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Why Having It Your Way in Church is Deadly
Why Having It Your Way in Church is Deadly
Church members rarely argue about the real issue. Whether it's about the style of worship or the color of the carpets, most conflicts are really about getting our way.
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Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop: CBF's Next Step
Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop: CBF's Next Step
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is undergoing an unprecedented leadership change and new organizational structure. But another shoe will soon drop.
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5 Ways to Help Your Minister Survive Advent
5 Ways to Help Your Minister Survive Advent
Featuring numerous church programs and parties, Advent is a busy time of year for a minister. Here are five precautions to ensure your minister doesn't run out of gas before Christmas Eve.
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What Really Makes a Pastor a
What Really Makes a Pastor a "Big Dog"
How do pastors become really "big dogs" in the eyes of their church members? It's not how loud you bark that makes the difference; it's what you do over time.
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Why Many Ministers Must Put Grief on Hold
Why Many Ministers Must Put Grief on Hold
Ministers have a unique and uneasy relationship with grief. When a church member dies, they drop everything to help others grieve. Their own grief must be postponed for another day.
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When the Swamp's on Fire: Navigating a Church Crisis
When the Swamp's on Fire: Navigating a Church Crisis
Sooner or later, most ministers will face a crisis that threatens to get out of control in a congregation's life. Here are five things to remember when the "swamp is on fire."
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How Churches Can Survive the Economic Downturn
How Churches Can Survive the Economic Downturn
Churches are often the last of the charitable organizations to recover after a recession. Here are four keys to help your church get out from behind the eight ball.
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How End-Of-World Prediction Erred – Literally
How End-Of-World Prediction Erred – Literally
Harold Camping, who incorrectly predicted the end of the world on May 21, illustrates the pitfalls that occur by those who attempt to interpret all of Scripture literally.
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Does Stephen Hawking's View of Heaven Compute?
Does Stephen Hawking's View of Heaven Compute?
Calling heaven a fairy tale, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking likened the human brain to a computer. His logic is irrefutable – if we assume solely the framework of science and what we can measure and weigh.
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Sure, The Facts Are Accurate, But Is The Story True?
Sure, The Facts Are Accurate, But Is The Story True?
As you read quotes on websites and in newspapers and listen to people suggest the "sky is falling," one thing is clear. Truth is influenced by context and speaker bias.
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Baptist Seminary Takes Steps to Secure Its Future
Baptist Seminary Takes Steps to Secure Its Future
Trustees OK'd a roadmap to chart the future of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. To pave the way, the seminary will sell existing buildings, raise transitional dollars and fund a $10 million endowment.
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When Experience Becomes Monumentally Unhelpful
When Experience Becomes Monumentally Unhelpful
More often than not, relying on someone with experience is good for an organization. However, experience can hold an organization back and cripple our best hopes and dreams.
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How Churches Can Make Changes in Tight Economy
How Churches Can Make Changes in Tight Economy
We're all a little like the "blue-haired lady" in church, who's profoundly resistant to change. However, to work through this tough economy, churches will have to make changes. Here are three steps to take.
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Not All Healthy Congregations Require Neckties
Not All Healthy Congregations Require Neckties
Thriving churches must recognize the culture in which they're rooted, understand there's more than one way to do ministry, and acknowledge that change is a sign of life.
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After Arizona, Will Prophetic Voices Emerge?
After Arizona, Will Prophetic Voices Emerge?
In the aftermath of the Arizona shootings, our society needs prophetic voices from church pulpits condemning the excesses of the left and the right that seek to elevate their own political agendas.
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Seven Resolutions to Help Your Church's Minister
Seven Resolutions to Help Your Church's Minister
Can you help your church by going fishing? It might be possible. Check out these seven resolutions to increase the health of your church and help your minister.
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Seven New Year's Resolutions for Ministers
Seven New Year's Resolutions for Ministers
Many of us often make resolutions, such as losing five pounds or giving up that third cup of coffee. Ministers can make a resolution to change their lives and become better ministers. Here are seven.
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What You Can Learn from the Church Troublemaker
What You Can Learn from the Church Troublemaker
Every church has an Oscar – a self-proclaimed troublemaker who often sounds off the discontent that many others are feeling. You may not believe it, but this troublemaker can be a minister's friend in disguise.
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Why Catch-Up Sundays Don't Work for Churches
Why Catch-Up Sundays Don't Work for Churches
With churches struggling financially in these challenging financial times, many plan a single Sunday when members are urged to give sacrificially to catch up on the budget. It's a bad idea for several reasons.
