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Created on Thursday, 06 March 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, avoid, responsibility, task, not to do, kids, quiet and still, volunteers, gifts, rules, relationship, baptism, events, programs, email, feedback, Jesus, parents, ...
Children’s ministry leaders have a great deal of responsibility, and sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with every little task that needs performing. Here, however, is a list of things for leaders not ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, growing pains, church, pastors, labor, care issue, small groups, control issue, growth, criticism, newcomers, comfort issue, ministry, leave, relationships, vision, changes, affirmation, ...
A church that wants to grow without going through growing pains is like a woman who says, “I want to have a baby, but I don’t want to go through labor.” Is the pain worth it? Yes, it’s worth it. People ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, changed leaders, societal transformation, personal transformation, Christlikeness, ego, unbroken, insecure, advancement, emerging leaders, presumptuous, divine strategy
One of the most important things leaders involved with societal transformation need to focus upon is their own personal transformation. Because of our fallen state, all leaders should be in an ongoing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Small groups, Mark Howell, pastors, quantity, quality, stories, website, life change, learning experience
How can you tell if your small group ministry is gaining ground? What are the signs? Can it be measured quantitatively? Or do you have to know how to measure qualitatively? Obviously, you can ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Ron Edmondson, social media, tweet, ministry principles, change, power, objection, criticism, silent partners, fear, loyalty
1. The change you most need to initiate will often be the hardest change to make. 2. The loss of power will always be a key objection to change. 3. People aren’t always taking this as seriously as you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rob Pochek, leader, change, church, Ecclesiastes, Christ, relationship, Reformation, denomination, battles, worship, facility
Change is inevitable. Equally inevitable is the difficulty that is faced by anyone seeking to effect change. Leading change in the life of a church is no different; it is difficult. The question is why. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 December 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Mark Howell, pastors.com, small group ministry, benefits, life change, worship service, Andy Stanley, Barna, pipeline, leadership development, off-campus, unlimited space
Have you figured this out already? Still arm wrestling with the usual suspects over whether the return on investment is worth the cost? Here are 10 killer benefits of a thriving small group ministry: 1. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 December 2013 / Administration
Tags: Geoff Surratt, senior pastors, stress, staff, possibility, staff leader, There are two kinds of stress in working for a church; the stress of being in control and the stress of not being in control. ...
I heard it again today: “Only senior pastors can understand the incredible pressure a senior pastor is under.” I have no reason to doubt the statement or any way to gauge the level of stress a senior pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Cancer, transition, Percy McCray, prayer, optimism, stress, immune system, National Institute of Health, God Changes Your Brain, Our Journey of Hope, faith
Belief can make the difference for a life in transition. During difficult times when an individual must prioritize their health, a spiritual or religious faith can ease tensions, boost attitude and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, life, ministry, learning, process, Scripture, Christ, ownership, growing, encouragement, change, success, desperation, pastors, human
Some of these are new, and some are reminders I’m seeing lived out: 1. The most mature is often not the one with the most knowledge of Scripture but the one who has learned to most live like Christ. 2. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 / Culture
Tags: Dan Reiland, 12StoneChurch, Christ Fellowship Church, Todd Mullins, mega-church, toxic, gossip, culture, retreat, flooding, change, ministry, fear, panic, courageous, leaders, heroes, spirit of hospitality, ...
Chick-fil-A is a favorite fast food restaurant chain in the Southeast. When you get something to eat there you are likely to hear a cheerful “My pleasure” from any employee. It’s part of their culture. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 / Administration
Tags: Practices, Churches, sustained success, worship styles, community, next generation, World Series, St. Louis Cardinals, John Mozeliak, Sports Illustrated, The Cardinal Way, change, avoid complacency, ...
During my 20s, two nationally recognized churches resided in my hometown within just five miles of each other. Because of a demand for new worship styles, a changing community and their inability and refusal ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 October 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church, leave, support, changes, relationships, attendance, misunderstandings, unmet expectations, hurt, numbers, reasons, adjustments
One tough reality of being a pastor is when then people you thought were supportive leave the church. For a variety of reasons, people will leave. Make any change, and someone is not going to like it. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Justin Lathrop, vision, leaders, stereotypes, powerful, fruit, quiet, unassuming, discipling, training, marriages, family, change, credit
There is a pervasive stereotype that leaders are the ones in the limelight, the ones on stage, the extroverts with big personalities whose faces are on the front page. Like many stereotypes, I think this ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Allison Vesterfelt, Justin Lathrop, discovery, calling, life, chaos, confusion, Rich Young Ruler, passion, selfish, frivolity, change, singing, golf
I spent most of my 20s floundering around, trying to figure out what I was “supposed” to do with my life. Actually, from the outside, it probably didn’t look much like floundering (I went to college, graduate ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, change, muddy water, leadership, complacent, analyze the water, honesty, clear vision, communication, stance, challenge, navigation
Have you ever had to lead change when no one knew for sure what change was needed, when there wasn’t clear agreement on where the organization needed to go, when some players on the team were uncommitted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, big ministry, small churches, sermon, teens, Christ, modest resources, size, gospel, vision, lives changed, uniqueness
... at the ripe old age of 23. The church had less than 200 in total attendance but was thriving with meaningful ministry. Richard Lauby was the pastor then, and under his watchful eye I learned much in ministry. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, naysayers, acknowledge, reaction, voice, complainers, vision, change, impact
“The poor will be with you always,” Jesus said, but I’m sure He could have added, "The stupid vision killers will pursue you always.” Acknowledge But Don’t React As much as we would love to send to some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, change, ministry, assignment, door, God, vocational ministry, success, struggle, opportunity, surrender
How do you know when God is closing one door in ministry and opening another? I get this question a lot and have previously addressed it, but recently I have received it more frequently, so I decided to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, changes, church, leaders, culture, comfort, service times, volunteers, scripture, missions, teaching, social media
One of the reasons churches get stuck is that they’re unwilling to change. They don’t want to rock the boat. Leaders are afraid. People may leave. People may stop giving. Over time, the culture becomes ... [ +++ ]
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