Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tuesday Roundup: "4 Questions to Ask Before Planting a Church" and Much More

4 Questions to Ask Before Planting a Church

I’ve had the privilege to train, equip and coach a lot of godly planters with godly goals. I’ve also seen a few whose goals were suspect. So how do you know if your goals are godly? Try answering these four questions.... Read More

Tired of the Show: Why the Church Can't (and Shouldn't) Compete with Hollywood

No one is leaving church because we're not putting on a good enough show. They're looking for something else entirely. Read More

The Root of Ministry Effectiveness

What every church leader should know about organizational culture. Read More

7 Traits Which Indicate a Leader is Insecure

Insecurity always shows up in a person’s life. It can possibly be disguised, but it can’t be hidden. Insecure people – or people who aren’t secure in who they are personally or comfortable with their abilities – display some common characteristics. Read More

Four Imperatives for Wise Stewardship of Time

Because our days are determined and brief, living wisely includes making the most of the time (Ephesians 5:15). Here are four imperatives for wise stewardship of time. Read More

Three Questions to Ask Before Listening to Any Sermon

It’s easy to become a passive sermon consumer. As a young Christian, I started to sense this tendency in my own sermon listening, so one Sunday I brought a notebook to church and devised a simple little practice to get my discernment juices flowing before listening to sermons. It was as simple as asking three little questions, and it stuck with me. Over time, I began to use this same technique when listening to sermon podcasts, when reading Christian blogs and books, and eventually while listening to Christian music. Read More

Giving Your Pastor Sermon Feedback

Regular thoughtful feedback from members of the congregation can be immensely helpful to a pastor. Read More

Seven Worship Trends to Watch – Rainer on Leadership #189 [Podcast]

On today’s episode, Thom Rainer and Jonathan Howe cover seven worship service trends to watch for in the future. These are taken from the recent megachurch report from Leadership Network. Read More

Seven reasons why you shouldn’t read 1 Timothy 6:1-2 as an endorsement of slavery

Have you ever faced a skeptic—maybe a family member or a friend at work—who threw slavery at you as evidence that the Bible can’t be trusted? Read More

22 Ideas to Help Your Children Study And Love the Bible

As an educator and mother, I have noticed that children learn to love God’s Word differently than adults. They’re still learning to read, and lack many higher-level thinking skills adults use as they study the Bible. Read More

A Nitty Gritty Guide To Social Media with North Point’s Dave Adamson [Podcast]

How does North Point do social media? Dave Adamson walks us into the strategy North Point Church in Atlanta has adopted. Dave gets into very specific details AND—best of all—makes super helpful suggestions for churches with no staff and resources or leaders who are just getting started. Read More

Singles Ministry Do’s and Don’ts

Create a welcoming environment for Christian singles in all stages of life with these fresh ideas that will breathe new life and even more excitement into the traditional singles ministry. However, before getting into the new ideas, let’s identify some of the problems and myths with stereotypical thinking about singles’ ministry. Read More

Modes of Mission: A Missional Posture

This week, in our series examining mission modes, we look at how John lived on mission. Read More

Church of England weekly attendance falls below one million for first time

The number of people attending Church of England services each week has fallen below one million for the first time, according to new figures published today. Read More

Let Wheaton and other Christian colleges be Christian

Is it not time that journalists just accepted the fact that Wheaton College is an evangelical Protestant covenant community of higher education and stopped being "shocked, shocked" every time a case arises regarding what the standards of faithfulness are or ought to be in this community? Read More

ISIS terror manual advises jihadis to 'pretend to be Christian'

ISIS have advised would-be jihadists to pretend to be Christians to avoid detection in a disturbing guide on how to carry out terror attacks. Read More

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