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Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Ron Edmondson, social media, tweet, ministry principles, change, power, objection, criticism, silent partners, fear, loyalty
1. The change you most need to initiate will often be the hardest change to make. 2. The loss of power will always be a key objection to change. 3. People aren’t always taking this as seriously as you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 February 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Rick Warren, Paul, Timothy, relationship, multi-generational, parenthood, pacesetting, Great Commission, partnering
Every leader needs mentors and models—typically other leaders just ahead of where they are in their growth and journey. And every leader also needs to be mentoring and modeling those just behind them. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Joseph Mattera, marketplace, kingdom message, politics, economics, education, family, religion, arts/entertainment, science, misunderstandings, extreme teachings
Almost everywhere I go, believers are attempting to apply the kingdom message to influence the cultural mountains, which are described as the major areas we need to influence in order to transform society: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, leadership, drive, crazy, emotional battle, context, electrified atmosphere, vision, passion, direction, destination
Recently, I made a statement in hearing shot of one of our staff pastors. I said, “I’m driving the staff crazy!” He said, “At least you’re driving, bro. We don’t like it when you’re not driving.” More ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, leader, problems, nice, smart, loyal, kind, gentle, mean, stress, big picture, problems, organization, team, suffers, performance standards, conflict, tough conversations, friend
I was talking with a leader recently. She’s an incredibly kind and gentle person. She’s smart, hardworking and loyal. She’s a relational leader and usually brings out the best in people, so she’s had success ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Pastor, stress, Kim Martinez, Paul, minister, burnout, Acts 19, healing, pieces of cloth, demons, reaching the masses, evangelism
You are on your way to your kid's ballgame, and you get a call. Mildred, saint of the church, was in a wreck and is at the hospital. Her family thinks you should come. No matter what you choose in this ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Impact Nations, Steve Stewart, Pope Francis, weighty matters, Catholic church, Matthew 23, Jesus, condemnation, pharisees, scribes
This appears to be Pope Francis’ time. In only eight months, he has captured the attention of much of the world. Recently, the Pope said, “The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 January 2014 / Healing
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, pastors, authenticity, ministry, Barna Group, adultery, failing marriage, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, heal, Max Lucado, Dr. Fred Antonelli
We live on the cusp of what potentially could be the greatest revival ever known in the history of mankind. However, statistics indicate that attendance and finances are at a modern-day low in the church. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 January 2014 / Children
Tags: Cheri Fuller, children, prayer, God, teach, conversation, heart to heart, on the spot, rut, musical prayers, blessing, bedtime, comfort, reassurance
Recently in the prayer class I lead at our church in Oklahoma City, I was explaining to the new children why we take one Sunday a month from their regular lessons to focus on prayer. “We want you to know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, God, youth, ministry, problem areas, resources, students, New Year, I Corinthians, seed, watered, hearts, meetings, discouragement
I don’t know about you, but when I think about ministry in the New Year, I think about setting goals. I want ministry moving forward and so I think about what that looks like. I think about the problem ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 December 2013 / Administration
Tags: Artie Davis, time, leadership, Kingdom, mission-minded leaders, urgency, passion, beginning, assumptions
“It’s time to make time count.” That’s the place we’re in as a church. I’m not getting any younger, and it seems we are losing Kingdom ground on a national and international level. The only answer to reversing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, addition, subtraction, ministry, member, meeting, unproductive
I heard a phrase on a business radio program that I wasn’t familiar with … “Addition by subtraction.” It was explained that quite often, an organization or department can add to its effectiveness by actually ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 December 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Greg Stier, pastors, tricks, secrets, foyer, prayer, pause button, attendance, quarterback, handoff
What I’m about to tell you could put me on some ministry hit lists. I could get beaten with hymnals, immersed in the baptismal (for a little too long) or Bible-whipped across my jaw. I’m about to share ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, It's a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart, Christmas, classic, movie, hurt, pain, community
My wife Cheryl and I saw “It’s a Wonderful Life” again this year. That isn’t unusual. It was probably about the 30th time or so. We love the movie. It may be considered my “favorite”… if I ever had to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 December 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Bible verses, life, ministry, truths, hidden, heart, index card, refrigerator, Noah, evil desires, ignorance, holy, salvation, joy, willing spirit
Here are 12 Bible verses that have helped shape my life. There are so many others, but these were the first 12 to come to mind. I memorized these years ago, and they’ve been timeless truths—daily reminders—that ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 16 December 2013 / Administration
Tags: Artie Davis, slow-moving church, clear vision, growth, decline, music, giving, community, understanding, tools, outreach, impact, written plan, calendar
Almost every church will see seasons of growth and decline. But how do you get a church that seems to be coming to a stop to regain some forward momentum? Here are a few points I have found helpful: 1. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Kim Martinez, preaching, newsletter, computer, child-birth class, notepad, students, real life, notebook, Jesus, Sermon on the Mount
This week I helped a friend learn to make a newsletter on the computer. As we started, she pulled out a notepad to write down the directions. You’ve seen this before: students jotting down your every word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, productivity, increase, task management system, meetings, time, social media, email, plan, tomorrow, empowerment, delegation
I was reading about productivity recently in the CEO.com newsletter. I loved the infographic they used and was intrigued by the biggest changes leaders need to make to become more productive. The ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Kim Martinez, Advent, tradition, New Year, Christ, Christmas, anticipation, Israelites, Messiah, thankfulness, unexpected, Jesus, signs, worship
There is a time in the liturgical Christian calendar called “ordinary time”—it is that time between Pentecost and the first Sunday of Advent and the few short weeks between New Year's and Ash Wednesday. ... [ +++ ]
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