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Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Hal Seed, church, Acts, Revelation, Jesus, pastor, New Song Church, fruitfulness, responsive, serve, caring, diversity, entrepreneurial, unified staff, family, children, commitment, church planting, ...
A quick read of the book of Acts or the letters in Revelation proves that Jesus loves his church. He died for it, prays for it, lives for it and is going to return for it. Let’s be honest: It’s not easy ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Derwin Gray, pastors, staff member, church, leave, vision, star, Transformation Church, generosity, scarcity, Jesus, Ephesians, manipulate, control, guilt, leaders, cult-like environment
Pastors, what do you do when staff wants to leave and join the staff of another church? And I’m not talking about the staff you want to leave. I’m talking about the “star” that really moves the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Justin Lathrop, indispensible, staff, pastor, objective, strategy, connections, solutions, problems, team, solo
I spent 12 years serving as a staff pastor at two different churches. Both experiences were unique, positive and challenging, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. I don’t plan on ever being ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 December 2013 / Administration
Tags: Geoff Surratt, senior pastors, stress, staff, possibility, staff leader, There are two kinds of stress in working for a church; the stress of being in control and the stress of not being in control. ...
I heard it again today: “Only senior pastors can understand the incredible pressure a senior pastor is under.” I have no reason to doubt the statement or any way to gauge the level of stress a senior pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 November 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Brian Dodd, pastors.com, volunteers, church, staff, pastors, church leaders, marginal time, significance, value, service, well organized, community, opinions, decisions, marketplace
What are the volunteers serving in your church thinking? What are their hopes, dreams and needs? During the last 26 years, I have had the privilege of serving on two church staffs, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, preacher, weaknesses, character, handicap, prayer team, staff, public speaking, adrenaline, Saddleback Church, Peter, Paul, confession, dependence on God, pride, governor, minister
Instead of hiding and denying our weaknesses, we need to learn to recognize them. We need to learn to share them. And we need to learn to glory in our weaknesses. If God is ever going to use you greatly, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, creative juices, enthusiasm, energy level, team, rhythm, burnout, external drains, compensation, energy cycles, Saddleback Church, staff members, flexible schedules
The quickest way to destroy a team is to burn them out. And you don’t have to look around the field of ministry very long to realize that the ministry is filled with burned-out leaders. But it’s possible ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, staff, decisions, ministers, heart, clueless, careless, salary, lackey, committee, respect, integrity, loyalty, support, liberty
“My pastor called me in and informed me that the church is hurting financially; therefore, my pay would be cut by [so much], and my health insurance is being terminated.” In the last year, at least a half-dozen ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Steve Murrell, staff meetings, time, business, sports, education, entertainment, government, ministry, focus, upgrade, simplicity, communication
Like all leaders, I have participated in never ending staff meetings that wasted everyone’s time. I am also guilty of leading some useless meetings. Occasionally I find myself in a meeting that actually ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Geoff Surratt, ministry, God, vocational ministry, sermons, staffing, structure, sleep, Internet, connections, Israel, Levites, priests, Jewish people
I wonder how long I could be successful in ministry without God? I’ve been in vocational ministry for 31 years, and I seldom encounter a situation I haven’t seen before. I have a stockpile of sermons to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, church health, serve, volunteering, children, ministries, staff, budget, money, challenge
Over the last several years, we’ve been collecting data from the churches with which we consult. One of the key questions we were interested in had to do with serving. We wanted to find out how many people ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 08 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Tony Myles, senior pastor, kids, youth group, Laura Ortberg Turner, pastor's wife, volunteers, staff meetings, rebel, ministry, pop star
Laura Ortberg Turner, daughter of John and Nancy Ortberg, has some great thoughts on what it means to be (but not really be) known as a “pastor’s kid.” One takeaway is the framework she felt her parents ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, gifts, staff, responsibilities, leadership development, test, role, gifted, strengths, weakness, encouragement
As a pastor, you have a lot of responsibilities. When your task list grows, it’s easy to overlook the need to invest in your staff. However, one of the most important parts of leadership development is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, delegation of authority, empowerment, signs, leader, churches, staff members, confidence, expectations, authority, permission to fail, protection, resources, recognition
Empowering other people on the team to be leaders—delegation—is critical to a successful church or organization. Every leader talks about delegation, but few truly empower others to be leaders. It’s a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, church, staff person, strong work ethic, loyalty, execution, personality chemistry, vision, relationship, staff members
After about a quarter of a century of church consultations, I have dealt with a plethora of church staff matters. I continue to hear many of the same themes since I left church consultation. Today I present ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 July 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Staff, pastors, pain, pacing, flailing, depression, anger, erosion, buries, avoidance, burden, prayer
Recently, a friend told me of a major shift in his home life—one of the life-altering kind. The thing that bothered me most (and the whole thing is an issue for prayer) is that I didn’t sense that anything ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 July 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Kim Martinez, drained, church, vacation, pastors, staff, introvert, ministries, awareness, counseling, time, accountability
Years ago, I realized that I was different than the rest of my staff. When they took vacation, they looked for a big church to celebrate at (and learn from). I love learning from other churches. Every ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Pastors, Church staff, challenges, apathy, internal focus, Twitter, staff issues, volunteers, time constraints, buy-in, members, generational challenges, finances, traditions
In my latest non-scientific Twitter survey, I asked the following question of pastors and church staff: What is your biggest challenge in ministry? Here are the top 12 responses with representative quotes. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 June 2013 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, smart, new position, create, pressure, overwork, grumbling, staff members, atypical projects, temporary workload increases, volunteer, momentum
Feeling under pressure? Overworked? Are you and your team working hard but can’t seem to keep up, let alone get ahead? You are not alone. This is a very common church staff scenario. What you do about ... [ +++ ]
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