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Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, resign, quit, seasons, relationship, marriage, pastors, church staff, lay leaders, clarity, gratitude, joy, critics, discouragement, difficulty
You are frustrated. Or hurting. Or just don't know if you can take it any more. You may be in a difficult relationship. You may be in a job you hate. You may be the pastor of a church, and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, church growth, attendance, barriers, megachurches, multisite churches, Barna group, Protestant, desire, prayer, love, facility, leaders, strategy, empowered, volunteers, microman
... the church. Every single day, I want our church to become more effective in reaching one more person with the hope that's in Christ. So, why is it that most churches never break the 200-person attendance ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 September 2014 / Men
Tags: Assemblies of God, leaving, relevance, work, family, marriage, sexuality, finances, cause, greatness, challenge, action, missional, leaders, fun, brothers, healing
I am often asked, "Why are the men leaving the church today?" Sometimes it comes out as, "What can we do to keep the men of this church?" or "How can our church reach more men?" There is no easy answer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 29 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, Soul Preaching, seminary, Biblical passage, sermon generation, church, song, Job, John the Baptist, walk, challenge, scripture
One of my seminary professors gave me a few approaches to generate sermon ideas: 1. The first approach would be to take the author of the biblical passage or one of the characters in the passage and simply ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Expansion
Tags: church, renovation, construction, buildings, Internet connectivity, security system, plumbing, management, financial processes, controls, volunteer management, HR process, hiring, staff development, ...
Have you ever visited a construction site before the walls are finished and the drywall is put into place? If so, you've probably noticed the myriad of wires and pipes woven into the hidden recesses of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Ministry Facilities
Tags: Chuck Lawless, building, facility, issues, main entrance, welcome center, paper signage, unsecured, children's area, windowless doors, clutter, dirty carpet, odors
I know the church is not a building. That is not to say, though, that the building is unimportant. A building says something about the congregation that gathers there; so, we need to pay attention to our ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, God's mission, salvation, David Platt, Frank Page, Trevin Wax, The Gospel Project, The God Who Saves, Calvinists, Wesleyans, Pentecostals, Church of God, doctrine, partner, ministry, ...
In June 2014, David Platt, Frank Page, Trevin Wax and I discussed the topics of salvation and the mission of God. The panel was sponsored by The Gospel Project, an intentionally Christ-centered and ... [ +++ ]
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 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 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 Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, mission, self, God's glory, worship, idolatry, prestige, professionalism, missional effectiveness, pastors, leaders, agenda, religious, megachurch
Mission is the opposite of self. That sounds simple and obvious, yet the sad truth is that we revert to non-mission—or self-centered mission—very simply and obviously. The ease with which we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pulpit, sermons, courage, pews, compromise, messenger of God, graciousness, wisdom, kindness, judgmental, withdrawal, flawed plans
"The Lord is for me; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Psalm 118:6. See also Heb. 13:5-6) I read that scripture-–especially the Hebrews 13:5-6 incarnation-–and smile.  Asking "what ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 August 2014 / Family Life
Tags: Rob Hoskins, OneHope, fishing, family, ministry, prayer, leadership, intentionality, children, society, spiritual heritage, missionary kid, travel, communication
My dad and I recently went on our annual "Mahi massacre" fishing trip. For many years we have set sail excited about quality father/son time, the thrill of the sport, and some really good eats. But, it's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 August 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Phil Cooke, pastors, books, serious, marriage, prophecy, grace, epic Bible stories, Christian leader, radio, television, podcasts, one big thing, teaching, media platforms, lives changed
When most pastors write books, you can bet they're compiled from sermon notes and manuscripts. Preach a series on fear, and they end up with a book on the subject. Same with marriage, prophecy, grace, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: Chris Vacher, Canada, worship, leader, assumption, crowd, ready, Psalm 121, hate, engaged, sweet presence, Jesus, danger
Worship leaders, in general, are artists. Artists, in general, tend to be emotionally invested in their own situation. Emotional investment, in general, results in assumptions, which have varying degrees ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Dan Reiland, choices, decisions, resistance, big deal, scary, courageous, leader, risks, accuracy, speed, information, soak time, mental declaration
Jacob is the senior pastor at a church in Phoenix that averages about 140 in attendance. This includes about 110 adults and 30 kids. The church's worship auditorium seats about 125. The growth isn't explosive ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, leaders, attention, Tom Brady, Nick Saban, command, Brian Dodd, language, clarity, intensity, focus, results, John Maxwell, Bill Hybels, Perry Noble, Carey Nieuwhof, Urban ...
There are hundreds of great communicators in today's world who speak on the subject of leadership.  Everyone has their own preferences as to who and what style they enjoy hearing.  I personally ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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