London has some of the most beautiful, historic churches in the entire world. Yet they are also some of the most empty. I was struck by this recently when I was in the city to do a Bible study. Churches are dying off so fast that they're being sold off to bars and restaurants. London churches are desperate for the blessing of God.143 comments
Every church hits a wall in growth, that attendance barrier your church can’t seem to get past.
My experience is pastors tend to overwork when they assume extra hours make them more effective in ministry.
Jesus has given the church a job to do. We will either succeed or fail at it. I define our success as fulfilling the Great Commission.
Too often we can explain everything we do by our own abilities and the abilities of people on our team.
Jesus says that distractions can keep our fruit from ripening. What prevents you from being effective in ministry? Think about your schedule.
The Apostle Paul didn't have a cell phone or the Internet, yet he took the Gospel into the long-reaching corners of the Roman Empire.
When we’re called to follow Christ; we’re also called to belong to the Body of Christ.
"A surrendered life in the hands of a holy God is a fearful thing." That’s where we need to be as we lead our congregations toward total surrender to God.
Good leaders affirm the potential of those they lead. They bring out the best in them by showing them what they can be.
What skills and virtues make effective ministers? Strong public speaking skills, leadership, compassion? Most likely patience won’t make your list.
One of the most misunderstood Beatitudes of Jesus may be one of the most important for you to master in 2010: “Happy are the meek, for they will inherit the earth”Tags Evangelicals
We must magnify our vision of God. We know the church is on the winning side. We’ve read the last chapter. That’s why I’ve never understood why so many churches play on the defensive.
Some have estimated that the early church in Jerusalem had 100,000 members – half the size of the city. Our churches can and should learn from the book of Acts.
Like the saying goes, the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence; the grass is greener where you water it. We must make sure our marriage is growing and developing, or we’ll be susceptible to moral failure.