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Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Chuck Lawless, churches, Great Commission, execute, walk, talk, language, biblical texts, commitment, task, ministers, missionaries, non-believers, lost, obedience, teach, transfer
In 17 years of doing church consulting, no church leader has said to me, "Our church really doesn't want to do the Great Commission." I've worked with many churches, however, that proclaim the Great Commission ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Phil Cooke, pastors, failure, experience, crisis, embezzling money, pedophiles, adulterers, incompetence, attorney, advice, liability, insurance, cover up, text, honesty, public, counseling, healing, ...
During my career, I’ve dealt with many crisis situations with churches and ministries. Pastors who experience moral failings, staff members embezzling money, leaders who turn out to be pedophiles, serial ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Jared Moore, pastors, repetition, sermon points, text, animated, boredom, audience, funny, opinion, hobbyhorse, Greek, Hebrew, impress, Word of God, teaching, neglect, joke, flesh
If you want to help your hearers focus on God and think on God when they leave your sermon, here are 10 things that you cannot do: 10. Abuse repetition. There is repetition for emphasis, and then ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 / Teens
Tags: Smartphones, technology, Pentecostal Evangel, Assemblies of God, parents, texting, video games, friends, connect, Common Sense Media, TextPlus
JJ Shackelford loves his iPhone 5. He uses it to check sports stats, stay in contact with his parents, play video games and connect with his friends. He keeps it with him and checks it multiple times throughout ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, leadership, drive, crazy, emotional battle, context, electrified atmosphere, vision, passion, direction, destination
Recently, I made a statement in hearing shot of one of our staff pastors. I said, “I’m driving the staff crazy!” He said, “At least you’re driving, bro. We don’t like it when you’re not driving.” More ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, confidence, God's Word, pastors, Holy Scripture, sabotage, preaching, sermon, text, Billy Graham, Jesus, preparation, Bible, Greek, Hebrew, theme
We pastors love the Word of God. We read it, study it and devote our lives to learning it and teaching and preaching its riches. It is our sole authority for what we believe and teach. And yet ... ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 / Expansion
Tags: Ed Stetzer, multiply, churches, multi-site campuses, Grace Church, contextual ministry, ethnically diverse, community, space, dual services, disciples, pastors, ministries
When we planted Grace Church in a local movie theater two years ago, we assumed that one day we would have a more permanent location. Meeting in a theater is not without challenges, and we assumed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 September 2013 / Youth
Tags: Teen Mania, youth, social media, Facebook, Instagram, smartphone, computer, texting, connectivity, Kemtal Glasgow, John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., routine, youth ministry
In a world that has become so wrapped up in social media like Facebook, Instagram and avatars, has the live event lost it place? Has the “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves” become relegated to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Artie Davis, change, church, culture, community, context, God Vision, aircraft carrier
Any church that doesn’t change in response to the change in culture, community or context will eventually cease to exist. Any church that wants to stay around and keep its doors open will make constant ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 May 2013 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Benny Perez, revolution, communication, text, gospel, technology, method, message, fellowship, relationship, discipleship
We live in a wired world. We walk together as a disrupted society. In just a few decades, the technical revolution has altered the face of communication—not only how we communicate, but with whom we communicate, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 May 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Success, conflict, resolution, Gina McClain, rules, engagement, in person, text, face to face, listen, accountability
In my past few blogs, I’ve talked about conflict—why people avoid it and why it’s better to lean into it. One thing I’ve learned about working with teams of people: When two or more are gathered, there ... [ +++ ]
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