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Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Expansion
Tags: church, renovation, construction, buildings, Internet connectivity, security system, plumbing, management, financial processes, controls, volunteer management, HR process, hiring, staff development, ...
Have you ever visited a construction site before the walls are finished and the dry wall is put into place? If so, you've probably noticed the myriad of wires and pipes woven into the hidden recesses of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Justin Lathrop, young, pastor, mistakes, maturation, work-life balance, counsel, experience, understanding, success, serve God, passion, knowledge
If you could write a letter to yourself 10 years ago, what would you say? What would you tell yourself to focus on or shy away from? What would you tell yourself to pay attention to or to let go a little ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Tiffany Sullivan, youth, pastors, advice, parents, Word of God, middle schooler, impact, follow, lead, pop culture, God, actions, words, time, technology time, read
Every youth pastor out there has young people in their youth group. Hence the name "youth group." And those youth have parents. This article is an open letter to them, the parents of youth, from a teen. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Pastors, ministerial leaders, suicide, depressed, difficult issues, escape, hopeless, discouraged, Christian, non-Christian, community, talking about suicide, indicators, teens, elderly, self-vi
He was a business acquaintance and a good friend. We did not commonly spend time together outside of necessary meetings, but when we did there was a mutual enjoyment of each other's company. From the outside ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, Millennials, Baby Boomers, generation, local churches, smaller venues, enemy, denounce, culture, cooperation, worship wars, communities, involvement
... the Millennials are from 1980 to 2000. So the oldest member of this generation is 34, while the youngest is only 14. But their impact is already noticeable, and it will be for years to come. Here are 10 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Money
Tags: Jeff Anderson, tithing, giving, churches, dysfunctional, culture, vision casting, denomination, doctrinal teaching, metrics, biblical standard
Church-giving culture is drastically different than it was decades ago. While it didn't change overnight, this culture shift has accelerated just in the past five years. I won't bore you with the common ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Starched, iron, Joe McKeever, prim, proper, rigid, set in their ways, pretty, not functional, self-righteous, legal, unloving, pharisaical, proud, convictions, leadership positions
"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart ... "  (Acts 7:51).  "No one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch pulls away from the garment and a worse tear results. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, bivocational, ministry, serve, church, income, dependence, connected, non-believers, ministry, missions, missiology, delegate, train, laypersons, theological training, calling
"I didn't come to seminary to be a bivocational minister, to have to get another kind of job," my student told me. I may not have agreed with my student, but I did understand his thinking. Back then (almost ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Ministry Outreach
Tags: Perry Noble, New Spring Church, small groups, lives, changed, walk with Christ, laugh, cry, spiritual refreshing, singles, study, LifeWay Christian Bookstores
At NewSpring Church, we believe that you can't do life alone. Honestly, I would say that the single most important thing for me in regards to me staying connected in my walk with Christ has been having ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 / Administration
Tags: Soul Preaching, Sherman Haywood Cox II, assistant, minister, pastor, slaves, respect, acknowledgment, ordination, responsibilities, effectiveness
I have been an assistant for much of my time in ministry. Some pastors have treated me with the utmost respect. I have seen other pastors who treat their assistants almost as slaves, giving them the least ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Thom Rainer, sermons, length, LifeWay Christian Resources, trends, social media polls, anecdotal information, no constraints, shorter, longer
What is the trend? Are church members and church leaders saying sermons should be longer or shorter? The answer is "yes." If my answer is confusing, I understand. But the reality is there are two major ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Scott Attebery, God, will, tightrope, theory, Moses, Israel, perfect will of God, open door theory, follow your heart theory, Samson, Jesus, hunch, gut feeling, god's will, will of god, knowing god's ...
Where do we find God's will? Is it in one of the following theories? 1. The Tightrope Theory This teaching declares God's will is like a tightrope where one wrong move will ruin your life and require you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, leaders, attention, Tom Brady, Nick Saban, command, Brian Dodd, language, clarity, intensity, focus, results, John Maxwell, Bill Hybels, Perry Noble, Carey Nieuwhof, Urban ...
There are hundreds of great communicators in today's world who speak on the subject of leadership.  Everyone has their own preferences as to who and what style they enjoy hearing.  I personally ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, expectant, reactive, Discipled Warriors, recognized vision, direction, fireman leaders, dollars, immobility, status quote, response, needs, prayer, technology, master plan, easily ...
The Bible is a story of expectations: an expected Messiah who would crush the serpent (Gen. 3:15), an expected people from Abram (Gen. 12:1-3), an expected new covenant (Jer. 31:31-34), an expected return ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Steve Murrell, leader, responsibility, blame, own it, success, do it, rewards, excuses, initiative, upgrade it, innovation, urgency
A consultant once asked me what I mean when I say that certain positions can only be filled by a "leader." Without thinking, I said I expect a leader to do the following: 1. Own it. Good or bad, success ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, ministerial leader, leave, church, mistake, call, conflict, criticism, match, family needs, skills, fired, forced out, ministry, denominational, parachurch, paycheck
I am reticent to write this article. I do not want to encourage pastors to leave churches too early. Frankly, many pastors have shared with me that, in the aftermath of their departures, they realized ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 July 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, calling, ministry, Evangelical, Pentecostal, churches, local church, self-ordained pastors, The Apostle, Elmer Gantry, U.S. military, anointing
... in my city approached me in 2005 about consecrating me as a bishop, the first thing I did before allowing such a consecration was to have them call several local and national bishops who knew me well to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Stier, professional, communicator, ritual, review, relentless, notes, adjustments, quick, preparation, exegesis, homiletics, passionate, prayer, pace, caged animal, tie shoes
As a professional communicator, I get the privilege of doing a lot of speaking to a ton of different groups. God has blessed me to speak in front of big groups (just finished preaching recently to 5,000 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, influence, kingdom, builder, economy, service, generosity, trust, prayer, example, faithful, truth, unity, criticism, price
In my previous article I argued that, "Everyone has influence. We all influence someone." And that God expects us to be good stewards of that influence. I defined a "kingdom builder" as one who has a great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, boss, leader, connotation, answers, solicitation, tells, asks, intimidating, encouraging, delegates, dictates, demands, inspires
I have to be honest; I hate the term boss. When someone refers to me as their boss, I almost feel like I'm doing something wrong as a leader. Forgive me for making me think I'm the boss. There are so many ... [ +++ ]
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