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Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Steve Murrell, crisis, change, leadership, lessons, Bethel Franklin, Bethel Brentwood, ministry, closure, merger, communication, honesty, perspective, patience, spiritual leadership, Holy Spirit, ...
Kevin York, Justin Gray and I had the unenviable task of informing hundreds of good people that their church community, Bethel Franklin in Tennessee, is closing and merging with Bethel Brentwood. It's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Phil Cooke, pastors, failure, experience, crisis, embezzling money, pedophiles, adulterers, incompetence, attorney, advice, liability, insurance, cover up, text, honesty, public, counseling, healing, ...
During my career, I’ve dealt with many crisis situations with churches and ministries. Pastors who experience moral failings, staff members embezzling money, leaders who turn out to be pedophiles, serial ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Scott Attebery, pastors.com, I don't know, Bible, reverend, brothers, expectations, congregation, honesty, humility, dependency on Christ, John the Baptist
The moment one becomes a pastor, something strange happens: People suddenly think you know everything about the Bible. Twenty-four hours ago, you were like everyone else—learning the Bible a little at ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Brad Lomenick, confidant, leaders, humble, courageous, peer, boss, family member, honesty, integrity, decisions, professional athlete
Leaders are called to be courageous and confident yet constantly humble. Being confident is important. But change out the e for an a in confident, and this is also a huge need for leaders: a confidant. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, Kay Warren, Matthew Warren, suicide, mental illness, loss, honesty, transparency, 2 Corinthians, Apostle Paul
In their return to Saddleback Church after the death of their son, Pastor Rick and Kay Warren share the very personal story of Matthew and his battle with mental illness. They explore the stages of loss ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, change, muddy water, leadership, complacent, analyze the water, honesty, clear vision, communication, stance, challenge, navigation
Have you ever had to lead change when no one knew for sure what change was needed, when there wasn’t clear agreement on where the organization needed to go, when some players on the team were uncommitted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ed Stetzer, assessment, culture, Christians, credibility, benefit, LifeWay Research, growth, honesty, trustworthiness, Transformational Church
... aren’t always friendly. So while I often say “facts are our friends,” they aren’t always friendly. For example, in 2009, LifeWay Research found that 55 percent of church attendees believed they had grown ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Justin Lathrop, no, word, ministry, leadership, boundaries, road map, honesty, re-direction, space, projects
The word “no” is a hard word for many people. But I have learned that it is one of the most important words we can learn to say if we want to excel in ministry and leadership. At the same time, hearing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 / Women in Leadership
Tags: Karen Evans, Jimmy Evans, Letter, Pastors, Wives, Marriage, MarriageToday, children, family, honesty
Being the wife of a pastor for 40 years has had its share of challenges that thankfully we learned to navigate, especially early in our marriage. We were 28 years young with two small children when Jimmy ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 June 2013 / Calling
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational, pastors, wall, guilt, brainstorming, church, growth, baptism, Moses, honesty, doubts, problems
I was talking to a friend the other day about some of the stresses bi-vocational pastors face that are unique. During our brainstorming session, we hit upon one that struck a chord—guilt. You might recognize ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational pastors, Elijah, honesty, sleep, eat right, exercise
After work, we changed clothes in the restroom and then ran through Taco Bell on our way to the church. Life as a bi-vocational pastor is a bit hectic. If you aren’t careful, you could find yourself with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 May 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: David, Mirror, Honest, Pastors, kingdom, forbidden fruit, battle, challenge, comfort, Nathan, Amnon, Robert Crosby
Have you ever thought about the fact that the biggest giant David ever faced was not on the battlefield but actually the one in the mirror? In an idle, unguarded moment, the “man after God’s own heart” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, public scandal, God, space, heart, self-aware, honesty, temptations, healthy relationship, spouse
Every week it seems there is another scandal breaking out with a high-profile person, whether in politics, sports, media or the church. A person could have done much good their whole life but with one ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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