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Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, volunteers, shortage, turnover, poor morale, mission, local church, meeting a need, filling a lot, doing your duty, serving Christ, relationships, serving, spiritual growth
So you'd love to see more volunteers serve in your church or organization. Who wouldn't? And yet when it comes to volunteers, a surprising number of leaders struggle. Many leaders suffer from: A chronic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Communication
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, volunteers, church, ministry, chronic shortage, high turnover, poor morale, mission, cause, meeting a need, doing your duty, relationships, spiritual growth
So you'd love to see more volunteers serve in your church or organization. Who wouldn't? And yet when it comes to volunteers, a surprising number of leaders struggle. Many leaders suffer from: A chronic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, Christmas, church growth, first-time guests, Easter, Mother's Day, community, gospel, relatives, friends, vision, members, morale, congregation, pool of volunteers, prospect list
One of the secrets of growth at Saddleback Church is that we use special days as an evangelism tool and to keep our members motivated toward the growth of our congregation. In a sense, Saddleback ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, moral failure, ministry, leaders, integrity, evangelistic, Jesus, gospel, desires, temptation, commitment, God's standards, marriage, manage, mind, media intake, Internet pornograph
One of my gravest concerns about the witness of the church to our current culture is the threat to our evangelistic integrity caused by moral failures among ministry leaders. Every time a leader falls, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 July 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Greg Atkinson, laughter, team, cry, comedy, serious, Jesus laughing, therapeutic, Chronicle of Higher Education, joke, ego check, morale
Last week I was doing my regular Thursday night thing—watching the comedy shows back to back on NBC (as I have for years). I was reflecting on how good and healthy it is to laugh and unwind. Then ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, deadbeat, pastor, indecency, immorality, illegality, heresy, paycheck, lazy, church, demise, lay leadership, constitution, bylaws
Recently in this blog, we said pastors should be terminated abruptly if they are guilty of flagrant indecency, proven immorality, confirmed illegality, and serious heresy. Several friends wrote to ask ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, social issues, abortion, same-sex marriage, child abuse, pulpit, sin, moral issues, New York City, apostles, William Wilberforce, Charles Finney
... of 2000 years ago) would not take a position on social issues such as slavery, (I.E. as Evangelical Christian William Wilberforce did and eradicated the slave trade in the British Empire in the 19th Century; ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Surratt, example, morale, leader, Fred Richard, Seacoast Church, gifts, Genesis, Caleb, spirit, employees
What do great leaders look like? That’s almost like asking, “When will I know I’m in love?” The answer: “You just will. You’ll know it when you see it.” Recognizing a great leader is similar. You’ll know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dan Reiland, team, morale, spirit, happiness, energetic, productive, adversity, generosity, trust, empowerment, alignment, caring
The hallways often reveal more than the boardroom. What you hear in the hallways is often a better indicator of the spirit of your team than what is said in the boardroom. I’m not suggesting that your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, big attendance, Easter, Mother's Day, Jesus, resurrection, Saddleback Church, Christmas Eve, evangelism, tool, morale, volunteers, prospect list, community, interest
Easter is coming! And it will be one of the most well-attended Sundays for churches this year. Wise church leaders will take advantage of the opportunity to present the simple but profoundly hopeful message ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 March 2014 / Teens
Tags: Simply Youth Ministry, Chuck Bomar, ministering, gay teens, black and white issue, Greek, sexual immorality, porneia, discipling, marriage, bigot, Jesus, gay agenda
There is a new book out that I can’t wait to read. I’ll get to that in a minute. I have written no less than a half-dozen posts about the LGBTQ conversation. There is a world of complexities ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, hurting, challenging, immoral, community, Pew Research, clergy, moral failures, widespread coverage, Christian faith, nation, marginalize, tenure, entitlement mentality, social ...
A day does not pass that I do not hear from a hurting pastor. Serving in that role has to be one of the most challenging vocations today. Sure, there are some bad and immoral pastors. But the vast majority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: David Shibley, moral failures, casualties, leaders, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress, counsel, Jonah, firewalls, short accounts, real accountability, humility, escape hatch
Jesus often suffers more from His friends than from His enemies. In John Bunyan’s epic The Pilgrim’s Progress, one of Christian’s guides to the celestial city offers this wise counsel: “There are two things ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, Katie Couric, social issues, moral issues, New York city, megachurch, pastors, controversy, Jesus, Israel, Roman Empire, religious, legal, political
Recently, a well-known New York City megachurch pastor (whom I know and like) was interviewed by Katie Couric regarding his stance on several issues, including same-sex marriage. To paraphrase (in my own ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 October 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pastors, believe, Twitter, negativity, insinuations, writers, ministries, immoral, liars, critics, perfect, service, church
As I surf the web, receive emails from ministries and scan Twitter, I am absolutely amazed at the negativity and insinuations made about pastors today. Many writers and ministries take the view that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, Saddleback Church, youth ministry, teens, morale, testimony, love, parents, bragging, thank them, support, physical affirmation
Recently, we had a senior girl share her testimony at our high school program. It was powerful. Afterward, her peers came up and showed her love. What made the testimony even better was the fact that we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, burn out, resignation, moral failure, family problems, sickness, ministry, 24/7 mentality, conflict, expectations, no friends, life outside the church
I heard the story again last week. A pastor I know announced his resignation. No moral failure. No severe crisis at the church. No major family problems. No sickness. He was simply burned out. That’s how ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 September 2013 / Education
Tags: Artie Davis, Osama Bin Laden, United States, church, lesson, disaster plan, moral failure, communication, planned response
I was recently watching a History Channel special on the days of 9/11. They highlighted many of the issues and misconceptions they feel contributed to the disaster. I think the church could learn some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 / Culture
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, decapitated church, martyrs, prosperity, brothers, sisters, grace, love, courage, religious cowardice, legalism, brash, judgmental, homosexual, fallen minister, sexually ...
... 1,200 ministers across the globe. I would greatly encourage every reader to listen to call of Christ. You are equipped with unique giftings and a wonderful commission. Take courage, be vigilant and be ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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