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Georgia Baptists' Anger over Women Pastors
Georgia Baptists' Anger over Women Pastors
The Georgia Baptist Convention has ousted a church from their ranks because the congregation has a woman as co-pastor. If the state's Baptists really have a problem, perhaps they should have voted God out.
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How Churches Must Face the Economic Downturn
How Churches Must Face the Economic Downturn
The down economy has hit everyone hard, including churches. How do congregations navigate these economic waters? Here are five hard truths to help churches adjust to the new normal.
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Why Ministers Are A Lot Like Fertilizer
Why Ministers Are A Lot Like Fertilizer
Ministers are a lot like fertilizer in the sense that they cause growth. And for a healthy ministry to flourish, the first place for that growth to begin is with the minister.
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Unanimous Baptists – Isn't That an Oxymoron?
Unanimous Baptists – Isn't That an Oxymoron?
Why do many Baptist churches insist on unanimous recommendations from their pastor search committees? Many are insecure and don't want potential challenges to their recommendations on the church floor.
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Why Ministers Can Be Reluctant to Change
Why Ministers Can Be Reluctant to Change
Many people are drawn to ministry because it is a caring profession, but letting an unhealthy system continue to pollute a congregation, and the lives of many people, is very unloving.
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How to Succeed in Ministry? Ask Your Orthodontist
How to Succeed in Ministry? Ask Your Orthodontist
The key to ministry success is identifying the most strategic issue and resolving it. As orthodontists know, it takes constant pressure applied at just the right place.
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How Ministry Success is Like Golfer's $11 Million Shot
How Ministry Success is Like Golfer's $11 Million Shot
How did Jim Furyk's pull off an unbelievable shot out of a wet sand bunker that helped him win more than $11 million? A lot of behind-the-scenes practice led up to that moment. Success in ministry is the same way.
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Three Things Churches Can't Do For Themselves
Three Things Churches Can't Do For Themselves
Will affinity groups take place of denominations? Not likely. Denominational bodies exist to do what churches cannot do for themselves: missions, theological education and articulating values.
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Five Ministry Lessons After a Table-Saw Accident
Five Ministry Lessons After a Table-Saw Accident
One can learn a lot of lessons after a table-saw accident, not the least of which is that tragedy strikes when we focus on the wrong thing. Here are four other lessons that apply to ministry.
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How CBF Can Catch a Cultural Wave
How CBF Can Catch a Cultural Wave
Surfing takes a lot of effort to catch a wave and propel toward land. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship needs to catch a cultural wave, morphing into a decentralized system to propel it into the future.
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Four Suggestions to Finding Peace in the Ministry
Four Suggestions to Finding Peace in the Ministry
Many ministers struggle with the role of ministry and their sense of self. Those who make peace with the role may find fulfillment and happiness in the ministry; those who can’t rarely stay in ministry.
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Lessons From Vacation Bible School – For Adults
Lessons From Vacation Bible School – For Adults
Adults can learn some lessons when they teach Vacation Bible School. Children, for example, are as honest as the day is long. They're incredibly kind and generous. These are important lessons adults tend to forget.
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Will Church Budgets Reflect Economic Reality?
Will Church Budgets Reflect Economic Reality?
We live in a new financial world, and congregations need to adjust quickly to this new reality. When it comes to planning your church's budget, you can either prepare for the future or avoid pain at all costs.
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Lightning Striking
Lightning Striking "Touchdown Jesus" is Sober Reminder
A 62-foot statue of Jesus in Ohio was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. An act of God? Maybe. It's certainly an illustration that the church is not an institution but a movement.
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Perfect Game? Rare in Baseball, Rarer in Ministry
Perfect Game? Rare in Baseball, Rarer in Ministry
Nine professional baseball players rarely all work together to produce a perfect game. It has happened only 20 times in the history of baseball. So why do we expect a congregation of hundreds to play a perfect game?
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"Seminary in Crisis" – Beyond the Industrial Age
Bill Hull's "Seminary in Crisis" is an interesting study in leadership and illustrates how one's leadership perspective is deeply rooted in personal experience and personality.
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A Minister's Guide to Personal Finances
A Minister's Guide to Personal Finances
For ministers beginning their vocations, a few straightforward financial principles can help them start on the right foot and reach their retirement years in good shape.
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What's Disappearing in Churches? The Middle
What's Disappearing in Churches? The Middle
Church life in modern America is characterized by the loss of a "consensus in the middle" and the growing influence of the extremes. With a weakened middle, many churches experience greater instability.
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