There is good news in the bad news making news today. First, the bad news: Large parts of Nebraska and the US Central Plains were underwater over the weekend after a late-winter “bomb cyclone” storm triggered historic flooding. Forecasters warn that more rain is coming tomorrow. A farmer named James...
In a culture that minimizes commitment and maximizes self-indulgence, I have learned the precious gift of church attendance or, more specifically, the church gathered. I do not see church attendance as a burden or legalistic commitment. I view it as joy—a place where I can give and serve, a...
Location: Torrington, Connecticut Pastor: Pastors Michael Burgos and Michael Ambrose Weekly Worship: 9:30, Eastern Fast Facts: Northwest Hills Church is located in downtown Torrington and originally began as a church plant. In 2015, the church merged with Calvary Baptist Church, a historic but aging congregation. The merger has resulted in a multi-generational...
12 Traits of a Humble Leader — Dan Reiland Humble leadership can be difficult to define. It’s subjective, and then there’s that pesky old saying that goes something like, “if you think you’re humble, you’re not.” Well, that might be true, but it’s not very helpful if humility is something we should...
A church member once wrote to me that she “ran across this Scripture last night and it troubled me so much I could barely sleep.” The passage is Matthew 12:31-32, dealing with “blasphemy against the Spirit.” The reader continues: “Am I to interpret this to mean that if you have...
Podcast Episode #519 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Churches can sometimes make unwise decisions when it comes to building facilities. Today we cover seven of them and how to avoid them. Some highlights from today’s episode include: If your church is running short on...
Forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, this morning. Twenty more were seriously wounded. Four people, including three men and one woman, have been taken into custody. One man in his late twenties has been charged with murder. He reportedly posted a white-nationalist manifesto...
Listen to today’s The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe.Felicity Huffman is an Emmy winner and Oscar-nominated actress who is best known for her role in Desperate Housewives. She is also married to acclaimed actor William H. Macy. Lori Loughlin has been known to most Americans as “Aunt Becky,” the wholesome maternal influence...
SUBSCRIBE TODAY:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • Spotify Having someone walking along with you in ministry is important. Today we discuss how a coach can specifically help you as you look to lead a revitalization. Episode Highlights: Outside perspective helps you see your ministry impact from a different vantage point. It’s important...
7 Characteristics of Highly Effective Pastors They have genuine enthusiasm. They are great listeners. Their identity is not their vocation. They are intentional about personal witnessing. They have unconditional love of their critics. They have a gentle spirit. They persevere. Some highlights from today’s Rainer Report: Effective pastors are truly excited about what God is doing in their...
I don’t know what you did last night, but I’ll bet it wasn’t more significant than the way Belinda George spent her evening. Dr. George is the first-year principal of Homer Drive Elementary School in Beaumont, Texas. Her students’ reading scores last year were low, so she launched “Tucked-in Tuesdays”...
Podcast Episode #518 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify We constantly hear from pastors wanting to see prayer increase in their churches. The secret to becoming a praying church is to…pray. Some highlights from today’s episode include: There is a great desire to pray more...
“When I arrived, boarding was closed and I watched the last passengers in (the) tunnel go in. I screamed to put me in but they didn’t allow it.” This is how a Greek passenger named Antonis Mavropoulos described his attempt to board Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 last Sunday morning. He...
Hunter Wallace is a wrestler at Northwest High School in Justin, a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas. He didn’t win a single match this year, but he is the captain of his team. His coach explains why: “Hunter’s one of those kids that leads by example. He’s always positive....
I see a pattern developing in online churches. Perhaps it is a trend. The overall pattern is that online ministries of churches are becoming a strategic part of the overall church ministry. They are not viewed today as much as a separate congregation than as an entry point for...
Location: Argyle, Texas Pastor: Bobby Cates Weekly Worship: 10:45 AM, Central Fast Facts: First Baptist Church of Argyle, though not always known by that name, was founded in 1876 and is the oldest congregation Argyle. After a 15 year decline, God is breathing new life into the fellowship with an influx of...
7 Unspoken, Unseen Leadership Traits That Make Leaders Great — Ron Edmondson There are parts of leadership you won’t read on a job description when they are telling you about the place you will work. There are traits of a leader which are unseen – often unknown. These traits have to be...
Podcast Episode #517 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Stewardship is important for churches, and to increase stewardship, you have to be intentional about it and you have to resource it well. Today, we discuss some of the best stewardship resources we know...
Alex Trebek has announced that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The legendary Jeopardy! host told his fans, “I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working.” He added courageously, “With the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers...
SUBSCRIBE TODAY: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play As some point, successful revitalization turns into church growth when the turnaround is complete. Today we discuss markers you may see along your revitalization path. Some highlights from today’s episode: Knowing the health of your church when you “start” a revitalization is important to...
Students at Rider University in New Jersey recently voted to bring Chick-fil-A to their campus. However, administrators rejected the proposal because of the company’s perceived “opposition to the LGBTQ+ community.” Cynthia Newman, the dean of the College of Business, “felt like I had been punched in the stomach when...
I love solid research. This new release is absolutely incredible. I am grateful to Exponential for engaging LifeWay Research to discern current levels of church health according to a number of factors. While worship attendance trends over a three-year period were a primary indicator of health in this study, the...
Joe Biden recently called Mike Pence “a decent guy.” The outcry was immediate. Cynthia Nixon, an actress and unsuccessful candidate for New York governor, tweeted this response: “You’ve just called America’s most anti-LGBT elected leader ‘a decent guy.’ Please consider how this falls on the ears of our community.” Biden...
Podcast Episode #516 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify The oldest members of Gen Z are just entering college and the work force. Today, we discuss a recent Wall Street Journal article on Gen Z and the generation’s implications on the church. Some highlights...
Imagine a day when your grocery cart will scan and weigh items, alert you to sales, suggest items based on what you’ve already chosen, and help locate products in the store. It will then scan your credit card to check out. Here’s an even-easier fantasy: You could download a free...
“We’re more popular than Jesus now.” These words of John Lennon, published on this day in 1966, have become a famous—or infamous—part of cultural history. Here’s the larger context: Lennon told an interviewer for the London Evening Standard that “Christianity will go.” He added: “It will vanish and shrink. I...
I received yet another inquiry today: “Do you have any recommendations for a student minister? We just can’t seem to find one. We’ve been looking for over six months.” For several years, I would get similar inquiries about worship leaders or worship pastors. Today, there seems to be a dearth...
Location: Oxnard, California Pastor: Carlos D. Speights Weekly Worship: 9:00 AM, Pacific Fast Facts: Trinity Missionary Baptist Church was organized by a group of baptized believers in 1945. In 1946 the church was able to purchase land in Oxnard, CA and built a permanent structure which was completed in 1962. In 2010...
5 Confessions of a Preacher — Noe Garcia I truly thought that North Phoenix Baptist Church called because they needed me. I thought they needed my talent, my charisma, my preaching, and my experience. They needed me to lead them and grow them. There was an ugliness that rooted deep within my...
Words saved the world. William Stephenson was a World War I hero, businessman, inventor, and spymaster. Ian Fleming called him the “real thing” behind his James Bond character. A Man Called Intrepid tells Stephenson’s incredible story (“Intrepid” was his code name). The book reads more like a novel than the...
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