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Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Women, church, authority, Wendy Alsup, Gospel-Centered Woman, Richard Rohr, abuse, submission, personal weakness, Paul, Romans, government, Bible, guidelines
“The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.” ―Stanley Milgram “Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, volunteer, paid, full-time, part-time, church, ministry, staff, guidelines, Pandora's Box, disharmony, single mom, childcare
I received a great question recently. Unfortunately, I couldn’t give a good answer.  Or, at least, not the answer they were seeking. They wanted an answer that would solve the issue. I couldn’t ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 20 February 2014 / Women
Tags: Christian, leaders, pastors’ wives, lonely, depression, loneliness, suffer, financial, struggles, husband, complaints, children, support, moves, meanness, mean, wife
My blog, ThomRainer.com, began as a source of information for pastors, staff and other Christian leaders. I have been incredibly blessed to discover a subgroup of my readership that has much to offer: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Joe McKeever, reminder, principles, church leaders, holiness, strategy, role, prayer, Word of God, doctrine, study, growth, scripture, laborers, servants, recognition
We think of church leadership as mature, godly and self-starters. They read the Bible for themselves and do not need to be spoon-fed. They know how to pray, have the confidence of the membership, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 January 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, tragic, affair, church member, sexual encounter, wife, devotion, patterns, vulnerabilities, neglect, accountability, guidelines, counseling, prayer time, Bible reading
The conversation is always sad, always tragic. The pastor who left his church after a two-year affair with another church member; the student pastor who has been out of vocational ministry since he had ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 January 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Aubrey Malphurs, leaders, pastors, 21st century, ministry, character, high-impact ministry, definition, servants, Jesus, lay leaders, leadership training, biblical guidelines, core, leadership competencies, ...
... Building Leaders, Baker Book House, 2004), and their lay leaders in particular. As you read this article, ask how you might apply this material to your people in your unique situation. The Definition of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, team members, effectiveness, church, God, obedience, ministry, leadership, humility, word-saturated, brokenness, prayer, dependability, holiness, risk taker, integrity, teachabili
I love the way God puts His church together. In an amazing way, He gives us brothers and sisters who serve alongside us, model obedience, pray for us and challenge us to lead them faithfully. God allows ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Colonel Sanders, Joe McKeever, preachers, Bible study, message, humorous lines, Holy Spirit, personal conviction, Haddon Robinson, will, unprepared, voice of the Lord
I had planned my Bible study message for the little interdenominational group that meets each Wednesday in a local restaurant. I knew what “the Lord laid on my heart” and had gone over it earlier ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 November 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Leadership, Ron Edmondson, cost, cheap, personal agenda, control, popularity, comfort, fear, loneliness, outcome, objectives, goals
Leadership is expensive. Costly. Cheap leadership is never good leadership. Here are seven high costs of good leadership: 1. Personal agenda. Good leaders give up their personal desires for the good ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Jesus, public ministry, government, orphan care, poverty, Geoff Surratt, medical care, Romans, resources, healing, feeding, raising the dead, The Four Disciplines of Execution, Wildly Important
I am amazed at all Jesus didn’t do while He was on earth. His public ministry only lasted three years, and in those years, His scope of ministry was incredibly narrow. He is God, after all. It seems like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, leaders, spiritual attack, enemy, Satan, Apostle Paul, Jerusalem, others, neglect, caregivers, spiritual disciplines, ministry activity, power, failure, little sins, Charles Spurgeon, ...
New Testament writers warn us again and again about the reality of spiritual attack. The Apostle Paul, a leader extraordinaire, challenged believers to wear the full armor of God (Eph. 6:11), being ever ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, prayer, fasting, pastor, abstinence, spiritual goal, supernatural, holiness, Holy Spirit, desperation, The Power of Prayer and Fasting, Direction, miracle, humility, cancer, minist
Prayer and fasting is one of the most neglected spiritual disciplines in the life of the pastor. We know that prayer and fasting was not only a part of the lifestyle of many major leaders in the Scripture, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, loneliness, pastor, observations, pain, ministry, causes, giving, receiving, defensive mode, burnout, moral failure, depression
The conversation took place recently. A young man told me his dad, a pastor, recently committed suicide. He talked about the pain his father experienced in ministry as well as the intense loneliness. Though ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 August 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Chuck Lawless, enemy, attack, leader, self-reliance, devotional life, family, email relationships, sexual sin, loneliness, weakness, evangelism, comparison
For more than 15 years, I have studied the biblical reality of spiritual warfare. Many of my writings (e.g., Discipled Warriors, Putting on the Armor) address this topic that evangelicals have often neglected. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, spies, confessions, websites, boring, friendliness, facilities, guests, preparation, children, protection, music, worship, preaching
Have you ever thought that a guest at your church might, in fact, be a spy? My church consulting company uses church “spies” to help us evaluate how churches respond to guests. Our spies are “good” spies, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Phil Cooke, leaders, level, performance, mirror, boundaries, deadlines, guidelines, culture, expectations
Leaders, if you’re frustrated at the level of your team or vendor’s performance, look no further than the mirror. Only in very rare cases will a team perform better than the level of their leader. Why? ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 June 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Wayne and Ann Hilsden, King of Kings Jerusalem, Messiah, rest, rain, ministry, Sabbath, disciplines
My wife Ann and I lead busy lives. Yet, despite the flurry of activity, God has protected us from the ravages of spiritual collapse. One of the reasons is that we’ve been able to keep up a daily personal ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Jack Hayford, holiness, Bible, Holy Spirit, Godhead, hallowed, mind, emotions, habits, conditions
As often as the word holy is used by Christians, you’d think that we could all agree on a uniform understanding of its meaning. We read our “Holy” Bibles. We receive “Holy” Communion. We sing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 April 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Joe McKeever, sexual, lines, cross, pastor, women, cologne, hug, office, alone, compliment
Recently, I did an article on “7 Women Pastors Need to Watch Out For.” Someone who just read it wanted to know why we put the blame on the women when pastors are more likely to be the sexual predator.  ... [ +++ ]
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