Relationships

Created on Thursday, 24 October 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church, leave, support, changes, relationships, attendance, misunderstandings, unmet expectations, hurt, numbers, reasons, adjustments
One tough reality of being a pastor is when then people you thought were supportive leave the church. For a variety of reasons, people will leave. Make any change, and someone is not going to like it. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, guests, blindness, survey, Chuck Lawless, grade, mystery guests, perceptions, real experiences, reality, slippage, relationships, feedback, positive
In my blog, I have referred many times to my days of church consultation, particularly those experiences where we sent one of our consultants to be a first-time guest in a church. He or she would return ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, evaluation, church health, assessment, Bible, body of Christ, Paul, supernatural, relationships, ecclesiological structures, traditions
... from that study, however, is that men are closing the gap. From 1989 to 2009, the gulf shrank from seven years to just over five. The reason? Males were living healthier lifestyles and had become more ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, narcissism, leaders, desires, needs, culture, serve, ministry, perks, pain, self-indulgence, materialism, relationships, objects, advantages
By definition, a narcissist is a person who believes the world evolves around them to such an extent their own desires blind them to relational reality which makes them insensitive to the needs and perspectives ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 August 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Chuck Lawless, enemy, attack, leader, self-reliance, devotional life, family, email relationships, sexual sin, loneliness, weakness, evangelism, comparison
For more than 15 years, I have studied the biblical reality of spiritual warfare. Many of my writings (e.g., Discipled Warriors, Putting on the Armor) address this topic that evangelicals have often neglected. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, relationships, leaders, mentor, coach, counselor, father, pastor, friend, hero, mentee, Leonard Sweet, Jeanne Mayo
Being a leader is not easy. Not by a long shot. In fact, with all of the hard work and criticism we face, sometimes it can feel like a lonely, thankless job. At the same time, we were never made to go ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth leader, Jesus, youth ministry, relationships, students, potential, talk, challenge, faith
I’ve learned that relating to students is more about what you do than who you are. I wrote a post a while ago called “The Bs to Being a Great Youth Leader,” and it was about clearing up the misconceptions of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Sean Dunn, Groundwire, beauty, mess, choices, promises, substances, relationships, authority, parents, exterior, interior, pain, anger, hostility
Alisha’s life was a mess. Her family was dysfunctional and broken. Her past was littered with poor choices, shattered promises, substances and illicit relationships. She hated her parents, despised authority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, More Than Dodgeball, Youth, event planning, discipleship, students, relationships, follow-up, cost
As summer is quickly coming to an end and fall is quickly approaching, I like to think about how the events or programs I oversee can be better. I also like to brainstorm new ones. My goal is to learn ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 / Communication
Tags: Justin Lathrop, criticism, peers, relationships, mentors, misunderstanding, listening, expertise, insecurity
One of the best ways to grow is by hearing critiques about yourself from peers and mentors in relationships you trust. But not all criticism is constructive, and even when it is, it can still be hard to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Dan Reiland, relationships, commitment level, fatigue, serving, spiritual maturity, clear vision, defeat, communication
Pastor Jason was frustrated about the level of commitment in general within his congregation. He called me to get some advice, and I think just to vent a little. I told him he was asking for too much from ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Gina McClain, volunteers, kids' ministry, time, commitment, relationships, programming, investment
I could write a book. But I won’t. If you’ve been in children's ministry for any amount of time, you’ve visited this topic. What level of commitment do we ask from our children's ministry volunteers? How ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 May 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, intimacy, God, Jesus, time, wife, talk, relationships, communication, pastor, trust
You can have a thriving ministry without a thriving relationship with God, but only temporarily. Anyone can fake it in the short run, but to go the distance, you need a passionate devotional life and continual ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 May 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, youth ministry, pitfalls, staff covenants, boundaries, opposite sex, Saddleback Church, youth workers, overspending, inappropriate relationships, money
I had a chance to get away with some of our youth ministry leadership team recently to process some of the common pitfalls that youth pastors face as they navigate ministry. My mind has hovered around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 March 2013 / Community
Tags: events, Tony Morgan, New Normal Project, lazy, successful, marriage, children, relationships, Christ
Tim Stevens shared a great post recently about “The New Normal Project” at Granger Community Church. It was a post written about what used to be known as stewardship campaigns. You should check out the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 March 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Dan Reiland, pastors, leaders, church, happy, relationships, heart level, spontaneous
I was out for a run for the first time in months. A “runner’s injury" to my right foot has been slow in healing. It was great to be off the exercise bike and back outside! While I was out, another runner ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 / Communication
Tags: Jonathan Cliff, affirm, parent, environments, relationships, acceptance, affirmation
We can create relevant environments and put our leaders in the best possible position to start relationships, but it’s imperative to remember that for all our children and many of our teenagers, it’s the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 February 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Kim Martinez, Relationships, Health, Offense, Sin, Forgiveness
Yep, it happened again. You are in the doghouse, and this time, you really messed up. The worst part is that you were trying! There are days (and sometimes weeks) when we seem to offend people with surprising ... [ +++ ]
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