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Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Research, joyful, pastor, Bible, prayer time, daily, family time, calendar, long-term perspective, churches, sense of humor, blame, circumstances
I have in front of me the names of 20 pastors I know well. It did not take me long to assemble the names by the specific trait I was seeking. Simply said, I wanted to find out what names I would write ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 / Culture
Tags: Phil Cooke, megachurches, criticism, evangelism, social problems, hunger, homelessness, bad experience, shallow, dent, communities, media, global impact, plant
As the saying goes, “The world is going to hell in a handbasket.” There’s never been a greater challenge for world evangelism, there are plenty of social problems like hunger and homelessness we face here ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Millenials, Thom Rainer, LifeWay, churches, young adults, Christians, relationships, doctrine, community focused, worship
... 2000 are large in number, nearly 80 million. They are the largest generation in America, and they will continue to shape much of what takes place in our nation. They are also setting the tone for American ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: David Tarkington, pastors.com, churches, tsunami, closure, Bob Dylan, community, millenials, generations, Pew Research Center, nones, missions, times
... pastoral staff since January 1994. Beginning in 2005, David began serving as the senior pastor. For the original article, visit pastors.com.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 / Environment
Tags: Greg Atkinson, beautiful, churches, people, building, church plants, Jesus, Dino Rizzo, Servolution, LA Dream Center, Matthew Barnett, Bill Hybels, Christians, new Christians
I’m going to list the most beautiful churches in the world. Are you ready? Follow me. If I said, “You have a beautiful church," would you reply, “Thanks. When did you visit our building?” or would you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Larry Barker, pastors.com, churches, health, Dynamic Church Planting International, ministry, love, learn, listen, lead, Christ, missionaries, ReVITALize
“Love, listen, learn and lead! That is why we are here!” When I heard those words at a recent Global Vision Summit with Dynamic Church Planting International, it resonated with my heart. It caused me to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Scott Attebery, small churches, big churches, size, army, sleeping giant, vision, Pepsi Challenge, Coke, Blink, mission, purpose, missional, congregation, transitory, church plant
Remember the Pepsi Challenge? It was a marketing campaign in the 1980s where people would be offered two unmarked cups. One contained Coke, and the other contained Pepsi. After taking a sip of both, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 November 2013 / Healing
Tags: Nancy Alcorn, Mercy Ministries, churches, Christian organizations, minister, hurting, unwed mothers, gospel, juvenile delinquents, jail, drug dealer, transient, Holy Spirit
I frequently travel to churches and Christian organizations to share the vision of the need to minister to hurting girls and unwed mothers. Most of the people who hear me speak become enthusiastic about ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Resources, sick churches, solutions, survival, congregations, hope, false hope, decline, God, miracles, reverse trends, action, Haggai, Nehemiah
In my previous post on my website, I addressed the issue of very sick churches, noting that as many as 40 percent of American congregations fall in that category. Several readers commented they would like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Preaching, eye contact, sermon, Brandon Hilgemann, churches, connecting, pastor, notes, trust, confidence
I love visiting other churches. I love walking on a church campus for the first time, pretending I know nothing about church. It helps me understand how people might feel when they come to visit my church ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 30 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Youth groups, National Center for Family Integrated Churches, John Blanchard, Rock Church, youth ministries, statistics, youth pastor, desertion, church, entertainment, flaws, safe place, counter ...
A recent study conducted by the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC) concluded that youth groups are to blame for the high dropout rate of young adults in church attendance. Their findings ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, churches, busyness, programs, activities, ministries, diet, fruitfulness, discipleship, LifeWay, sacred cows, spiritual growth, families
Most churches—more than eight out of 10—are busy; too busy. These churches need to slim down their plethora of programs, activities, and ministries. They need to go a busyness diet. Unfortunately, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: pastors leaving the ministry, Phil Cooke, Mark Brewer, Presybterian church, pastors committing suicide, pastors frustrated, megachurch, charismatic churches, baptist churches, mainline denominations, ...
... experience. Yes, it was President Reagan’s church. When I first got there in 2001, the president had not yet died, so I had to meet with the Secret Service my second month to prepare for his funeral. (Did ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 October 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Ed Stetzer, Calvary Chapel, Chuck Smith, cancer, Protestantism, evangelicalism, evangelist, Viral Churches, Reinventing American Protestantism, sheep, Bible, verses, legacy, church planting
Like many of you, I found out Thursday morning that Calvary Chapel founder and pastor Chuck Smith has died. He was 86. Charismanews.com has a helpful obituary. Chuck and Calvary Chapel have played ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 September 2013 / Environment
Tags: Thom Rainer, power groups, churches, LifeWay Research, family owned, operated, deacons, work-around warriors, benevolent dictators, formal alliances, money managers, past-is-present protectors, ministry ...
This topic will cause some discomfort for many of you. The very thought of the presence of power groups seems contrary to the spirit and grace of the gospel. But power groups are very real in churches. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Chuck Lawless, diseases, churches, unhealthy, community disconnect, methodological arthritis, grass is greener syndrome, professional wrestling sickness, program nausea, baby believer malady, theological ...
In the 1990s, Peter Wagner published The Healthy Church, a book describing several diseases that churches sometimes exhibit. Some of his descriptions are quite helpful (e.g., koinonitis = excessive, inward ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 / Expansion
Tags: Ed Stetzer, multiply, churches, multi-site campuses, Grace Church, contextual ministry, ethnically diverse, community, space, dual services, disciples, pastors, ministries
When we planted Grace Church in a local movie theater two years ago, we assumed that one day we would have a more permanent location. Meeting in a theater is not without challenges, and we assumed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Dan Reiland, big ministry, small churches, Pastor's Coach, courage, investment, faith, competence, patience, love
Lakeside Wesleyan Church, in Lakeside, Calif., was the first church I served as a staff member. It was a small church, and I learned much! Rich Lauby was the pastor then, and the church accomplished significant ... [ +++ ]
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. ... [ +++ ]
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