When the Pastor is a ‘Museum Curator’



  Most pastors inevitably will face three common criticisms. The most common of the three is the issue of worship style and music. Although worship wars have abated a bit over the past few years, every pastor can be assured that there will be a few people in the congregation who don’t like something about […]

Is Your Church Late to the Mobile Party?


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“With half of the total U.S. population already accessing the Web through smart phones and tablets, a mobile platform is a necessity.”  That is a quote from an article in the April 12th edition of the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Is Your Company Late to the Mobile Party?  Using that article as a spring board […]

Fresh Ideas: Create a Walking Tour of Your Church Building



Summertime’s coming, and you might be surprised how many people in your community would enjoy a walking tour of your church building. Whether it’s large or small, your church building is a beacon in your town. Who would take a church tour? Schedule a special tour for parents as they drop their children off for […]

Biblical Ethics: Seven Simple Rules for Tweeting



By Guest Contributor Chuck Fuller Just six years after its advent, Twitter boasts around 500 million users and has been recognized by MLA as a citable source in academic papers. With no “friendships” to maintain, Twitter offers the ultimate in low-maintenance networking. Any user may follow or unfollow any other user. With hashtags, anyone may join […]

Cross the Street, Reach the Nations



A missionary with years of experience in the Muslim world was visiting back home in the United States when he struck up a friendly conversation with an immigrant shop owner. “I said, ‘Thanks for coming to America,’” the missionary recalls. The shop owner was moved almost to tears. “He put his arms around me and […]

PRAY to Deepen Your Influence on Social Media



PRAY is an acrostic to remember when thinking about how to expand the reach and influence of your ministry on Facebook.  Here are the four steps to follow: Personal Relational Actual You Each of these steps taken together can turn even a small ministry into a world changing force. Last April 1, a ministry of […]

Got Survey Questions?


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LifeWay Christian Resources offers you the opportunity to add questions to one of their up-coming surveys. Get reliable answers to the questions you are asking. Email LifeWay Research today (research@lifeway.com) for pricing and information on reserving space on an upcoming survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors, a survey of adult Americans, or your custom needs. LifeWay […]

Preach Simple Truths; Be Clear and Understandable



Jesus didn’t cloud his messages with technical or theological jargon. He spoke in simple terms that normal people could understand. We need to remember that Jesus did not use the classical Greek language of the scholar. He spoke in Aramaic. He used the street language of that day and talked of birds, flowers, lost coins, […]

On Responding to False Accusations


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About a week ago a reporter published an article in the Orange County Register about Saddleback Church that contained many errors and false assumptions: It erroneously stated that we have a partnership with a local Muslim mosque. That is false. It erroneously reported that we had agreed to not evangelize with Muslims. That is false. […]

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How to Grow Without Selling Out



I was coaching a church planter recently who asked this question: “How do we grow without selling out?” This is a great question! The answer will give you greater clarity to your mission. When I heard his question, I immediately thought of three questions that would help him to discover how to answer this question […]

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