Failure

Created on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, leadership, mistakes, failure, falling, activity, productivity, poor decisions, peers, intimate contact, spouse, family, self-discipline, eating, obesity, prayer, Bible
Unfortunately, in every level and realm of life, we have all witnessed serious leadership failure. It is no longer a surprise when we read about a high-level pastor, celebrity, sports figure or politician ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, fallen pastor, grace, Christians, mean, online, victorious, will, failure, self-induced pressure, sin, glory, positive feedback
I wrote recently about another fallen pastor. I shared how devastated I was at the news. I’ve been amazed at some of the rude comments I’ve received. And I love that on my blog, I can delete those comments ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, do-overs, pastors, failures, regrets, struggles, failures, response, anger, obsession, critics, admit mistake, neglect, family member, church need, initiative, buy-in, megachurch
We are certainly to move forward from past failures and regrets. Paul told us to “forget what is behind and reach forward to what is ahead” (Phil. 3:13). But we can learn from the wisdom of others, even ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: George O. Wood, Assemblies of God, leadership, ideals, desire, ministry, vision, communication, risks, relationships, initiation, response, failure, loss, godly principles
I’ve shared thousands of words on a host of subjects on my blog, freely peppered with my life’s experiences. My primary theme, of course, has been ministerial leadership. To help make your journey along ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, hurting, challenging, immoral, community, Pew Research, clergy, moral failures, widespread coverage, Christian faith, nation, marginalize, tenure, entitlement mentality, social ...
A day does not pass that I do not hear from a hurting pastor. Serving in that role has to be one of the most challenging vocations today. Sure, there are some bad and immoral pastors. But the vast majority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: David Shibley, moral failures, casualties, leaders, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress, counsel, Jonah, firewalls, short accounts, real accountability, humility, escape hatch
Jesus often suffers more from His friends than from His enemies. In John Bunyan’s epic The Pilgrim’s Progress, one of Christian’s guides to the celestial city offers this wise counsel: “There are two things ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 October 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, thoughts, leaders, deadly, fallen, mistake, failures, compromise, family time, rock the boat, tough decisions, procrastination, second chance, main goal, money
By the time we hear of a leadership failure, any attempts at intervention to save the leader are usually futile. The damage has been done. The family or organization suffers as their leader has fallen ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, volunteers, youth, program, destroy, successes, failures, assumptions, lessons, initiative, heart, passion
One thing I can freely assume about volunteers is that they want to help. Other than that, I should be careful about anything else I assume. I’ve been working with volunteers for a while and can say I’ve ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, leaders, spiritual attack, enemy, Satan, Apostle Paul, Jerusalem, others, neglect, caregivers, spiritual disciplines, ministry activity, power, failure, little sins, Charles Spurgeon, ...
New Testament writers warn us again and again about the reality of spiritual attack. The Apostle Paul, a leader extraordinaire, challenged believers to wear the full armor of God (Eph. 6:11), being ever ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 26 September 2013 / Education
Tags: Artie Davis, Osama Bin Laden, United States, church, lesson, disaster plan, moral failure, communication, planned response
I was recently watching a History Channel special on the days of 9/11. They highlighted many of the issues and misconceptions they feel contributed to the disaster. I think the church could learn some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ryan Stigile, Tony Morgan, Unstuck Group, team meeting, initiative, good ideas, lack of time, working for the weekend, wrong person, failure to plan, trade-offs
We’ve all seen it before. The team meeting went exceptionally well and everyone is energized by ideas that could greatly improve the church. But only six months later, conversations about “What will happen ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, loneliness, pastor, observations, pain, ministry, causes, giving, receiving, defensive mode, burnout, moral failure, depression
The conversation took place recently. A young man told me his dad, a pastor, recently committed suicide. He talked about the pain his father experienced in ministry as well as the intense loneliness. Though ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Brad Lomenick, courageous, culture, organization, failure, innovation, reward, risks, opportunities, responsibility, authority, standards
Courage is not just a personal trait. It’s an organizational trait as well. And we all want, in some way, to be part of an organization and team that demonstrates courage. That is willing to push up the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 / Education
Tags: Ron Edmondson, authenticity, leader, culture, church, pastor, awesome, mediocre, credit, help, accessibility, accountability, failures, fears
It has been well documented that today’s culture craves authenticity in leadership. It shouldn’t be, but many times it is hard to find in leadership, even in the church. One of the fastest ways for a leader ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 August 2013 / Education
Tags: Jonathan Cliff, trust, leaders, loyalty, concern, interest, success, failure, mistakes, anger, Philippians
I’ve worked for bullies that demanded trust. I’ve worked for weaklings that demanded trust. I’ve worked for very few that legitimately worked to build my trust in them. Trust, like loyalty, is a two-way ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, pastors, leadership, ministry, failure, church, learning experience, delegation, vision, problems, change, people pleasing
In my talks with pastors and ministry leaders, I hear some repeated themes. One common theme is that they have a story of a failed leadership experience. It might have been their first church or the church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 May 2013 / Adversity
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, pastors, sexual indiscretions, hurt, pain, forgiveness, grace, failure, repentance
For some time now, the ministry of Heal Your Servant has been dedicated to helping ministers who are at any stage of a moral failure. Some have misappropriated funds. Others have made wrong decisions that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 May 2013 / Ethics
Tags: adultery, epidemic, J. Lee Grady, Orlando, Florida, pulpit, pastors, congregations, hostile public, Christians, hypocrites, moral failure, fire drills, isolation
It happened again. For the third time in six months, the pastor of a large church in my hometown of Orlando, Fla., has resigned from his pulpit because of adultery. I’m sad. I’m sick. I’m sorry for the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 May 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, evaluation, system, failure, delay, tough, conversations, nice, truth
One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is this: “Do you have any sample performance evaluation forms you can send me?” To be honest, I do have samples, but I never send them. Why don’t I ... [ +++ ]
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