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Created on Friday, 14 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Court of Appeals, Freedom From Religion Foundation, federal tax code provision, church-provided housing allowances, income, tax-free, unconstitutional
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an important decision Thursday in Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Lew, concluding that the federal tax code provision that treats church-provided ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Ron Edmondson, senior leader, adversity, unpopular, decisions, appreciation, loneliness, heart, God's will, loyalty, belief, flexibility, compromise, truth, push forward
Making the right decision isn't always appreciated. If a leader is going to do anything of value, it will involve risks and be subject to the opinions of others. There will be days, weeks and seasons in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, leader, age, challenges, newest idea, approach, technique, retire, pastors, leaders, expiration date
As we watch the news, we often see leaders retire. It happens in the sports world, the political realm, the educational system and even in the religious community. The pope retired. Pastors retire from ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Reford Mott, comfort, church, family, happiness, ISIS, Muslim caliphate, systematic beheading, Christian, pray, strength, political correctness, values, Houston, Annise Parker, pastors
Like most people, I love my comfort. I love my church, life and my family. When I think about the future, I don't want to imagine a world that is so radically different from the one I know now—a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: pastor, extra-marital affair, Ron Edmondson, marriage vows, Dr. Jennifer Degler, lie, drug, distraction, narcissist, inappropriate relationship, revelation, secret, exposed, abandonment, abuse, self-absorbed, ...
This post is from a friend of mine, Dr. Jennifer Degler. Jennifer pulls no punches. But she's a difference-maker in the kingdom. I'm thankful for her influence. She writes: Dear Pastor, If you are a pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 / Administration
Tags: Greg Atkinson, multisite churches, campus pastor, vision, values, shapes, sizes, cookie-cutter approach, North Point, Buckhead Church, Transformation Church, challenges
I've been a campus pastor previously, and I'm preparing to be a campus pastor again. You may think I'm thinking, "I've got this." Nope. I pray and think all the time about the learning curve that I'm about ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church, disappear, leave, burn out, injury, distractions, life change, mistakes, power struggle, lack of connection, issues
One disappointment I have had in ministry is watching people come to church, get excited for a time, then disappear. You spend energy and heart on people, grow to love them and get excited about them, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, pastors, thank you, staff, appreciation, gratitude, praying, studying, God's Word, communicating, grace, love, patience, motives, countless hours, continual learner, spouses, children, ...
To all pastors and church staff, I want you to know that I know being a pastor or church staff member is the most difficult job in the world. While it has unbelievable highs and on its best days is the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, volunteer, children's ministry, conversation, background check, red flag, safety, affirm, church family, drug conviction, reference, application
I recently sat down with someone who wanted to serve in our children's ministry. I knew going into the conversation that he would not be able to serve at this time. His heart was in the right place ... ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, failure, defeats, disappointments, Proverbs, plan ahead, consequences, arrived, arrogance, destruction, downfall, pride, risks, fear, give up, listen
Failure doesn't have to be final. In fact, I believe God wants to put our failures to work for us. Everybody experiences defeats in life. Everybody has failures. The book of Proverbs has a lot of insight ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 September 2014 / Money
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, money, biblical prosperity, wealth, Christian, balance, integrity, automatic, 10 percent, finances, happiness, pastors, business, spirit of poverty, faith, name and claim
There has been much written in recent years about the Christian's role in producing wealth on the earth. The following are common misconceptions in the church regarding prosperity and wealth creation that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, fresh, production, well-rehearsed band, ever-expanding creativity, approach, leader, patience, be present, silence, songs, Holy Spirit, Heaven, copying, stadium event, ...
I crave the real thing. I don't know about you, but I want the manifest presence of God in my home, life and church—not just manufactured, emotional experiences with great songs. Of course, I am ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Rob Ketterling, pastors' kids, pressures, beliefs, challenges, trip, ugly side of ministry, joy, zapped, dream big
Being a pastor, I have such a passion for pastors' kids. It's such a unique way to grow up—complete with unique pressures, unique benefits and unique challenges. Just like most things in life, it ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Mark Howell, myths, church-wide campaigns, disappointment, disaster, solution, sagging attendance, neighbors, friends, co-workers, disunity, small group ministry
There definitely are ways that church-wide campaigns can miss the mark, and there are keys to avoiding a church-wide campaign disaster. There are certain things you need to do to have a great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Communication
Tags: Ron Edmondson, inadvertent, closed, church, closed for business, Sunday, community, friendships, happy, greeting, parking lot, confusion, signage, visitors, language, acronyms, closed groups, ho
I was running recently on a route I've run many times, but I missed this sign until this particular run. It was too "good" not to stop and take a picture with my phone. I saw the sign and the first word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 / Missions
Tags: Rob Hoskins, OneHope, missions, Bible app, kids, cutting edge, programs, children's ministry, intentionality, teens, local church, spiritually homeless youth, missiology, ecclesiology, proactive, ...
Ever wonder what missions might look like 10 years from now? Will we be supporting digital missionaries that holographically appear to unreached people groups using technology that interprets their spoken ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Thom Rainer, productive, pastor, ministry, demanding, race, spiritually disciplined, pray, physically disciplined, appointments, sermon preparation, priorities, accomplishment, sleep
The work of pastoral ministry is a joy, but it's also demanding. Every pastor is on call 24/7. Expectations of members are high and sometimes unreasonable. Pastors are thus expected to "run the race" constantly. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, misery, toxic, fumes, Lord, servant, self-destructive, undermine, effectiveness, salary, retirement, employer, appreciation, needs, God's people, churches, congregation
I don't know anyone who wants to be miserable in anything, much less in serving the Lord, but some people give the appearance of working hard to achieve it. Here are three self-destructive things (you'll ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, bad, decision, major, hints, leadership, everyone happy, easy, alone, quickly, slowly, changes nothing, gut, dangerous
I've made many bad decisions in my leadership. Thankfully, the longer I lead, the more I develop warning signs I'm about to make another. I think these may apply to all leaders. These aren't full proof. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 / Service
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, volunteers, secret, long haul, sweet spot, roles, relationship, time off, responsibility, appreciation
Enticing volunteers to stick around for the long haul can be a challenging proposition. What's the secret? Here are 5 suggestions that might help: 1.  Sweet Spot. Make sure you place volunteers ... [ +++ ]
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