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Five Observations on Attitudes

By Gary Rohrmayer

Attitudes are hard to define but easy to spot.

Solomon wrote, “A person is praised according to their prudence, and one with a warped mind is despised.” (Proverbs 12:8 NIV)

A healthy attitude is one that draws people in and
inspires others.

A negative attitude is one that pushes people away and often repels people.

As leaders our attitudes are...

THE LEADERSHIP LABYRINTH: Negotiating the Paradoxes of Ministry

By Jim Lacy

Occasionally a ministry book falls into our hands that really stretches our thinking and causes us to evaluate if we are effectively doing ministry.  We should read, and give attention, to such writings.

Judson Edwards is pastor of Woodland Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas, and authored six previous books before writing THE LEADERSHIP LABYRINTH.

As the subtitle indicates, this...

Are You Planning a Growth Thrust This Fall?

By Gary Rohrmayer

Do you believe that God wants to reach your community through your church? 

My hope is that every church would want to experience a season of dramatic growth like the church in Acts 2 experienced, but the reality is that most are unwilling to pay the price for that type of growth and impact. A major growth campaign in your church will cost you something.  It will cost you your comfort, it will cost you time, it will cost you...

Why I Decided To Get Ordained After All These Years

By Kirt Wiggins

The Apostle Paul told his apprentice Timothy that the time was coming when “people will not endure sound teaching, but have itching ears to accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will wander off into myths (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

It doesn’t take much discernment to recognize that we are living in these days.  In our consumer culture, people choose churches...

Fuel for Our Ministry: The Pastor's Personal Worship

By Dick Loizeaux

Recently, as I was struggling to keep up with the unrelenting pressures of ministry, I found I was running low on spiritual fuel.

You probably know the feeling. You’re physically tired, emotionally drained,
and your spiritual reserves
are running low.

Since I didn’t have time to either slow down or take a break from ministry I had to resort to “in-flight refueling.”  For me...

Church Plant's Use of Star Wars Goes Viral

By Jon Herron

I love Star Wars.  Using the popular films as a parable for unpacking the historical Christmas story made sense to me.  Little did I know that the national news media would take our outreach idea viral!

When I first heard over 12 months ago about The Force Awakens being released around Christmas 2015, I immediately knew we should take a risk and jump:  with everyone talking about Star Wars, it would...

The Epidemic of Church Attenders Attending Less Frequently

By Dick Loizeaux

Pastors all over the Midwest complain to me that their average attendance is declining because long time attenders are attending less frequently. Even core members are seen less often than they used to be. People who attended every week now come 3 out of 4. People who used to attend half of the time now come 1 out of 4. Sunday is no longer “The Lord’s Day.” Sunday is now “Funday...

Bringing the Gospel to Music City

By Allison Hurtado

Preston Sharpe moved to East Nashville from his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2013. It wasn’t to meet the many celebrities who live there, or even run into Taylor Swift at coffee shops -- it was to plant a church.  

“When my wife and I moved from Tulsa it was a complete pioneer church plant deal,” Sharpe said. “We only knew one couple here when we arrived.” 

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Climbing The Corporate Ladder Into Church Planting

By Allison Hurtado

Paul Robinson was sitting in a classroom at Kansas State University, listening to a presentation by a Target executive. He and his classmates were confused. As construction/architectural engineering majors, Robinson and his fellow students found it odd a retailer was their speaker. As it turns out, Target has its own in-house team of engineers, and the speaker was one of them. Robinson applied for an...

Getting Honest About Our Worship Services

By Dick Loizeaux

Question: How many Baptists does it take to change an Order of Worship Service?

Answer: “Change? What do you
mean change?” 

And that is not just a joke. Recently Thom Rainer in Pastors Today (thomrainer.com) revealed his research shows the 3 most fiercely defended church traditions are: worship and music style, order of the worship service, and time of the
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