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Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, invitation, unchurched, failure, contact, rejection, music, worship, preaching, problems, crowded, challenge, conversation
Several years ago, more than one study showed large percentages of unchurched would consider attending a church if someone simply invited them. The problem is not the attitude of the unchurched; rather, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Justin Lathrop, wide, deep, balance, watered-down, gospel, knowledge, vocabulary, message, programs, pastors, calling, unchurched, teach, challenge
There are two requirements set on pastors and their churches, and they seem to be contradictory: Our churches must simultaneously go deep and wide. Here's what I mean by that: When I listen to people talk ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church planting, lessons, challenge, God, Good News, Jesus Christ, shy away, leaders, money, fear, pushback, encouragers, naysayers, stretched, hurting people, embrace
I've planted two churches. In each plant, God overwhelmed us continually with what He did among us. I feel humbled and blessed to be a part of such healthy environments God uses to reach people with the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 / Children
Tags: Andrew Lisa, church, nursery, challenge, legally, financially, logistically, children, adults, Sunday school, Christian, faith, family concept
The concept of the church nursery is as old as the saying "It takes a village to raise a child." Establishing one offers the members of your congregation not only the service of providing caring, trained, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 May 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, prayer, pastors, binding, church, humble, challenges, criticism, discouragement, bond, vision, Holy Spirit
There is nothing like seeing pastors praying with other pastors. I just returned from Little Rock, Ark., where I led a prayer gathering for 304 Arkansas pastors, church staff members, and ministry leaders. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Gospel of John, recruiting practices, Jesus, style, principles, success, transitional people, influencers, team, challenge, budget
Chapter 1 of the Gospel of John shares helpful insight into the leadership of Jesus. I’ve written previously about Jesus’ leadership style here and here. In John 1, I see three more principles. When Jesus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: Dale Hudson, Millennials, generation, distance, marriage, digital natives, technology, racially diverse, Generation X, economic challenges
The millennials ... they are the young couples and parents you are trying to reach. They are currently 18 to 33 years old. And like each generation, they have their own unique characteristics ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, ultimate goal, preaching, Christlikeness, character, convictions, conduct, information, Bible, obedience, behavior modification, challenges, disciples, repentance
If God’s objective for every believer is to transform us into total Christlikeness, then the objective of preaching is to motivate people to develop Christlike convictions (to think like Jesus), Christlike character ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Rick Warren, pastors, physical health, spiritual health, God, Creator, longevity, sharpness, challenge, bodies, ideal weight, diet, exercise program, sleep, rest, processed junk foods
As pastors, we tend to like to focus on spiritual things. But God is the Creator of our physical bodies, and it’s in our physical bodies that we live our spiritual lives out before others. We pastors have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pastor, faithfully, challenge, professionally, personally, new year, evaluation, examination, relationships, church culture, elevate, Christ, walk, spirituality, leadership, future
With the holiday season looming, how can you end the year faithfully? In other words, pastor, what should your focus be for these last few days of the year? You can lead aimlessly to nowhere or aim ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Scott Attebery, small churches, big churches, size, army, sleeping giant, vision, Pepsi Challenge, Coke, Blink, mission, purpose, missional, congregation, transitory, church plant
Remember the Pepsi Challenge? It was a marketing campaign in the 1980s where people would be offered two unmarked cups. One contained Coke, and the other contained Pepsi. After taking a sip of both, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, vision, challenge, communication, clarity, concrete, tangible, real, spiritualization, concise, compelling, action, enthusiasm
Casting vision is one of my favorite things to do as a pastor. It has also been a joy to do it beyond my local church in some major settings. Each time, I find it a joy. I love getting into the challenge ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Men
Tags: male-friendly church, relevance, Assemblies of God, language, masculinity, success, guilt, sexuality, purity, marriage, children, integrity, home, church, workplace, greatness, challenge, actions, ...
I am often asked, “Why are the men leaving the church today?” Sometimes it comes out as “What can we do to keep the men of this church?” or “How can our church reach more men?” There is no easy answer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, church, believe, miracles, faith, challenges, Kingdom domination, Acts, declaration, city, measurable impact
"Those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. ... Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ. ... And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, change, muddy water, leadership, complacent, analyze the water, honesty, clear vision, communication, stance, challenge, navigation
Have you ever had to lead change when no one knew for sure what change was needed, when there wasn’t clear agreement on where the organization needed to go, when some players on the team were uncommitted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Research, church, southern Indiana, pastor, ministry, faithful, salvation, criticism, Word, prayer, grudge, challenges
It was 30 years ago that I began serving a small rural church in southern Indiana. I was so incredibly green then; I’m glad I didn’t always realize it. I loved those people in that church and, for some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth leader, Jesus, youth ministry, relationships, students, potential, talk, challenge, faith
I’ve learned that relating to students is more about what you do than who you are. I wrote a post a while ago called “The Bs to Being a Great Youth Leader,” and it was about clearing up the misconceptions of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, church health, serve, volunteering, children, ministries, staff, budget, money, challenge
Over the last several years, we’ve been collecting data from the churches with which we consult. One of the key questions we were interested in had to do with serving. We wanted to find out how many people ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, job, Twitter, vocation, ministry, conflict, complaining, family challenges, busy work, expectations, social functions, confrontation, sin, staff members, evangelism, passio
Let me state the obvious: Pastors are human. That means they have preferences, likes and dislikes. So I did an unscientific Twitter poll to find out what pastors really don’t like about their job. By the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Pastors, Church staff, challenges, apathy, internal focus, Twitter, staff issues, volunteers, time constraints, buy-in, members, generational challenges, finances, traditions
In my latest non-scientific Twitter survey, I asked the following question of pastors and church staff: What is your biggest challenge in ministry? Here are the top 12 responses with representative quotes. ... [ +++ ]
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