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Created on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Greg Surratt, Mt. Pleasant, electricity, lights, dark, awareness, desperation, creativity, innovation, nursery classes, experiences, community, power, presence, Jesus
Recently, the lights went out at our Mt. Pleasant Campus. All of them. For a very long time. Three and one-half hours, to be exact. Fun times. Oh, I've been in the dark for longer periods of time, but ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, weight, isolated, responsibility, senior leader, business world, nonprofits, churches, intentional, activity, vision, values, victories, velocity
One reason leadership can make a person feel isolated is the weight of responsibility on the one who claims to be the senior leader in an organization. Whether in the business world, in nonprofits ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 / Communication
Tags: Jewish Voice Ministries International, Jonathan Bernis, Jews, Israel, Christians, Messianic Movement, Missiology, theology, evangelism, missions, Ethnos, Goyim, Last Days, Romans 11
Decades of annual, clockwork-like repetition had taught John Wilkinson to expect the arrival of the letter in the opening days of each New Year. Wilkinson had founded the Mildmay Mission to the Jews in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, tensions, pitfalls, rapid growth, miscommunication, changing roles, power struggles, burnout, confusion, complacency, stressed structures
I've been blessed to be a part of several organizations experiencing exponential growth. Once in business and with a few churches, we had what was considered explosive growth. As wonderful as growth is—and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, blocks, small groups, community, koinonia, frequency, authenticity, mutuality, accountability, encouragement, courtesy, sympathy
What the public generally knows about Saddleback Church is that we have a large weekend attendance. But what the outside world doesn't realize is that the strength of Saddleback is really in our small ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, self-awareness, leaders, skill, emotional intelligence, intellectual intelligence, Daniel Goleman, impact, weaknesses, strengths, limitations, Perry Noble
So ... how self-aware are you? It's a skill I've been trying to build every year for many years as a leader, husband and friend. Here's why. I realized a while ago that self-awareness is a characteristic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 October 2014 / Media
Tags: publishing house, closing, Nazarene church, Beacon Hill Press, holiness literature, music, resources, Sunday school curriculum, economic downturn, crisis
... decreased dramatically over the last decade to the point that the company was forced to draw heavily on financial reserves to stay afloat. The economic downturn of 2008 only deepened the pending crisis." ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 / Preaching
Tags: David Siriano, rapture, early church, Left Behind, Great Tribulation, Lot, Sodom, Gomorrah, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Herod, Shepherd of Hermas, Ephrem, Assemblies of God
... Siriano was an Assemblies of God minister for 45 years before retiring from the pulpit in 2008. He is an author and teaches eschatology at North Point Bible College in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Millennials, mass exodus, Christian faith, criticism, Barna Group, Cornerstone Knowledge Network, modularity, visual clarity, respite, nature
The mass exodus of Millennials (today's 18- to 30-year-olds) from their Christian faith has caused many to wring their hands about the future of the church. Some have answered Millennials' criticisms that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Education
Tags: Rick Warren, reader, leader, Israel, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, books, knowledge, New Testament, Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, inspiration, motivation, sharpen skills, stay current, changing ...
If you've ever been to Israel, you know there's a real contrast between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee is full of water and full of life. There are trees and vegetation. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, music, songs, finishing, creative projects, art, inspiration, motion, influence, good intentions, dreams, deadline, Evernote
You know what's difficult for me? Finishing songs. It's agonizing for me to declare a song "done" if there's still a possibility that it could be better. It could always improve. It could ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, sheep, smell, speaker, leader, influencer, Dr. Lynn Anderson, innovative, engaged, listener, compassion, pastoring, authenticity, replaceable, humility
If you were to ask 100 pastors how they wanted to grow, you'd hear a variety of answers: becoming a better speaker, leader or influencer. There are countless books on these subjects—tips and tricks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 / Communication
Tags: Sarah Bowler, Ed Stetzer, atheists, religious discussions, agnostics, social media, prideful truth-telling, arguing, kingdom, sinners, interpretations, infallible, social justice
If you are a Christian who is passionate about living out your faith, then chances are you have engaged in at least a few religious discussions with agnostics and/or atheists. I can still picture cafeteria ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 October 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: unchurched, Carey Nieuwhof, Christians, salvation, Jesus, Connexus Community Church, North Point
If you're like many Christians, you have an authentic desire to share your faith with people who don't yet follow Jesus. I know I do. One of my deepest longings is that every person would come to know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, Richard R. Hammar, compensation, pastors, church staff, Southern Baptist Convention, church income, gender, worship attendance, longevity, education, geographical ...
Some of the current trends in pastor and church staff compensation are surprising to me, while others are about what I expected. I relied on several current compensation studies to assemble these nine ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Terrace Crawford, Christ, Millennials, prayers, teens, youth, students, purpose, friendships, passion, character, purity, money, submission, honor, spiritual growth
I've seen the Lord doing some amazing things in the lives of teenagers this year. I know it's because of the work of God and the result of prayer. Call me crazy, but I believe this generation of students ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, moral failure, ministry, leaders, integrity, evangelistic, Jesus, gospel, desires, temptation, commitment, God's standards, marriage, manage, mind, media intake, Internet pornograph
One of my gravest concerns about the witness of the church to our current culture is the threat to our evangelistic integrity caused by moral failures among ministry leaders. Every time a leader falls, ... [ +++ ]
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 / Personal Character
Tags: Steve Murrell, legacy, pastors, leaders, Andy Stanley, honoring God, making disciples, doing mission, serving people, empowering leaders
Before my recent trip to South Africa, I listened to an Andy Stanley leadership podcast that said great leaders are always thinking about their legacy. Confession: I never think about my legacy. And I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, church leaders, healthy, toxic, poisonous, pastors, fruit, Spirit, minimalist, structure, accountability, behavior, favoritism, critical, anger outbursts, manipulation, transparency, ...
Most church leaders are godly and healthy. A toxic church leader, one that figuratively is poisonous to the organization, is rare. But it is that church leader who brings great harm to churches and other ... [ +++ ]
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