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Created on Thursday, 30 October 2014 / Media
Tags: publishing house, closing, Nazarene church, Beacon Hill Press, holiness literature, music, resources, Sunday school curriculum, economic downturn, crisis
... decreased dramatically over the last decade to the point that the company was forced to draw heavily on financial reserves to stay afloat. The economic downturn of 2008 only deepened the pending crisis." ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Kurt W. Bubna, pastors, front door, back door, lost, church, small group ministry, invested, unrealistic expectations, connected, authority, position, character, skills
"Everybody is leaving someday!" When my pastor and friend of almost 40 years made that declaration, I was a bit shocked. He could see the look on my face, so he clarified, "We shouldn't get too bent out ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Barnabas Piper, journaling, pastors, ministerial leaders, logbook, diary, dumping ground, pain, fear, venting, prayer, past, writing
I don't think everyone needs to journal. But I have a hard time thinking of any legitimate reason why someone wouldn't. Some might think it is girly. Some might think it is time consuming. Some might just ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 October 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Thom Rainer, revitalization, churches, resistant, pastors, decline, growth, communities, fearful, comfortable, denial, coasting, resources, hope, possibilities
You've heard my dire statistics from time to time. For example, nine out of 10 churches in America are either declining or growing more slowly than the community in which they are located. The overwhelming ... [ +++ ]
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, 22 October 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, Relevant Children's Ministry, priests, kids, Temple, greeters, worship, outreach, community, parents, Thanksgiving, meal distribution, gospel, serve
"The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, 'Praise God for the Son of David.'  But the leaders were indignant" (Matt. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 / Money
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pastor, stewardship, money, tithe, giving, spiritual leader, expectations, monitor, staff, accountability, commitment
Have you ever had to confront a pastor or a member of your ministry staff team about not exercising their personal stewardship of giving? I have, and it is one of the most difficult conversations you will ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 October 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, social media, harm, good, church, communication, encouragement, attack, leaders, criticize, share the gospel, prayer requests
On a few occasions, I have addressed the topic of church leaders on social media. I obviously have a fascination with this form of communication. Indeed, I see it as one of the great modern-day vehicles ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 October 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: unchurched, Carey Nieuwhof, Christians, salvation, Jesus, Connexus Community Church, North Point
If you're like many Christians, you have an authentic desire to share your faith with people who don't yet follow Jesus. I know I do. One of my deepest longings is that every person would come to know ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 14 October 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, young parents, Christ, children's ministry, Relevant Children's Ministry, influence, impact, adult ministry, teach, classes, connection, family
Young parents hold the future in their hands. The children they are parenting will be the next generation of leaders. If we want to influence the next generation for Christ then we must influence ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 October 2014 / Communication
Tags: Brad Lomenick, seasoned leader, author, professor, CEO, pastor, politician, communication, speech, simplicity, stories, validation, action, audience, hooks, repetitions, personal connection, eye ...
Whether you are a seasoned leader, college student, author, professor, CEO, politician or pastor, we all have to learn to communicate well. Whether we are speaking to thousands, speaking to our staff, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 October 2014 / Women in Leadership
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor's wife, expectations, vulnerability, uncalled assistant pastor, unpaid employee, biblical expert, be herself, accountability, love, gratitude, love, prayers, responsible care, ...
We're all vulnerable. Everyone who walks in the church door can be helped or hurt by what happens during the following hour or more. Whether saint or sinner, preacher or pew-sitter, old-timer or newcomer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 / Community
Tags: Mark Howell, pervasive community, church, unconnected people, community, small-group ministry, weekend service, friendly, sticky points, street, seat, empathy, vision
If you believe that unconnected people are always one tough thing away from never being at your church again, then you have all the motivation you need to invest in building a pervasive sense ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, church leaders, healthy, toxic, poisonous, pastors, fruit, Spirit, minimalist, structure, accountability, behavior, favoritism, critical, anger outbursts, manipulation, transparency, ...
Most church leaders are godly and healthy. A toxic church leader, one that figuratively is poisonous to the organization, is rare. But it is that church leader who brings great harm to churches and other ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Dan Reiland, cultivation, faith, church, Kingswood University, pastoral theology, 12Stone Church, evangelism, environment, Kevin Myers, hope, challenges, gospel, inspiration, investment
Dr. David Smith from Kingswood University located in Sussex, New Brunswick Canada, invited me to teach a class as part of their Masters of Pastoral Theology. The class title is "The Missional Pastor: Evangelism ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, Christian, profess, commandments, Jesus, Sunday school class, public, declaration of faith, hypocrisy, scribes, Pharisees
"If you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" (Luke 6:46). The politician convicted of racketeering tells the press that since Jesus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 October 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, structure, healthy church, collapse, wineskins, growth, plateau, internal conflict, leaders, discouragement, personal renewal, corporate renewal, community, mission renewal, structural ...
Structure is far more important that we usually realize. Every building in the world has to have the right structure to stand up and not collapse. Living things have structure as well. An animal can grow ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, pastors, thank you, staff, appreciation, gratitude, praying, studying, God's Word, communicating, grace, love, patience, motives, countless hours, continual learner, spouses, children, ...
To all pastors and church staff, I want you to know that I know being a pastor or church staff member is the most difficult job in the world. While it has unbelievable highs and on its best days is the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, market-driven culture, biblical Christianity, contemporary, evangelical church, Hebraic mindset, growth, quality, competition, humility, accomplishments, being, individualism, co
When I say "market driven" I am referring to the contemporary ethos in culture whose only value is infinite growth and production. This market-driven culture is equally present in the contemporary evangelical ... [ +++ ]
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