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Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Money
Tags: Jeff Anderson, tithing, giving, churches, dysfunctional, culture, vision casting, denomination, doctrinal teaching, metrics, biblical standard
Church-giving culture is drastically different than it was decades ago. While it didn't change overnight, this culture shift has accelerated just in the past five years. I won't bore you with the common ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Starched, iron, Joe McKeever, prim, proper, rigid, set in their ways, pretty, not functional, self-righteous, legal, unloving, pharisaical, proud, convictions, leadership positions
"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart ... "  (Acts 7:51).  "No one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch pulls away from the garment and a worse tear results. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 July 2014 / Community
Tags: Thom Rainer, dysfunctional, church, symptoms, theological errors, eschatology, denials, pastor eater, severe conflict, community, worship, attendance, decline
If you want to hear about really sick churches, then stick with me on this post. If you are tired about many of us writing about the sordid state of congregations, I understand. Skip this article and I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, fun, boring, church, Relevant Children's Ministry, engaged, attention, learning style, interactive, game, God's Word
Do you want to know if kids like coming to your church or not? There are two words you can ask them to find out. These two words carry a lot of weight for a child. The first word is fun. If you want ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, funeral, tough, eulogy, gospel truth, straight, preacher, comfort, bereaved, Holy Spirit
At the funeral, as at every other place where you rise to serve the Lord, preacher, tell the truth—the gospel truth. You have an obligation to comfort the bereaved, true. But you have an even greater ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Respect, trust, congregation, confidence, pastors, concept, benevolent, dictator, blessing, shepherd, experience, personal contact, time, routine, sermons, administration, leadership, staff, program, ...
Elton was a new pastor of a small church up the highway from here. To call him excited is an understatement. Early in the process, Elton announced to the deacons they would hold an overnight retreat and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 / Children
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, Easter, children, return, fun, learn, Jesus, unchurched, marginal parents, love, gospel, age-appropriate, presentation
Troy Page recently noted on TonyMorganLive.com, “Remember that the win is not how many people show up for Easter—it’s how many people come back. Shoot for 75% of your Easter crowd.” Recently ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Jonathan Cliff, books, Reggie Joiner, Andy Stanley, impactful, Tom Schefunus, kids, students, next generation, Michelle Anthony, George Barna, revolutionary parenting, Tom Rath, Kara Powell
When I’m talking with potential leaders, I’m usually investigating how much knowledge they have and how they learn. One great question is “What are you reading right now, and what books have impacted you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Jared Moore, pastors, repetition, sermon points, text, animated, boredom, audience, funny, opinion, hobbyhorse, Greek, Hebrew, impress, Word of God, teaching, neglect, joke, flesh
If you want to help your hearers focus on God and think on God when they leave your sermon, here are 10 things that you cannot do: 10. Abuse repetition. There is repetition for emphasis, and then ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 14 February 2014 / Education
Tags: Soul Preaching, Sherman Haywood Cox II, public ministry, seminary, define, church, supportive, paper, diploma, function, Bible, broader vision
Because of my public ministry, I receive a lot of questions. One that comes up from time to time is whether the questioner should attend seminary, and if so, where? I see myself in many of these people. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, laugh, jokes, water, slime, pudding, funny song, whopee cushion app, costume, burping contest, prank, impersonations
I love hearing kids laugh. There’s nothing more precious than the laughter of a child ... especially at church.  Over the years, I’ve found ways to get kids laughing. Here’s 20 of them: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: pastors, biblical, Ron Edmondson, perspective, family, ministry, secondary, control, spouse, dark places, longevity, pace, burnout, function, church, indispensable
I love pastors. I love to encourage pastors, and that’s biblical. (Ephesians 4:29 … or something like that.) Seriously, I’m a pastor. And, I work with pastors everyday. Having been in the business world ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 December 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, difficult, leader, know it all, gifted, hyper-critical, wounded, insecurity, traditionalist, skills, sharpen, fun
Someone asked me recently, “Who has been the most difficult person you’ve had to lead?” That’s a great question. As a leader for over a quarter of a century (wow, that sounds old), I’ve experienced just ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 November 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth ministry, time, students, hugs, Jesus, high fives, control, small talk, guidance, prayer, discernment, fun
I love the craziness of large groups where I get to see a bunch a students at once. I love mowing through the crowd, giving hugs and high fives and randomly having greeting tribal dance-offs ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 29 October 2013 / Growth
Tags: Kyle Searcy, church planting, growth, expansion, parents, exhilaration, baby, DNA, Norcross, Atlanta, Montgomery, team work, dream, funds, grace, components, prayer, community, spiritual exercis
When my wife and I decided to start a family, we thought we were ready to become parents. We had read the best books, asked for advice from our most auspicious relatives and mustered our prayer life around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Justin Lathrop, introverted, shy, opportunities, networking, smalltalk, mingling, skills, self-fulfilling prophecy, authentic, critical, disconnect, smart, nice, funny, John 8, verses, memory
I meet talented, smart, interesting people all the time who admit they’re nervous to connect with others. These people avoid networking events and chances to “mingle” before and after church because the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Men
Tags: male-friendly church, relevance, Assemblies of God, language, masculinity, success, guilt, sexuality, purity, marriage, children, integrity, home, church, workplace, greatness, challenge, actions, ...
I am often asked, “Why are the men leaving the church today?” Sometimes it comes out as “What can we do to keep the men of this church?” or “How can our church reach more men?” There is no easy answer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Jack Hayford, Holy Spirit, college age, church family, pastors, prophecy, foundation, funding, elders
Imagine a church breathing fresh winds of the Holy Spirit’s presence and joy throughout its entire church family—winds generated by God’s grace but rising specifically from His working among the teens ... [ +++ ]
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