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Leaders lead change: second of five parts

In my first posting on this topic, I asserted that church leadership teams could add to their tool bag by defining healthy change. However, no matter how important our well-crafted definitions, they are worthless if we fail to do something with them. For that reason, I believe that the second ...
August 04, 2015   Jim Barber

Church turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 5: The Role of Fire and the Spirit)

Authors Norman Shawchuck and Lloyd Perry in Revitalizing the 20th Century Church (p. 15) write: “Actually a congregation can receive new vitality from either of two sources: a vision or a calamity.” Destroying and igniting While leading workshops I have often maintained that Christians become truly motivated by a fire, ...
August 04, 2015   Jim Farrer

1 powerful moment to spark transcendent worship

Worship should be beautifully mysterious, and transformingly vitreous. One could call this, “worship in balance.”   There is a wonderful thread of mystery that weaves itself through the fabric of God’s description of Himself (Go find a used copy of Lloyd Ogilvie’s Autobiography of God at Amazon—it’s brilliant!). If we ...
August 01, 2015   Doug Lawrence

“Seduced”: Million Kids to establish an email blast in locating runaway kids—before it’s too late for them. Part 3

Our regular Saturday night family dinner was taking place at a local restaurant, across four generations, when my grandniece, who had just turned 19 the day before, began checking her smartphone for messages from her friends. As usual, her nose is in that phone at the table, not engaging in ...
July 30, 2015   Ronald Keener

10 Troubling statements from church leaders and members

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 proclamations that virtually assure your church’s decline and probable demise. All too common What is troubling is ...
July 30, 2015   Thom Rainer

5 Essentials of leading change

The majority of the churches that I consult have had little or no attendance growth in the past ten years. My experience is not that unusual in America. For example, Thom Rainer is just one of many who has said this or something similar, “…Eight out of ten … churches ...
July 28, 2015   Jim Barber

Don't lose heart!

These are discouraging times for any church leader. Among the negative developments in headlines of late was the sense killing in mid-June of nine church members attending a Bible study in Charleston, S.C. That event would be horrific in any circumstance, the fact it was motivated by racial hatred was ...
July 28, 2015   Bob Russell

Reading Assignment: Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” no longer so modest

Kathleen Parker is a nationally syndicated columnist whose work appears in The Washington Post and my own community newspaper Public Opinion. I guess she is a conservative commentator, though sometimes I can’t be sure (she favored marriage equality). But she is listed in the Washington Post as being “on the ...
July 23, 2015   Ronald Keener

The Me I Want to Be Book Review

Becoming God's best version of you
July 22, 2015   David Bowman

The Nine Forms of Generic Vision That Stifle Practically Every Church

When it comes to vision, the biggest challenge to success is not your obstacles. The biggest challenge to overcome is settling for a lesser vision and not knowing it. If you grab on to a faulty tool—in this case the tool of vision—everything you to try to build with that ...
July 22, 2015   Will Mancini

Church turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 4: Intercessors and the Bible)

Importance of intercessors Even if churches use the most popular and helpful turnaround methods, their efforts may not all be blessed by the Lord. We seldom realize when our apparent successes might be the result of following idols or having “walked according to the flesh.” (II Corinthians 10:2) Thus we ...
July 20, 2015   Jim Farrer

3 things Evangelicals can learn from liturgical worship

And also with you!   We all know what an evangelist does…they preach! If they’re any good at all, they preach with great fervency. I’ve always been one of those guys when it comes to Evangelical worship. I have even often bashed anyone who wasn’t from that, “we do it ...
July 18, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Your front door stuck to visitors? Try opening a ‘side door’ to your community.

