connection

Created on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 / Growth
Tags: Bob Rhoden, Four Faces of a Leader, Holy Spirit, Simeon, Richmond, Virginia, leaders, miracles, connection, Easter, community, demonic bondage
When the Holy Spirit chose to kick off a bold new outreach from the Antioch church (Acts 13:1-3), what voice box did He use? I’m inclined to believe it was either Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 14 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Diana Davis, greeting, connection, guests, church, return, intentional, newcomer, God's guidance, smile, parking lot, foyer, nursery, phone number, email, contact info
Your God is awesome. Your church is wonderful. Yet guests who visit your church don’t often return. No true connection was made. A parking lot greeter in our church expressed that concern: “We’ve got to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 February 2014 / Education
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, intercession, strategies, worldview, preaching, kingdom, spouse, humility, marketplace, connection, local church leadership, team, support
As a person who has been preaching and attempting to implement strategies, I have come up with the following essentials necessary for effectiveness in kingdom ministry: 1. High-level intercession. In Daniel ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Hospital, church, guests, cancer patients, Dr. Charles Arn, prostate, surgery, nurses, City of Hope, uncertainty, volunteers, family, patients, connection center
“Dr. Arn, your biopsy came back positive. I’m afraid you have prostate cancer.” I thought he must have been talking to someone else in the room. But we were alone ... and the doctor was looking straight ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kyle Corbin, youth ministry, town, hamlet, village, recreation center, blue collar workers, recreation guide, walk, connection, Youth for Christ
My assumption is that very few of us are fortunate enough to do ministry in the area in which we were born. I am not talking about the state or province, but rather the actual town, city, hamlet or village. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Justin Lathrop, indispensible, staff, pastor, objective, strategy, connections, solutions, problems, team, solo
I spent 12 years serving as a staff pastor at two different churches. Both experiences were unique, positive and challenging, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. I don’t plan on ever being ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, senior pastors, small groups, lead, authentic community, Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, reality, reconnection
Senior pastors, you need to know something. If you want authentic community to flourish in your church, it begins with you. It must begin with you. I don’t know what has prompted your hope for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, ministry, men's ministry, rogue, unpredictable, dangerous, solitary, deep fear, meetings, influence, congregation, connection, body of believers, tribal knowledge, ...
“He’s gone rogue.” Usually you will encounter this phrase in spy novels when counter-intelligence operatives, spies or assassins leave the grid and, consequently, the control of their handlers. In ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 October 2013 / Culture
Tags: Jesus, world, hatred, theology, sociology, likeability, Apostle Paul, social revolutionaries, temporal economy, earthly government, Christians, hatred, love, parallels, connections
I talk and write often about the concept of likeability because I believe it can have a tremendous impact on our personal and professional lives. The most difficult feedback I receive goes like this: “Okay, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 October 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, leaders, commitments, Saddleback, raising the bar, Bible study, living connection, community, foundation, obedient servant, development
Whether you use a low or high bar of small group leadership, I think all of us have hope that our leaders will do more than open their home, facilitate a discussion or convene a meeting. And ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Geoff Surratt, ministry, God, vocational ministry, sermons, staffing, structure, sleep, Internet, connections, Israel, Levites, priests, Jewish people
I wonder how long I could be successful in ministry without God? I’ve been in vocational ministry for 31 years, and I seldom encounter a situation I haven’t seen before. I have a stockpile of sermons to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, connection, objectives, attendance, membership, strategy, discipleship groups, off-campus small groups, ministry, investment
Ever wonder why some small group ministries seem to steadily move to new levels of success and health while others start with a bang and go out with a whimper? Here are five commitments that make the difference: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 September 2013 / Money
Tags: RSI Stewardship, giving, church, generosity, tithe, Bible, money, connection, difference, resources, allocated, vision, plan, priorities, ministry, finances
It’s common sense: Church leaders can’t expect people to grow in generosity if it’s not talked about. While some leaders try to avoid the topic at all costs, the truth is most churchgoers aren’t as resistant ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Hilgemann, sermons, losing people, sloppy transitions, connection, points, too much information, long introductions, lazy conclusions, abstract thoughts, real-life application
Are you losing people when you preach? Do people check out during your sermons? After listening to thousands of sermons and preaching quite a few myself, I have learned eight different ways that pastors ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Sean Dunn, pastoral care, refreshment, activity, Kingdom responsibility, mask, empty, burnout, Christ, connection, dilemma, anointing, invitation
The youth ministry I grew up in was amazing. I was offered so much activity and was infused with so much passion that I was always serving somewhere. Each week started with Sunday school, followed by Sunday ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 July 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Brad Lomenick, emerging, leader, answer, honor, groundwork, arrival, reality, handlers, crucial, success, connection, mission
As an up-and-coming emerging leader, don't do these: 1. Believe you are the answer. 2. Stop honoring those who’ve laid the groundwork before you. 3. Write off all the folks who finally helped you “arrive” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 July 2013 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Joe Champion, couple, ministry leaders, Celebration Church, Texas, investment, cultivation, intentionality, selflessness, God's intervention, connection, competitors, co-laborers, romance
Whenever two type-A personalities combine in a marriage, as well as in a ministry, the results can often be catastrophic. Most ministry couples will tell you it’s far too easy for a couple serving together ... [ +++ ]
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