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Created on Friday, 27 June 2014 / Youth
Tags: Greg Stier, full-time, ministry, youth leaders, stars, longevity, burn out, prayer, fitness, physical, mental, lifestyle, cardio, weight training, marathon, intentionality, mission, planning, excellence, ...
Over the last 25 years of full-time ministry (as a church planter, youth guy and para-church director), I have seen all sorts of youth leaders. Some are like falling stars; a bright streak of light that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Justin Lathrop, website, church, social media, landscaping, statistics, inviting, time, money, style, straightforward, information, Microsoft Paint, old sermons, statement of belief
We might as well admit it. We all judge a book by its cover. But in our defense, before we've opened the book, the cover is all we have. Facades serve as an invitation. The path leading up to your front ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 June 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, balance, children's ministry, hours, work, technology, day off, vacation time, programs, events, slow down, home, father, husband, wife, children
Balance in work and life is a key to long-term success. We are not called to serve God for a 5-year window ... we are called to serve Him for life. For that to happen, we've got to find balance. Easier ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Steve Murrell, church, pastor, leaking, environment, leaders, God's presence, Exodus, transformational preaching, empowered ministry time, participatory worship, mission, community, Victory Manila, ...
I recently spoke with a pastor whose church was leaking people. As soon as a family joined the church, another family vanished. As we were trying to discover the cause of the leak, I made up the following ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 / Service
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, volunteers, secret, long haul, sweet spot, roles, relationship, time off, responsibility, appreciation
Enticing volunteers to stick around for the long haul can be a challenging proposition. What's the secret? Here are 5 suggestions that might help: 1.  Sweet Spot. Make sure you place volunteers ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 May 2014 / Family Life
Tags: Richard Salazar Jr., pastors, kids, ministerial leaders, negative affect, Creflo Dollar, Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn, glass house, Matthew Warren, victory, time, listen, love them, uncon
Did you know, according to recent research, that 45 percent of pastors' kids will end up in counseling for the rest of their lives? Did you know that 40 percent of pastors' kids do not attend church because ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 / Vision
Tags: Justin Lathrop, time, emails, hours in a day, culprit, efficiency, inboxes, outbox, professional hamster wheel, computer screen, process, create, innovate, distraction
You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't long for more hours in the day. It seems we're just getting started when it's time for lunch or time to go home or time to be somewhere else or time ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Greg Surratt, business, church, body, pastor, quit, retire, declining health, priorities, time, future growth, concrete rules, freedom, paint by numbers
I read an article recently about how to tell when your business needs a new leader. It opens with: "An entrepreneur should know when it is time to move on for the sake of his or her business. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Respect, trust, congregation, confidence, pastors, concept, benevolent, dictator, blessing, shepherd, experience, personal contact, time, routine, sermons, administration, leadership, staff, program, ...
Elton was a new pastor of a small church up the highway from here. To call him excited is an understatement. Early in the process, Elton announced to the deacons they would hold an overnight retreat and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, volunteer, paid, full-time, part-time, church, ministry, staff, guidelines, Pandora's Box, disharmony, single mom, childcare
I received a great question recently. Unfortunately, I couldn’t give a good answer.  Or, at least, not the answer they were seeking. They wanted an answer that would solve the issue. I couldn’t ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, Easter, preacher, sermon, declarations, springtime, eggs, Holy Spirit, death, Jesus Christ, resurrection, promise, claim, verification, heaven, eternity, speed bumps, sins, Good Ne
It’s Easter, preacher. What are you preaching? Don’t preach about springtime, as much as we all love it. This is not the day for that. Don’t make the analogy about how Easter eggs speak to us about new ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, visiting preacher, host pastor, guest, invitation, information, internal workings, church, negatives, times, services, children's sermon, Sunday school, dress code, honorarium, understanding, ...
As a retired pastor, I’m often on the receiving end of invitations to preach at other churches, so am well acquainted with this subject. Here are a few things that a visiting preacher requires from his ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, sermon, soulpreaching.com, time, preparation, Bible, theology, pastors, limits, spiritual, intentional time
Can we complete sermon preparation in four hours? Whether in full-time or part-time ministry, we all have limited time. However, those of us who are called to the preaching office have to put together ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Chuck Lawless, options, leader, ministry, improvement, degree, seminar, class, obedience, Jesus, clarity, relevance, communicate, gospel, non-believers, sensitivity, invest, release, accountability, ...
You have many options to strengthen your ministry: Read a book. Attend a conference. Talk to another leader. Take a class, or earn another degree. Listen to a podcast. Watch a web seminar. All of these ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 / Communication
Tags: Mark Driscoll, Resurgence, God's Word, communication, tone, words, wedding, mood, scripture, funeral, classroom, halftime, boot camp, family, teaching
How many times have you misunderstood a letter, an email or a text because you misread the intended tone? Whether it was haste perceived as anger, friendship perceived as romance, or sarcasm perceived ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 February 2014 / Married
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, engaged, newlyweds, couples, ministry, time off, distracted, Deuteronomy, cell phones, emails, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, spiritual, biblical
There has been a teaching that has gone around certain church circles intermittently for the last several decades that states, “Newly married couples should step away from church-related ministry for at ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, small group time, social media, devices, narrative, read, pray, dinner, snack, lecture, facilitate
This year with my small group of high schoolers, I decided to try some things that I didn’t do with my last group, and boy, has it paid off. I thought I’d share with you five things that I’ve tried this ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 03 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, close friends, pastor, ministry, boundaries, relationships, confidant, struggle, sin, spiritual guide, safe, healthy, people, trust, time
One of the most difficult aspects of being a pastor or working in church ministry isn’t talked about much—and that is the difficulty of making close friends. One of the unique things about being in full-time ... [ +++ ]
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