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Created on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 / Vision
Tags: Joseph Mattera, straitjacket, believers, local churches, young people, professionals, limited, celebrated, callings, constriction, ministers, tithes, offerings, pastor, empire builder, preaching, ...
I have served as a senior pastor for 30 years, and I have also worked extensively with political, community and business leaders over the past three decades. As my understanding regarding the kingdom of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 January 2015 / Vision
Tags: 2015, Evan Dolive, church, Christ, decrease complaining, increase giving, prayer, patience, peace, mercy, attendance, community, love, people, ministry, failure, missions
It's that time of the year again, when we stand on the precipice of a new year and look forward to what is in store for us in 2015. Last year, I wrote "14 Things the Church Needs to Do in 2014," and many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 January 2015 / Construction
Tags: maximizing money, time, space, and people, maximizing impact, more with less church, church growth
... in 2000, Hilltop was a program-based church and the building was built to meet the needs of those programs. With Hilltop 2.0, most of those programs went away as more and more ministry moved out of the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 January 2015 / Vision
Tags: pastors commit to pray, politicians will save america, absolom, king david, solomon, john quincy adams, freedom's fire, a free people's suicide
A month ago, I appealed for pastors to commit to pray for 30-45 days, in order to discern if the Lord is calling them to run for city council, county commissioner, school board, mayor or congress ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, unchurched people, excitement, attractive, dark reality, Christians, transparent, expectations, serving, multiple options, pro-active, well informed, child safety
A dark reality exists for many Christians that deep down they don't talk about at parties. Many Christians, if they would be totally transparent, are extremely nervous to bring their unchurched friends ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 04 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, culturally relevant, churches, cool, music, coffee, diversity, attract new people, conversation, lose focus, Jesus, sacrifice, truth
The concept of church is thousands of years old, yet we're still understanding, debating and re-forming what we believe church should look like. We all grew up with different experiences of church. Some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Doug Lawrence, reviewing, responding, listening, attentiveness, expression, eye contact, body language, pastors, present, people
... is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and advisor, who helps churches assess and improve their skillfulness in creating engaging worship experiences. In 2007 he founded and continues to serve ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Shawn Akers, Israel, apathy, admiration, attitudes, Jewish people, Charisma Media, salvation, Standing With Israel, Jonathan Feldstein, backgrounds, beliefs, Orthodox Jew, Gazan conflict, Hamas, ...
Sad to say, but a little more than two years ago my interest in the State of Israel could be described as apathetic at best. Because I believe the Bible is the uncompromised Word of God—and I have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Mitch Glaser, Chosen People Ministries, prayer, Israel, peace, Jerusalem, Jews, Gentiles, Palestinians, Arabs, reconciliation, gospel message
... almost 200,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel. By God's grace, Chosen People Ministries has been able to enjoy a growing ministry among these precious people. During the recent conflict with Hamas, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, immigration, gospel, global missions, nations, outreach, impact, church, lost people, different races, Asia, masses, Muslims, Christ
Immigration is changing how churches think about missions and outreach in North America, and rightly so. People are slowly waking up to the new cultural landscape that surrounds them—a landscape ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Dan Reiland, battle, mind, boardroom, enemy, Satan, spiritual progress, leadership, people skills, intuition, mystery, apostle Paul, prayer
Let's be honest. Church leadership can be difficult. It's not always as enjoyable as an inspiring chat about Jesus over a cup of Starbucks brew. In fact, Genesis 3 gives us insights to humanity that should ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, credibility, people, leadership, influence, D.L. Moody, character, respect, integrity, humility, dependability, right priorities, generosity, Andrew Carnegie, spirituality
You'll never have to earn God's favor. God loves you and is pleased with you completely because of grace and not because of your performance. People, on the other hand, are a little different. If you want ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, songs, worship, routine, preparation, building people, prayer, God movement, church, discipleship, needed, indispensable, presence, connection
When it comes to preparing for Sunday's worship, we have the usual routines. We pick our songs, we arrange the music, we schedule the band, we rehearse. But what if I told you there was more to your preparation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 / Community
Tags: Mark Howell, pervasive community, church, unconnected people, community, small-group ministry, weekend service, friendly, sticky points, street, seat, empathy, vision
If you believe that unconnected people are always one tough thing away from never being at your church again, then you have all the motivation you need to invest in building a pervasive sense ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Steve Murrell, legacy, pastors, leaders, Andy Stanley, honoring God, making disciples, doing mission, serving people, empowering leaders
Before my recent trip to South Africa, I listened to an Andy Stanley leadership podcast that said great leaders are always thinking about their legacy. Confession: I never think about my legacy. And I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 September 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Phil Cooke, ministry, leadership, trust, people pleasers, impulse decisions, good advice, back peddle, regrets, Tony Morgan
There have been plenty of stories recently about pastors and other ministry leaders failing or falling from grace. This isn't one of those stories. This post is about pastors and leaders with teams who ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Kathryn Scott, lost people, Jesus, Ireland, Causeway Coast Vineyard Church, intentional direction, vision, collision, community outreach, purpose, Great Commission, faith, model, church
When we moved to the North Coast of Northern Ireland and planted the Causeway Coast Vineyard Church back in May 1999, we had no idea what it would look like. The only thing we knew for certain was we wanted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 September 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Rob Hoskins, OneHope, leadership, dream team, ministry leaders, Global Congress, experience, longevity, commitment, people
Recently at our Global Congress of worldwide ministry leaders, we held a panel discussion featuring six missions and ministry veterans representing well over 200 years of combined experience. I marveled ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Football, Dan Reiland, plan, strategy, mission, God, victories, right people, phone, decision, distractions, vision, experiment, care
Who's your favorite football team? I live in Atlanta now, so I love it when the Falcons do well. But being a native San Diegan, the Chargers will always have a place in my heart. Football games are won ... [ +++ ]
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