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Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 / Worship
Tags: Don Chapman, worship, worshipideas.com, stale, rut, set, churches, Joel Houston, Hillsong United, Jared Barber, service, order, guitarist, drummer, keyboardist
As I’ve been visiting and playing in several churches over the past few months, I’ve noticed a few recurring problems that can easily be fixed to help the quality of your contemporary worship: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors, social media, Facebook, Instagram, churches, gospel, Jesus, eggs, diversification, power, people, Grace Hills, money, advertising
The gospel did okay before Facebook and will do just fine without it. But plenty of churches and organizations like mine have found Facebook to be an incredibly useful tool for getting the word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, Easter, purpose-driven church, evangelism, growth, eggs, Billy Graham, fruit, decision, relationship, acceptance, approval, love, lifestyle
Easter is one of the two biggest weekends for most churches in terms of attendance. I see this as a great opportunity for evangelism to begin and for a relationship to start between your church and all ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 09 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, characteristics, leadership, opposition, Satan, churches, cripple, compelling, purpose, Nehemiah, clear perspective, fear, continual prayer, courageous, persistence
Everything rises or falls on leadership. No organization, no ministry, no church, no family, no school and no business can go any further than the leaders who are leading it. If everything rises or falls ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Community
Tags: Chuck Lawless, pastors, churches, Resurrection Sunday, guests, spies, website, greeters, building, impression, sign, services, foyer, guest welcome center, fellowship
Last year, I published a blog post titled "Eight Confessions of Church Spies," a summary report from the “spies” our church consulting team, the Lawless Group, has used over the years. As we approach the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 April 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, practices, growing churches, services, multi-site, attendance, budget, church health, Rick Warren, excellence, mission, vision, core values, unproductive ministries
I have been involved in a number of conversations lately about church growth. What should growth look like? How does it look different for various sizes of churches? Should you add services or go ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 01 April 2014 / Community
Tags: Ron Phillips, Jesus, good Samaritan, carpenter, pastor's office, bulletin, worship, church, poor, children's ministry, disciples, volunteers
Go with me here. Imagine if Jesus were a guest speaker in the average church. First, ever the good Samaritan, He may be running slightly late, having stopped to help some unfortunate family stranded by ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 / Technology
Tags: Saddleback Church, Church Online, Jay Kranda, Rick Warren, fears, shrink, local church attendance, marketing tool, shallow community, disconnected generation
My big third-grade school project was a beast. Every 8-year-old had to do their final project in front of the class, and Mr. Michaels, my teacher—who might as well have been Michael Myers from horror film ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, questions, lead pastor, emotions, rigors, lead role, church, theology, competent, organization, administration, spouse, progress
As we all know by now, thousands of lead pastors leave full-time church ministry every year. Along those lines, a high percentage of new church plants never make it past three years. One reason is that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, supportive, spouse, marriage, ministry, church staff, pastors, Harvard Business Review, emotional support, career demands, practical help, career advice, relocation
I am tempted to say that my ministry would be incomplete without my wife, Nellie Jo. It is more accurate, however, to say I likely wouldn’t have a ministry without her. She not only has been supportive; ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, sacred space, church, families, sex, marriage, divorce, money, addiction, doubt, mental illness, physical health, healing, identity, social justice
Sometimes we think church is supposed to be a sacred space, where we only talk about certain things or only address certain subjects. There are subjects we would talk about in our families, for example, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, church politics, board, pews, chairs, building, agenda, selfish, Holy Wars, mission, issues, Jesus
The pastor, board, staff and building committee wanted chairs in the new sanctuary. Bob wanted pews. Easy, right? Wrong. Bob was a founding member, influential and rich. The pastor met with him on several ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: John Burke, gospel, heart, God, Erwin McManus, church planting, leaders, Jesus, evangelism, communication, New Testament, God, life
Erwin McManus and I did a one-day event for church planters talking about creating "Come as U R" churches that help people far from God actually grow into future leaders for God. (Check out stories on ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 / Education
Tags: Leneita Fix, teach, students, Christ, relationship, curriculum, engagement, activities, unchurched, articulate, concept, language, Christian, salvation, Jesus
I recently looked through some really excellent small-group curriculum. I loved the way it dug in to lead students in going deeper with their relationship with Christ. However, it also held one of my biggest ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, problems, church, pastors, biblical, leadership, fellowship, input, support, prayer, dependence, heart, view
Every church has problems. Because the church is comprised of people, we will have problems to deal with periodically. Therefore, I want to suggest these things to help you deal with problems when ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, big attendance, Easter, Mother's Day, Jesus, resurrection, Saddleback Church, Christmas Eve, evangelism, tool, morale, volunteers, prospect list, community, interest
Easter is coming! And it will be one of the most well-attended Sundays for churches this year. Wise church leaders will take advantage of the opportunity to present the simple but profoundly hopeful message ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, do-overs, pastors, failures, regrets, struggles, failures, response, anger, obsession, critics, admit mistake, neglect, family member, church need, initiative, buy-in, megachurch
We are certainly to move forward from past failures and regrets. Paul told us to “forget what is behind and reach forward to what is ahead” (Phil. 3:13). But we can learn from the wisdom of others, even ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, church politics, 12StoneChurch, King Henry VIII, Catholic Church, Martin Luther, Anglican Church, torture, execution, decisions, church board, sacred cows, business meetings, worship ...
What do Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr have in common? In addition to being wives of King Henry VIII, they were all part of church ... [ +++ ]
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