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Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Joe McKeever, computer technology, Internet, pitfalls, rumors, inuendo, preachers, pastors, fact check, accuracy, Google, Wikipedia, Snopes, scurrilous, blog
... to "Archives." Scroll down to the beginning, sometime in 2004, I think. There they are, waiting forever, for the Judgment, perhaps. (I wonder if my great-grandchildren will still be able to find all ... [ +++ ]
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, 11 December 2014 / Multi-Ethnic Ministry
Tags: Water of Life Church, New York City, Transformational Church Assessment Tool, serve, people, Latino families, Bronx, bivocational pastor, legalistic background, congregation, health, Hispanic, Spanish, ...
Water of Life Church was a growing congregation in New York City drawing predominately young Latino families in the Bronx. But while the members felt numerous improvements had been made since Carlos Franco ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, young, growing, complacency, farmer, cull, mission, healthy, satisfied, renewing process, dying churches, changes, newcomers, innovation
The December 2014 issue of The Progressive Farmer asks whether to "Keep or Cull?" The subtitle of the article was: "High prices have changed the rules about when to cut one loose from the herd."   ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, critical, non-supportive leader, boss, bitter, unproductive, appreciation, discipline, demeaning, team environment, developing leaders
I was talking to a younger leader recently. He is feeling under-appreciated. His boss, the senior leader, never notices the work that he is doing. Even worse, for this senior leader, criticism flows easily. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnston, youth ministry, longevity, long haul, guarantee, local church, silver bullet, refuse, exit, off ramp, money, regular hours, burnout
Everybody likes guarantees, and in youth ministry there are few. But if you are hoping to stay involved in youth ministry in a local church setting for the long haul, I know the secret—the silver ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, trends, churches, prediction, multi-site, multi-venue, megachurches, teacher, multi-preachers, denominations
... 200 in attendance that have more than one preacher or teacher. 3. The rapid increase in large churches functioning as quasi-denominations. The functions of denominations have historically included missions ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Greg Surratt, Mt. Pleasant, electricity, lights, dark, awareness, desperation, creativity, innovation, nursery classes, experiences, community, power, presence, Jesus
Recently, the lights went out at our Mt. Pleasant Campus. All of them. For a very long time. Three and one-half hours, to be exact. Fun times. Oh, I've been in the dark for longer periods of time, but ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, weight, isolated, responsibility, senior leader, business world, nonprofits, churches, intentional, activity, vision, values, victories, velocity
One reason leadership can make a person feel isolated is the weight of responsibility on the one who claims to be the senior leader in an organization. Whether in the business world, in nonprofits ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 / Communication
Tags: Jewish Voice Ministries International, Jonathan Bernis, Jews, Israel, Christians, Messianic Movement, Missiology, theology, evangelism, missions, Ethnos, Goyim, Last Days, Romans 11
Decades of annual, clockwork-like repetition had taught John Wilkinson to expect the arrival of the letter in the opening days of each New Year. Wilkinson had founded the Mildmay Mission to the Jews in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, tensions, pitfalls, rapid growth, miscommunication, changing roles, power struggles, burnout, confusion, complacency, stressed structures
I've been blessed to be a part of several organizations experiencing exponential growth. Once in business and with a few churches, we had what was considered explosive growth. As wonderful as growth is—and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, blocks, small groups, community, koinonia, frequency, authenticity, mutuality, accountability, encouragement, courtesy, sympathy
What the public generally knows about Saddleback Church is that we have a large weekend attendance. But what the outside world doesn't realize is that the strength of Saddleback is really in our small ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, self-awareness, leaders, skill, emotional intelligence, intellectual intelligence, Daniel Goleman, impact, weaknesses, strengths, limitations, Perry Noble
So ... how self-aware are you? It's a skill I've been trying to build every year for many years as a leader, husband and friend. Here's why. I realized a while ago that self-awareness is a characteristic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 October 2014 / Media
Tags: publishing house, closing, Nazarene church, Beacon Hill Press, holiness literature, music, resources, Sunday school curriculum, economic downturn, crisis
... decreased dramatically over the last decade to the point that the company was forced to draw heavily on financial reserves to stay afloat. The economic downturn of 2008 only deepened the pending crisis." ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 / Preaching
Tags: David Siriano, rapture, early church, Left Behind, Great Tribulation, Lot, Sodom, Gomorrah, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Herod, Shepherd of Hermas, Ephrem, Assemblies of God
... Siriano was an Assemblies of God minister for 45 years before retiring from the pulpit in 2008. He is an author and teaches eschatology at North Point Bible College in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Millennials, mass exodus, Christian faith, criticism, Barna Group, Cornerstone Knowledge Network, modularity, visual clarity, respite, nature
The mass exodus of Millennials (today's 18- to 30-year-olds) from their Christian faith has caused many to wring their hands about the future of the church. Some have answered Millennials' criticisms that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Education
Tags: Rick Warren, reader, leader, Israel, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, books, knowledge, New Testament, Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, inspiration, motivation, sharpen skills, stay current, changing ...
If you've ever been to Israel, you know there's a real contrast between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee is full of water and full of life. There are trees and vegetation. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, music, songs, finishing, creative projects, art, inspiration, motion, influence, good intentions, dreams, deadline, Evernote
You know what's difficult for me? Finishing songs. It's agonizing for me to declare a song "done" if there's still a possibility that it could be better. It could always improve. It could ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, sheep, smell, speaker, leader, influencer, Dr. Lynn Anderson, innovative, engaged, listener, compassion, pastoring, authenticity, replaceable, humility
If you were to ask 100 pastors how they wanted to grow, you'd hear a variety of answers: becoming a better speaker, leader or influencer. There are countless books on these subjects—tips and tricks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 / Communication
Tags: Sarah Bowler, Ed Stetzer, atheists, religious discussions, agnostics, social media, prideful truth-telling, arguing, kingdom, sinners, interpretations, infallible, social justice
If you are a Christian who is passionate about living out your faith, then chances are you have engaged in at least a few religious discussions with agnostics and/or atheists. I can still picture cafeteria ... [ +++ ]
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