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Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Communication
Tags: LifeWay Research, Chris Martin, Crossroads Christian Fellowship, communication, TCAT, assessment tool, community-based congregation, demographic swing, transition, minister, discipleship, mission, ...
... congregation. Becky, Pastor Valekis' wife and a leader in the church, said, "We started there [Crossroads] in 1999-2000, and we were about 100 percent commuter-based, I would guess. Then, by the time we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resuorces, church leaders, members, troubling statements, pastors, staff, community, discipleship church, money, small groups, guests
If you want your church to move toward a slow yet certain death, make certain your church leadership and membership affirms most of these 10 statements. They are troubling statements. Indeed, they are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 December 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, harsh realities, leadership, common challenges, unpopular, disagreements, decisions, success, excuses, mandate, motivate, legacy, investment, conflict, soul
I love leadership. I feel called to it. I realize the need for good leadership, but the fact is that leadership is hard. I meet regularly with some high-level, senior leaders to glean from them. We talk ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 December 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Warren Bird, Internet, online campus, broadcast, worship, Leadership Network, multisite churches, chat rooms, prayer rooms, faith commitments, virtual small groups, growth, text, email, login
"Do you have an internet campus?" Leadership Network polled more than 500 multisite churches in late 2013 (entire report as free download here), with the following findings: 1 percent—We DID have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Lake City Foursquare Church, transformation, assessment tool, TCAT, hard times, discipleship, community, small groups, adjustments, LifeWay Research
For Pastor Dave Chandler of Lake City Foursquare Church, an assessment provided the catalyst to address the areas in his church needing change. Lake City is in Moses Lake, Washington, a growing community ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, evangelism, students, teaching, sharing, faith, gospel, relationship
Evangelism can be weird for students. I felt like a salesman trying to share my faith when I was in school. And not just any salesman, but a salesman who sells things people don't know they want or even ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, Christmas, Christ, holidays, poll, data, de-Christianization, Santa Claus, traditions, reason for the season, Jesus
In recent years there has been some significant discussion and controversy over the de-Christianization of Christmas. With shop workers being told to say "Happy Holidays," the over-emphasis of Santa Claus, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Foursquare Church, Water Ramos, Jesus, movements, leaders, pastor, passion, Word of God, disciples, momentum, skill set, guidance, example, believing in others, Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Churc
The night I found Jesus I was on my way to take my life at a local park. Although I didn't know it, He was waiting for me at a church close to that park. I walked in, sat in the back of the room and didn't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, blind spot, ministry, car, entry standards, leaders, Jesus, Peter, extreme commitment, psychic intuition, unconnected
I think we all know what a blind spot is, especially when it's in our car. It's that spot that you can't really see when you're changing lanes or backing up. If you've seen the movie Blind Side you know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 December 2014 / Education
Tags: Mark Rutland, NICL, business, ministry, leadership, Daystar, businessman, pastor, Rachel Lamb, Joni Lamb, Marcus Lamb
Recently, Dr. Mark Rutland, Founder and Director of the National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL) appeared as a special guest on the Marcus and Joni show on Daystar television network.  "What ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 December 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, leadership, capacity, recognition, re-evaluation, help, delegation, resignation
What is your leadership capacity? Have you found it? I use the term leadership capacity to describe a leader's maximum potential to effectively lead others to accomplish the vision. A leader exceeds their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Pastors, tenure, negative circumstances, ministry opportunity, Thom Rainer, fired adverse conditions, false promises, clear expectations, accountability, advocacy group
I have written rather extensively on this blog regarding the short tenure of pastors in churches. Of course, many pastors leave churches for very positive reasons. They sense a call to another ministry ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, emotions, pastor, leadership, culture, John Mayer, passion, John Wesley, powerful leadership
I had a blah day earlier this week. Nothing terrible happened. There was no direct trigger. I just didn't feel great emotionally. Chances are you have more than a few of those days yourself. Sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 / Money
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, giving, year-end, church, responsibility, stewardship, pastor, December, lead, challenge, tithe, international missions
What is the role of the pastor in year-end giving in your church? Do you have any responsibility in regards to biblical stewardship in the life of your people? I believe we do have a responsibility for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, critical, non-supportive leader, boss, bitter, unproductive, appreciation, discipline, demeaning, team environment, developing leaders
I was talking to a younger leader recently. He is feeling under-appreciated. His boss, the senior leader, never notices the work that he is doing. Even worse, for this senior leader, criticism flows easily. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 December 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Brandon Cox, counselors, broken, atmosphere, life's hurts, healing, spiritual health, relationships, church members, Grace Hills Church, Saddleback Church, Rick Warren
Some of the spiritually healthiest people I know are in counseling. There seems to be some stigma around it, but getting help with our mental and emotional issues is really a matter of choosing to grow ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Kenny Burchard, pastors, John Piper, Christian ministry, body of Christ, Saul, king, Gene Edwards, A Tale of Three Kings, church leadership, model
Hopefully, if you're in pastoral work (or you work on a ministry staff at a church) you've read John Piper's great book, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, and have embraced his conclusion that "the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, multiethnic, multicultural, churches, pastors, leaders, kingdom of God, Revelation 7, tribe, nation, tongue, simplicity, growth, changes, barriers
The church is called to be both an instrument and sign of the kingdom of God. As an instrument, the church is God's agent in the world, showing and sharing the love of Jesus to a broken and hurting world. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, young leaders, church, pastors, love, prayer, passion, energy, globally minded, heroes, hard questions, Great Commission, bureaucracy, financial guidance, American, balance
I have previously posted here about what we older leaders need to hear from young church leaders, but I continue to learn from them and about them. They are passionate, energetic, globally minded, committed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 December 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, office hours, lay leader, expectations, relational, community, flexibility, unexpected issues, sermon preparation, evening responsibilities, lazy, understanding, designated hours, administrative ...
I know. I've been there. Almost every week, and sometimes two or more times a week, a lay leader would wait in the church parking lot to see what time I arrived. He would also come back in the afternoon ... [ +++ ]
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