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Created on Monday, 06 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, students, youth group, freshmen, party, 10 minutes, gospel, follow-up plan, returner
Have you ever had students show up to youth group, and they look like a deer caught in headlights? They know no one, and feel super awkward. We've definitely experienced this in our ministry, and especially ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 July 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, families, return, strategy, guest services, check in, first-time families, registered, personal note, pre-schooler
This is one of the most important strategies your children's ministry can focus on. We recently implemented a new tweak in our strategy for connecting with first-time guest families, and we are seeing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 April 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Nelson Searcy, Easter, return, guests, follow up, email response, one month, hand-written note, gift card
Easter Sunday is always such an amazing day. I hope you had as wonderful of an Easter service as my church, the Journey, did in all of its locations. God truly blessed us with so many gifts.The gifts are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, rhythm, God, reconciliation, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, community, Genesis, Malachi, return, apostle Paul
Central to God’s heart is community. From before the beginning of time, God dwelt in the triune community of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He created man for community with Him and with each other. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 / Children
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, Easter, children, return, fun, learn, Jesus, unchurched, marginal parents, love, gospel, age-appropriate, presentation
Troy Page recently noted on TonyMorganLive.com, “Remember that the win is not how many people show up for Easter—it’s how many people come back. Shoot for 75% of your Easter crowd.” Recently ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Doug Stringer, honor, anointing, generations, blessings, honor guard, Charles Burchett, Somebody Cares, Turning Point International, Arlington National Cemetery, throne, Unknown Soldier
Honor is a character value that attracts the presence of God in our lives. Malachi 1:6 says we are to honor God because He is our Father. Exodus 20:12 tells us to honor our parents so we will have long ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Diana Davis, greeting, connection, guests, church, return, intentional, newcomer, God's guidance, smile, parking lot, foyer, nursery, phone number, email, contact info
Your God is awesome. Your church is wonderful. Yet guests who visit your church don’t often return. No true connection was made. A parking lot greeter in our church expressed that concern: “We’ve got to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church growth, decline, turnaround, plateau, abundance, blame, pastor, elders, deacons, seniors, excuses, pretend, lower expectations, cut expenses, overreaction, panic, leadership, ...
Part of my ministry involves working with other churches. Sometimes when I hear from a church, they have been plateaued or in a season of decline for several years. They are often looking for answers of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Hilgemann, pastors.com, return invitation, preaching, guest, senior pastor, time limit, arrive early, stay late, audience, topic, series, transitions, compliment, preparation, feedback
Have you been invited to be a guest preacher? I have had the opportunity to do a bit of guest preaching lately. I have also dealt with my fair share of good and bad guest preachers. Here are some tips ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Greg Stier, crash landing, sermons, take-off, flight, evangelism, God's Word, communicators, hearts, grace, landing gear, turbulence, conviction, turn, commit, surrender
Beautiful takeoff. Wonderful flight. Crash landing. Unfortunately, that’s what I’ve witnessed toward the end of many preachers’ evangelistic sermons. These well-meaning communicators of God’s Word often ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Tony Myles, senior pastor, kids, youth group, Laura Ortberg Turner, pastor's wife, volunteers, staff meetings, rebel, ministry, pop star
Laura Ortberg Turner, daughter of John and Nancy Ortberg, has some great thoughts on what it means to be (but not really be) known as a “pastor’s kid.” One takeaway is the framework she felt her parents ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, change, difficulty, leadership, test, conflict, culture, vision, trust, risk, return, obedience
Change is hard, almost always. Sometimes change is harder than other times. It’s then where leadership is tested. Tensions can mount. And people are more likely to object. It’s good to know these times ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, team, succeed, admit it, recast vision, evaluate, change, potential, celebrate, encourage, turnaround
I talk with team leaders every week where the team is struggling and trying to figure out how to succeed again. I understand. I’ve been the leader of teams in situations like that many times. Every team ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 April 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Mark Rutland, personal, turnaround, God's hand, vigilant, self-aware
A decade ago I went through the darkest time of my adult life that threatened my marriage and my leadership. It was a classic case of leader burnout. For me, it was an eclipse of the sun. The problem ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 / Main
Tags: Why Dr. Mark Rutland is Dr. Turnaround
You can now catch the September-October issue of Ministry Today with Dr. Mark Rutland, president of Oral Roberts University, as the guest editor. It's a great issue, and I believe you'll glean a lot from ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 / Main
Tags: Dr. Mark Rutland's 'Principles for Leading a Turnaround'
The September-October issue of Ministry Today with Dr. Mark Rutland, president of Oral Roberts University, as the guest editor, is now available. It's a terrific issue, and I believe you'll get a lot from ... [ +++ ]

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