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Created on Monday, 22 September 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Mark Howell, strangleholds, grip, ministry, Andy Stanley, pursuit, problem-free, indecision, fear, failure, lure, compromise, usual suspects
You know that "your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing" (Andy Stanley). You know the well-worn path never arrives at a new destination. You even know Albert ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 / Communication
Tags: Chelsen Vicari, Distorting the Word, Believers, context, God's Word, scripture, millennial, problem, Pentecostal, Evangelical, transformation, Rachel Held Evans, Kathy Keller, Tim Keller, Gospel ...
Whenever somebody mentions Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, what do you imagine? Likely, your thoughts drift to the painting's infamous stoic expression or its mysterious legacy. What you probably don't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Children, ministry, Dale Hudson, rut, volunteers, attendance, vision, guests, glaring problems, solutions, fresh eyes, fear, failure
Is your ministry stuck in a rut? Attendance flat? Vision a word you once talked about? Volunteers just going through the motions? Baptistry is dry? Very few guests walking through the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, standards, smoker, cigarettes, drummer, church, awkward, grace, discipleship, alcohol, born again Christians, dress code, church member, drug problem, homosexual, jokes, ...
I was in shock the moment I saw it. There in the spotlight—a pack of cigarettes protruding from the front pocket of our scheduled drummer. I wasn't leading worship, but I stood at the back and saw ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, invitation, unchurched, failure, contact, rejection, music, worship, preaching, problems, crowded, challenge, conversation
Several years ago, more than one study showed large percentages of unchurched would consider attending a church if someone simply invited them. The problem is not the attitude of the unchurched; rather, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: John Burke, blind spots, spiritual, Peter, deception, rebuke, Satan, Christian leaders, problems, marriages, staff relationships, security
Nobody wants to die. Everyone wants success. I think this might be the biggest struggle for Christians and Christian leadership in our narcissistic, self-centered culture. We lead people to seek a Father ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, longings, lusts, leaders, driven, dreams, thirsts, attitude, passionate, James, idol, problem, pleasure, power, recognition, wealth, stuff
Leaders are, by their very nature, driven people. Always there are more goals to reach, more dreams to fulfill, more thirsts to quench. That attitude is part of what makes them leaders. Leaders are simply ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, problems, church, pastors, biblical, leadership, fellowship, input, support, prayer, dependence, heart, view
Every church has problems. Because the church is comprised of people, we will have problems to deal with periodically. Therefore, I want to suggest these things to help you deal with problems when ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Pastors, struggle, depression, suicide, help, issues, spiritual warfare, unrealistic expectations, demands, pressure, ministry, marriage, family, problems
The issue of mental health and Christians is finally getting some attention. Among the Christians who have challenges, many pastors struggle with depression. We hear too frequently about a pastor committing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, leaders, decline, multiplication, service, small groups, Moses Problem, Jethro, recurring story, church, pastors, Exodus, Numbers, volunteers, success, stagnant, declining, issue, God's ...
Pastors of growing churches know all too well the old adage of there being two sides to every coin. The excitement and energy of a growing congregation brings with it new needs and a constant demand for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, uncharted territory, gaining ground, sharpen clarity, preferred future, finding solutions, problem identification, Colin Powell, simplifiers, questions, Albert Einstein, Craig Groeschel, ...
Do you want to take new ground in 2014? Don’t we all? You’re probably not spending a lot of time figuring out how to avoid or slow down the rate of losing ground (although this Dilbert cartoon has ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, leader, problems, nice, smart, loyal, kind, gentle, mean, stress, big picture, problems, organization, team, suffers, performance standards, conflict, tough conversations, friend
I was talking with a leader recently. She’s an incredibly kind and gentle person. She’s smart, hardworking and loyal. She’s a relational leader and usually brings out the best in people, so she’s had success ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Bob Hostetler, desperate pastor, Cobblestone Community Church, culture, needs, problems, issues, God's Word, opinions, mission, Bible newbie, humor, shallow, manipulation, emotions, solution, di
When we were first starting Cobblestone Community Church, I would host an occasional “speakers’ breakfast” in an effort to train homegrown speaking talent for our teaching ministry. In developing the material ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, airport, plug, solution, problem, slow down, pay attention, focus, complication, alternative, possibilities
I was returning from San Diego to Atlanta after attending the memorial service of a friend who lost his wife to a long battle with cancer. Having arrived at the airport early, I decided to get some work ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, God, youth, ministry, problem areas, resources, students, New Year, I Corinthians, seed, watered, hearts, meetings, discouragement
I don’t know about you, but when I think about ministry in the New Year, I think about setting goals. I want ministry moving forward and so I think about what that looks like. I think about the problem ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 19 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, ideas, puzzles, ministry approach, reshape, IQ, problem-free, Andy Stanley, church, reach, Craig Groeschel, ministry, foundation, questions
From the mundane and everyday to the extraordinary and once-in-a-lifetime, all of us have puzzles we are trying to solve. Sometimes a single new perspective is all that’s needed to solve a difficult puzzle. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Justin Lathrop, indispensible, staff, pastor, objective, strategy, connections, solutions, problems, team, solo
I spent 12 years serving as a staff pastor at two different churches. Both experiences were unique, positive and challenging, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. I don’t plan on ever being ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Rick Warren, leaders, kingdom, growth, apostles, leaders, Bible, Acts, Hebraic Jews, multiplying, biblical, problems, discontent, unmet needs, pastors, spirit-filled believers, assistance, praying, ...
If you want your church to grow—and if you want the kingdom to grow—you’re going to need to develop many more leaders. In the early church, an interesting turn of events happened when the apostles shifted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Dan Reiland, leadership, pressures, church, pastors, finances, internal pressure, transferred pressure, problems, peer pressure, advisers, wasted pressure, lack of discipline, personal pressure, ...
Every leader faces pressure. It’s how you handle that pressure matters. Do you attempt to avoid it and let it conquer you, or embrace it and use it to your advantage? In most situations, leadership pressure ... [ +++ ]
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