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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 Monday, 18 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, myths, church-wide campaigns, disappointment, disaster, solution, sagging attendance, neighbors, friends, co-workers, disunity, small group ministry
There definitely are ways that church-wide campaigns can miss the mark, and there are keys to avoiding a church-wide campaign disaster. There are certain things you need to do to have a great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, employee, servant, steward, hire, application, God, evaluation process, complain, solutions, favoring, momentary personal pleasure, talents, greater good
I’m not trying to be cute or clever with the title or with this post. The thought occurred to me recently: If I were God, would I hire me? Now, granted, I’m not God. You can say a loud amen to that. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, leaders, decline, multiplication, service, small groups, Moses Problem, Jethro, recurring story, church, pastors, Exodus, Numbers, volunteers, success, stagnant, declining, issue, God's ...
Pastors of growing churches know all too well the old adage of there being two sides to every coin. The excitement and energy of a growing congregation brings with it new needs and a constant demand for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, uncharted territory, gaining ground, sharpen clarity, preferred future, finding solutions, problem identification, Colin Powell, simplifiers, questions, Albert Einstein, Craig Groeschel, ...
Do you want to take new ground in 2014? Don’t we all? You’re probably not spending a lot of time figuring out how to avoid or slow down the rate of losing ground (although this Dilbert cartoon has ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Bob Hostetler, desperate pastor, Cobblestone Community Church, culture, needs, problems, issues, God's Word, opinions, mission, Bible newbie, humor, shallow, manipulation, emotions, solution, di
When we were first starting Cobblestone Community Church, I would host an occasional “speakers’ breakfast” in an effort to train homegrown speaking talent for our teaching ministry. In developing the material ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, airport, plug, solution, problem, slow down, pay attention, focus, complication, alternative, possibilities
I was returning from San Diego to Atlanta after attending the memorial service of a friend who lost his wife to a long battle with cancer. Having arrived at the airport early, I decided to get some work ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Justin Lathrop, New Year, resolutions, make, break, pastors, influence, theme, leadership, bend, critics, transparency, actions, people, performance
Many people make—and break—New Year’s resolutions. Here are eight possible ones that pastors should consider for the upcoming year: 1. Let influence be the theme of your leadership. I often hear pastors ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, New Year, resolution, Jesus, Mark 5, seek, passionately, tightly, claim, readily, public attention, experience, faith, honor
One of my closest friends and I hosted a Christian radio talk show for 17 years. He was out of town one morning for Christmas break and I had to do the show alone. As I was preparing that morning, I read ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Justin Lathrop, indispensible, staff, pastor, objective, strategy, connections, solutions, problems, team, solo
I spent 12 years serving as a staff pastor at two different churches. Both experiences were unique, positive and challenging, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. I don’t plan on ever being ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Resources, sick churches, solutions, survival, congregations, hope, false hope, decline, God, miracles, reverse trends, action, Haggai, Nehemiah
In my previous post on my website, I addressed the issue of very sick churches, noting that as many as 40 percent of American congregations fall in that category. Several readers commented they would like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Joe McKeever, young pastors, stewardship, witnessing, benevolence, tithing, preparation, family, conflict resolution, humility, pornography, prayer, laugh, attitude, mentors, search committees
1. In all the world there are only three Christians who love change; none of them are in your church. 2. When you speak before an unfamiliar group, be careful what you say because you never know who is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 August 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ed Stetzer, mystery fenceposts, role, church, healthy boundaries, pastor, responsibility, Jesus, problem, solution
In the first post of this series, I began a discussion on the importance of pastors establishing healthy boundaries in ministry. As it’s an area in which I have personally struggled—and one in which I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 June 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Hal Seed, Pastor Mentor, churches, Christ, goals, helping, multiplication strategy, problems, solutions, share
Whatever your goals are for the rest of this year, I’d like to encourage you to include at least one goal that helps other churches. Helping other churches is a multiplication strategy. If you can help ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 May 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Success, conflict, resolution, Gina McClain, rules, engagement, in person, text, face to face, listen, accountability
In my past few blogs, I’ve talked about conflict—why people avoid it and why it’s better to lean into it. One thing I’ve learned about working with teams of people: When two or more are gathered, there ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 / Women in Leadership
Tags: Gina McClain, conflict, resolution, humility, honesty, empathy
Recently I had the opportunity to lead a breakout session at Lifeway’s Kids Ministry Conference 2012 titled "The Non-Confrontationalist’s Guide to Confrontation." There are three reasons why ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 April 2013 / Administration
Tags: Gina McClain, leading, meeting, details, clear, concise, solutions
We all find ourselves in the position of “leading up” at some point in our lives. Whether it’s in the workplace or where we volunteer, we all have an opportunity to lead our leaders. There are times when ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 April 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, odd man out, team, resistant, change, negative, excuse, solution
Have you ever heard the phrase “odd man out?” It means you didn’t fit. You don’t measure up for some reason. You were excluded. It hurts. I’ve been that person numerous times. I get it because I’m pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 February 2013 / Men
Tags: James Robison, Solution, Fatherless, Generation
Statistics show that 34 percent of American children live apart from their fathers, and half of all children will be fatherless at some point during childhood. I grew up without a father figure, but at ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Franklin Graham, Solution, Violence, Guns
In the aftermath of recent tragic killings, such as those that have taken place in New Mexico, Connecticut and Colorado, our nation has focused on ways to curb gun violence. But gun control proposals now ... [ +++ ]
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