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Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Kurt W. Bubna, pastors, front door, back door, lost, church, small group ministry, invested, unrealistic expectations, connected, authority, position, character, skills
"Everybody is leaving someday!" When my pastor and friend of almost 40 years made that declaration, I was a bit shocked. He could see the look on my face, so he clarified, "We shouldn't get too bent out ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, phrases, youth ministry, Saddleback Church, work, hard, leader, terrible, character assassination, vision, direction, savior
I was thinking about three phrases I've said to my self from time to time. The problem is that they are either destructive or self-defeating phrases that get stuck in our minds and misdirect us. They ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, credibility, people, leadership, influence, D.L. Moody, character, respect, integrity, humility, dependability, right priorities, generosity, Andrew Carnegie, spirituality
You'll never have to earn God's favor. God loves you and is pleased with you completely because of grace and not because of your performance. People, on the other hand, are a little different. If you want ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Terrace Crawford, Christ, Millennials, prayers, teens, youth, students, purpose, friendships, passion, character, purity, money, submission, honor, spiritual growth
I've seen the Lord doing some amazing things in the lives of teenagers this year. I know it's because of the work of God and the result of prayer. Call me crazy, but I believe this generation of students ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Wayne McDill, grace, credibility, God, preaching, faith, obedience, guilt, Bible, principle, character, capabilities, intentions, record
Faith is not created by calling for faith, criticizing the faithless, or aiming for obedience or guilt. You will only build the faith that changes lives by pointing beyond the believer to the One to be ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, tired, disillusioned, discouraged, lethargic, fatigued, warm weather, health, churches, feelings, unreliable, dry spells, character building, Jesus, eternal rewards, difference
There comes a point in every great work when you will begin to get tired, disillusioned and discouraged. Fatigue at the halfway point of anything worthy of your dedication is inevitable. This is true for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, purpose, preaching, Bible, Proverbs, sermons, Charles Swindoll, mist, pulpit, fog, pew, Christ-like character, convictions, conduct
God has a purpose for everything. The Bible says in Proverbs 19:21, "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails" (Pr. 19:21, NIV). God has a specific purpose for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Scott Postma, Church Leaders, pastors, encouragement, Scriptures, traits, characteristics, church planting, mission, disciples, Jesus, service, shepherd, relationship, God, humble, teachable, doctrine, ...
... in younger, smaller churches where the mission of the Great Commission is the central focus. Of course, "smaller" is subjective, but according to the experts and historians, 150-200 congregants offer the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, transformation, sanctification, truth, God's Word, Jesus Christ, Spirit, leaders, Solomon, repeat, elevate, congregation, character
Nothing thrills a pastor more than seeing real transformation happen in the lives of people. We want to see people grow up and become completely mature—completely like Jesus Christ. Another word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Artie Davis, leaders, characteristics, public confidence, traits, defensive, selfish, proud, vision, Jesus, killers
Leaders are held to a certain standard when it comes to character. Here are some traits that can hurt public confidence in a leader: Defensive If you're defensive as a leader, it means you aren't leading ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 June 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ed Stetzer, criticism, integrity, personally, Christian, blogs, constant, low character, heretic, liar, opportunistic, complain, value, discernment, openness
Part of leadership is handling criticism, so I've tried to share some things to help you along those lines. To start, I shared a five part series on how to give criticism with integrity: Critique What ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Doug Stringer, author, speaker, leadership, transference, character, authenticity, passion, giftings, Steve Green, Steve Hill, Dr. Edwin Louis Cole
... at times to see that kind of mentoring at work today. But, there is a new generation of leaders who not only needs it but also wants it from us. In the spring of 2004, we hosted a "think tank" and "roundtable" ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, charisma, character, leadership, Hitler, Mussolini, Marx, competence, church leaders, God's Word, Great Commission, Great Commandment
All leadership is built on two things—character and competence. Those are the twin values of leadership. Charisma is optional. Some of the most charismatic people of the 20th century were also the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 / Youth
Tags: Greg Stier, youth, leader, character, traits, yield, detour, unpopular message, teach, rest stop, reset, relax, prayer, school zone, Dare 2 Share
As I travel down the youth ministry highway, I get the privilege of encountering a lot of excellent youth leaders along the way. As I speed along, it's hard not to notice the signs of youth leaders who ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Leaders, Brad Lomenick, insignificant, commitment, faithfulness, small things, character, pain points, foundation, perseverance, discipline, process
As leaders, we live for the moment—the big moments that are memory makers, the home runs, the winning “touchdown,” the deal that launches our organization or business to the next level, the significant ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, students, youth ministry, traits, characteristics, perseverance, humility, character, patience, compassion
I firmly believe that ultimately, as leaders, we lead by what we do whether we want to or not. We can be leading and speaking in one lane and living in another. Little do we know that our students, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, characteristics, leadership, opposition, Satan, churches, cripple, compelling, purpose, Nehemiah, clear perspective, fear, continual prayer, courageous, persistence
Everything rises or falls on leadership. No organization, no ministry, no church, no family, no school and no business can go any further than the leaders who are leading it. If everything rises or falls ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, God, usable, warrior, requirements, ministry, mission, personal character, clean life, cleansing, status, world, talent, eyes open, leadership, vision, wisdom, grateful heart, firm purpose, ...
If you’re a pastor or church leader of any kind, you most likely found yourself in that place because you want God to use you. And chances are, you want God’s help releasing and freeing other people to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Frank Viola, discipleship, Bible, evangelism, church, pray, accountability group, character, cross, himself, deny, temper, pressure, slander, spread, teachable, corrected, justification, rationa
If you ask most evangelical Christians what marks a true disciple of Jesus, their answers will mostly be external. They read their Bibles every day. They evangelize. They go to church. They pray daily. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, bar, standards, church, organization, responsibility, parameters, Jesus, vision casting, character, team spirit, generosity, goals, objectives, creativity, pace
If you are a leader of an organization, then you have the awesome responsibility of establishing the parameters by which your organization will be successful. Now, as I feel the need in every post like ... [ +++ ]
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