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Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Helman, longevity, culture change, systematic growth, success, fruit, Outliers, Malcom Gladwell, Moses, faithfulness, burnout
You could spend months debating the best strategy for your group. But the truth is, it doesn't matter ... if you're not around long enough to make it happen. Culture change and systematic growth are things ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 29 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joseph Mattera, represent, God, world, oracles of God, Holy Spirit, teaching, sound doctrine, godly motivation, godly activity, serve, attitude, discernment, fruit, Spirit
... when I was consecrated a bishop (in 2006) many congratulated me for being "elevated" to which I replied that I believed I was being made lower, not higher. Unfortunately, the celebrity-driven secular culture ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, vision, board, protection, Jesus, John, Peter, James, questions, kingdom, fruit, mighty men, followers, staff, deacons, influential
You spend some great time with God. You really feel you know what the next step of kingdom growth for your church should look like. You begin to move in that direction and earnestly try and get buy-in, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, Easter, purpose-driven church, evangelism, growth, eggs, Billy Graham, fruit, decision, relationship, acceptance, approval, love, lifestyle
Easter is one of the two biggest weekends for most churches in terms of attendance. I see this as a great opportunity for evangelism to begin and for a relationship to start between your church and all ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Hal Seed, church, Acts, Revelation, Jesus, pastor, New Song Church, fruitfulness, responsive, serve, caring, diversity, entrepreneurial, unified staff, family, children, commitment, church planting, ...
A quick read of the book of Acts or the letters in Revelation proves that Jesus loves his church. He died for it, prays for it, lives for it and is going to return for it. Let’s be honest: It’s not easy ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 November 2013 / Culture
Tags: Manny Pacquiao, pound-for-pound church, odds, oppponent, punch, Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, greatness, numbers, church health, disciple making, God's justice, missions, faith, fruitfulness, weaknesses, ...
Greatness must involve victory over quality opposition or significant odds. In the boxing world, I have just described Manny Pacquiao. You don’t even have to love boxing to admire and respect ... [ +++ ]
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, 04 October 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, evangelism, fishing, marketing, New Testament, Jesus, parable of the sower, good soil, divorce, crises, death, economic problems, new baby, fruit
It’s a waste of time to fish in a spot where fish aren’t biting. Wise fishermen move on. They know fish eat at different times of the day in different places. To apply this to ministry, you need to focus ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 23 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, winner, whiner, wayward, fruit, small town, worship leader, cause, poison, seeds, commitment, vision, off course, wicked types
“They have eyes, and yet they don’t see.” Many leaders don’t see the fruit that is about to manifest in those around them. All they can see is the tree. A tree can look strong, weak, ugly or handsome, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 May 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: David, Mirror, Honest, Pastors, kingdom, forbidden fruit, battle, challenge, comfort, Nathan, Amnon, Robert Crosby
Have you ever thought about the fact that the biggest giant David ever faced was not on the battlefield but actually the one in the mirror? In an idle, unguarded moment, the “man after God’s own heart” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 April 2013 / Worship
Tags: Steve Murrell, weirdness, fruit, Spirit, Victory churches, discipleship, group leaders
Last weekend, my wife Deborah and I drove to San Fernando, Pampanga, for our Central Luzon Discipleship 2013 conference. We now have 11 Victory churches in the region. About 1,000 Victory Group leaders ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 October 2012 / Features
Tags: Joyce Meyer, Servant's Heart, Pleasing God, Abeba, Fruit
Some people you meet change your life forever. When I met Abeba, a beautiful, sweet and special little girl in one of our Joyce Meyer Ministries feeding programs in Ethiopia, she was severely malnourished. ... [ +++ ]
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