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Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Perry Noble, Jesus, advice, financial cost, emotional cost, highs, lows, critics, calling, overwhelmed, physical cost, rest, spiritual cost, personal cost
Jesus gave some incredible advice in Luke 14:28-30. Let's dive into five areas where we need to be willing to pay the price as a leader: 1. There is a financial cost. Books cost money. Conferences ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, changes, church culture, worship leader, jeans, tie, iPhones, blended services, Saddleback Church, North Point, Celebration Church, alive, obedient, needs, requirements
These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I'm invited to preach have these things in common: Almost no man wears a necktie or suit. On the platform you find all kinds of musical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Chuck Bomar, target, millennials, label, attraction, church, perspective, generations, denominations, college students, older generations, dehumanize
Some leaders try to figure out what attracts younger people to a church. But it's another thing to actually provide belonging for them. Let's look at that from a little different perspective. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 September 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Steve Murrell, Max Lucado, books, impact, Internet, Victoria Osteen, Norman Grubb, J.J. Packer, A.W. Tozer, holiness, God, R.C. Sproul, Kenneth Scott Latourette, Al Ries, missional passion, Frank ...
It seems that everyone on the Internet is now required to either dump a bucket of ice water on their head, criticize Victoria Osteen, post narcissistic selfies, or make a top-10 books list. Since I have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, Jesus Culture, concerts, idolize, artists, praise, glory, adoration, fame, honor, renown, exaltation, responsibility, spirit, truth, obedience, fear
"Wow, that worship service was amazing." It's a phrase we all hear, all the time. Whether you're leaving the arena after a Jesus Culture concert or driving to the buffet after Sunday's worship, we've all ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Helman, longevity, culture change, systematic growth, success, fruit, Outliers, Malcom Gladwell, Moses, faithfulness, burnout
You could spend months debating the best strategy for your group. But the truth is, it doesn't matter ... if you're not around long enough to make it happen. Culture change and systematic growth are things ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 September 2014 / Technology
Tags: Pastor, Phil Cooke, tablet, iPad, Android, speaking notes, technology, podiums, pulpits, classrooms, speakers, eye contact, audience, inept, practice, rotation, font size
I love technology and I applaud speakers, preachers, teachers and others who use an iPad or other tablet for your speaking notes. But as much I want people to know you're savvy with technology, here's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 29 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, traditional, texts, sermons, preaching, Golden Rule, John 3:16, salvation by faith, love one another, forgiveness, the home, kindness
For good reason, young beginning pastors do not take the standard old texts for their first sermons. Few feel qualified to produce a full sermon on such subjects as: John 3:16. The Golden Rule (Matt. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Brad Lomenick, Catalyst, staff meeting, boring, monotonous, stories of impact, guest speakers, food, curriculum, pattern, book, peer recognition, leaders, leadership topic, mission, vision, core ...
Most of us dread the weekly staff meeting. "Just get me out of there ASAP so I can get back to actually doing the work and making things happen" is the attitude many of us have. I know from experience. ... [ +++ ]
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 drywall 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 ... [ +++ ]
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