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Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Communication
Tags: LifeWay Research, Chris Martin, Crossroads Christian Fellowship, communication, TCAT, assessment tool, community-based congregation, demographic swing, transition, minister, discipleship, mission, ...
... congregation. Becky, Pastor Valekis' wife and a leader in the church, said, "We started there [Crossroads] in 1999-2000, and we were about 100 percent commuter-based, I would guess. Then, by the time we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resuorces, church leaders, members, troubling statements, pastors, staff, community, discipleship church, money, small groups, guests
If you want your church to move toward a slow yet certain death, make certain your church leadership and membership affirms most of these 10 statements. They are troubling statements. Indeed, they are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Lake City Foursquare Church, transformation, assessment tool, TCAT, hard times, discipleship, community, small groups, adjustments, LifeWay Research
For Pastor Dave Chandler of Lake City Foursquare Church, an assessment provided the catalyst to address the areas in his church needing change. Lake City is in Moses Lake, Washington, a growing community ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 December 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, transformation, making disciples, Emmanuel Baptist Church, healthy, TCAT, research study, biblical, reliable, data-driven, membership, community, impact
Most churches do a good job of measuring what Micah Fries calls the "three B's"—budgets, buildings and baptisms. Those are helpful, he said. But they don't always show whether a church is fulfilling ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Pastors, tenure, negative circumstances, ministry opportunity, Thom Rainer, fired adverse conditions, false promises, clear expectations, accountability, advocacy group
I have written rather extensively on this blog regarding the short tenure of pastors in churches. Of course, many pastors leave churches for very positive reasons. They sense a call to another ministry ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 December 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, office hours, lay leader, expectations, relational, community, flexibility, unexpected issues, sermon preparation, evening responsibilities, lazy, understanding, designated hours, administrative ...
I know. I've been there. Almost every week, and sometimes two or more times a week, a lay leader would wait in the church parking lot to see what time I arrived. He would also come back in the afternoon ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Church, worship, flags, banners, We Are Worship, local transformation, community, outreach, training, awakenings, Jesus
Most of us, if we're honest, look back to the days of our youth—those school and college years—and remember feeling a little confused as we searched for our identity. Whether we were raised ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Greg Surratt, Mt. Pleasant, electricity, lights, dark, awareness, desperation, creativity, innovation, nursery classes, experiences, community, power, presence, Jesus
Recently, the lights went out at our Mt. Pleasant Campus. All of them. For a very long time. Three and one-half hours, to be exact. Fun times. Oh, I've been in the dark for longer periods of time, but ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, biblical community, blocks, cohesiveness, intentional, small groups, micro-communities, church family, fellowships, interest groups, humility, honesty, mercy, unity, confidentiality
Churches must grow larger and smaller at the same time. The larger a church gets, the more intentional it has to be about being smaller, and small groups are the ideal way to create micro-communities within ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, blocks, small groups, community, koinonia, frequency, authenticity, mutuality, accountability, encouragement, courtesy, sympathy
What the public generally knows about Saddleback Church is that we have a large weekend attendance. But what the outside world doesn't realize is that the strength of Saddleback is really in our small ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Israel, ministries, Messianic, Wayne Hilsden, Dr. Michael Brown, Jonathan Bernis, King of Kings Community Jerusalem, Yeshua, Hebrew, Jewish Voice Ministries International, Ezra International
... Lifeshield Responding originally to disruptions in northern Israel during a 2006 war with Lebanon, this year's attacks from Gaza have shifted its emphasis to the country's southern region. Bowman felt ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, Christmas, church growth, first-time guests, Easter, Mother's Day, community, gospel, relatives, friends, vision, members, morale, congregation, pool of volunteers, prospect list
One of the secrets of growth at Saddleback Church is that we use special days as an evangelism tool and to keep our members motivated toward the growth of our congregation. In a sense, Saddleback ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 November 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, money, stewardship, struggling, finances, scarcity, budget, programs, impact, church, community, expenditures, accountability
A consistent theme of concern I have seen in many churches is in the area of church finances. Many church leaders operate out of a mode of scarcity instead of abundance. While I realize that churches cannot ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Church planting, Mez McConnell, Niddrie Community Church, small groups, training, leaders, home church, building, costs down, demographic, community, congregate, extended family, friends, sense of ...
... the schemes.   Mez McConnell has been the Senior Pastor of Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh, U.K., since September 2007. Prior to that he spent four years with UFM Worldwide working with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, Relevant Children's Ministry, priests, kids, Temple, greeters, worship, outreach, community, parents, Thanksgiving, meal distribution, gospel, serve
"The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, 'Praise God for the Son of David.'  But the leaders were indignant" (Matt. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 October 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: unchurched, Carey Nieuwhof, Christians, salvation, Jesus, Connexus Community Church, North Point
If you're like many Christians, you have an authentic desire to share your faith with people who don't yet follow Jesus. I know I do. One of my deepest longings is that every person would come to know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 / Community
Tags: Mark Howell, pervasive community, church, unconnected people, community, small-group ministry, weekend service, friendly, sticky points, street, seat, empathy, vision
If you believe that unconnected people are always one tough thing away from never being at your church again, then you have all the motivation you need to invest in building a pervasive sense ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 October 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, structure, healthy church, collapse, wineskins, growth, plateau, internal conflict, leaders, discouragement, personal renewal, corporate renewal, community, mission renewal, structural ...
Structure is far more important that we usually realize. Every building in the world has to have the right structure to stand up and not collapse. Living things have structure as well. An animal can grow ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, market-driven culture, biblical Christianity, contemporary, evangelical church, Hebraic mindset, growth, quality, competition, humility, accomplishments, being, individualism, co
When I say "market driven" I am referring to the contemporary ethos in culture whose only value is infinite growth and production. This market-driven culture is equally present in the contemporary evangelical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, tenure, pastor, church, traits, prayer, staff, family time, ministry, community, battles, accountable, conflict, criticism
Imagine what might take place if pastors consistently stayed at churches for 10 or more years. Imagine that their tenure was largely healthy. Imagine what would happen in our congregations. The median ... [ +++ ]
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