Pastors

Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Neil Eskelin, LifeBridge Books, Christian, sermon, pastors, mistakes, personality, personal stories, thesaurus, vision, faith, synonyms, shout, speak, long passages, Benny Hinn, Holy Spirit
Editor's Note: After ghostwriting and editing more than 300 Christian books, Neil Eskelin, president of LifeBridge Books, offers his advice to ministers who have a sermon series they want to see published ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Hilgemann, pastors, dynamics, preaching, levels, normal, quiet, loud, shouting, power, passion, urgency, control, sincerity, intimacy, tone
Did you know that for musical arrangements, composers write more than just the notes to be played? They also write the strength with which each note should be performed. These markings are referred to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors, social media, Facebook, Instagram, churches, gospel, Jesus, eggs, diversification, power, people, Grace Hills, money, advertising
The gospel did okay before Facebook and will do just fine without it. But plenty of churches and organizations like mine have found Facebook to be an incredibly useful tool for getting the word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: God, Joe McKeever, steal, tithes, offerings, embezzlement, pastors, jail, Paul Yonggi Cho, Barry Minkow, thefts, rationalizations, ministry, self-delusion, lawbreaking
... after his sin during the capture of Jericho. Achan confessed, “I saw the mantle and 200 shekels of silver and a bar of gold … I coveted them … I took them … I hid them” (Josh. 7:21, paraphrased). I saw, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Scott Attebery, pastors, Major League Baseball, fine, free speech, pastorate, 1 Timothy, Titus, standards, qualifications
I remember a few years ago when a major league baseball player was fined by his team for statements he made in public. Radio talk shows discussed the matter for several days. Some callers ranted about ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Community
Tags: Chuck Lawless, pastors, churches, Resurrection Sunday, guests, spies, website, greeters, building, impression, sign, services, foyer, guest welcome center, fellowship
Last year, I published a blog post titled "Eight Confessions of Church Spies," a summary report from the “spies” our church consulting team, the Lawless Group, has used over the years. As we approach the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Jared Moore, pastors, repetition, sermon points, text, animated, boredom, audience, funny, opinion, hobbyhorse, Greek, Hebrew, impress, Word of God, teaching, neglect, joke, flesh
If you want to help your hearers focus on God and think on God when they leave your sermon, here are 10 things that you cannot do: 10. Abuse repetition. There is repetition for emphasis, and then ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, supportive, spouse, marriage, ministry, church staff, pastors, Harvard Business Review, emotional support, career demands, practical help, career advice, relocation
I am tempted to say that my ministry would be incomplete without my wife, Nellie Jo. It is more accurate, however, to say I likely wouldn’t have a ministry without her. She not only has been supportive; ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 March 2014 / Worship
Tags: Brandon Cox, worship, pastors, powerful, presence, God, Jeff Kennedy, Grace Hills, crying, praise, joy, fear, humility, anticipation
What does it mean to worship “in the presence of God”? Sometimes we take our terminology for granted. After all, isn’t God always present everywhere? And in reaction to our feel-good, experience-driven ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, problems, church, pastors, biblical, leadership, fellowship, input, support, prayer, dependence, heart, view
Every church has problems. Because the church is comprised of people, we will have problems to deal with periodically. Therefore, I want to suggest these things to help you deal with problems when ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors, social media, Bible, social issues, brand, Loving Choices, pro-life, pro-choice, homosexuality, liberals
Christianity has a brand, like it or not. So does your church. And so do you, for that matter. That might make more sense if you define branding the way I do—as the story people are telling about a person, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, sermon, soulpreaching.com, time, preparation, Bible, theology, pastors, limits, spiritual, intentional time
Can we complete sermon preparation in four hours? Whether in full-time or part-time ministry, we all have limited time. However, those of us who are called to the preaching office have to put together ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, do-overs, pastors, failures, regrets, struggles, failures, response, anger, obsession, critics, admit mistake, neglect, family member, church need, initiative, buy-in, megachurch
We are certainly to move forward from past failures and regrets. Paul told us to “forget what is behind and reach forward to what is ahead” (Phil. 3:13). But we can learn from the wisdom of others, even ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, social skills, pastors, Adrian Rogers, thank you, forgive me, sorry, ask, order, appreciation, duty, remember names, alibi, defending yourself, interrupt, speaker, Tony Campolo, Perry ...
A retired seminary professor, now ministering in a different church every weekend, posted an interesting little note on Facebook. That day, he had been wondering whether the host pastor had appreciated ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 / Communication
Tags: Joe McKeever, heresy, church, pastors, bad theology, preach, Word, orthodox, right thinking, sound doctrine, Walt Kelly, possum Pogo, Water Nigg, salvation
For a pastor, the way to deal with bad theology in his church is always to preach the Word. Just hang in there, year after year, teaching and preaching God’s unchanging truth. The changes in your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Brandon Cox, dynamic, ministry, healthy, church, theology, strategy, ecclesiology, Great Commission, Pastors, Jesus, missional communities, Great Shepherd, pre-eminence
When it comes to leading a strong ministry and building a healthy church, it takes more than solid theology or smart strategy. In fact, it takes a combination of those, plus the Spirit’s leading and empowerment. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Jonny Craig, pastors, small church, author, best-seller, underrated virtue
... God has given us—and lead our churches with all the passion and energy that they deserve. Jonny Craig is an associate pastor at Dover Church in northwest Iowa. He’s also a podcaster and blogger at 200churches.com, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Pastors, struggle, depression, suicide, help, issues, spiritual warfare, unrealistic expectations, demands, pressure, ministry, marriage, family, problems
The issue of mental health and Christians is finally getting some attention. Among the Christians who have challenges, many pastors struggle with depression. We hear too frequently about a pastor committing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, growing pains, church, pastors, labor, care issue, small groups, control issue, growth, criticism, newcomers, comfort issue, ministry, leave, relationships, vision, changes, affirmation, ...
A church that wants to grow without going through growing pains is like a woman who says, “I want to have a baby, but I don’t want to go through labor.” Is the pain worth it? Yes, it’s worth it. People ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 February 2014 / Missions
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors.com, addictions, pain, helps, ministry, Jesus, broken, recovery, evangelistic tool, sin, messes, desperation, volunteer, healing, redemption
Some churches don’t want a recovery ministry—a ministry that specializes in helping people deal with their addictions and pain—because of the messes they’d have to get involved in. That’s tragic. Most ... [ +++ ]
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