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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, 08 April 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, Lifeway Research, Millennials, Texas, data, worship style, blended styles, war, paradigm, rich content, theological truths
... had the opportunity to speak on the subject on many occasions. We reminded this audience in Dallas of the birthdates of this generation, 1980 to 2000, and then proceeded to share our research. We had commissioned ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research, Ed Stetzer, religious liberty, decline, United States, Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court, preachers, uneasy, evangelical, Christian leaders, war
Americans have always had mixed feelings about religious liberty. Most say it’s important, but they don’t always agree how much liberty is enough or too much. That’s the issue at the heart of the Supreme ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: John Burke, gospel, heart, God, Erwin McManus, church planting, leaders, Jesus, evangelism, communication, New Testament, God, life
Erwin McManus and I did a one-day event for church planters talking about creating "Come as U R" churches that help people far from God actually grow into future leaders for God. (Check out stories on ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors, social media, Bible, social issues, brand, Loving Choices, pro-life, pro-choice, homosexuality, liberals
Christianity has a brand, like it or not. So does your church. And so do you, for that matter. That might make more sense if you define branding the way I do—as the story people are telling about a person, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, God, usable, warrior, requirements, ministry, mission, personal character, clean life, cleansing, status, world, talent, eyes open, leadership, vision, wisdom, grateful heart, firm purpose, ...
If you’re a pastor or church leader of any kind, you most likely found yourself in that place because you want God to use you. And chances are, you want God’s help releasing and freeing other people to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Education
Tags: Pastor, training, 21st century, theology, biblical truths, missions, disciplines, American culture, shift, international mission field, language, non-Christian culture, cultural Christians, Thom ...
Any pastor or other church staff member should be prepared in biblical truths. Theology is a key discipline as well. Indeed, none of the classical disciplines should be forsaken, nor any of the practical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, renewal, process, structure, church, leadership, change, rededication, consecration, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Purpose Driven Life, relational, missional, structural, organizational, cult
If you are being led to change the way your church serves God’s purposes, it's helpful to understand the process of renewal. Many leaders want to start by changing the structure of their church. However, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Small groups, Mark Howell, pastors, quantity, quality, stories, website, life change, learning experience
How can you tell if your small group ministry is gaining ground? What are the signs? Can it be measured quantitatively? Or do you have to know how to measure qualitatively? Obviously, you can ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 February 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: LifeWay Research, racial diversity, ethnic group, Martin Luther King Jr., Ed Stetzer, segregated, multi-ethnic church, pastors, U.S. Census Bureau, Native Americans, African-Americans, Hispanic
Having a racially diverse church remains more dream than reality for most Protestant pastors. More than 8 in 10 (85 percent) say every church should strive for racial diversity, according to a survey from ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, terminated, unjustly, reaction, winner, greater things, ministry, house, life, chairman, elders, deacons, humility, prayerful, sweet-spirited, argument, Word, knees, source, resour
Let’s say you are a minister on the staff of a medium-sized church. You finished seminary, and at the invitation of this church, you moved your young family here to this city and have gotten deeply ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, sabbatical, Lifeway Resources, time off, rest, deeper study, churches, requirement, emotional highs and lows, vocations, longer tenures
The word sabbatical has different meanings depending on the context in which it is used. It has one meaning in the academic community, another meaning in its biblical usage, and still another in many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Impact Nations, gospel, Jesus, heaven, church, David Olson, Pastoral Care, LifeWay, declining, teach
David Olson, in his 2008 work The American Church in Crisis: Groundbreaking Research Based on a National Database of over 200,000 Churches, tells us that “contrary to the oft-quoted 40 percent, in fact ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, joy, pastors, babysit, wife, church, sermon, critic, committee, salary, kids, normal life, preparation
I just received a letter from a delightful lady. She was a member of a church where I was ordained in the ministry. What I remember most about her was the way she offered encouragement to the pastors of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Mark Driscoll, single, pastors, Jeremiah, Jesus, apostle Paul, qualifications, lifetime, John Stott, ministry, tough odds, 1 Corinthians 7
The Bible is full of godly single men who served God faithfully. The prophet Jeremiah, the apostle Paul and, of course, the Lord Jesus come to mind first. However, they suffered difficult lives and died. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, predictions, church, 2014, trends, data, LifeWay Research, momentum, leaders, consultation, confidence factor, church acquisitions, denominational structures, conversion growth, megachurches, ...
Predicting is as much of an art as it is a science. And if any prognosticator is honest, he or she will tell you that they don’t always get it right. I know. I certainly don’t always get it right. But ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, church trends, 2013, missiology, study, dying, America, transition, trends, fastest-growing churches, multisite churches, evolution, church buildings, continualist Christians, ...
... us in our shared mission once again. In the American context, 2009 was a turning point in regards to the perception of Christianity’s health in the United States. That year, the results of the American ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Research, joyful, pastor, Bible, prayer time, daily, family time, calendar, long-term perspective, churches, sense of humor, blame, circumstances
I have in front of me the names of 20 pastors I know well. It did not take me long to assemble the names by the specific trait I was seeking. Simply said, I wanted to find out what names I would write ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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