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Created on Monday, 15 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Foursquare Church, Water Ramos, Jesus, movements, leaders, pastor, passion, Word of God, disciples, momentum, skill set, guidance, example, believing in others, Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Churc
The night I found Jesus I was on my way to take my life at a local park. Although I didn't know it, He was waiting for me at a church close to that park. I walked in, sat in the back of the room and didn't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Terrace Crawford, Christ, Millennials, prayers, teens, youth, students, purpose, friendships, passion, character, purity, money, submission, honor, spiritual growth
I've seen the Lord doing some amazing things in the lives of teenagers this year. I know it's because of the work of God and the result of prayer. Call me crazy, but I believe this generation of students ... [ +++ ]
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, 04 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, purpose, preaching, Bible, Proverbs, sermons, Charles Swindoll, mist, pulpit, fog, pew, Christ-like character, convictions, conduct
God has a purpose for everything. The Bible says in Proverbs 19:21, "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails" (Pr. 19:21, NIV). God has a specific purpose for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Hal Seed, sermons, preaching, calendar, series, multi-site campuses, planning, season, unchurched, The Purpose Driven Life, balance, depth, breadth
... In 2001, I developed the perfect preaching calendar. Then 9/11 hit. I was scheduled to speak on spiritual gifts. Like every preacher, I changed my subject that week. I spoke on destiny, then three weeks ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 16 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Antioch Community Church, Waco, Texas, missions, young adults, Great Commission, Passion and Purpose, Russia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Antioch Ministries International
... and Uzbekistan; and formed an international missions organization called Antioch Ministries International. The church gained international attention in 2001 after the Taliban arrested two of its young ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 May 2014 / Children
Tags: Leneita Fix, example, children, youth ministry, doers, beings, radio, culture, activities, purposeful relationship, relational ministry
I just sat in my car, caught up in the radio program. The soothing voice was discussing how us parents seem to have our kids in too many activities. “Are parents taking time to just be and get to know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, Easter, purpose-driven church, evangelism, growth, eggs, Billy Graham, fruit, decision, relationship, acceptance, approval, love, lifestyle
Easter is one of the two biggest weekends for most churches in terms of attendance. I see this as a great opportunity for evangelism to begin and for a relationship to start between your church and all ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 21 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, God, usable, warrior, requirements, ministry, mission, personal character, clean life, cleansing, status, world, talent, eyes open, leadership, vision, wisdom, grateful heart, firm purpose, ...
If you’re a pastor or church leader of any kind, you most likely found yourself in that place because you want God to use you. And chances are, you want God’s help releasing and freeing other people to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, renewal, process, structure, church, leadership, change, rededication, consecration, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Purpose Driven Life, relational, missional, structural, organizational, cult
If you are being led to change the way your church serves God’s purposes, it's helpful to understand the process of renewal. Many leaders want to start by changing the structure of their church. However, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, transformational, leadership, inspiration, vision, core values, purpose, communication, stories, teamwork, people, lead, commitment
A transformed children’s ministry comes from transformational leadership. Transformational leadership is when a leader raises team members to higher levels of motivation and effectiveness. Transformational ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 20 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, passion, energize, enthusiasm, ministry, Paul, purpose, Brent Hobbs, Charles Spurgeon
Passion is what energizes life. It turns the impossible into possible. In fact, if you don’t have any passion in your life, ministry will become boring, dull, routine, monotonous. I’ll go so far as say ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joseph Mattera, sexual sin, resist, James, flesh, temptations, leaders fall, firewall, intimate fellowship, spouse, trust, children, purpose, call, God, example, spiritual sons and daughters
The Bible teaches, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). It also tells us to turn away from those who are led by various lusts (see 1 Tim.3:5-6). Many great people in God have fallen ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, church, purpose statement, Saddleback Church, membership, maturity, ministry, mission, magnify
Saddleback’s purpose statement has been quietly guiding much of our decision-making for nearly three decades. Our purpose statement is: To bring people to Jesus and membership in his family, develop ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, God's purposes, focus, church, Purpose Driven Church, Great Commandment, Great Commission, worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, Bible, growth
When I wrote The Purpose Driven Church, I made the bold assertion that every church is driven by something. That’s still true, and as you prepare to lead your church into another new year, ... [ +++ ]
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, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preaching, calendar, factors, content, balance, Old Testament, New Testament, spiritual growth, style, tone, 1 Corinthians, purposes, church
Hopefully by now, you’re already thinking through your preaching calendar for next year. Part of shepherding a congregation toward long-term health is offering a balanced diet from the pulpit. Your preaching ... [ +++ ]
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