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Created on Thursday, 23 October 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Church planting, Mez McConnell, Niddrie Community Church, small groups, training, leaders, home church, building, costs down, demographic, community, congregate, extended family, friends, sense of ...
... the schemes.   Mez McConnell has been the Senior Pastor of Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh, U.K., since September 2007. Prior to that he spent four years with UFM Worldwide working with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, roadblocks, senior pastor, succession plan, churches, power struggle, relational breakdown, unmet expectations, Taylor Guitars, philosophy, transition
Most succession plans fail. It's not because the plan was bad; it's most often because of an expectation for the process to go exactly like the written plan indicated. That never happens. Life happens! ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, students, youth group, freshmen, party, 10 minutes, gospel, follow-up plan, returner
Have you ever had students show up to youth group, and they look like a deer caught in headlights? They know no one, and feel super awkward. We've definitely experienced this in our ministry, and especially ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, failure, defeats, disappointments, Proverbs, plan ahead, consequences, arrived, arrogance, destruction, downfall, pride, risks, fear, give up, listen
Failure doesn't have to be final. In fact, I believe God wants to put our failures to work for us. Everybody experiences defeats in life. Everybody has failures. The book of Proverbs has a lot of insight ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 28 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Football, Dan Reiland, plan, strategy, mission, God, victories, right people, phone, decision, distractions, vision, experiment, care
Who's your favorite football team? I live in Atlanta now, so I love it when the Falcons do well. But being a native San Diegan, the Chargers will always have a place in my heart. Football games are won ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 August 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church plant, grow, seeds, harvest
I've worked with a lot of church plants. And, I've been involved in two—as a planter. Every planter goes into the process hoping to see lives changed with the gospel. Hoping to grow. Some work. Some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pulpit, sermons, courage, pews, compromise, messenger of God, graciousness, wisdom, kindness, judgmental, withdrawal, flawed plans
"The Lord is for me; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Psalm 118:6. See also Heb. 13:5-6) I read that scripture-–especially the Hebrews 13:5-6 incarnation-–and smile.  Asking "what ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, expectant, reactive, Discipled Warriors, recognized vision, direction, fireman leaders, dollars, immobility, status quote, response, needs, prayer, technology, master plan, easily ...
The Bible is a story of expectations: an expected Messiah who would crush the serpent (Gen. 3:15), an expected people from Abram (Gen. 12:1-3), an expected new covenant (Jer. 31:31-34), an expected return ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Hal Seed, sermons, preaching, calendar, series, multi-site campuses, planning, season, unchurched, The Purpose Driven Life, balance, depth, breadth
... In 2001, I developed the perfect preaching calendar. Then 9/11 hit. I was scheduled to speak on spiritual gifts. Like every preacher, I changed my subject that week. I spoke on destiny, then three weeks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Scott Postma, Church Leaders, pastors, encouragement, Scriptures, traits, characteristics, church planting, mission, disciples, Jesus, service, shepherd, relationship, God, humble, teachable, doctrine, ...
... in younger, smaller churches where the mission of the Great Commission is the central focus. Of course, "smaller" is subjective, but according to the experts and historians, 150-200 congregants offer the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 June 2014 / Youth
Tags: Greg Stier, full-time, ministry, youth leaders, stars, longevity, burn out, prayer, fitness, physical, mental, lifestyle, cardio, weight training, marathon, intentionality, mission, planning, excellence, ...
Over the last 25 years of full-time ministry (as a church planter, youth guy and para-church director), I have seen all sorts of youth leaders. Some are like falling stars; a bright streak of light that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church planting, lessons, challenge, God, Good News, Jesus Christ, shy away, leaders, money, fear, pushback, encouragers, naysayers, stretched, hurting people, embrace
I've planted two churches. In each plant, God overwhelmed us continually with what He did among us. I feel humbled and blessed to be a part of such healthy environments God uses to reach people with the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church, autopsy, death, caution, pessimism, optimism, reality, leaders, prayer movements, church planting, revitalization, theology, practical ministry
I know. I have been a spokesman for gloom and doom of the local church. I've even written a book about church autopsies—not necessarily a topic of hope and joy. There have, however, been reasons ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 June 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Kristy Rutter, Ed Stetzer, LifeWay, Thom Rainer, churches, multi-site, merger, strategy, success, The Chapel, Chicago, Kingdom, church plants
I have had the privilege of working with the Chapel, a multisite church in the Chicago land area for the last 4 years. I started with them in 2009 to spearhead this "experiment" to see if we could launch ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 May 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: ARC, Greg Surratt, church planting, affiliates, multi-site churches, kingdom impact, Billy Hornsby, Chris Hodges, Bethany World Prayer Center, Rick Bezet, Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research
Church Planting Although Greg Surratt didn't start out with many specifics in mind, his vision of starting 2,000 churches has created one of the most fruitful church-planting networks in the nation. The ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 / Expansion
Tags: Ed Stetzer, church planter, pastoring, indicators, teaching, children, calling, gifts, ministry initiation, multiplication, personal wiring, dissatisfaction
There are many places of service in the church. One category of ministry is pastoring. Then there are subcategories, like children's pastor, teaching pastor, etc. Not lesser ministries, just more targeted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Empowered21, Ossie Mills, Holy Spirit, empowerment, Billy Wilson, ORU, Pentecost, Acts, Azusa Street Centennial, church planting
Holy Spirit Empowerment With 2.9 billion unreached people in the world, Oral Roberts University President Billy Wilson says Empowered21's "big vision is bigger than all of us." "That vision is that every ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, PEACE Plan, pastoral influence, church planting, worldwide, gospel, every nation, Hong Kong, Argentina, 50-year plan, poverty, self-centered leadership, spiritual emptiness
Pastoral Influence A few years after founding the PEACE Plan, pastor Rick Warren and his Saddleback Church congregation decided they wanted to be the first church in history to take the gospel to every ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, crises, trials, tribulations, response, leaders, George Bailey, It's a Wonderful Life, outset, slow down, don't panic, composure, plan, navigation, recovery
How do you respond when crisis comes to the team you lead? I love the leadership displayed during a scene in It's a Wonderful Life where George Bailey is about to leave for his honeymoon and panic ... [ +++ ]
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