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In any church we often hear people quote a theologian or scholar on a particular subject of the Bible. This is an acceptable help often in getting the point across. However, when we see people quote these men more often than the Bible or on equal footing, we have to question if the person really knows their Bible. Do they idolize the theologian/sch…
 
As observed by Aldag and Fuller (1993), the groupthink phenomenon seems to rest on a set of unstated and generally restrictive assumptions: The purpose of group problem solving is mainly to improve decision quality Group problem solving is considered a rational process. Benefits of group problem solving: variety of perspectives more information abo…
 
Taken from the Wiki Irving Janis identified three antecedent conditions to groupthink:: High group cohesiveness: Cohesiveness is the main factor that leads to groupthink. Groups that lack cohesiveness can of course make bad decisions, but they do not experience groupthink. In a cohesive group, members avoid speaking out against decisions, avoid arg…
 
Type I: Overestimations of the group — its power and morality Illusions of invulnerability create excessive optimism and encourage risk-taking. Unquestioned belief in the morality of the group, causes members to ignore the consequences of their actions. Type II: Closed-mindedness Rationalizing warnings that might challenge the group's assumptions. …
 
We said no new episode this week, but Don decided this had to be said pointing out the pastor controversies the last few weeks, the crisis we are in in the Strauss-Howe Theory that he is working out for churches. This is an episode that you will want to hear to help you think through what is going on in the capital "C" Church…
 
Sometimes we just need to dress up or undress a church to make the right adjustments to make it modern in feel. Today Don shows us three things to consider 1. Undressing a church to exorcise the past 2. Dress up a church to hide things 3. Make sure that it works, and when to know it's time to change what you got.…
 
5 Things Revitalizers Wish Visitors and Guests Understood. 5. We have more people than your seeing today 4. We really have children’s and youth programs 3. Our goal is to have missions giving, but we are just making it week to week 2. I’m not responsible for the mess 1. I’m stretched and have no more bandwidth to give.…
 
Don and Natalie interview Dr. David Jackson of the NAMB Replant team where he oversees the East region. Dr. Jackson has four decades of experience in Church planting and revitalization and shares his wisdom with the hosts. Dr. Jackson also served as Don's filed supervisor for his practicums in seminary this past year.…
 
At the 2021 Pastors Encouragement Dinner, Pastor Lierte Soares Jr. brought an encouraging message to the 30+ pastors gathered. Lierte’s ministry is unique in that he pastors two churches, Framingham Baptist Church in Framingham, MA (pop. 72,308) and Precision Valley Baptist Church in the small town of North Springfield, VT (pop. 644). Lierte Soares…
 
Erik and Don interview with Randy Adams, executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention (NWBC), and nominee for president of the Southern Baptist Convention, top discuss his vision for the SBC as well as ask some questions on their hearts and minds. See Randy's site for his announcement: https://randyadams.org/2020/01/14/my-commitment-to-so…
 
PCRP S4 E6 Special Needs Ministry in the Church Don interviews Natalie McKinnon on the need for special needs ministry within the Church and the missed opportunity to families that need it. 13% of Kids in public have special needs 1 in 83 are on the autism spectrum 7% of children 3-17 years of age have ADHD 8% of children 3-17 years of age have a l…
 
Barna’s article discussed the number of pastors ready to quit, with 46% of pastors under 45 prepared to quit. 1,000’s of these pastors are working in dying churches out there. Many do not see the looming crisis and need for pastors to encourage in the post-COVID world. 1. Pastors are doing their all in dying churches, and the results are burning th…
 
Don and Natalie interview Dr. David Jackson of the NAMB Replant team where he oversees the East region. Dr. Jackson has four decades of experience in Church planting and revitalization and shares his wisdom with the hosts. Dr. Jackson also served as Don's filed supervisor for his practicums in seminary this past year.…
 
Three things we see shifting The return of midweek services Wednesday and Thursdays nights are showing promise for families who are working hours that keep them away from Sunday services Youth groups and Bible Studies Both are being combined and youth group on Friday nights from 8-10 is becoming a choice to get teens discipled, and parents to atten…
 
At the 2021 Pastors Encouragement Dinner, Pastor Lierte Soares Jr. brought an encouraging message to the 30+ pastors gathered. Lierte’s ministry is unique in that he pastors two churches, Framingham Baptist Church in Framingham, MA (pop. 72,308) and Precision Valley Baptist Church in the small town of North Springfield, VT (pop. 644). Lierte Soares…
 
In this episode we catch up with Don and Natalie and get a small update on Erik Maloy, then dive into the topic of the episode. Churches have a reputation in their communities and many in the churches do not know what they are based on. Don and Natalie shed light from a book they read together by Mark MacDonald, Be Known for Something: Revitalizing…
 
Chad McDonald came to Lenexa Baptist Church from Valley, Alabama where he served as Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church. He originally came to Lenexa to be the Campus Pastor at The Fellowship at Greenwood where he served for two years. He became the Senior Pastor Elect at the main campus in June of 2014. Here he shares why it is important for chu…
 
Don and Natalie discuss the need for pastors and their wives to be transparent in their mental health as the discuss their own struggles after the recent suicide of Paige Hilken. Link on article of Paige Hilken Natalie's Blog New England Pastors Encouragement Dinner
 
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