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Created on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 / Relationships
Tags: Pastors, preaching, Thom Rainer, prayer, focus, criticisms, sermon, request, announcement, introduction, encouragement, support
For most pastors, preaching is one of the most important facets of their ministries. It is that time when they get to expound on God's Word. Much of their training has focused on preaching, and they often ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 / Social Media
Tags: Social media, churches, non-profits, Brandon Cox, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, gospel, why, who, strategy, communications, creativity, connect, angry rants, pithy quotes, respond, en
God invented social media, so church, you ought to use it! Nonprofits who hope to change the world? You too! I've written plenty about the theory and philosophy behind using social media. In fact, I wrote ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 January 2015 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, America, State of the Union, president, governors, mayors, spiritual state, nation, heal the land, faith, repent, awakening
This is the State of the Union season, where our president will address the nation, governors will address their respective states, and mayors will address their respective cities. They will unveil their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 January 2015 / Relationships
Tags: Patrick Morley, Man in the Mirror, Christian faith, difficult, harshly judged, innocent, behaviors, Bible, legalism, hearts, rules, grace, mercy
Many have left the Christian faith after being harshly judged for innocent or non-conforming behaviors. And many more will leave in the coming year. Here's how to be part of the solution, not the problem: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 January 2015 / Pastoring
Tags: Scott Attebery, pastoral burnout, tired, Statue of Liberty, Jesus, yoke, burden, isolation, unrealistic expectations, vacation
... serving in campus ministry at the University of Central Arkansas and coordinating student conferences for the Department of Church Ministries from 2000-2005, Scott Attebery pastored Wyatt Baptist Church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, Noah, sin, bondage, power, movement, God, righteousness, immunity
The new year brings hope and opportunity. Many of us have made New Year's resolutions we are firmly committed (at least for now) to keep throughout the year. Every new year, though, also brings renewed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 / 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, 15 January 2015 / Community
Tags: Evangelicals, denomination, changes, leaders, traditions, Shirley Mullen, Houghton College, Reformed Church, church history, geographical moves, Baptist seminary, Bill Anderson, leadership consu
Evangelical leaders are more likely to have switched denominations than to have stayed in the same denomination all of their lives. Nearly 60 percent of evangelical leaders have changed denominations since ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 / Growth
Tags: Ed Stetzer, Pentecostals, nominalism, growth, movement, trend, sociological perspective, mainstream, shared experiences, value, Baptism in the Holy Spirit, tongues, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyter
There are parts of the globe where the greatest church growth is happening through the Pentecostal movement. One of the most frequently asked questions is: "In a world where the church seems to be declining ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, TED Talks, technology, entertainment, design, leaders, inspire, action, creativity, schools, virtual choir, champion, magic, science, teachers, Ramsey Musallam
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conferences were started in 1984. They feature some of the brightest, most innovative people on the planet. They address a wide range of topics within the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 / Construction
Tags: Daniels and Daniels, church, building, decisions, prayers, consideration, ministry, renovate, relocate, replace, church growth
Perhaps you are in a ministry where God is moving, your attendance is growing, and you find yourself asking, "How do we facilitate this increase?" Or maybe, your ministry has plateaued and your team realizes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 January 2015 / Equipment
Tags: Churches, sound systems, technology, budget, maintenance, re-tuning, speakers, feedback, upgrade, training program
While technical systems are a great way to enhance a worship service, they are also a great way to ruin or distract the congregation. Many churches are looking for new ways that they can improve their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 January 2015 / Finance
Tags: Faith, Finances, Gunnar Johnson, Gateway Church, economics, healing, wounded, stewardship, pastor, perspective, accountability
Picture in your mind what your church would look like if your people were financially free. Dwell on that image. Dwell on the impact your financially free congregation could have on your community, on ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 / Equipment
Tags: Wireless, giving, plate, connection, iPad, iPhone, checks, coins, bills, technology, kiosk, multi-formats
... for nonprofit websites rose 16 percent from the year prior (M+R 2014 Benchmark Study). Charitable giving revenue grew 4.9 percent in 2013, the largest gain since the 2008 recession (Forbes).  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Leadership, Phil Cooke, threats, pastors, churches, nonprofits, businesses, motivator, ultimatum, credibility, authority, communication, respect
The New Testament book of Mark is a powerful example of who responded to the message of Jesus and who didn't. Chapter 12 is an especially good example. The people (Mark describes them as "throngs") loved ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Culture
Tags: Will Mancini, trend, churches, 2015, local predicament, kingdom concept, worship services, attendance, committed, decline, reality, halo-effect, Auxano
I like reading about trends and I like thinking about a long list of church trends. Two of my most widely read posts on church trends include: "5 Trends in Retail that Matter the Church (2013)" "11 Church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, church planting, established, denomination, Jesus, New Testament, pattern, Great Commission, thriving, dysfunctional, unhealthy
If you are reading this, you are most likely involved in an established church. Maybe yours is thriving, but probably not—depending on the denomination, we are talking about 70 percent of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Phil Cooke, Internet, powerful technology, online education, great causes, connect, culture of attack, Christian news sites, worship music, op-ed piece, heated comment, social media, blogs
There's no question that the Internet has brought Christianity many wonderful things. Today we have online education available to virtually everyone, social media that encourages people to support great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Jeff Anderson, prayer, fasting, effectiveness, kingdom, power, food, husband, father, emotions, rebuild, platform, anointing, disciple
If leaders today want to raise their effectiveness for the kingdom, we can't ignore the power of food. Or, more specifically, the power of fasting (Yep, that's when you don't eat). Jesus said there are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 / Children
Tags: Christmas story, birth of Jesus, principles, children, Incarnation, Mary, hard, situation, great faith, Bible, obedience, purpose, reverence, honor, gospel, praise
The Christmas story is literally crammed full of powerful teachings. Here are 10 takeaways that speak directly to students: 1. The Incarnation is awesome. Luke 2:6-7 says, "So while they were there, the ... [ +++ ]
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