worship

Created on Friday, 13 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, God's purposes, focus, church, Purpose Driven Church, Great Commandment, Great Commission, worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, Bible, growth
When I wrote The Purpose Driven Church, I made the bold assertion that every church is driven by something. That’s still true, and as you prepare to lead your church into another new year, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Millenials, Thom Rainer, LifeWay, churches, young adults, Christians, relationships, doctrine, community focused, worship
... 2000 are large in number, nearly 80 million. They are the largest generation in America, and they will continue to shape much of what takes place in our nation. They are also setting the tone for American ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 December 2013 / Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, worship center, size, facilities, smaller, sanctuaries, declining church attendance, nones, shift, multi-site venue
... Pew Research found that the number of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation increased from 15 percent of the population to 20 percent from 2007 to 2012. This shift is huge. One out of five ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, youth, students, volunteers, middle school, worship service, fpKIDS, church, kids ministry, team, parents, service, love, encouragement
My daughter is allergic to mornings. Given the opportunity, she would easily sleep until 10 a.m. every day. But school requires that she rise a little earlier. So we push through the pain and crawl out ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Kim Martinez, Advent, tradition, New Year, Christ, Christmas, anticipation, Israelites, Messiah, thankfulness, unexpected, Jesus, signs, worship
There is a time in the liturgical Christian calendar called “ordinary time”—it is that time between Pentecost and the first Sunday of Advent and the few short weeks between New Year's and Ash Wednesday. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, Body, leaders, adjustment, attitude, Holy Spirit, family, worship, members, gifts, significant, attention, diversity, role, serve
Several times, the apostle Paul wrote about the church as the “body of Christ” (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:12; Col. 1:24). While this image is only one of dozens of images of the church in the New ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, preaching, teaching, exhorting, proclaiming, Bible, organization, Psalms, faith, worship
Most preachers would rather preach than teach. Even the names say that, don’t they?  We call pastors “preachers,” not “teachers.”  And yet … In seminary, we used up an entire class period one ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 November 2013 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Reources, worship wars, hymnody, fighting, splitting, lamenting, worship leaders, style, services, Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, In Christ Alone, The Power of the Cross, Speak ...
... in mind the age differences here. The boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. The millennials were born between 1980 and 2000. On the average, there is a 30-year difference in the ages of individual members ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 / Administration
Tags: Practices, Churches, sustained success, worship styles, community, next generation, World Series, St. Louis Cardinals, John Mozeliak, Sports Illustrated, The Cardinal Way, change, avoid complacency, ...
During my 20s, two nationally recognized churches resided in my hometown within just five miles of each other. Because of a demand for new worship styles, a changing community and their inability and refusal ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, preachers, pastors, Christ, new creations, baptisms, career, seminary, worship, give, preach, serve, minister, faith
Nothing affirms a pastor more than seeing people come to Christ and become new creations. That’s why ministers whose churches are regularly baptizing new believers cannot wait to tell you about it. They’re ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 October 2013 / Men
Tags: Steve Murrell, men, discipleship, Manila, Nashville, Delta, money, sexual boundaries, wealth, God's will, King David, Samson, work, worship
After decades of building my weekly rhythms around small group discipleship in Manila, the past few years splitting time between Nashville, Manila, and Delta airlines have been quite frustrating regarding ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: pastors leaving the ministry, Phil Cooke, Mark Brewer, Presybterian church, pastors committing suicide, pastors frustrated, megachurch, charismatic churches, baptist churches, mainline denominations, ...
... experience. Yes, it was President Reagan’s church. When I first got there in 2001, the president had not yet died, so I had to meet with the Secret Service my second month to prepare for his funeral. (Did ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, copious, Joy Bowen, Orange Conference, worship, mobilization, youth, kids ministry, passions, gifts, intentionality
Two years ago, I sat in on a breakout session led by Joy Bowen at Orange Conference 2011. Within the first five minutes she used the word ‘copious.’ I was hooked. Joy’s topic focused on mobilizing kids ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, service, excitement, Facebook, Mississippi, Jesus, Moses, Israel, God, confrontation, wilderness, Nathan, David, pastor, worship
“Pastor, the minute you decide church must always be exciting is the moment you begin turning the worship services into pep rallies. After that, it all goes downhill.” I said that on Facebook the other ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Greg Atkinson, preaching, plan, pastors, message, sermon, worship leader, 9/11, synergy, bi-vocational, volunteer, retreat, series
Everywhere I go, I hear that song playing. It’s on TV, radio, at ball games, in convenient stores—all over. It’s gotten stuck in my head. So I started thinking on the title and reflecting on past experiences ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, winner, whiner, wayward, fruit, small town, worship leader, cause, poison, seeds, commitment, vision, off course, wicked types
“They have eyes, and yet they don’t see.” Many leaders don’t see the fruit that is about to manifest in those around them. All they can see is the tree. A tree can look strong, weak, ugly or handsome, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, spies, confessions, websites, boring, friendliness, facilities, guests, preparation, children, protection, music, worship, preaching
Have you ever thought that a guest at your church might, in fact, be a spy? My church consulting company uses church “spies” to help us evaluate how churches respond to guests. Our spies are “good” spies, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, kids' ministry, worship leader, worship singer, prompting, storytelling, children, filling the gap
After the past few years of observing the worship element of our kids’ experiences, I’ve discovered three key skills that distinguish a worship leader from a worship singer. The former leads kids to engage ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Tony Morgan, church health, studentsd, attendance, engagement, youth pastor, worship services, commitment, serving, leading
Last week I launched a series of articles on measuring church health. We began by looking at average children’s ministry attendance. This week, we’ll focus on students. For the churches we’ve worked with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 July 2013 / Worship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, Lifeway, conflicts, music, Christians, worship, doxology, theology, Matt Boswell, Providence Church, Frisco, Texas, renewed hunger
To say worship is a subject of great interest in the church would be an understatement. Worship is an integral part of our lives as Christians. That’s why I’m thankful for worship leaders like Matt Boswell. ... [ +++ ]
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