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Created on Thursday, 16 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Churches, ministries, pastors, new media, dangers, publicity crises, social media, greater risk, reputation damage, credibility
Churches and Christian ministries are not prepared for publicity crises and under-estimate the dangers of the new media age, according to an international public relations and reputation management consultant. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, mask, leaders, authenticity, influence, mentor, pastors, conflicts, church, exposed, afraid, fear, rejected, disapproval, hurt
You want God to use you to influence others in ministry or you probably wouldn’t be reading this. And for God to really use you, you have to be willing and able to get close to people and enjoy real relationships ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 01 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, Katie Couric, social issues, moral issues, New York city, megachurch, pastors, controversy, Jesus, Israel, Roman Empire, religious, legal, political
Recently, a well-known New York City megachurch pastor (whom I know and like) was interviewed by Katie Couric regarding his stance on several issues, including same-sex marriage. To paraphrase (in my own ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 19 December 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Brad Lomenick, next generation, leaders, Generation Y, passion for God, Christ, willing to work together, credit, generosity, sharing, currencies, culture, influence, authenticity, trust, social ...
I love leaders—especially next-generation leaders. Specifically, I love those leaders who are currently in their 20s and 30s. And I’m incredibly hopeful regarding this next wave of leaders—incredibly excited, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Young pastors, green, personal character, Justin Lathrop, mistakes, leader, talking, listening, people-pleasers, authenticity, over-sharing, delegation, authority
You might know I started a nonprofit directed at equipping and resourcing young pastors. I remember what it felt like to be a young pastor myself, trying to balance the demands of ministry and family, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 November 2013 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Gospel, business, Laurie Beshore, Mariners Church, groceries, Jesus, If/then generosity, transaction, meal, authenticity, good motives, results, serve
Even with the best of intentions, things have a way of going south. When we launched our outreach ministry at Mariners Church in Orange County, Calif., the first thing we thought to do was meet the basic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Kim Martinez, authenticity, leadership, evaluation, feedback, information, credibility, top-down management style, weaknesses, strengths, questions, answers, Holy Spirit
Pastor Joe answered the call for authentic leadership. He changed his illustrations to demonstrate that he, too, could be impatient. In staff meetings, he offered honest prayer requests, sharing his concerns ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 03 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, ministry, high school ministry, building, game, goals, focus, motivator, authenticity, Jesus Christ, priorities
A lot of times we can get into the results game or the comparative game and lose sight of what matters most. We think if only I had that building, that equipment, more staff or more money, then we would ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 September 2013 / Social Media
Tags: Justin Lathrop, social media, key, content, blog, likeability, resourcing others, generosity, authenticity
If you’re operating social media for yourself or for your church and you’re trying to grow your platform, I’m sure you’ve heard the one key to social media success is this: “Content is king.” But have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, church, believe, miracles, faith, challenges, Kingdom domination, Acts, declaration, city, measurable impact
"Those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. ... Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ. ... And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 / Education
Tags: Ron Edmondson, authenticity, leader, culture, church, pastor, awesome, mediocre, credit, help, accessibility, accountability, failures, fears
It has been well documented that today’s culture craves authenticity in leadership. It shouldn’t be, but many times it is hard to find in leadership, even in the church. One of the fastest ways for a leader ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Dan Reiland, leaders, spiritual growth, philosophy, human nature, Asbury Theological Seminary, 12Stone® Church, capacity, fun, price, risks, vision
If you love to learn, improve and grow, think back on who helped to ignite that fire within you. A mentor in my late teen years, Ray Crowell, was the first person to inspire me to grow as a person. He ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 August 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Paul Andrew, church planting, urban, churn, Sydney, Australia, New York, Liberty Church, pace, margin, community, cost, Tokyo, authenticity, value, marketing, logistics, spiritual warfare, local
When pastors Paul and Andi Andrew made the decision to move with their kids from Sydney to New York City to plant Liberty Church, they only knew two people in the city.  That was 2010, and just a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 August 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preaching, authenticity, pain, suffering, Socrates, communication, three dimensions, compassion, content, sermon
The kind of preaching that changes lives is from the heart to the heart, not from the head to the head. Lives are changed as we speak from our deepest pain and suffering. Socrates was the first to explain ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 July 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, growing, church, unity, love, authenticity, commitment, Romans, encouragement, Christ, liberty
One of the reasons why Saddleback Church has grown over the years is because we have maintained a harmonious atmosphere. When there is a church that loves, it attracts people like a magnet. When a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 May 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Leadership, Adversity, Lessons, Hollywood, talent agent, pastor, difficult times, Kim Dorr-Tilley, desires, casting director, vocational plans, glory, harvest, humility, authenticity
I’ve been in the business of buying and selling talent (a nice way of saying “actors”) for about 30 years now. When I came to Hollywood in 1984, I was blissfully ignorant of the structures of power and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Kim Martinez, The Voice, communicators, memory devices, alliteration, acronym, cadence, storytelling, analogies, authenticity
Do you remember going to chapel in Bible college? Every once in a while, one of “the greats” would show up. You knew you were listening to one of the great communicators when you heard two things: 1. "The ... [ +++ ]
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