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Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Resources, unleadable, church members, pastor, overt negativity, pray, blessings, families, attitude, mentor, recalcitrant, new members class, influencers, consistency
"I am so frustrated. I am ready to leave this church and the pastorate altogether. The church members are unleadable." The email came to me just as I quoted. Though I didn't think "unleadable" was a word, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: Chuck Lawless, ministry, immediately, improve, book, seminar, conference, talk, leader, class, degree, podcast, obedient, God, clarity, relevance, communication, gospel, non-believers, gospel se
You have many options to strengthen your ministry. Read a book. Attend a conference. Talk to another leader. Take a class or earn another degree. Listen to a podcast. Watch a web seminar. All of these ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Greg Atkinson, Easter, church, guests, visit, front door, attire, odor, smell, parking, parents, kids, classroom, free, giveaway, Chris Hodges, Church of the Highlands, Alabama, security, visible ...
... Author and international speaker Greg Atkinson has been in ministry for two decades and has been writing, speaking and training thousands of church leaders since 2000. In late 2003, Greg launched MultisensoryWorship.com ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Chuck Lawless, options, leader, ministry, improvement, degree, seminar, class, obedience, Jesus, clarity, relevance, communicate, gospel, non-believers, sensitivity, invest, release, accountability, ...
You have many options to strengthen your ministry: Read a book. Attend a conference. Talk to another leader. Take a class, or earn another degree. Listen to a podcast. Watch a web seminar. All of these ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, church, campaign, external connections, pre-qualified leaders, GroupLink, sermon-based groups, small group fair, market strategy, book club, Bible studies, classes
There are many ways to launch new groups. If you’ve limited your attempts to one strategy, you truly do not know what you are missing. Here are my top 10 ways to launch new groups: 1. Launch a churchwide ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 / Communication
Tags: Mark Driscoll, Resurgence, God's Word, communication, tone, words, wedding, mood, scripture, funeral, classroom, halftime, boot camp, family, teaching
How many times have you misunderstood a letter, an email or a text because you misread the intended tone? Whether it was haste perceived as anger, friendship perceived as romance, or sarcasm perceived ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Chuck Lawless, LifeWay, church, documents, bulletin, calendar, by-laws, unsaved, members, local congregations, classes, discipleship, mentoring, budget, ministry programs, missions support
I love working with local congregations. As I consult with churches, I learn so much by visiting the church, listening to the staff and interviewing members. Nothing can fully take the place of spending ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 / Education
Tags: Diana Davis, Sunday School, ideas, fresh, church, small groups, classes, ministries, childcare, attendance, group, themed study
When a church begins new small groups or Sunday School classes, eternity is impacted. New hands are put to the task. Easy entry points are established. Members are more likely to invite lost friends. Peripheral ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Driscoll, flock-focused leader, sheep-focused leader, elders, deacons, local church, Mars Hill, evangelism, classes, community groups, marriage, prayer, sick, hospital visits, conflict, train ...
Sheep-focused elders and deacons work in a local church, caring for the people in that local church. In the New Testament, we know that local churches had elders and deacons, even though we know very few ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 January 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Steve Murrell, discipleship, truths, Victory Manila, Indonesia, Jesus, Christian, journey, class, men, women, community, evangelism, relationship, culture, principles
Recently, my wife Deborah and I were in Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan teaching Asian pastors, church-planters, and missionaries about discipleship and leadership. Same ole boring strokes, again. After ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, It's a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart, Christmas, classic, movie, hurt, pain, community
My wife Cheryl and I saw “It’s a Wonderful Life” again this year. That isn’t unusual. It was probably about the 30th time or so. We love the movie. It may be considered my “favorite”… if I ever had to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013 / Multicultural
Tags: Derwin Gray, pastors.com, multi-ethnic, church, Apostle Paul, racism, classism, sexism, Jew, Gentile, Latino, Asian, black, white
The apostle Paul did not go into a Greco-Roman city and plant a church for the Jews and then a church for Gentiles (non-Jews), because that would have been out of step with the gospel he loved, lived and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Kim Martinez, preaching, newsletter, computer, child-birth class, notepad, students, real life, notebook, Jesus, Sermon on the Mount
This week I helped a friend learn to make a newsletter on the computer. As we started, she pulled out a notepad to write down the directions. You’ve seen this before: students jotting down your every word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 November 2013 / Education
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church, membership, classes, Twitter, poll, teaching, efficiency, options, Bible study, legalistic, benefits
One of the most significant changes in church practices in the past 15 years is the requirement of an entry class to be granted church membership. In a 1997 survey I did, only 17 percent of churches were ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 August 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, hurt, congregation, pastors, leaders, church, ministry, sermon, class, choir, vulnerability, grace, sinner, forgiveness
Some of the people who sit before the pastor on Sundays have open, untreated wounds on their souls. The church can really help them through today’s ministries. Or it can damage them to the point that they ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 July 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: George O. Wood, servanthood, scripture, class president, leadership, general superintendant, Assemblies of God, Ray Rachels
Self-conscious about a chipped front tooth, my unruly red hair and the spray of freckles across my nose and cheeks, I was shy and withdrawn throughout high school. But by the time I had been in college ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joey Bonifacio, pride, prejudice, classic, sins, Galatians, Peter, Paul, Jews
The problem of prejudice is real. Sadly, even heroes of the faith like Peter have been guilty of it. Prejudice is defined as “preconceived opinion(s) that causes one to dislike, be hostile to or behave ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 November 2012 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Disciple, Culture, Carol Fidler, Compartmentalizing, Classes
... Seattle in 2001 with her husband, Bruce. She serves on the Every Nation Ministries Board.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 October 2012 / Married
Tags: Marriage ministry, Classroom, Resources, Divorce, Healthy marriages
Note: This is the third of a three-part series about Christian marriages. Here are some simple but effective steps you can take to strengthen your church’s ministry to marriages without increasing your ... [ +++ ]
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