, prayer, compassionate, Christ-like, intentionality, ...
There is no shortage of pundits who are providing to us the gloomy and dismal state of American congregations, and, indeed, of many churches around the world. For sure, I am among the guilty. While personal ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 July 2014 / Recreation
Tags: Ron Edmondson, rejuvenate, dream, play, reconnect, vacation, goals, leader, church, pastors
I recently returned from a beach destination wedding. Someone has to do those, you know. Cheryl and I tacked on a few days of vacation since we were at the beach. It was refreshing. As I was finishing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox, Soul Preaching, pastor, sermon, copy, verbatim, Sunday morning, congregation, message, decent, piece together, copy, illustrations, verbatim, credit, ingenious, Charles Spurgeon, ...
You have less than a day, and you have waited until it is very late. At this point you have a few options and none of them are good. 1. Try to piece something together very quickly. I know of preachers ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 01 July 2014 / Communication
Tags: Phil Cooke, Bible, practical, pastors, preachers, gift, incarnation, salvation, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Nazis, mystery, culture
You have no idea the number of pastors who tell me that their unique gift is to teach the Bible from a practical perspective. They focus on helping their congregation understand the Bible in practical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 June 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, salary, topic of discussion, congregation, contention, public information, humility, benefits, expenses, insurance, critics, leverage, misperception, overpaid, family members, ...
If you want a lively discussion, then the topic of the pastor's salary can usually meet that need. I have discussed this issue in the past on both my blog and my podcast. In both cases, the conversation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 June 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Charles Arn, sermon, series, pastors, relevance, Sunday School, James Emery White, index cards, wonder, worry, wish, financial, responses, illustration
Here's how to be guaranteed that listeners will eagerly anticipate your next series of messages, waiting to hear your words—and God's—on the selected topic. First, some background ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, church, tenure, mystery, third year, Breakout Churches, honeymoon, perspective, expectations, relationship, relationships, seasons, letdown, prayer, intentional
Pastors generally don't stay long at churches. The average tenure is between three and four years. But, as our research has shown consistently, longer tenure is needed for church health. Longer tenure ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Steve Murrell, church, pastor, leaking, environment, leaders, God's presence, Exodus, transformational preaching, empowered ministry time, participatory worship, mission, community, Victory Manila, ...
I recently spoke with a pastor whose church was leaking people. As soon as a family joined the church, another family vanished. As we were trying to discover the cause of the leak, I made up the following ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Justin Lathrop, wide, deep, balance, watered-down, gospel, knowledge, vocabulary, message, programs, pastors, calling, unchurched, teach, challenge
There are two requirements set on pastors and their churches, and they seem to be contradictory: Our churches must simultaneously go deep and wide. Here's what I mean by that: When I listen to people talk ... [ +++ ]
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