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Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Children, ministry, Dale Hudson, rut, volunteers, attendance, vision, guests, glaring problems, solutions, fresh eyes, fear, failure
Is your ministry stuck in a rut? Attendance flat? Vision a word you once talked about? Volunteers just going through the motions? Baptistry is dry? Very few guests walking through the ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 03 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, transformation, sanctification, truth, God's Word, Jesus Christ, Spirit, leaders, Solomon, repeat, elevate, congregation, character
Nothing thrills a pastor more than seeing real transformation happen in the lives of people. We want to see people grow up and become completely mature—completely like Jesus Christ. Another word ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 27 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Convoy of Hope, Donaldson family, humanitarian aid, natural disasters, social media, basic needs, food, water, church, truth
Humanitarian Aid At the intersection of U.S. 65 and I-44, the crossroads of America connect in Springfield, Mo., a place where passion meets need and hope meets healing. This junction forms the ideal location ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, funeral, tough, eulogy, gospel truth, straight, preacher, comfort, bereaved, Holy Spirit
At the funeral, as at every other place where you rise to serve the Lord, preacher, tell the truth—the gospel truth. You have an obligation to comfort the bereaved, true. But you have an even greater ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: Chuck Lawless, Easter, Resurrection Sunday, Jesus, truths, Christian leaders, prayer, hope, second chance, reconciliation, vigor, teaching, passion, Bible, the Word, communication
This coming Sunday, Christians around the world will celebrate Easter—perhaps better understood as “Resurrection Sunday.” Some believers will celebrate with meals and family get-togethers. Some will gather ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 / Worship
Tags: Don Chapman, worship, worshipideas.com, stale, rut, set, churches, Joel Houston, Hillsong United, Jared Barber, service, order, guitarist, drummer, keyboardist
As I’ve been visiting and playing in several churches over the past few months, I’ve noticed a few recurring problems that can easily be fixed to help the quality of your contemporary worship: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, Lifeway Research, Millennials, Texas, data, worship style, blended styles, war, paradigm, rich content, theological truths
... had the opportunity to speak on the subject on many occasions. We reminded this audience in Dallas of the birthdates of this generation, 1980 to 2000, and then proceeded to share our research. We had commissioned ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Education
Tags: Pastor, training, 21st century, theology, biblical truths, missions, disciplines, American culture, shift, international mission field, language, non-Christian culture, cultural Christians, Thom ...
Any pastor or other church staff member should be prepared in biblical truths. Theology is a key discipline as well. Indeed, none of the classical disciplines should be forsaken, nor any of the practical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 / Worship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, worship, guitar, powerful, meaningful, biblical principles, honor God, music, culturally appropriate, Spirit, Truth, 21st-century churches
I’ve always loved worship. As a failed worship leader (every church planter has to play guitar, right?), I found worship both meaningful and powerful. Some of those times are when I am by myself—worship ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 January 2014 / Children
Tags: Cheri Fuller, children, prayer, God, teach, conversation, heart to heart, on the spot, rut, musical prayers, blessing, bedtime, comfort, reassurance
Recently in the prayer class I lead at our church in Oklahoma City, I was explaining to the new children why we take one Sunday a month from their regular lessons to focus on prayer. “We want you to know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 January 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Steve Murrell, discipleship, truths, Victory Manila, Indonesia, Jesus, Christian, journey, class, men, women, community, evangelism, relationship, culture, principles
Recently, my wife Deborah and I were in Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan teaching Asian pastors, church-planters, and missionaries about discipleship and leadership. Same ole boring strokes, again. After ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 December 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Bible verses, life, ministry, truths, hidden, heart, index card, refrigerator, Noah, evil desires, ignorance, holy, salvation, joy, willing spirit
Here are 12 Bible verses that have helped shape my life. There are so many others, but these were the first 12 to come to mind. I memorized these years ago, and they’ve been timeless truths—daily reminders—that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Mark Rutland, Obamacare, Sweden, Vasa ship, King Adolphus, designers, website, crash, rollout, politics, Republicans, Obama administration
In 1628, the king of Sweden was Gustavus Adolphus. Intimidated by the great naval powers of Europe, he decided Sweden should burst onto the stage with a resounding statement. King Adolphus commissioned ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Scott Attebery, pastor, appreciation, truth, teach, listen, social worker, university professor, guidance, stress, workload, pressure, demands, laughs, cries, mourns, heart, lonely, giving of self, ...
... Church Ministries from 2000-2005, Scott Attebery pastored Wyatt Baptist Church in El Dorado Arkansas. In 2008, Scott’s wife, Jill, passed away in an automobile accident. He recalls, “God used our church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Michael Jones, pastors, truths, painful, growth, best, preaching, discipleship, leadership, Mr. Rogers, seminary training, expertise, training, theology, biblical studies, evangelism, pastoral care, ...
... Michael has done over 200 funerals but only one wedding, which is a source of great amusement to his pastor friends (but not his congregation). He’s doing his PhD at the university of Chester in Theology ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 July 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Artie Davis, points, sermon, head, thinking, heart, Bible, Hand, truth, action, Scripture
I enjoy speaking and preaching in our church. Honestly, though, for years it was difficult to get ahead in thought and stay focused with a simple plan for each sermon. Yeah, I know, I took homiletics too. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 July 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, storytelling, preaching, Mark, sermon, truth, President Lincoln, clarity, King David
Pastor, your people love a good story. Listeners who have gone on vacation during the first 10 minutes of your sermon will return home in a heartbeat the moment you begin, “A man went into a store….” or  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 June 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, hard truths, Christ, church, Body of Christ, people, Jesus, submission, unity, Ephesians, pastors, deacons, congregation
It’s His church and not mine. It’s His church and not yours either. Settle that or nothing else will matter. Get it wrong and everything else you do will be off-kilter. The moment you think it’s your church ... [ +++ ]
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