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Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian resources, breakout pastors, breakout churches, hopelessness, hopefulness, possibilities, reality, long term, perspective, increments, setbacks, intentionality, outward ...
If you want to experience an "a-ha" moment about revitalizing churches, this research may be the near the top. Most of you have heard the dire information and statistics about congregations in North America. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Steve Murrell, crisis, change, leadership, lessons, Bethel Franklin, Bethel Brentwood, ministry, closure, merger, communication, honesty, perspective, patience, spiritual leadership, Holy Spirit, ...
Kevin York, Justin Gray and I had the unenviable task of informing hundreds of good people that their church community, Bethel Franklin in Tennessee, is closing and merging with Bethel Brentwood. It's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rebuilding, old cars, preach, break, build, restored, reassembled, marriage, flawed perspective, transformed, actions, Jesus
I have a friend who is really into rebuilding old cars. It is an art form to take a rusted out car from the scrap heap or auction lot and restore it to better than new condition. He once told me that when ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 July 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Justin Lathrop, blog, social media, pastor, ministry, ideas, notebook, genius, writing time, schedule, consistency, build audience, end goal, community, purpose, perspective, daunting, tool, res
Like it or not, times have changed. Blogging has now become a part of our everyday lives and engaging in the online world should be a priority as a pastor. While blogging is not technically mandatory, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, church, tenure, mystery, third year, Breakout Churches, honeymoon, perspective, expectations, relationship, relationships, seasons, letdown, prayer, intentional
Pastors generally don't stay long at churches. The average tenure is between three and four years. But, as our research has shown consistently, longer tenure is needed for church health. Longer tenure ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 / Community
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, Cross Church, Northwest Arkansas, stability, longevity, plan, pastor, minister, personal walk, Christ, marriage, church, grown, together, perspective, circle of love
When the Lord called me to Northwest Arkansas in October 1986, I had no idea I would be here 27 years later. I really did not come here with a plan about how long I would stay, but I always assumed I would ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Dr. Bob Rhoden, Assemblies of God, mentor, Moses, Joshua, willingness, example, verbal promises, perspective, prophecy, David Wilkerson
... that would define his future in ministry. When I left a certain position in 2006 not knowing the details of my future, an elderly pastor friend laid hands on me and prayed for God to use me in venues that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, characteristics, leadership, opposition, Satan, churches, cripple, compelling, purpose, Nehemiah, clear perspective, fear, continual prayer, courageous, persistence
Everything rises or falls on leadership. No organization, no ministry, no church, no family, no school and no business can go any further than the leaders who are leading it. If everything rises or falls ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Research, joyful, pastor, Bible, prayer time, daily, family time, calendar, long-term perspective, churches, sense of humor, blame, circumstances
I have in front of me the names of 20 pastors I know well. It did not take me long to assemble the names by the specific trait I was seeking. Simply said, I wanted to find out what names I would write ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: pastors, biblical, Ron Edmondson, perspective, family, ministry, secondary, control, spouse, dark places, longevity, pace, burnout, function, church, indispensable
I love pastors. I love to encourage pastors, and that’s biblical. (Ephesians 4:29 … or something like that.) Seriously, I’m a pastor. And, I work with pastors everyday. Having been in the business world ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 September 2013 / Youth
Tags: Sean Dunn, Groundwire, youth, personality, label, tag, behaviors, delusional, perspectives, upwardly-mobile, judge, intentional design
When you look at the students in your life (let’s give them a name for the sake of convenience—how about Steve and Sally?), what do you see? What stands out to you? Is it their height, their build or their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 August 2013 / Culture
Tags: Chuck Bomar, LGBTQ, mistakes, gay jokes, arrogant, condemning, pastoral perspective, Bible, same-sex marriage, turmoil, positive
To say that issues surrounding the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer movement are sensitive to navigate would be a gross understatement. Here are three mistakes that are often made in our ministries: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 July 2013 / Vision
Tags: Gina McClain, perspective, friend, 1 Kings, Solomon, kingdom, Rehoboam, Israel, perception, advice, counsel, guidance, leader
Last night I was reading in 1 Kings 12 as part of my daily reading plan. This pivotal moment in a new king’s reign is interesting to investigate. I mean, we knew based upon a warning God gives to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Brady Boyd, God, pastor, disappointments, offerings, congregation, change, safety, numbers, praying, sleep, authority, perspective
You probably know by now that being a pastor doesn’t shield you from disappointments. Sorry for the buzzkill beginning, but that’s the truth. The offerings will sometimes be less than your church expenses. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 June 2013 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, future, church, local, going green, partnerships, theology, missional, global perspective, diversity
Last year, I attended the Velocity 2012 conference hosted by lead pastor Shawn Lovejoy at Mountain Lake Church in Cumming, Ga. For the last seven years, Shawn and his team have invested in the lives of ... [ +++ ]
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