Archive for August, 2008

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EXTRA: 10 things that challenged me

August 24, 2008

What an AWESOME conference!

I had the privilege of attending the Connect Conference in Austin, Texas a few days ago. The conference was absolutely challenging in so many ways. I will mention in this post 10 things that challenged me.

The conference focused on reaching 20 somethings who are leaving the Christian church in droves. If we don’t reach them, what will our church look like in ten, fifteen or twenty years?

The following individuals presenting at this conference: Ed Stetzer, Jason Hayes, Jen Hatmaker, Michael Kelley, Jason Hale and Mike Hurt.

I HIGHLY recommend attending one of the Connect Conferences. Click here to see the other five remaining events for this year.

1. Reach out to the unchurched.

2. Focus on people not programs.

3. Avoid church jargon.

4. Community doesn’t mean small groups.

5. You can provide depth in a secular culture.

6. Postmodernity doesn’t just refer to the present culture.

7. Model a deep leadership style.

8. Your Bible study can be deep.

9. Young adults want to serve.

10. Read! Read! Read!

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10 descriptions of a “maintenance” minister

August 17, 2008

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The American heritage dictionary defines the word maintenance as the act of maintaining or keeping something in its proper or current condition.

While on paper this sounds great we can’t be in the business of maintenance ministry. Here are some descriptions of a maintenance minister.

1. No clear vision and mission.

2. They hate on other ministers.

3. No creativity or innovation.

4. Resist change.

5. Just do the same old thing.

6. Recycled sermons.

7. No leadership development.

8. Wants peace at all cost.

9. Just enough is enough.

10. Pastor ministry has become a job. It is no longer a calling.

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10 tech tools you shouldn’t do without

August 10, 2008

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There are many resources pastors need to do well in ministry. Here are a few top tools that have been a blessing to my ministry. Let me know if any have been useful to your ministry.

1. Libronix/Logos

2. Bible Works

3. www.sermonspice.com

4. www.amazon.com

5. www.pastors.com or www.purposedriven.com

6. www.sermonillustrations.com

7. www.cbd.com

8. www.prepare-enrich.com

9. www.preaching.com

10. www.christianitytoday.com/leaders

11. www.simplyyouthministry.com

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10 reasons people won’t visit your church

August 3, 2008

If we could get feedback from people to find out why people don’t want to visit our churches, what would we do with the responses? Would we just chalk it up as nonsense? 

I had the privilege of attending the First Impressions conference a few years back. Here are a few things I learned from this conference.

1. Your church lacks organization.

2. Your service is dead.

3. Your church is not friendly.

4. Your church is UGLY.

5. No parking.

6. Your music is dead.

7. Your preaching is powerless and boring.

8. Your website is terrible.

9. Your church isn’t involved in the community.

10. Your church isn’t active in ministry.