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Created on Friday, 18 April 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, No Greater Love, Jesus, servant, kingdom activity, compassion, ministry, presence
Today I was re-reading a favorite book, No Greater Love by one of my heroes, Mother Teresa. The following words really stood out: “God loved the world so much that He gave Jesus. Today He loves ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, visiting preacher, host pastor, guest, invitation, information, internal workings, church, negatives, times, services, children's sermon, Sunday school, dress code, honorarium, understanding, ...
As a retired pastor, I’m often on the receiving end of invitations to preach at other churches, so am well acquainted with this subject. Here are a few things that a visiting preacher requires from his ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Doug Stringer, honor, anointing, generations, blessings, honor guard, Charles Burchett, Somebody Cares, Turning Point International, Arlington National Cemetery, throne, Unknown Soldier
Honor is a character value that attracts the presence of God in our lives. Malachi 1:6 says we are to honor God because He is our Father. Exodus 20:12 tells us to honor our parents so we will have long ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Chuck Lawless, options, leader, ministry, improvement, degree, seminar, class, obedience, Jesus, clarity, relevance, communicate, gospel, non-believers, sensitivity, invest, release, accountability, ...
You have many options to strengthen your ministry: Read a book. Attend a conference. Talk to another leader. Take a class, or earn another degree. Listen to a podcast. Watch a web seminar. All of these ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 / Teens
Tags: Smartphones, technology, Pentecostal Evangel, Assemblies of God, parents, texting, video games, friends, connect, Common Sense Media, TextPlus
JJ Shackelford loves his iPhone 5. He uses it to check sports stats, stay in contact with his parents, play video games and connect with his friends. He keeps it with him and checks it multiple times throughout ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 March 2014 / Worship
Tags: Don Chapman, worship, Jesus, secular songs, Styx, Come Sail Away, Northpoint Church, Andy Stanley, Elevation Church, Amy Grant, Willow Creek, WorshipIdeas.com, focus, God, Christian karaoke, epi
I’ve always been on the fence about doing secular songs in worship. I personally don’t care for it but have played them when a pastor has asked. However, a recent trip to Elevation Church has caused me ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: Dale Hudson, Millennials, generation, distance, marriage, digital natives, technology, racially diverse, Generation X, economic challenges
The millennials ... they are the young couples and parents you are trying to reach. They are currently 18 to 33 years old. And like each generation, they have their own unique characteristics ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 10 March 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: steve hill passes away, steve hill dies, steve hill dead, steve hill obit, steve hill obituary, brownsville revival, jeri hill, steve hill melanoma, steve hill passes away, steve hill miracles, steve ...
... pursuit of genuine, God-breathed revival continued to intensify after years of missionary work, church planting and evangelistic crusades. From 1995 to 2000, Hill served as the evangelist of the Brownsville ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 March 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, avoid, responsibility, task, not to do, kids, quiet and still, volunteers, gifts, rules, relationship, baptism, events, programs, email, feedback, Jesus, parents, ...
Children’s ministry leaders have a great deal of responsibility, and sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with every little task that needs performing. Here, however, is a list of things for leaders not ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 February 2014 / Married
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, engaged, newlyweds, couples, ministry, time off, distracted, Deuteronomy, cell phones, emails, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, spiritual, biblical
There has been a teaching that has gone around certain church circles intermittently for the last several decades that states, “Newly married couples should step away from church-related ministry for at ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, Soul Preaching, easy, shout, pain, emotional release, positive, superficial, African-American style, diagnosis, gravy, good outcome, incarnation
The other day I was listening to a preacher close a sermon about pain. The preacher preached about the very real struggle with pain and suffering that we all have to encounter in this life. In typical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Joseph Mattera, marketplace, kingdom message, politics, economics, education, family, religion, arts/entertainment, science, misunderstandings, extreme teachings
Almost everywhere I go, believers are attempting to apply the kingdom message to influence the cultural mountains, which are described as the major areas we need to influence in order to transform society: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 / Worship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, worship, guitar, powerful, meaningful, biblical principles, honor God, music, culturally appropriate, Spirit, Truth, 21st-century churches
I’ve always loved worship. As a failed worship leader (every church planter has to play guitar, right?), I found worship both meaningful and powerful. Some of those times are when I am by myself—worship ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, wife, experience, ministry, church, assessment, Dwight L. Moody, hurt, help, divorce, split, ego, denomination, vain, creatures, self-centered, needy, weak
What qualifies me to write this piece, if anything, is that I am a pastor who has been married most of my life. My wife, Margaret, and I did this entire ministry thing together, having married the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 / Technology
Tags: Pastors, Brandon Hilgemann, iPad, applications, technology, Evernote, Penultimate, DropBox, Paper, LogMeIn
If you are anything like me, you are in a never-ending hunt, roaming the iTunes app store, looking for the next app that will make your iPad better than ever. After trying many different apps, I have compiled ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, volunteers, ask, ministry, youth, bulletin announcement, senior pastor, pulpit, Jesus, everybody, students
Recently in a youth ministry seminar the presenter asked the question, “How many of you feel like you have enough volunteers in your ministry?” One guy raised his hand. The rest of the room wanted to punch ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, tiny churches, megachurches, North Alabama, nursery, electricity, frills, kerosene lamps, bonus, pastor salary, finances, size, congregation, Paul
Not long ago, I was worshiping with friends in a small, rural and very old church not far from our family home in North Alabama. The building was erected in 1857 and has been used by various congregations ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, denominations, churches, arguments, worship, music style, services, churches die, attire, salaries, megachurches, working hours, why people, pastor's wife
For many years I served as a consultant to churches and denominations, a role I relinquished when I became president of LifeWay more than eight years ago. Part of our consultative process was interviewing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Ron Edmondson, crash, burnout, factors, indicators, isolation, excuses, hidden sins, apathy, indecisiveness, short-tempered, desperation
I’ve been there. I’ve faced burnout and frustration in my work. Thankfully, I’ve never bottomed out, but I’ve felt near the bottom in my spirit. More than that, I’ve walked through these times with dozens ... [ +++ ]
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