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5 Evangelical Trends for 2014

Chuck Warnock predicts an end to the Christian celebrity culture: In keeping with end of the year predictions, here are mine. Of course, several years ago I predicted $5 per gallon gas. Thankfully, we never got to that point. But in light of my obvious fallibility I’m framing my prognostications…

The Why & How of Church Names

Leah Norton asks if it’s time to rethink the name of your ministry: Hi, I’m Leah. What’s your name? What’s your church’s name? Why do I ask? Why do I care? Why should you care? Because names matter. Your name is what you lead with. As a person, family, school,…

Seven Elements of a Successful Pastoral Resignation Letter

Todd Rhoades offers tips for the process of leaving your ministry: Pastoral resignation letter writing is tricky. No one ever wants to write them. Everyone knows what they’d like to say (deep down), but many times don’t know how to say it. Well, it’s 2014… time to gear up for…

Worship Leading Remedies for the Christmas Hangover

Gary Durbin helps us give focus to our congregations in January: As a worship leader, I have felt the effects of the Christmas hangover. This is the time that church leaders and worship leaders need to rise up and help people refocus on worshiping God for the next 12 months.…

Predictions for American Churches for 2014

Thom Rainer gives insights into church trends: More large churches will function like mini-denominations. These churches will have multiple locations. They will have one senior or lead pastor, and several other campus pastors. They are more likely to fund their own missions priorities, even if they are also contributing to…

10 Worship Commitments for 2014

Worship leader David Santistevan shares his new year resolutions for ministry: To start things off, I’m going to share with you my commitments for 2014. What I’ve done is taken all my different roles (Christian, Husband, Dad, Worship Leader, Business Owner) and created a declaration about what I want to…

The Story of An Executive Pastor’s Calling

Sutton Turner spent his first 35 years accumulating everything a man could want: a successful business, a beautiful wife and kids, a golf swing, lots of money, and plenty of free time to enjoy the finer things. But he could not buy enough, earn enough, or drink enough to escape…

2013 Year-End Status of Megachurches

Warren Bird offers interesting statistics on megachurches: Big churches, for right or wrong, get a disproportionate amount of media attention. This happens especially Christmas and Easter, and in year-end tallies. Below I profile the latest megachurch statistics. Keep in mind that the average church globally numbers fewer than 100 in…

What’s Wrong With Megachurches?

Phil Cooke asks for a moratorium on megachurch criticism: As the saying goes, “The world is going to hell in a handbasket.” There’s never been a greater challenge for world evangelism, there are plenty of social problems like hunger and homelessness we face here in the United States, Christians are…

Seven Reasons Why Church Worship Centers Will Get Smaller

Thom Rainer on shrinking sanctuaries. A seismic shift is taking place in American church facilities, a shift that will become even more noticeable in the years to come. Church worship centers or sanctuaries will become smaller than they were the past 40 years. As church leaders decide to build, a…

3 Dangers of Over Communication the Church Should Avoid

Lauren Hunter on annoying your congregation. With more and more churches becoming savvy in all areas of digital, mobile, and print communication, if not carefully orchestrated, it can be easy to over-communicate with the members you care most about. The last thing you want to do is to allow technology…

Using Google Maps to Assure Wary Church Visitors

Chris Ruddell reveals a clever way to promote your church. Odd as it may sound, one of the scariest places to go is church. When a visitor – especially one that hasn’t been in a church for years – takes that first step inside a church building, they often are…

When Are You Too Old to Lead Worship?

David Santistevan on your best role for the glory of God and the good of the church. There comes a time in everyone’s life that no one looks forward to. That time where the train takes off. Life moves at deafening speeds. Where at one point you were on the…

Why Do Ministry Leaders Who Need Help Refuse to Reach Out for It?

Rhett Smith cautions against being so outwardly focused on the needs of others that you don’t look at your own needs. The irony of the work that I do as a therapist is that ministry leaders are one of the biggest referrers to my practice. They often instinctively see someone…

Keep Your Passion From Burning Out

“How do you stay motivated?” That’s what one of my mentees asked me last week while we were sitting around a fire in my backyard. He told me he struggled staying motivated to do anything for more than two weeks at a time before burning out and giving up. It’s…

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