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Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rebuilding, old cars, preach, break, build, restored, reassembled, marriage, flawed perspective, transformed, actions, Jesus
I have a friend who is really into rebuilding old cars. It is an art form to take a rusted out car from the scrap heap or auction lot and restore it to better than new condition. He once told me that when ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Stier, professional, communicator, ritual, review, relentless, notes, adjustments, quick, preparation, exegesis, homiletics, passionate, prayer, pace, caged animal, tie shoes
As a professional communicator, I get the privilege of doing a lot of speaking to a ton of different groups. God has blessed me to speak in front of big groups (just finished preaching recently to 5,000 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Scott Postma, Church Leaders, pastors, encouragement, Scriptures, traits, characteristics, church planting, mission, disciples, Jesus, service, shepherd, relationship, God, humble, teachable, doctrine, ...
... in younger, smaller churches where the mission of the Great Commission is the central focus. Of course, "smaller" is subjective, but according to the experts and historians, 150-200 congregants offer the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 July 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Rick Warren, influence, time, resources, kingdom builder, Bible, Holy Spirit, encouragement, accountability, position, authority, fame, wealth
Everyone has influence. We all influence someone. And God expects us to be good stewards of that influence for His kingdom's sake. He didn't give us our influence for selfish purposes on our part, but ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Atkinson, super hero, leader, boundaries, life, time, career, health, marriage, excellence, obedience, pastor, unhealthy practice, late nights
I know what you're thinking. What's wrong with excellence and trying my best at leadership? Nothing. We should strive to lead with excellence. What I'm referring to is going to an extreme where we try ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Brad Lomenick, respect, leader, wimp, guts, courage, fear, failure, destructive, organizational, scary, standards, excellence, expectations, decisions, innovation, delegation
I have great respect for professional baseball players; they are anything but wimpy. To stand in front of home plate with a ball heading toward your head at 95 miles per hour with nothing but a piece of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox, Soul Preaching, pastor, sermon, copy, verbatim, Sunday morning, congregation, message, decent, piece together, copy, illustrations, verbatim, credit, ingenious, Charles Spurgeon, ...
You have less than a day, and you have waited until it is very late. At this point you have a few options and none of them are good. 1. Try to piece something together very quickly. I know of preachers ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, media ministry, success, Joel Osteen, Billy Graham, Joyce Meyer, Salvation Army, American Bible Society, whole package, production quality, creativity, response, training, media buying, ...
Pastors and ministry leaders come to me from time to time and ask an interesting question: "Do for me what you did for Joel Osteen." Apparently, they think it's easy. But whenever I've worked with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 / Money
Tags: Pastor, Brandon Cox, money, apostle Paul, finances, churches, gift, manage, worship, need, generosity, justice, tyranny, missions
As a pastor, I'm well aware of how many people have the assumption that "all pastors want to talk about is money." The funny thing is, after twenty years in ministry and communicating regularly with thousands ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 June 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, salary, topic of discussion, congregation, contention, public information, humility, benefits, expenses, insurance, critics, leverage, misperception, overpaid, family members, ...
If you want a lively discussion, then the topic of the pastor's salary can usually meet that need. I have discussed this issue in the past on both my blog and my podcast. In both cases, the conversation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, social issues, abortion, same-sex marriage, child abuse, pulpit, sin, moral issues, New York City, apostles, William Wilberforce, Charles Finney
... of 2000 years ago) would not take a position on social issues such as slavery, (I.E. as Evangelical Christian William Wilberforce did and eradicated the slave trade in the British Empire in the 19th Century; ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Chuck Lawless, churches, Great Commission, execute, walk, talk, language, biblical texts, commitment, task, ministers, missionaries, non-believers, lost, obedience, teach, transfer
In 17 years of doing church consulting, no church leader has said to me, "Our church really doesn't want to do the Great Commission." I've worked with many churches, however, that proclaim the Great Commission ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Justin Lathrop, wide, deep, balance, watered-down, gospel, knowledge, vocabulary, message, programs, pastors, calling, unchurched, teach, challenge
There are two requirements set on pastors and their churches, and they seem to be contradictory: Our churches must simultaneously go deep and wide. Here's what I mean by that: When I listen to people talk ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church planting, lessons, challenge, God, Good News, Jesus Christ, shy away, leaders, money, fear, pushback, encouragers, naysayers, stretched, hurting people, embrace
I've planted two churches. In each plant, God overwhelmed us continually with what He did among us. I feel humbled and blessed to be a part of such healthy environments God uses to reach people with the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Scott Attebery, churches, disciple, sister church, marriage, mentor, Bible, Thessalonians, imitators, Christ, size, location, age, joint fellowship, encouragement
The church where I formerly pastored, Wyatt Baptist Church of El Dorado, Arkansas, is one of the most mission-minded churches I know of. Every year they send a large percentage of church members around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 June 2014 / Parenting
Tags: Gerard Long, Rebecca Long, Alpha USA, tragedy, pain, drowned, hypothermia, God, throne, why, David, Psalms
On May 8, 2014, the impossible happened. Jeannie's and my eldest child—our precious Rebecca— was taken from us in a tragic accident at the age of 32. It was an unseasonably warm spring day, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, same-sex marriage, pastors, weddings, First Amendment, religious liberty, freedom of speech, activists, human rights, civil rights
It should be obvious to all that the ultimate goal of the far left is to re-interpret and or amend the First Amendment to take away religious liberty and freedom of speech. Since the legalization of same-sex ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, medium, television, Christian, message, churches, ministries, nonprofits, Nielsen, cable, satellite, America's Last Great Campfire, worldwide web, statistics
... research firm Nielsen, here's some interesting new facts: The average home in America now receives 189 television channels. It's a significant increase from 2008, when the average home received 129 channels. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 / Youth
Tags: Greg Stier, youth, leader, character, traits, yield, detour, unpopular message, teach, rest stop, reset, relax, prayer, school zone, Dare 2 Share
As I travel down the youth ministry highway, I get the privilege of encountering a lot of excellent youth leaders along the way. As I speed along, it's hard not to notice the signs of youth leaders who ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, leaders, beliefs, strong convictions, attack, ministerial leaders, hardship, theological, ethical, practical, derision, discouragement, dread, discord, division, distractions, defamation, ...
The real foundation of great leadership is character, not charisma. And one aspect of a leader's character is the convictions to which he is deeply committed. Great leaders have strongly held beliefs. ... [ +++ ]
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