The “side door” to our house when I was growing up was what we called the “grade door”—halfway from going up to the kitchen or down to the basement. For author Charles Arn, a church’s “front doors” are closing, he opines, where there’s “an insufficient number of visitors coming in ...
July 17, 2015   Ronald Keener

5 Reasons Millennials don't want to pastor established churches

Not all Millennials are averse to serving as pastors or leadership roles in established churches. However, many of them are. Our churches are approaching a tipping point where many are unable to attract Millennial members or leaders. This situation will likely soon be a crisis, which is why pastors and ...
July 16, 2015   Thom Rainer

Coping with criticism

Addressing the burning issues of the day is sure to bring pastors and church leaders criticism. When people disagree with your latest blog or church web site post, social media provides an easy vehicle for the venting of negativity and anger.  Anyone who dares to speak against today’s secular-progressive agenda ...
July 16, 2015   Bob Russell

Pastor-friend “Gabe” comments on the headlines of the day

Headline: Baylor University drops ban on ‘homosexual acts [Chron/Benjamin Wermund/July 7, 2015; subsequent Washington Post article July 9] Gabe: As always, they have to answer the question: Is it sin?  Their obvious answer is no and thus they have no reason to ban it nor should anybody act surprised or ...
July 10, 2015   Ronald Keener

More than multiethnic: My awakening to border crossing

I used to believe that every church should be multiethnic, but my first day of seminary teaching showed me the limits of that view.   One of my students was ministering in a hamlet truly lacking racial and economic diversity. Another served in an urban center where diversity was already ...
July 09, 2015   Elizabeth Drury

Iranian Christians in jail for their faith

Elam Ministries has published a list of Iranian Christians who are in jail because of their witness to Jesus Christ; an estimated 90 Christians were being held in jail in Iran in June 2015.
July 09, 2015  

"Seduced”: To Kids on the Internet, Winning is Everything Playing Grand Theft Auto (Part 2)

“Our society expects young people to navigate back and forth between real life reality where we expect decision making with standards and consequences – and a fantasy world of gaming where there are few morals and no real live consequences for their actions.”  [page 115] That one paragraph sums up ...
July 07, 2015   Ronald Keener

Church turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 3: The role of prayer cont.)

When a friend discovered that I was writing on prayer, she remarked that I should have checked with her first. She continued, “Avid Scrabble players will recall that when you rearrange the letters in the word “Presbyterian” you get “best in prayer.” I don’t know what my acquaintance might decipher ...
July 07, 2015   Jim Farrer
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VIDEOS


The mission behind Duck Dynasty

So what is the purpose behind the family of bearded hunters that have found such popularity on Duck Dynasty? Hear from Alan Robertson, one of the brothers, who shares the mission behind the show and the lives of the Robertson family. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.)
July 28, 2015  

Finding avenues for compassion as a leader

"I know in your heart, you are compassionate and want to do something for God but sometimes we don’t act on that,” says Kevin Holland speaking to a room of pastors and church leaders. The danger in that is that “compassion without expression leads to depression.” So how do we ...
July 28, 2015  

Does the church need to change how it engages with non-Christians?

“If you talk to people these days and ask how do you perceive Christians? They will tell you they seem angry… arrogant… apathetic,” starts Cal Jernigan. What if there was a more generous way to engage with people outside of your church? Cal Jernigan shares four ways he and his ...
July 23, 2015  

Lee Strobel's embarrassing evangelism attempt

“There are times when I get involved with evangelism and it does not go well,” shares best-selling author Lee Strobel. Sharing a comedic example from his own life, be reminded about how even in our most embarrassing moments, God can create an opportunity for His gospel to go out. (Excerpted ...
July 23, 2015  

How Duck Dynasty started

Alan Robertson, aka the “beardless” brother and pastor from the TV show Duck Dynasty, shares the backstory of how God worked in his dad’s life and reshaped the family that millions know and watch today. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.)
July 15, 2015  

6 great reasons to share Jesus

Summing up some of the great sessions from the NACC 2014 Conference, Cal Jernigan recaps 5 great reasons we should be sharing Jesus with the people around us and then shares the greatest reason for himself personally. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.)
July 15, 2015  

