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Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Deliverance
Tags: Matthew Barnett, Dream Center, Los Angeles, social workers, dream, survival, staying alive, body, soul, drug abuse, prostitution, self-control
"What is your dream?" It’s the one question they never expect. You can see their eyes widen when we ask them. They suddenly look up as if to say, “Did I hear you right?” Most of the time, when a homeless ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 November 2013 / Multi-Ethnic Ministry
Tags: Ray Chang, leaders, investment, leadership development, program, discipleship, support system, life investment, long-term commitment, Korean church, Ambassador Network
Growing up as a Korean immigrant in the Korean church, I always struggled with my sense of identity. I came to the United States when I was 6. Back in the ’70s, the Asian-American community was relatively ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 / Growth
Tags: Kyle Searcy, church planting, growth, expansion, parents, exhilaration, baby, DNA, Norcross, Atlanta, Montgomery, team work, dream, funds, grace, components, prayer, community, spiritual exercis
When my wife and I decided to start a family, we thought we were ready to become parents. We had read the best books, asked for advice from our most auspicious relatives and mustered our prayer life around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Scott Attebery, pastor, appreciation, truth, teach, listen, social worker, university professor, guidance, stress, workload, pressure, demands, laughs, cries, mourns, heart, lonely, giving of self, ...
... Church Ministries from 2000-2005, Scott Attebery pastored Wyatt Baptist Church in El Dorado Arkansas. In 2008, Scott’s wife, Jill, passed away in an automobile accident. He recalls, “God used our church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Justin Lathrop, introverted, shy, opportunities, networking, smalltalk, mingling, skills, self-fulfilling prophecy, authentic, critical, disconnect, smart, nice, funny, John 8, verses, memory
I meet talented, smart, interesting people all the time who admit they’re nervous to connect with others. These people avoid networking events and chances to “mingle” before and after church because the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Men
Tags: male-friendly church, relevance, Assemblies of God, language, masculinity, success, guilt, sexuality, purity, marriage, children, integrity, home, church, workplace, greatness, challenge, actions, ...
I am often asked, “Why are the men leaving the church today?” Sometimes it comes out as “What can we do to keep the men of this church?” or “How can our church reach more men?” There is no easy answer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Networking, encouragement, Geoff Surratt, biblical imperative, pastor, lost art, lip service, hurts, prayers, Thessalonians, building up, agenda, genuine interest
When our home phone would ring on Saturday morning, I knew it was probably my future wife’s grandfather, Hubert Sparks, calling. He called my dad almost every Saturday morning. He didn’t call to complain, ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 10 October 2013 / Education
Tags: Patch Adams, Artie Davis, movie, impact, physicians, work, hard, graduate, pain, leader
On a lazy Friday afternoon (my day off), I watched the semi-old movie Patch Adams. I loved many things about the movie (have seen it several times before), but on this viewing, the most impactful part ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 October 2013 / Education
Tags: John Maxwell, mentor, Dan Reiland, John Wooden, coach, student, hard work, mistakes, legalism, intentional, organic
... of 800 to 1,200. This is not a legalistic thing. Don’t get hung up on the numbers; just go with the idea. And of course, make the ask. 3. Think intentionally organic. Don’t ask for lots of regularly ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 September 2013 / Environment
Tags: Thom Rainer, power groups, churches, LifeWay Research, family owned, operated, deacons, work-around warriors, benevolent dictators, formal alliances, money managers, past-is-present protectors, ministry ...
This topic will cause some discomfort for many of you. The very thought of the presence of power groups seems contrary to the spirit and grace of the gospel. But power groups are very real in churches. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ryan Stigile, Tony Morgan, Unstuck Group, team meeting, initiative, good ideas, lack of time, working for the weekend, wrong person, failure to plan, trade-offs
We’ve all seen it before. The team meeting went exceptionally well and everyone is energized by ideas that could greatly improve the church. But only six months later, conversations about “What will happen ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 September 2013 / Money
Tags: Tony Morgan, church, financial leaders, confidence, tough times, homework, engagement, vision, mission, ideas, purpopse
Most church leaders who don’t have a plan for engaging financial leaders in their church lack one for these two reasons: 1. The belief that engaging financial leaders will make them feel as if all ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Phillips, rain, summer, Rich Mullins, screen door, submarine, faith, works, Awesome God, Christian music, money, royalty checks, stocks, bond, retirement
It’s funny. I don’t remember moving to Seattle. To my friends in the Seattle area, those of us in East Tennessee are beginning to be able to relate to you. This year, we have been inundated with rain. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Brad Lomenick, all in, clock, time card, humility, goals, effort, hard work, excellence, ministry, how to be a good worker
Are you a leader who is “All In?” I want leaders on my team who are “all in.” Coaches want players who are “all in” on their teams. Every organization out there wants employees and team members who are ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 12 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Dan Reiland, ministry, paint, numbers, future, confidence, leadership, book, artwork, tapestry, effort, risks, decisions, skill
This might be nerdy, but I’m going to tell you anyway. When I was a kid, sometime in elementary school, I was given a huge paint-by-numbers kit, and I loved it. I told you it’s nerdy. It was big. My memory ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 July 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Brad Lomenick, emerging, leader, answer, honor, groundwork, arrival, reality, handlers, crucial, success, connection, mission
As an up-and-coming emerging leader, don't do these: 1. Believe you are the answer. 2. Stop honoring those who’ve laid the groundwork before you. 3. Write off all the folks who finally helped you “arrive” ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 17 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Youth pastors, Senior pastors, feedback, loving, review, board meeting, job description, instincts, organization, retreat, youth worker, complaint
Dear Senior Pastor, Yours is a tough job. The responsibility buck stops with you, and I get that totally. The list you’re about to read is said with love and familiarity with both “pairs of shoes,” and ... [ +++ ]
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