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Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Pastors, ministerial leaders, suicide, depressed, difficult issues, escape, hopeless, discouraged, Christian, non-Christian, community, talking about suicide, indicators, teens, elderly, self-vi
He was a business acquaintance and a good friend. We did not commonly spend time together outside of necessary meetings, but when we did there was a mutual enjoyment of each other's company. From the outside ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: David Santistevan, Gungor, Vicky Beeching, Mark Driscoll, David Yonngi Cho, celebrities, Christian, deity status, worship, idolize, criticism, cross, ministry, money, fame
Gungor. Vicky Beeching. Mark Driscoll. David Yonggi Cho. What do all these names have in common? Controversy. Of course, a blogger like myself could not go silent on these issues. When situations like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, faith, ministry, pleasure, God, believing, achievement, obeying, understanding, giving, persisting, thanks, Jericho, trust, Judge
Some Bible verses are so clear that their simple truth is undeniable, such as Hebrews 11:6 which says, "And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 19 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, stats, forms, accountability, poor, visitors, worship, passion, next generation, ministry, marriages, restored, addictions, broken, fear, conquered, tithers
Being loyal to a denomination, I'm no stranger to filling out forms and reporting stats. There are good reasons for this accountability, and we at 12Stone® Church are good team players in the Wesleyan ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, Millennials, Baby Boomers, generation, local churches, smaller venues, enemy, denounce, culture, cooperation, worship wars, communities, involvement
... the Millennials are from 1980 to 2000. So the oldest member of this generation is 34, while the youngest is only 14. But their impact is already noticeable, and it will be for years to come. Here are 10 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Money
Tags: Jeff Anderson, tithing, giving, churches, dysfunctional, culture, vision casting, denomination, doctrinal teaching, metrics, biblical standard
Church-giving culture is drastically different than it was decades ago. While it didn't change overnight, this culture shift has accelerated just in the past five years. I won't bore you with the common ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 15 August 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: National Association of Evangelicals, board, survey, church growth, biblical teaching, outward focus, strong vision, mission, Leith Anderson, biblical authority, community, needs, care
The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) asked its board of directors, which includes denominational leaders, pastors and other evangelical leaders, for the main characteristics they notice in growing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Starched, iron, Joe McKeever, prim, proper, rigid, set in their ways, pretty, not functional, self-righteous, legal, unloving, pharisaical, proud, convictions, leadership positions
"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart ... "  (Acts 7:51).  "No one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch pulls away from the garment and a worse tear results. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Communication
Tags: Ron Edmondson, inadvertent, closed, church, closed for business, Sunday, community, friendships, happy, greeting, parking lot, confusion, signage, visitors, language, acronyms, closed groups, ho
I was running recently on a route I've run many times, but I missed this sign until this particular run. It was too "good" not to stop and take a picture with my phone. I saw the sign and the first word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, tired, disillusioned, discouraged, lethargic, fatigued, warm weather, health, churches, feelings, unreliable, dry spells, character building, Jesus, eternal rewards, difference
There comes a point in every great work when you will begin to get tired, disillusioned and discouraged. Fatigue at the halfway point of anything worthy of your dedication is inevitable. This is true for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 / Worship
Tags: Phil Cooke, worship team, mistake, rehearsal, closed, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Sunday morning, attitude, music, mix, audio levels, band, monitor levels
Worship leaders are an incredibly important part of today's church. But from time to time, I take them to task, as in this post on What Katy Perry and Taylor Swift Can Teach Church Worship Leaders. Today ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, pastors, iPhone, connected, online, calendar, grocery list, photos, games, weather, congregation, communicate, staff, assistant
I'm a really connected person and a huge advocate for pastors staying connected online. That might make this next advice seem a little out of left field. Still, I think it is incredibly important. We need ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 August 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children, ministry, volunteers, praying, vision casting, student ministry leaders, entry-level positions, teaching, worship leading
Don't have enough volunteers?  It may be because of one or more of these reasons. 1. You're not asking. You're not inviting people to join your team. Week in, week out, you've got to invite, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 August 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, struggle, Sunday morning, worship, train wreck, stress, identity, Monday mornings, silence, pride, failure, presence of Jesus, limelight
When I woke up this morning, I was anxious. I didn't know who I was. No, not in a scary, schizophrenic kind of way. I wasn't at peace with who I was, my identity, and what I was called to do. Every morning ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Resources, unleadable, church members, pastor, overt negativity, pray, blessings, families, attitude, mentor, recalcitrant, new members class, influencers, consistency
"I am so frustrated. I am ready to leave this church and the pastorate altogether. The church members are unleadable." The email came to me just as I quoted. Though I didn't think "unleadable" was a word, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, Simply Youth Ministry, parents, youth, untraditional family, grandparents, fatherlessness, house parents, registration, stepfather, connection
The "nontraditional family" has become the "traditional" family. The U.S. census indicates that more than 3 million grandparents in the United States are raising their grandchildren. I have found on some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pressure, deadlines, Sunday morning, responsibilities, increase, Israel, body of Christ, writing assignments, prioritize, preparation, position, production, prayer
Right now, many deadlines are pressing in on me. Has that ever happened to you? I remember when the only pressure I had was that of sermon preparation for Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Artie Davis, leader, bad habits, productivity, leadership, overloading, multi-tasking, excuses, email obsession, negative, disorganization, complaining, unhealthy eating, exercise, workout, phone, ...
What habits are keeping you from getting your work done? Bad habits equal bad leadership. Here are 10 habits you must break to be more productive: 1. Overloading. Have you ever been in the middle of one ... [ +++ ]
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