Jump-starting an external focus in your church

How does a church grow in loving and serving the people outside of its walls? Hear from three different churches on what God used to help them ignite a passion to be more externally focused and more relevant in their communities. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.)
July 07, 2015  

Leaders have to break some rules

When it comes to breaking rules and receiving criticism, it is not always a bad thing. In fact, as Craig Groeschel explains, it may be an indication that you are doing something right for the sake of the gospel! Hear the story of one such example at LifeChurch.TV and why ...
July 07, 2015  

How older people can uniquely serve God in their church

Speaking from his heart and years of ministry experience, Ben Merold challenges the older generation to serve God and the church despite differences in taste or opinion. Learn the simple motto that he adopted years ago that has made an impact on countless lives because of his willingness to let God work ...
June 26, 2015  

Two mentalities that leave a church ineffective

Sometimes churches can drift into ineffectiveness. Kevin Holland identifies two mentalities that have a way of infiltrating churches that have the potential of robbing them from being effective and fruitful, the way God intends the church to be. Have you seen these at work in a church you know of? ...
June 26, 2015  

Key shifts to better engaging your community

How does the church stay relevant in meeting the needs of their communities? In an effort to best serve the people in your community, you may find that you have to change your approach. A panel of church leaders discuss some of the key shifts they discovered along the way. ...
June 19, 2015  

Replacing good intentions with true passion

Too often, churches and leaders say that they want to reach people for Christ but lack the passion to see it become a reality. Learning from the men in Mark 2 that lowered their friend through a roof to get him to Jesus, Craig Groeschel offers keys to igniting passion ...
June 19, 2015  

Why repentance is a blessing for leaders

Repentance never feels good at the time, but as Daryl Reed explains, God has a promise and purpose in it that leads to refreshment. As a leader, do you avoid or embrace God’s call to repentance in your every day life? (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.)
June 12, 2015  

How young people can uniquely serve God in their church

“Well that went over like a lead balloon didn’t it?” jokes Ben Merold after sharing some words of wisdom for young people in the church. Despite how it may sound, Ben Merold doesn’t back down from sharing a challenge to young people eager to be used by God. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in ...
June 12, 2015  

Is it failure if no one responds to your gospel invitation?

Sharing from her own experience in giving people the opportunity to respond to the gospel, Liz Curtis Higgs reminds us of the difference between our role and God’s role in evangelism. Are you trusting God with the results or taking on more of a burden than you're supposed to? (Excerpted ...
June 05, 2015  

Why failure is a necessity

Do you miss God when you fail? Does playing it safe actually pay off in the long run? Sharing from personal experience as a leader and as the pastor of LifeChurch.TV, Craig Groeschel unpacks the truths and lies about failure as a leader in the church. Without failing, you might be ...
June 05, 2015  

Are you living at your passion peak?

"The fire of a Christian doesn’t calm down, it only gets hotter the older we get,” explains Daryl Reed. Drawing from the inspiration of his father and being reminded of his own younger days, Daryl Reed challenges us to consider if we are living at the summit of our own ...
June 01, 2015  

How small churches can uniquely advance the gospel

Small churches and their pastors have a unique opportunity to contribute to the work of God in this world. From his many years of ministry experience, Ben Merold shares some keys to how small churches can break through barriers and become who God uniquely equipped them to be. (Excerpted from the ...
June 01, 2015  

Why limited resources are not an excuse

Have you ever found yourself making excuses as to why your church can’t grow or be effective? As Craig Groeschel explains, having limited resources is actually an essential part of exponential innovation. Discover how to leverage limited resources to further your church’s mission. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.)
May 25, 2015  

The secret to leading and evangelism

“Jesus knew a secret that it seems many Christians today have lost,” says Vince Antonucci. It is a secret Jesus demonstrated in his response to Zacchaeus and a key that leaders are meant to embody personally and corporately in their evangelism and outreach. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.)
May 25, 2015  
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