8 Areas where many ministers aren't prepared for ministry

My email inbox is full of tragic examples of ministers who entered into vocational ministry with hope and healthy idealism. They had prepared well in the study of the Bible, theology, Church history, and other classical disciplines. They were bright, eager and—with God’s power—ready to change the world. And they ...
July 17, 2014   Thom Rainer

A baby isn’t born without some PUSH; so too with prayer

"Don’t give up halfway through. Pray through until you have the break through." To Jurgen Matthesius, in his new book Push: Pray until Something Happens (Nelson Books, 2014),"that is PUSH prayer."
July 17, 2014   Ronald Keener

Why Satan Wants our Boys

As we know, our enemy prowls, seeking to devour. Let's explore three reasons why he targets boys and young men in particular. All our churches need strong strategies to protect and rescue our young men!
July 15, 2014   Kent Evans

The 6 Areas of Break-thru that Church Teams Need Most

In 2004, we built into the DNA of Auxano the idea that our services would always adapt to the primary growth challenges of local churches. Today, with over twenty on the team, we are responding to the needs of churches with our boldest move ever.
July 15, 2014   Will Mancini

Cure For the Common Church Book Review

Cure for the Common Church: God’s Plan to Restore Church Health. Bob Whitesel. Indianapolis: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2012. 175 pages. Operating off the premise that the common church is sick and in need of healing, Professor Bob Whitesel offers practical advice for restoring church health in Cure for the Common ...
July 15, 2014   Phil Wood

8 Areas where many ministers aren't prepared for ministry

My email inbox is full of tragic examples of ministers who entered into vocational ministry with hope and healthy idealism. They had prepared well in the study of the Bible, theology, Church history, and other classical disciplines. They were bright, eager and—with God’s power—ready to change the world. And they ...
July 15, 2014   Thom Rainer

When momentum is dangerous

Pastor Aaron Brockett examines Jesus' criticism of the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2. "This was a great church that had done nothing overtly wrong. They were just coasting on momentum." (Courtesy of NACC.)
July 15, 2014  

Building diversity by building an authentic worship service

"Make the Sunday morning experience as real and as relevant as possible, and people will come." (Pastor Danny Chambers at Church Central Turnaround 20/20)
July 15, 2014  

Recalling “as it was” 57 years ago on July 4.

It’s been 57 years since I was graduated from high school, the Class of 1957 in fact. And I still recall opening homeroom exercises at Palmyra, Pa., high school on Cherry Street in the morning by repeating the pledge of allegiance to the flag and, yes, even then, reading Scripture ...
July 08, 2014   Ronald Keener

Preaching and writing are much different

No sooner had I started into my latest book editing project than I remembered the distinct difference between preaching and writing. The pastor who had asked for help turning a sermon series into a small book started his message by asking the congregation to turn with him to a particular ...
July 08, 2014   Ken Walker

Live the hallelujah life

Pastor Rick Atchley of The Hills Church of Christ tells the story of an Olympic snowboarder who kept competing even though the judges had already awarded him the gold. This is the kind of life we are to live in the light of Revelation, says Pastor Rick.
July 08, 2014  

A dying church gets 20,000 attendees at its own funeral

"No longer does the organ play," says Stephen Gray during his talk at Church Central Turnaround 20/20. "Children aren't heard running through the hallways. The pulpit is empty. And yet the ministry of this church has just begun."
July 08, 2014  

3 (there are a lot more) ways to be a prolific time waster

I’ve just taken a two month sabbatical and, hey, I know how to waste time. For example: I love to write until, out of boredom, I feel a need to begin yet another project that I may or may not finish. I love to produce video projects for non-profits and ...
July 04, 2014   Doug Lawrence

Righteousness Exalts a Nation

We can create a culture of Christ-centered catalysts.
July 01, 2014   David Bowman

Welcome to “No Church” – 4 Steps To Reversing Your Negative Church Messaging

Almost without exception, churches somewhere utilize negative messaging for very practical reasons. After all, someone parking in the wrong spot can create havoc. So it’s quite natural to put up a sign that says, “No Parking Along Curb.”
July 01, 2014   Will Mancini

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