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Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, ministerial leader, leave, church, mistake, call, conflict, criticism, match, family needs, skills, fired, forced out, ministry, denominational, parachurch, paycheck
I am reticent to write this article. I do not want to encourage pastors to leave churches too early. Frankly, many pastors have shared with me that, in the aftermath of their departures, they realized ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 July 2014 / Community
Tags: Thom Rainer, dysfunctional, church, symptoms, theological errors, eschatology, denials, pastor eater, severe conflict, community, worship, attendance, decline
If you want to hear about really sick churches, then stick with me on this post. If you are tired about many of us writing about the sordid state of congregations, I understand. Skip this article and I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 May 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, church, services, changes, objective research, National Congregations Study, Duke University, choirs, dress, casual, screens, preaching, longer, multi, attendees, diverse, conflict, ...
... If you, however, attended a church worship service in 2000 and then returned to that same church in 2010, there is a high likelihood you would see dramatic changes had taken place in only 10 years. What, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, leader, problems, nice, smart, loyal, kind, gentle, mean, stress, big picture, problems, organization, team, suffers, performance standards, conflict, tough conversations, friend
I was talking with a leader recently. She’s an incredibly kind and gentle person. She’s smart, hardworking and loyal. She’s a relational leader and usually brings out the best in people, so she’s had success ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Driscoll, flock-focused leader, sheep-focused leader, elders, deacons, local church, Mars Hill, evangelism, classes, community groups, marriage, prayer, sick, hospital visits, conflict, train ...
Sheep-focused elders and deacons work in a local church, caring for the people in that local church. In the New Testament, we know that local churches had elders and deacons, even though we know very few ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, mask, leaders, authenticity, influence, mentor, pastors, conflicts, church, exposed, afraid, fear, rejected, disapproval, hurt
You want God to use you to influence others in ministry or you probably wouldn’t be reading this. And for God to really use you, you have to be willing and able to get close to people and enjoy real relationships ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 / Administration
Tags: Interim pastor, success, set up, Sabbath rest, Lavern Brown, pastors.com, church board, investment, expectations, roles, vision, leadership, conflicts
The interim pastor has a tremendous opportunity to work with church leaders to address many of the issues that can be hazardous for the next permanent pastor. One of the most important questions an interim ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 October 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Pastor, storm, apology, Joe McKeever, forgiveness, Christians, prayers, serious, righteous man, wife, leadership, The Word, Psalms, church, conflict, sermons, health, critics, friends, evaluation, ...
Some power clique in the church is on your case. Some church member is leading a movement to oust you. The church has a history of ousting pastors every so often and it’s time, and some members ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 October 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Ron Cantor, Messiah's Mandate, pastor, God's anointed, adultery, prophecy, King David, King Saul, doctrine, Israel, leader, New Testament, Hebrew, service, conflict of interest
“I am God’s anointed. Nothing can touch me!” According to a friend of mine, these were the words that a leader of a congregation used as he responded to a congregant, who sought to challenge him on issues ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, burn out, resignation, moral failure, family problems, sickness, ministry, 24/7 mentality, conflict, expectations, no friends, life outside the church
I heard the story again last week. A pastor I know announced his resignation. No moral failure. No severe crisis at the church. No major family problems. No sickness. He was simply burned out. That’s how ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Joe McKeever, young pastors, stewardship, witnessing, benevolence, tithing, preparation, family, conflict resolution, humility, pornography, prayer, laugh, attitude, mentors, search committees
1. In all the world there are only three Christians who love change; none of them are in your church. 2. When you speak before an unfamiliar group, be careful what you say because you never know who is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, job, Twitter, vocation, ministry, conflict, complaining, family challenges, busy work, expectations, social functions, confrontation, sin, staff members, evangelism, passio
Let me state the obvious: Pastors are human. That means they have preferences, likes and dislikes. So I did an unscientific Twitter poll to find out what pastors really don’t like about their job. By the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 July 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Satan, marriage, family, disruptions, scandal, lies, busyness, rumors, burnout, church conflict
I’m not a pastor who is constantly looking for Satan behind everything that goes wrong. I concentrate my attention on Jesus and encouraging others to follow Jesus and not to focus on the defeated one. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 July 2013 / Worship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, Lifeway, conflicts, music, Christians, worship, doxology, theology, Matt Boswell, Providence Church, Frisco, Texas, renewed hunger
To say worship is a subject of great interest in the church would be an understatement. Worship is an integral part of our lives as Christians. That’s why I’m thankful for worship leaders like Matt Boswell. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, change, difficulty, leadership, test, conflict, culture, vision, trust, risk, return, obedience
Change is hard, almost always. Sometimes change is harder than other times. It’s then where leadership is tested. Tensions can mount. And people are more likely to object. It’s good to know these times ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 June 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Rick Warren, healing, wounded, leader, conflict, David, Psalm 109, forgiveness, resentment
Too many churches are led by wounded pastors and leaders who can’t really love people, can’t be vulnerable or focus on the future because of past rejection and hurt. But there is healing for wounded leaders! ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 May 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Success, conflict, resolution, Gina McClain, rules, engagement, in person, text, face to face, listen, accountability
In my past few blogs, I’ve talked about conflict—why people avoid it and why it’s better to lean into it. One thing I’ve learned about working with teams of people: When two or more are gathered, there ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 / Women in Leadership
Tags: Gina McClain, conflict, resolution, humility, honesty, empathy
Recently I had the opportunity to lead a breakout session at Lifeway’s Kids Ministry Conference 2012 titled "The Non-Confrontationalist’s Guide to Confrontation." There are three reasons why ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 May 2013 / Main
Tags: Phil Cooke, Media, Church, Voice, Conflicting Stories, Power
My team at Cooke Pictures gets hired when a church, ministry or nonprofit organization is losing its voice. Perhaps you’ve experienced a similar situation: Despite doing great work in the community—like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Confrontation, Gina McClain, lead, collaboration, conflict, purple elephants, obvious, objective
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to lead a breakout session at Lifeway’s Kids Ministry Conference 2012 titled, The Non-Confrontationalist’s Guide to Confrontation. Last week, we posted ... [ +++ ]
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