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Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, criticism, leadership, unrealistic expectations, ministry, blessed, calling, Jonah, love, unconditionally, eyes, resurrected Lord, gospel, focus
By my warped standards, it was not a good day. After nearly nine years serving as president and CEO of LifeWay, I have learned that criticisms are a part of the life and leadership I have. But the critics ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, questions, small group ministry, qualified leaders, group, answers, Andy Stanley, focus, vetting, leader development, coaching, support
I love a great question. I actually look for them and even write them down when I hear them or copy them when I read them. (See also "Quotebook: Never Stop Questioning.") But there are some questions that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Administration
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, youth ministry, efficiency, balance, stress, steward, lack of staff, volunteers, leadership support, abundance, evaluate, refocus, invest, plan, grow strategically
Have you ever been stressed out about ministry simply over the fact that you didn’t feel it was balanced? Welcome to the club. I think a lot of times we overvalue things that we probably could spend less ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 March 2014 / Worship
Tags: Don Chapman, worship, Jesus, secular songs, Styx, Come Sail Away, Northpoint Church, Andy Stanley, Elevation Church, Amy Grant, Willow Creek, WorshipIdeas.com, focus, God, Christian karaoke, epi
I’ve always been on the fence about doing secular songs in worship. I personally don’t care for it but have played them when a pastor has asked. However, a recent trip to Elevation Church has caused me ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill church, church authority, leadership, elders, deacons, members, Jesus, shepherds, sheep-focused, caring, specialists
Understanding offices and courts is very important for structuring leadership in a large church. At Mars Hill, we continue to have three offices of leadership: elders, deacons, and members. But we have ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 13 January 2014 / Community
Tags: Mark Driscoll, big church, small church, care, flock-focused, sheep-focused, principles, details, wisdom, elders, New Testament, managing, shepherding
It’s a common assumption that large churches don’t care for people as well as smaller churches. But by structuring global and local leadership well, large churches can actually care for people even better. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Will Mancini, pastors.com, annual report, corporation, practice, shareholders, details, investors, leverage, communication tool, vision, refocus, stories, gratitude, God
You’ve heard of annual reports, but have you thought of creating one for your church? The point, of course, is not to imitate a common corporate practice but to leverage every opportunity to cast vision. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, airport, plug, solution, problem, slow down, pay attention, focus, complication, alternative, possibilities
I was returning from San Diego to Atlanta after attending the memorial service of a friend who lost his wife to a long battle with cancer. Having arrived at the airport early, I decided to get some work ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, God's purposes, focus, church, Purpose Driven Church, Great Commandment, Great Commission, worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, Bible, growth
When I wrote The Purpose Driven Church, I made the bold assertion that every church is driven by something. That’s still true, and as you prepare to lead your church into another new year, ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 06 November 2013 / Community
Tags: Chris Lagerlof, church, primary focus, limited impact, kingdom lens, demographics, geography, gospel, unchurched, Jesus, John Wooden, discpleship strategy, planting strategy, DNA
Editor's Note: As executive catalyst for the church-planting network Mission Orange County, Chris Lagerlof works with churches in 34 cities in Orange County, Calif., to collaborate for the good of their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 November 2013 / Multicultural
Tags: Ray Chang, body of Christ, multicultural society, Ambassador Church, California, Brea, empowerment, gospel, primary focus, grace, humility, intentionality
... Fong, pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, described it this way: “When I was at the Urbana 2000 speakers’ retreat [in 1999], we all got a chance to hear from the new apologist for our upcoming ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Steve Murrell, staff meetings, time, business, sports, education, entertainment, government, ministry, focus, upgrade, simplicity, communication
Like all leaders, I have participated in never ending staff meetings that wasted everyone’s time. I am also guilty of leading some useless meetings. Occasionally I find myself in a meeting that actually ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, ministry, high school ministry, building, game, goals, focus, motivator, authenticity, Jesus Christ, priorities
A lot of times we can get into the results game or the comparative game and lose sight of what matters most. We think if only I had that building, that equipment, more staff or more money, then we would ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Pastors, Church staff, challenges, apathy, internal focus, Twitter, staff issues, volunteers, time constraints, buy-in, members, generational challenges, finances, traditions
In my latest non-scientific Twitter survey, I asked the following question of pastors and church staff: What is your biggest challenge in ministry? Here are the top 12 responses with representative quotes. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 / Married
Tags: Christian marriages, Ministry, Vision, Focus, Bichsel
Note: This is the second of a three-part series about Christian marriages. There is nothing wrong with having a marriage class, seminar or retreat. We have them all. But a healthy marriage ministry will ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 November 2011 / Main
Tags: Focus on Thanksgiving
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 24, we're focusing on the holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Starting Sunday, Nov. 20, be sure to visit ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 27 April 2010 / Main
Tags: ad,focus on the family,james dobson,jim daly,social issues,tim tebow
QUOTE: Focus on the Family "will weigh in on the big social issues before us and provide an opinion, but in all of that I want to express respect for everyone, for all human beings. It's not about ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 March 2010 / Main
Tags: family talk with james dobson,focus on the family,james dobson,ryan dobson,usa today
... —James Dobson, in his farewell address at Focus on the Family on Friday. Dobson has been stepping away from leadership in the organization he founded since 2003. Friday was his final radio broadcast for ... [ +++ ]
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