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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 Tuesday, 25 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, growing pains, church, pastors, labor, care issue, small groups, control issue, growth, criticism, newcomers, comfort issue, ministry, leave, relationships, vision, changes, affirmation, ...
A church that wants to grow without going through growing pains is like a woman who says, “I want to have a baby, but I don’t want to go through labor.” Is the pain worth it? Yes, it’s worth it. People ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, close friends, pastor, ministry, boundaries, relationships, confidant, struggle, sin, spiritual guide, safe, healthy, people, trust, time
One of the most difficult aspects of being a pastor or working in church ministry isn’t talked about much—and that is the difficulty of making close friends. One of the unique things about being in full-time ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, relationships, spiritual warfare, fight, battle, flesh and blood, darkness, evil, Paul, Jesus Christ, ministry, Satan, demonic forces, advance, gospel
Only days ago, a pastor wrote to me about how one of his staff members had split their church and took some members in order to start another church. The pastor was concerned, hurt, and requested prayer. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, More Than Dodgeball, sexting, youth, church, quick fix, teens, troublemaker, relationships
Think back when you were a junior high or high school student. What would’ve been the equivalent to sexting? I’m guessing it would probably be flashing. The only difference between the two (besides ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Joseph Mattera, people, protégés, partners, parasites, mentor, heart for the kingdom, influence, community, city, nation, partnerships, relationships
Being involved with pastoral and apostolic-type ministry for more than three decades, I have attempted to prioritize building relationally through covenant and mentoring. This experience has shown me that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Millenials, Thom Rainer, LifeWay, churches, young adults, Christians, relationships, doctrine, community focused, worship
... 2000 are large in number, nearly 80 million. They are the largest generation in America, and they will continue to shape much of what takes place in our nation. They are also setting the tone for American ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pastor, faithfully, challenge, professionally, personally, new year, evaluation, examination, relationships, church culture, elevate, Christ, walk, spirituality, leadership, future
With the holiday season looming, how can you end the year faithfully? In other words, pastor, what should your focus be for these last few days of the year? You can lead aimlessly to nowhere or aim ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 November 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Adversity, personnel, team, loss, reorganization, workload, product, widgets, experiences, relationships, environment, impact, child, connect
Yesterday I was in a meeting with a few of the fpKIDS staff team. After recently losing members of our team, we’re in a re-org mode and working through the realities of being down two staff members. When ... [ +++ ]
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 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 ... [ +++ ]
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