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Created on Monday, 22 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, Christians, jerks, behavior, reputation, traits, judgmental, hypocritical, pushy, mean, gospel, Jesus, excuse, angry, rude
It is no secret that Christians don't exactly have the best reputation outside (or even inside) the church. Jesus says we should be known by our love, but today it seems we're known for traits and behaviors ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Artie Davis, leader, bad habits, productivity, leadership, overloading, multi-tasking, excuses, email obsession, negative, disorganization, complaining, unhealthy eating, exercise, workout, phone, ...
What habits are keeping you from getting your work done? Bad habits equal bad leadership. Here are 10 habits you must break to be more productive: 1. Overloading. Have you ever been in the middle of one ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church growth, prevention, small church, mentality, Christian, secular, leaders, followers, dream, pastor, new people, voice, vision, change, excuses, quit dreaming, organized system, ...
I was once asked to help a church process how to get younger people to attend. After we discussed some recommendations for change, a man pulled me aside and said, "Son, we don't need no fancy ideas around ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 04 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Thom S. Rainer, church, revitalization, mirror, factors, hindering, Great Commission, priority, evangelism, laypersons, pastors, staff, excuse mentality, prayer, compassionate, Christ-like, intentionality, ...
There is no shortage of pundits who are providing to us the gloomy and dismal state of American congregations, and, indeed, of many churches around the world. For sure, I am among the guilty. While personal ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 May 2014 / Community
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, people, help, responsibility, excuses, self-improvement, heart, God, wisdom, accountability, negative outlook, vision, future, self-deception, price, success, kingdom, age
I've been involved in pastoral ministry for 30 years, and I have a desire to help everyone. But I have learned the hard way that I cannot help every person who attends our church or who comes to me for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Ron Edmondson, crash, burnout, factors, indicators, isolation, excuses, hidden sins, apathy, indecisiveness, short-tempered, desperation
I’ve been there. I’ve faced burnout and frustration in my work. Thankfully, I’ve never bottomed out, but I’ve felt near the bottom in my spirit. More than that, I’ve walked through these times with dozens ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church growth, decline, turnaround, plateau, abundance, blame, pastor, elders, deacons, seniors, excuses, pretend, lower expectations, cut expenses, overreaction, panic, leadership, ...
Part of my ministry involves working with other churches. Sometimes when I hear from a church, they have been plateaued or in a season of decline for several years. They are often looking for answers of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Rick Warren, motivation, practical, advice, theology, ministry, vision, plans, paper, excuses, tasks, progress, Poor Richard's Almanac, benefits, completion, books, optimism, action environment, ...
When it comes to ministry leadership, I don’t focus on trying to motivate other people. I worry about motivating me, and if I’m motivated, it will be contagious. This is true in any area of ministry. Your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 November 2013 / Administration
Tags: Work, supervisor, employee, boss, executive pastor, Dan Reiland, love Jesus, growing leader, strong character, excuse maker, complaint giver, negative thinker, entitlement, energy, 12Stone Churc
We all report to someone, right? So we can all relate, in some way, to being staff. Part 1 of this miniseries focused on a great boss. This post focuses on a great employee. In my leadership as an executive ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Justin Lathrop, excuses, potential, teacher, parent, leader, slack, personal growth, busy, guilt, ministry, learn, church, choices
It’s easy to tell whether a person is giving an excuse. Whether you’re a teacher, a parent or a leader, we’ve all heard excuses from other people that don’t quite add up. While determining the validity ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 April 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, odd man out, team, resistant, change, negative, excuse, solution
Have you ever heard the phrase “odd man out?” It means you didn’t fit. You don’t measure up for some reason. You were excluded. It hurts. I’ve been that person numerous times. I get it because I’m pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 February 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, procrastination, excuses, Bible, schedule, fears, gain
The Bible gives us five actions we can take to stop procrastinating: 1. Stop making excuses. “The lazy person claims, 'There's a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!'" (Prov.  22:13, ... [ +++ ]
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