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Created on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 / Community
Tags: Larry Barker, generous, church, giving, healthy, vertical, Jesus, tough times, budget, tight, Thom Rainer, Autopsy of a Deceased Church, Vertical Church, Great Commission
Our goal is to have healthy churches. There are many descriptions, concepts, books and training products talking about what a healthy church looks like. There is "Simple," "Purpose-Driven," "Sticky," ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 January 2015 / Construction
Tags: maximizing money, time, space, and people, maximizing impact, more with less church, church growth
... in 2000, Hilltop was a program-based church and the building was built to meet the needs of those programs. With Hilltop 2.0, most of those programs went away as more and more ministry moved out of the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 / Vision
Tags: Dr. Don Meyer, University of Valley Forge, advice, Roger Lane, be on time, promptness, integrity, diligence, courtesy, social graces
Roger Lane has been a great friend for over 25 years. Both of us grew up on a farm and farm boys always have lots of things in common. He raised hogs; we milked cows.  His home was in Nebraska; ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 / Family Life
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Christmas, Jesus, stressful, joyful, New Year, resolutions, limit, expenditures, boundaries, relationships, plan, prioritize, time, lower expectations
It's Christmas time again. Seems to come every year about this time. The most wonderful time of the year. There'll be parties for hosting Marshmallows for toasting And caroling out in the snow. There'll ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Pastors' kids, positive experiences, healthy attitudes, churches, freedom, normal kid, defend, church members, time, mother, wife
Over a year ago, I wrote a post at this blog on pastors' children. According to the comments and the views, I obviously hit a nerve. Some of the comments came from pastors themselves. But a number ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Lake City Foursquare Church, transformation, assessment tool, TCAT, hard times, discipleship, community, small groups, adjustments, LifeWay Research
For Pastor Dave Chandler of Lake City Foursquare Church, an assessment provided the catalyst to address the areas in his church needing change. Lake City is in Moses Lake, Washington, a growing community ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 / Worship
Tags: Joe McKeever, worship, service, lies, enemy, whisper, wasting time, inspiration, worship leaders, pastor, preaching, hypocrite
The devil's first plan of attack is to get us to worship him. He tried that with our Lord, as recorded in Luke 4:7. "All these things will be yours if you will worship me." He soon found the futility ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 November 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, tough times, praise, thanks, worry, prayer, joy, thank God, God's peace, Jesus Christ, guard your hearts and minds
When the Apostle Paul says, "Always be full of joy in the Lord," he doesn't say to only be joyful in good times. Even when times are tough, the Bible teaches we can be joyful if we follow these simple ... [ +++ ]
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, 13 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Greg Stier, first-time guests, churches, service, traveling evangelist, church shopping, parking lot team, smile, greeters, door, questions, dummy-proof signs, gospel, understand, weird, check-in ...
As a "traveling evangelist," I've had the privilege of preaching in churches from coast to coast. And, until I have the microphone on over my ear, most people have no clue that I'll be the preacher that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, Christmas, church growth, first-time guests, Easter, Mother's Day, community, gospel, relatives, friends, vision, members, morale, congregation, pool of volunteers, prospect list
One of the secrets of growth at Saddleback Church is that we use special days as an evangelism tool and to keep our members motivated toward the growth of our congregation. In a sense, Saddleback ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church service, first-time guests, greet, worship, unfriendly, unsafe, unclean, children's ministry, information kiosk, insider church language, church website, poor signage, ...
If you attend a church regularly, you've probably noticed the phenomenon. A guest shows up for a worship service, but he or she never returns. It is, unfortunately, a common issue in many churches. I did ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: pastor, impact, ministry, Ronnie Floyd, deepen your walk, humility, relationship, consistent, daily time, holiness, thoughts, habits, trust, influence, broaden
... neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south; but God is the judge. he puts down one and sets up another" (KJV 2000). While there is a factor that God alone determines, the value of our ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, tenure, pastor, church, traits, prayer, staff, family time, ministry, community, battles, accountable, conflict, criticism
Imagine what might take place if pastors consistently stayed at churches for 10 or more years. Imagine that their tenure was largely healthy. Imagine what would happen in our congregations. The median ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, quiet time, God's presence, morning watch, personal devotion time, Bible, pray, fellowship, Jesus Christ
The quiet time has been called many things in the history of the Christian church. It is known as the "morning watch," "personal devotions," "appointment with God" or "personal devotional time." It really ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 / Singles
Tags: Justin Lathrop, ministry, qualification, singles, married, perspectives, communication, liberal churches, time, reliance on Jesus, closeness with God
The overwhelming majority of church leadership in the United States is married. Married people are the overwhelming majority of voices with the power to influence church decisions—and marriage is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 / Administration
Tags: Justin Lathrop, efficiency, church, pastor, staff, inventory, time, energy, meetings, conversations, overwhelm, to-dos, goal, marketing, service planning, administrative
I want you to take a moment to reflect on how you and your staff spend your time. Think of this as taking inventory—something we as churches don't normally have to do. Consider this taking inventory ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth, pastor, lessons, learning, teachable, flexible, extra mile, attitude, students, authority, Jesus, time
Being in youth ministry, I've had the privilege of learning a lot. And, I can honestly say out of all the things I've learned, there are some lessons that I feel will never cease to teach me. When I started ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Tiffany Sullivan, youth, pastors, advice, parents, Word of God, middle schooler, impact, follow, lead, pop culture, God, actions, words, time, technology time, read
Every youth pastor out there has young people in their youth group. Hence the name "youth group." And those youth have parents. This article is an open letter to them, the parents of youth, from a teen. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Dan Reiland, choices, decisions, resistance, big deal, scary, courageous, leader, risks, accuracy, speed, information, soak time, mental declaration
Jacob is the senior pastor at a church in Phoenix that averages about 140 in attendance. This includes about 110 adults and 30 kids. The church's worship auditorium seats about 125. The growth isn't explosive ... [ +++ ]
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