Book Review: Ending Extreme Poverty Is Possible: What Christians Can Do

Scott Todd in Hope Rising makes an inspiring case for the ministry of working to end poverty.
August 19, 2014   Margaret Marcuson

God is bigger when we need him more

Joni Eareckson Tada describes her morning wake-up routine as a battle with bitterness, then a surrender to the Lord, ending in joy. "God always seems bigger to those who need him most." (Courtesy of NACC.)
August 15, 2014  

The power of suffering together

"There is a gravitational pull to suffering." Pastor Jon Weece of Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Ky. tells story after compelling story about suffering and the questions that follow. He ends with a word of encouragement echoed in Revelation 7. (Courtesy of NACC.)
August 15, 2014  

Leaders, beat this travel horror story

The more you travel, the more chances you have for bad experiences. My latest trip on United Airlines was my most horrifying story ever - it was so bad, and the airline's response so unsatisfactory, that I had to share. Read this as part entertainment, part warning. And part rant.
August 14, 2014   Tom Harper

7 Ways to respond to power groups in the church

Second of two parts In my last post, I listed eight types of power groups that exist in many churches today. I also noted that a power group per se is not intrinsically bad, since they come in a variety of types and quality. As promised, I am utilizing this ...
August 14, 2014   Thom Rainer

Money and Your Ministry Book Review

Balance the Books While Keeping Your Balance
August 12, 2014   David Bowman

The "One sin is as bad as another" myth

“One sin is as bad as another.” It is alarming how often I hear this sentiment expressed by Christian leaders. That line of reasoning is often used as a convenient excuse not to confront flagrant sin in the church.  Stretched to its logical conclusion, we can ask, “What right do ...
August 12, 2014   Bob Russell

Ed Stetzer: The real state of the church

"Stop saying that the church is dying," Ed exhorts the audience of church leaders and consultants at the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference. "First of all, it's really bad theology, but more than that, it's really bad statistics." Ed presents surprising numbers that tell the real story of the modern ...
August 11, 2014  

The "D" of DISC personalities - does this match you?

Understanding the different personality types will help you work with and lead people. In this clip, Aubrey Malphurs details the "D," or dominant, personality. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training)
August 11, 2014  

6 prickly people who put your church on pause

Thom Rainer just wrote an article about the 8 Types of power groups in the church. It is both informative and timely and, ironically, close to the topic I’m sharing.
August 11, 2014   Doug Lawrence

4 Types of Church Video Venues

Once churches discovered the value of video, the multi-site and satellite campus model went from a handful of mega churches to tens of thousands of churches. I have found that there are 4 types of church video venues.
August 06, 2014   Anthony Coppedge

When your church is under constant stress

If you're a church planter, pastor or lay leader, Jesus has a promise about the stress you're under. Aaron Brockett explains how Jesus' letter to the church at Smyrna relates to today's angst-filled leaders. (Courtesy of NACC.)
August 06, 2014  

10 things your church wishes you knew about social media

Your church members want you to join them online. Here's how to do it right without wasting time or missing opportunities to minister. (Tami Heim at Church Central Turnaround 20/20.)
August 06, 2014  

The power of story

There’s a reason Jesus used parables with His audiences: He knew the power of story. So does Max Lucado, which is why his books have sold approximately 80 million copies. His use of engaging stories instructs, inspires and encourages readers. I especially remember Fearless, the 2012 title that I reviewed ...
August 05, 2014   Ken Walker

8 Types of power groups in churches

First of two parts This topic will cause some discomfort for many of you. The very thought of the presence of power groups seems contrary to the spirit and grace of the gospel. But since power groups are very real in churches, wise leaders will recognize their existence and learn ...
July 31, 2014   Thom Rainer

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