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Created on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Cox II, Soul Preaching, Teresa Fry Brown, homiletical integrity, authority, creativity, stealing, credibility, theological tradition
Teresa Fry Brown makes a startling statement in her presentation of Charles Adams’ nine suggestions to preachers in her book Weary Throats and New Songs. She says, “One lacks homiletical integrity, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Chris Christie, Bridgegate, press conference, Phil Cooke, email, downfall, Google, police, government, courts, NSA
Chris Christie may be finished as a presidential candidate, and maybe not. But either way, he experienced a potentially catastrophic event this past week with his now famous “Bridgegate” problems. While ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kyle Corbin, youth ministry, town, hamlet, village, recreation center, blue collar workers, recreation guide, walk, connection, Youth for Christ
My assumption is that very few of us are fortunate enough to do ministry in the area in which we were born. I am not talking about the state or province, but rather the actual town, city, hamlet or village. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, airport, plug, solution, problem, slow down, pay attention, focus, complication, alternative, possibilities
I was returning from San Diego to Atlanta after attending the memorial service of a friend who lost his wife to a long battle with cancer. Having arrived at the airport early, I decided to get some work ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, life, ministry, learning, process, Scripture, Christ, ownership, growing, encouragement, change, success, desperation, pastors, human
Some of these are new, and some are reminders I’m seeing lived out: 1. The most mature is often not the one with the most knowledge of Scripture but the one who has learned to most live like Christ. 2. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 / Administration
Tags: Interim pastor, success, set up, Sabbath rest, Lavern Brown, pastors.com, church board, investment, expectations, roles, vision, leadership, conflicts
The interim pastor has a tremendous opportunity to work with church leaders to address many of the issues that can be hazardous for the next permanent pastor. One of the most important questions an interim ... [ +++ ]
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, 30 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ron Cantor, leadership, abuses, weaknesses, insecurities, ADHD, Dr. Michael Brown, press, adultery, friends, confidants, empowerment, struggles
I just got off the phone with a good friend. He is in a situation where the leader of his congregation is abusing the power that God has given him. As we talked about this I said, “Often a leader will ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 September 2013 / Environment
Tags: Thom Rainer, power groups, churches, LifeWay Research, family owned, operated, deacons, work-around warriors, benevolent dictators, formal alliances, money managers, past-is-present protectors, ministry ...
This topic will cause some discomfort for many of you. The very thought of the presence of power groups seems contrary to the spirit and grace of the gospel. But power groups are very real in churches. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, winner, whiner, wayward, fruit, small town, worship leader, cause, poison, seeds, commitment, vision, off course, wicked types
“They have eyes, and yet they don’t see.” Many leaders don’t see the fruit that is about to manifest in those around them. All they can see is the tree. A tree can look strong, weak, ugly or handsome, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Artie Davis, plans, multiplying, leaders, small-town, simple-minded, find, feed, free, steps
“We have a leadership deficit.” Those are words many of us have spoken and all of us have heard from others. We know how vital it is for every church to have and fill a solid leadership pipeline. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 May 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Gina McClain, needed, known, church, pastors, members, Ecclesiastes, vision, culture, environment
I recently had a phone conversation with a woman from our congregation who said, “We’re thinking of leaving the church.” “Tell me why,” I replied. “Because we just haven’t been able to connect," she said. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Michael Brown, divine judgment, Second Coming, Christ, tornadoes, Oklahoma, abortion, babies, righteousness
... of same-sex “marriage” in Massachusetts in 2004. This reminded me of the statement made by one of our most respected, national Christian leaders immediately after the 9/11 tragedy in 2001. He said, “I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Ron Edmondson, leadership, tips, battles, fight, duplicate, emulate, downtime, marathon, sprint, control, authentic
I have a heart for leaders. Especially church leaders. I’d love to help others learn from my mistakes. In fact, that’s a huge motivation for this article. With that in mind, here are seven simple leadership ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Brad Lomenick, pressure, responsibility, territory, catalyst, own, credit
I get asked all the time by young leaders “How do you handle the responsibility of leading something like Catalyst?” Good question. Reality is, anyone who leads a church, a company, a community, a nonprofit ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 April 2013 / Culture
Tags: Michael Brown, Rick Warren, mean-spirited, words, non-believers, suicide, tragedy
In the aftermath of the tragic suicide of Rick and Kay Warren’s son Matthew, another tragedy is occurring. So-called followers of Jesus are using Matthew’s death as an occasion to attack Pastor Warren. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 January 2013 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Michael Stevens, Low-down epidemic, homosexuality, closet
I am troubled by the black church's lack of response to the down-low epidemic. There is no doubt in my mind that it's God's will for homosexuals to be set free from same-sex attraction. I preach Jesus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 December 2012 / Deliverance
Tags: accuser of the brethren, satan's lies, spiritual warfare, prophetic insight, god never changes, casting down imaginations, do not grow weary in well doing
There has been much that has occurred in this season that could cause our hearts to faint, and fear seems to be on the horizon each day of our lives. However, we must continue to persevere in faith, knowing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 December 2012 / Cutting Edge
Tags: J. Lee Grady, prayer, Holy Spirit, Newtown massacre, Connecticut shooting, Sandy hook Elementary, shooting, tragedy
Some members of my church gathered near the altar last Sunday to pray for those affected by the recent school massacre in Connecticut. Our pastor had a list of the victims, and he asked that we mention ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 December 2012 / Community
Tags: Newtown Connecticut, Sandy Hook Elemntary school, Connecticut elementary school shooting, Newtown massacre, David Shibley, brokenhearted Christmas
Our hearts continue to grieve over the horrific evil that was unleashed against precious, helpless children last week at an elementary school in Connecticut. In the midst of the pain we also remember that ... [ +++ ]
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