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Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, God's mission, glory, reflect, culture, Israel, transforming power, deny yourself, ministry, redemption, Jesus, crucified, nailed cross
Last week, I wrote a bit about the importance of focusing our lives on mission for the glory of God. This week, we look at a couple of practical ways in which this can be done. What does it practically ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 August 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, struggle, Sunday morning, worship, train wreck, stress, identity, Monday mornings, silence, pride, failure, presence of Jesus, limelight
When I woke up this morning, I was anxious. I didn't know who I was. No, not in a scary, schizophrenic kind of way. I wasn't at peace with who I was, my identity, and what I was called to do. Every morning ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Christianity, Bible, culture, Believers, doctrines, practices, church, Scripture, Evangelicals, American Dream, corporate vision, destiny, stewardship, individual prosperity
It has been evident to numerous biblical scholars that often (if not most of the time) believers (including preachers) interpret the Bible through the lens of their culture. This has resulted in many beliefs, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pressure, deadlines, Sunday morning, responsibilities, increase, Israel, body of Christ, writing assignments, prioritize, preparation, position, production, prayer
Right now, many deadlines are pressing in on me. Has that ever happened to you? I remember when the only pressure I had was that of sermon preparation for Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Justin Lathrop, credibility, leadership, influence, micromanaging, fear, delegation, Mark Batterson, energy, time, focus, big picture
We all want to be the type of leader who influences others to be the most effective people they can be. We want our teams to be functioning well and each member of the team to be operating at peak capacity. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Scott Attebery, church, hiring, staff, infection, members, better, bitter, mission, passionate, loyal, culture, discernment
In most cases, your church's hiring practices will have major ramifications that reach beyond your awareness. It's not just a matter of whether a candidate can do the job or not. The real impact of your ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 16 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, serve, position, honor, young pastors, ministry, Holy Spirit, buzz saw, spiritually immature, humble, candid
Young pastors enter the ministry expecting the people of the Lord to be healthy, sane, balanced, spiritual, biblically informed and Holy Spirit-guided. And then they run into reality. The image of "running ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Scott Postma, Church Leaders, pastors, encouragement, Scriptures, traits, characteristics, church planting, mission, disciples, Jesus, service, shepherd, relationship, God, humble, teachable, doctrine, ...
... in younger, smaller churches where the mission of the Great Commission is the central focus. Of course, "smaller" is subjective, but according to the experts and historians, 150-200 congregants offer the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Greg Atkinson, organization, strategy, vibrant, growing, struggling, anemic, gifts, administration, structure, process, organizational charts, Strange Leadership
My top two spiritual gifts are leadership and administration, so the subject of organization is something I love and gravitate toward. If you have the spiritual gift of administration, you love structure, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 July 2014 / Culture
Tags: Artie Davis, Jesus, small town, pastor, big city, culture, church, growth, Friday night football games, gas station
I talk with a lot of pastors and leaders, pastors and leaders from different places and different-sized places. Specifically, as I talk to pastors and leaders in rural places, in small towns, across the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Brad Lomenick, respect, leader, wimp, guts, courage, fear, failure, destructive, organizational, scary, standards, excellence, expectations, decisions, innovation, delegation
I have great respect for professional baseball players; they are anything but wimpy. To stand in front of home plate with a ball heading toward your head at 95 miles per hour with nothing but a piece of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 / Communication
Tags: Phil Cooke, Bible, practical, pastors, preachers, gift, incarnation, salvation, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Nazis, mystery, culture
You have no idea the number of pastors who tell me that their unique gift is to teach the Bible from a practical perspective. They focus on helping their congregation understand the Bible in practical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 June 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Twitter, social media, God, forgiveness, mistake, whole picture, worried, promises, Jesus, offend, trust
I sent out a couple of tweets recently that received some attention. They had the hashtag #ThingsGodMightSay and were intentionally designed to encourage people. In my work, I always know a lot of struggling ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 23 June 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Cox, preaching, Bible, worlds, present day, lecture trap, Adam, Moses, Jonah, Valley of the Dry Bones, expository preachers
At the end of one of my sermons, someone told me that the sermon eliminated the distance between the Bible world and today's world. When this happens, you have done your job in a very real way. To do this, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Kyle Searcy, worship, people, pleasing, God, service, church, contemporary, free-flowing, prayer, devotion, leaders, pressures, careers, family, ministry
Every church, whether traditional, formal, contemporary or free-flowing, should meet for one reason: to worship God. After all, it is the chief end of man to glorify God and enjoy Him forever according ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 June 2014 / Men
Tags: Phil Cooke, G. Allen Jackson, men's ministry, success, Promise Keepers, World Outreach Church, Angus Buchan, Mighty Men Conference, God initiative, culture, gospel
Over the years, reaching men with the gospel has been an important but challenging effort. From the early days when Edwin Louis Cole launched the Christian Men's Network, to Coach Bill McCartney's Promise ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Artie Davis, God, man, manufacture, move, hype, talent, tears, leaders, workers, time, vision, enthusiasm
There's no way to manufacture a move of God. Yes, we follow God's heart and the Spirit's leading to plan, pray and prepare in faith that God will move though all we do, but only He can make the move. At ... [ +++ ]
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