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Created on Friday, 21 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, biblical community, blocks, cohesiveness, intentional, small groups, micro-communities, church family, fellowships, interest groups, humility, honesty, mercy, unity, confidentiality
Churches must grow larger and smaller at the same time. The larger a church gets, the more intentional it has to be about being smaller, and small groups are the ideal way to create micro-communities within ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Israel, spiritual, replacement theology, end-times church, Grant Berry, Yeshua, scripture, Paul, Zion, Covenant, Jews, Gentiles, restoration
In order for us to understand that the church's reconnection to Israel in the Spirit is also connected to the last great outpouring and harvest that is to come upon the earth, we need to first understand ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Perry Noble, Jesus, advice, financial cost, emotional cost, highs, lows, critics, calling, overwhelmed, physical cost, rest, spiritual cost, personal cost
Jesus gave some incredible advice in Luke 14:28-30. Let's dive into five areas where we need to be willing to pay the price as a leader: 1. There is a financial cost. Books cost money. Conferences ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, focus, task, productive, distracted, mind wanders, discipline, rest, deadlines, passion, project, encouragement, success, exercise, systems
I'm fairly productive as a person. But the truth is, I get distracted easily and have a hard time staying focused at times. If I didn't have notes when I was preaching, I would totally get off track. My ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sermon, love, preach, pastors, genuine, transformation, communication, phrase, story, engaging, energetic, interesting
Can you preach a good sermon without love? I was at a gathering of pastors, and the gust speaker said, "You can preach a good sermon without loving your people, but you will never preach a great sermon ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 August 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, religious systems, pastors, rules, expectations, cultures, false religions, Old Testament, regulations, legalism, prestige, wealth, power, money, stumbling block, kingdom, ...
Every church and/or organization has a corporate culture with norms, rules and expectations that pressure participants to conform. Some cultures are good and some bad. That being said, there are particular ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, stats, forms, accountability, poor, visitors, worship, passion, next generation, ministry, marriages, restored, addictions, broken, fear, conquered, tithers
Being loyal to a denomination, I'm no stranger to filling out forms and reporting stats. There are good reasons for this accountability, and we at 12Stone® Church are good team players in the Wesleyan ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, mission, self, God's glory, worship, idolatry, prestige, professionalism, missional effectiveness, pastors, leaders, agenda, religious, megachurch
Mission is the opposite of self. That sounds simple and obvious, yet the sad truth is that we revert to non-mission—or self-centered mission—very simply and obviously. The ease with which we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Justin Lathrop, pastors, life blood, power, strength, Bible, God, intimate, refueling, job description, peace, rest, connection, change locations, read a book, go for a drive, study for yourself, ...
As pastors, our life-blood, our power and our strength comes from the time we spend with God. But if you've been in ministry for more than a few minutes, you may have noticed that as a pastor, spending ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 23 June 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Mark Driscoll, preach, Sunday, responsibility, organization, relational, preaching, rest, holidays, attendance, guard, pre-service, meetings, hydrated, eat well
How can a lead pastor handle sermon preparation while also juggling other pastoral responsibilities, like counseling and administration? Pastor Mark Driscoll has some advice for a reader on just that question. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joe McKeever, Southern Baptist, churches, doctrines, false, mistake, liberal, overestimate, people, salvation, Christ, death, cross, shed blood, Samuel M. Shoemaker, Revive Thy Church Beginning With ...
The typical liberal church—as this Southern Baptist farm boy sees it, anyhow—makes a dozen serious errors, some of them monumental. But this one is about as big as they come. The typical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, mistakes, ministry, burnout, rest, body, relax, physical needs, release, frustrations, refocus, God, recommit, God
I wrote last week about four big mistakes that lead to ministry burnout. One thing I love about the Bible is that it doesn't just give us the causes of our problems in life. It gives us cures. When Elijah ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 / Youth
Tags: Greg Stier, youth, leader, character, traits, yield, detour, unpopular message, teach, rest stop, reset, relax, prayer, school zone, Dare 2 Share
As I travel down the youth ministry highway, I get the privilege of encountering a lot of excellent youth leaders along the way. As I speed along, it's hard not to notice the signs of youth leaders who ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 May 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ken Winton, performance, mindset, ministry, motivation, leading, church, pastor, stressful, service, resting, immaturity, weaknesses
Are you one of the pastors operating out of a performance-based mindset? I certainly was. Sure, ministry can be stressful at times. Rather than gritting our teeth and accepting this as normal, we can let ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, big attendance, Easter, Mother's Day, Jesus, resurrection, Saddleback Church, Christmas Eve, evangelism, tool, morale, volunteers, prospect list, community, interest
Easter is coming! And it will be one of the most well-attended Sundays for churches this year. Wise church leaders will take advantage of the opportunity to present the simple but profoundly hopeful message ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, sabbatical, Lifeway Resources, time off, rest, deeper study, churches, requirement, emotional highs and lows, vocations, longer tenures
The word sabbatical has different meanings depending on the context in which it is used. It has one meaning in the academic community, another meaning in its biblical usage, and still another in many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, physical training, spiritual training, gluttony, skinny, Pillsbury Doughboy, mental capacity, energy, ministry, discipline, forced rest
One would have to be living under a rock to not know we have grown larger as a people in the United States. Obesity is a growing concern in our nation. And, few in the church have bothered with the issue ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Charisma, Dino Rizzo, Chris Hodges, Church of the Highlands, Birmingham, Ala., restoration, healing
No pastor relishes the idea of having to involve himself in the restoration of another leader who has fallen. So when Chris Hodges, senior pastor of the Church of the Highlands in Alabama, heard of the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 / Healing
Tags: Jack Hayford, restoration, process, healing, prayer, time, discipline, fallen leader, mending, punishment, judgment, mercy, spiritual leadership, significance, submission
The discipline of a fallen leader is not a punishment by others. It is a voluntarily accepted state of one who believes the full teaching of the Word about three things: God’s mercy in forgiveness, God’s ... [ +++ ]
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