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[26 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 284 views]

Latest news reports are that five terrorist cell groups have been operating in many of our churches. They have been identified as: Bin Sleepin, Bin Arguin, Bin Fightin, Bin Complainin, and Bin Missin.
Their leader, Lucifer Bin Workin, trained these groups to destroy the Body of Christ. The plan is to come into the church disguised as Christians and to work within the church to discourage, disrupt, and destroy.
However, there have been reports of a sixth group. A tiny cell known by the name Bin Prayin is actually the only effective …

Inspiration »

[11 Feb 2009 | No Comment | 304 views]

I recently heard the story of a man who visited an asylum for the criminally insane. He was a bit surprised to find that there were three guards to take care of a hundred inmates. He said to one of the guards, “Aren’t you afraid that the inmates will unite, overcome you, and escape?” The guard smiled and said, “Lunatics never unite.” This made me think to myself, “Hmm… so that’s the problem in our churches! Obviously, I was kidding.
While relaying this story to my church recently, my tongue twisted …

Illustrations and Research »

[8 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 555 views]

A Parade Magazine article this past Sunday(12.21.2008) dealt with Spirituality and Health. There were interesting observations made in the article. Here they are:
1. People who attend religious services tend to be healthier than those who do not.
2. Weekly churchgoers have a lower risk of death than those who never set foot inside a place of worship.
3. Research has found that prayer and meditation seem to be associated with improved immune systems and fewer episodes of chronic inflammation.
4. People who identify themselves as more religious reveal lower rates of depression.
5. There …

Illustrations and Research, Ministry Development »

[7 Jan 2009 | One Comment | 8,058 views]

Bill Tenny Brittian writes: “When I get called in as a consultant to work with stuck, plateaued, or declining churches I have a couple of things I look for right off the bat. In the vast majority of the cases I discover that their inability to grow, let alone sustain, their membership is caused by one of six issues. And yes, I know this post is called the top FIVE reasons churches don’t grow, but I have to throw in the one stopper for church growth, no matter what else …

Illustrations and Research »

[19 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 395 views]

WASHINGTON, December 17, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new study from the Mapping America project, co-released by more than 30 state family policy councils, has fund that children have fewer problems at school and home when they live with both biological parents and frequently attend religious services.
Dr. Nicholas Zill, the founding president of Child Trends, and Dr. Philip Fletcher, a research psychologist at Westat, co-authored the new study, which analyzes data from the National Survey of Children’s Health.
Among their remarkable findings: children in this group are five times less likely to …

Quotes »

[17 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 487 views]

We are playing church. We are so busy trying to be relevant to the world that we have become just like the world….. AND the world is not impressed.

Illustrations and Research »

[1 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 329 views]

Are they really?
A 2007 Barna poll said that young Americans (aged 16-29) are growing increasingly critical about Christianity and the Church, and are leaving the church entirely. Barna’s study wrote that their research showed “that despite strong levels of spiritual activity during the teen years, most twentysomethings disengage from active participation in the Christian faith during their young adult years – and often beyond that. In total, six out of ten twentysomethings were involved in a church during their teen years, but have failed to translate that into active spirituality …

Illustrations and Research, Ministry Development »

[1 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 398 views]

1.  Relational leaders are the care givers and sales people of the world. They influence through their superior people skills. Relational leaders gain followers by genuinely caring for them. They are both introverts and extroverts, but they excel in making people feel good about themselves.
2.  Teaching leaders have the power of communicating information that helps people gain knowledge. Many pastors are teaching leaders, as they enjoy investing 20-25 hours weekly in sermon prep and presenting. They are wearied by other ministry aspects, but love the task of preparing to feed …

Sermon Starters »

[29 Nov 2008 | No Comment | 308 views]

What is the church really about? Find out the truth as we expose what it means to be a member and what God expects from us as the church.
Connecting
Growing
Serving

Illustrations and Research »

[22 Nov 2008 | No Comment | 273 views]

Souls matter most to God … What matters most to His church as we face a new millennium?
One preacher told me “We had the best service last Sunday we have ever had in our church.”  I asked, “How many repented?” “How many were baptized in water?”  How many were filled with the Holy Ghost?”  To which he answered “None, it wasn’t that kind of a service.”  I have a feeling that what we call our best services and what God calls our best services are two different things.
There is rejoicing …