Steve Murrell

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 Wednesday, 23 July 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Steve Murrell, leader, responsibility, blame, own it, success, do it, rewards, excuses, initiative, upgrade it, innovation, urgency
A consultant once asked me what I mean when I say that certain positions can only be filled by a "leader." Without thinking, I said I expect a leader to do the following: 1. Own it. Good or bad, success ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Steve Murrell, preaching, gospel, privilege, burden, calling, read, study, teach, communicate, disciples, ministry, Bible, Jesus, burden, vision, values, mission, preparing, hearts
Preaching the gospel is privilege. It is also a burden, and a calling. I have been a preacher since 1982. I love my job. I love to read, study, teach and preach. Every day I am thankful that I get to do ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Steve Murrell, church, pastor, leaking, environment, leaders, God's presence, Exodus, transformational preaching, empowered ministry time, participatory worship, mission, community, Victory Manila, ...
I recently spoke with a pastor whose church was leaking people. As soon as a family joined the church, another family vanished. As we were trying to discover the cause of the leak, I made up the following ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Steve Murrell, easy, heavy lifting, carry weight, spiritual muscles, ministry
In our well-intended desire to send fully funded, relationally connected, culturally sensitive, professionally trained church planters and campus missionaries, I sometimes wonder if we have made ministry ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Steve Murrell, Every Nation Ministries, Rice Broocks, Philippines, fledgling ministry, stewardship, documents, plan, Phil Bonasso, Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Maranatha Campus Ministries
Twenty years ago, Every Nation Churches and Ministries serendipitously started in my home when a couple of old friends had a layover in Manila. The date was March 4. The time of day was late, close to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Steve Murrell, God, grace, change, preached, taught, blogged, tweeted, transformational, worship, songs
It seems like the doctrine of God’s grace is being preached, taught, blogged and tweeted more than ever. That’s a good thing. But sometimes what is being preached, taught, blogged and tweeted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 January 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Steve Murrell, discipleship, truths, Victory Manila, Indonesia, Jesus, Christian, journey, class, men, women, community, evangelism, relationship, culture, principles
Recently, my wife Deborah and I were in Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan teaching Asian pastors, church-planters, and missionaries about discipleship and leadership. Same ole boring strokes, again. After ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 11 October 2013 / Men
Tags: Steve Murrell, men, discipleship, Manila, Nashville, Delta, money, sexual boundaries, wealth, God's will, King David, Samson, work, worship
After decades of building my weekly rhythms around small group discipleship in Manila, the past few years splitting time between Nashville, Manila, and Delta airlines have been quite frustrating regarding ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 / Education
Tags: Steve Murrell, early morning, Manila, traffic, grace, expert, builder, Jesus Christ, Apostle Paul, grace, gifts, foundations, flash, others, self
My alarm rang at 3:30 a.m. I’m not a morning person. My wife, Deborah, is. Most mornings I stagger around like a cranky zombie. She bounces out of bed ready to attack a new day. Opposites attract. We are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Steve Murrell, mad skills, pastor, theological skills, relational skills, leadership skills, ministry skills
A couple of months ago, I posted a blog on my website titled “3 Essential Skills for Leaders.” While flipping through an old Moleskine this morning, I found some of my scribbled notes that described not ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Steve Murrell, secrets, success, ministry, Ignite 2013, Every Nation ministries, Manila, calling, commitment, community, concentration, honor God, make disciples
What a week it was! Deborah and I attended Ignite 2013 along with over 9000 Filipino students plus hundreds of students and Every Nation campus missionaries from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Guam, India, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 May 2013 / Children
Tags: Steve Murrell, Jesus, mad, children, kids' ministry, learn, attitude, bless
Recently I had the privilege of speaking to over 400 Filipino kids' ministry pastors, coordinators and volunteers at our annual Victory National Kids Ministry Summit. The delegates came to Island Cove ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 April 2013 / Worship
Tags: Steve Murrell, weirdness, fruit, Spirit, Victory churches, discipleship, group leaders
Last weekend, my wife Deborah and I drove to San Fernando, Pampanga, for our Central Luzon Discipleship 2013 conference. We now have 11 Victory churches in the region. About 1,000 Victory Group leaders ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 April 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Steve Murrell, fantasies, hard work, ethic, summer job, digging ditches, West Texas, dad, value
When it comes to work ethic, I was raised in the old-school by a West Texas dad who felt it was his parental duty to teach the next generation the value of minimum wage, back-breaking, manual labor. The ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 / Vision
Tags: Steve Murrell, Faith, Fear, Robert Frost, paths, choices, Joshua
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Two paths. Robert Frost wrote about them, and Kid President pep talked about them. But what are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Steve Murrell, leaders, fail, tragic, consequences
Along with millions of Americans, I have watched The Bible miniseries on the History Channel. As much as I’m enjoying the TV series, the book is way better. Highlights from Part 2 included: the crumbling ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 / Children
Tags: Steve Murrell, Victory National, Kids, Children, Summit, Ministry, Jesus, bless
Recently, I had the privilege of speaking to more than 400 Filipino children's ministry pastors, coordinators and volunteers at our annual Victory National Kids Ministry Summit. The delegates came to Island ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 / Administration
Tags: Steve Murrell, skills, leadership, Every Nation Asia, effective, pastor, organization, spiritual, relational
This blog was inspired by something Bishop Manny Carlos said about leadership development during our recent Every Nation Asia Leadership Team meeting. Pastors and missionaries are leaders, or at least ... [ +++ ]
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