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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 Monday, 12 May 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, first chair, second chair, leadership, position, young, subordinate, church planters, remove lids, empower, individual dreams, input, voice, micromanage, recognition
I was asked a great question recently while visiting with a group of leadership students from a nearby Christian college. How do you attract (and keep) “first-chair” type leaders into a “second-chair” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Cityteam, movement, discipleship, Holy Spirit, Great Commission, converts, Muslims, church planting, Bible, iDisciple, training, seminars
... what He had in mind. Initiated in 2001, the ministry has helped plant almost 29,000 churches in 50 nations and has won almost 1 million converts—a third of them Muslims. With an international staff of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Steve Murrell, Every Nation Ministries, Rice Broocks, Philippines, fledgling ministry, stewardship, documents, plan, Phil Bonasso, Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Maranatha Campus Ministries
Twenty years ago, Every Nation Churches and Ministries serendipitously started in my home when a couple of old friends had a layover in Manila. The date was March 4. The time of day was late, close to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: John Burke, gospel, heart, God, Erwin McManus, church planting, leaders, Jesus, evangelism, communication, New Testament, God, life
Erwin McManus and I did a one-day event for church planters talking about creating "Come as U R" churches that help people far from God actually grow into future leaders for God. (Check out stories on ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Administration
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, youth ministry, efficiency, balance, stress, steward, lack of staff, volunteers, leadership support, abundance, evaluate, refocus, invest, plan, grow strategically
Have you ever been stressed out about ministry simply over the fact that you didn’t feel it was balanced? Welcome to the club. I think a lot of times we overvalue things that we probably could spend less ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 March 2014 / Communication
Tags: Brandon Cox, social media, church plant, formula, America, launch, hackers, money, Facebook, Twitter, proof, advertising, search engines
There’s a formula for launching a church in America: Collect lots of money. Spend lots of money getting the word out. Turn a big crowd of strangers into a church. It’s easy—if you have lots of money. But ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 March 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Ken Walker, Cityteam, discipleship, church plants, Muslims, converts, Jerry Trousdale, Great Commission, Hindus, African villages, model, multiplication
... However, its shift toward playing a major role in the discipleship movement started in 2002 after key leaders acknowledged that despite thousands of conversions and food boxes distributed annually, they ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Hal Seed, church, Acts, Revelation, Jesus, pastor, New Song Church, fruitfulness, responsive, serve, caring, diversity, entrepreneurial, unified staff, family, children, commitment, church planting, ...
A quick read of the book of Acts or the letters in Revelation proves that Jesus loves his church. He died for it, prays for it, lives for it and is going to return for it. Let’s be honest: It’s not easy ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 January 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, misconceptions, pastors, Christian leaders, ambition, master plan, big purpose, dreams, great leader, humility, fear, contentment, laziness
Many leaders never achieve the level of influence they could potentially have because they drift through life on autopilot, maintaining the status quo, without a big ambition. They have no master plan, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joseph Mattera, effectiveness, church, evangelical leaders, attendance, tithes, disciplemakers, megachurches, volunteers, leaders, church plants, ministries, marketplace leaders
Often evangelical leaders are under the false assumption a local church is doing well because they have good Sunday attendance, receive large amounts in tithes and offerings, and offer a plethora of programs ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: George O. Wood, Great Commission, Assemblies of God, church planting, team, young people, schoolteachers, accountants, lawyers, business people, Jesus, apostles, Book of Acts, Paul
It takes everyone working together from all walks of life to carry out the Great Commission. As part of our AG church-planting initiative, we share our vision on college campuses, and we’ve had as many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 / Culture
Tags: Phil Cooke, megachurches, criticism, evangelism, social problems, hunger, homelessness, bad experience, shallow, dent, communities, media, global impact, plant
As the saying goes, “The world is going to hell in a handbasket.” There’s never been a greater challenge for world evangelism, there are plenty of social problems like hunger and homelessness we face here ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 December 2013 / Administration
Tags: Artie Davis, slow-moving church, clear vision, growth, decline, music, giving, community, understanding, tools, outreach, impact, written plan, calendar
Almost every church will see seasons of growth and decline. But how do you get a church that seems to be coming to a stop to regain some forward momentum? Here are a few points I have found helpful: 1. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 / Environment
Tags: Greg Atkinson, beautiful, churches, people, building, church plants, Jesus, Dino Rizzo, Servolution, LA Dream Center, Matthew Barnett, Bill Hybels, Christians, new Christians
I’m going to list the most beautiful churches in the world. Are you ready? Follow me. If I said, “You have a beautiful church," would you reply, “Thanks. When did you visit our building?” or would you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Larry Barker, pastors.com, churches, health, Dynamic Church Planting International, ministry, love, learn, listen, lead, Christ, missionaries, ReVITALize
“Love, listen, learn and lead! That is why we are here!” When I heard those words at a recent Global Vision Summit with Dynamic Church Planting International, it resonated with my heart. It caused me to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, productivity, increase, task management system, meetings, time, social media, email, plan, tomorrow, empowerment, delegation
I was reading about productivity recently in the CEO.com newsletter. I loved the infographic they used and was intrigued by the biggest changes leaders need to make to become more productive. The ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Rick Warren, motivation, practical, advice, theology, ministry, vision, plans, paper, excuses, tasks, progress, Poor Richard's Almanac, benefits, completion, books, optimism, action environment, ...
When it comes to ministry leadership, I don’t focus on trying to motivate other people. I worry about motivating me, and if I’m motivated, it will be contagious. This is true in any area of ministry. Your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 November 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, dreams, ministry, ordinary leaders, extraordinary dreams, plans, Napoleon, Einstein, Saddleback Church, gospel, daughter church, missionaries
Have you ever stopped to think that our ability to dream is a God-given gift? God has given us the power to be creative, to dream, to visualize, to plan. It is a powerful force that can be used for either ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Scott Attebery, small churches, big churches, size, army, sleeping giant, vision, Pepsi Challenge, Coke, Blink, mission, purpose, missional, congregation, transitory, church plant
Remember the Pepsi Challenge? It was a marketing campaign in the 1980s where people would be offered two unmarked cups. One contained Coke, and the other contained Pepsi. After taking a sip of both, ... [ +++ ]
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