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Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Rick Warren, pastors, physical health, spiritual health, God, Creator, longevity, sharpness, challenge, bodies, ideal weight, diet, exercise program, sleep, rest, processed junk foods
As pastors, we tend to like to focus on spiritual things. But God is the Creator of our physical bodies, and it’s in our physical bodies that we live our spiritual lives out before others. We pastors have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, servant, heart, leadership, others, created, Ephesians, Christ, belong, owe, 1 Corinthians, life, meaning, reward, eternity
Jesus said in Matthew 20:26-28, “Anyone wanting to be a leader among you must be your servant. And if you want to be right at the top, you must serve like a slave. Your attitude must be like my own, for ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 22 November 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, dreams, ministry, ordinary leaders, extraordinary dreams, plans, Napoleon, Einstein, Saddleback Church, gospel, daughter church, missionaries
Have you ever stopped to think that our ability to dream is a God-given gift? God has given us the power to be creative, to dream, to visualize, to plan. It is a powerful force that can be used for either ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, senior pastors, small groups, lead, authentic community, Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, reality, reconnection
Senior pastors, you need to know something. If you want authentic community to flourish in your church, it begins with you. It must begin with you. I don’t know what has prompted your hope for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, preacher, weaknesses, character, handicap, prayer team, staff, public speaking, adrenaline, Saddleback Church, Peter, Paul, confession, dependence on God, pride, governor, minister
Instead of hiding and denying our weaknesses, we need to learn to recognize them. We need to learn to share them. And we need to learn to glory in our weaknesses. If God is ever going to use you greatly, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, creative juices, enthusiasm, energy level, team, rhythm, burnout, external drains, compensation, energy cycles, Saddleback Church, staff members, flexible schedules
The quickest way to destroy a team is to burn them out. And you don’t have to look around the field of ministry very long to realize that the ministry is filled with burned-out leaders. But it’s possible ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preaching, calendar, factors, content, balance, Old Testament, New Testament, spiritual growth, style, tone, 1 Corinthians, purposes, church
Hopefully by now, you’re already thinking through your preaching calendar for next year. Part of shepherding a congregation toward long-term health is offering a balanced diet from the pulpit. Your preaching ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Rick Warren, leaders, kingdom, growth, apostles, leaders, Bible, Acts, Hebraic Jews, multiplying, biblical, problems, discontent, unmet needs, pastors, spirit-filled believers, assistance, praying, ...
If you want your church to grow—and if you want the kingdom to grow—you’re going to need to develop many more leaders. In the early church, an interesting turn of events happened when the apostles shifted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, Acts, healthy, growing, church, Peter Wagner, B.H. Carroll, Jerusalem, New Testament, Christ, Holy Spirit, power, fellowship, small groups, vision, prayer, generosity, mobilization, ...
... estimates a minimum of 60,000. In any Bible dictionary, it will tell you that in New Testament times, the city of Jerusalem was approximately 200,000 people. What we have here is a church with 100,000 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 October 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, evangelism, fishing, marketing, New Testament, Jesus, parable of the sower, good soil, divorce, crises, death, economic problems, new baby, fruit
It’s a waste of time to fish in a spot where fish aren’t biting. Wise fishermen move on. They know fish eat at different times of the day in different places. To apply this to ministry, you need to focus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, Bible, pastors, leaders, battle, souls, people, victory, politics, natural resources, concept, operation, flexible, execution, decisions, empowerment
Fellow pastors and church leaders, we are in a battle for souls. The Bible encourages us to “endure hardship as a soldier.” This is not to say that we are at war with people, and we need to be very careful ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, Kay Warren, Matthew Warren, suicide, mental illness, loss, honesty, transparency, 2 Corinthians, Apostle Paul
In their return to Saddleback Church after the death of their son, Pastor Rick and Kay Warren share the very personal story of Matthew and his battle with mental illness. They explore the stages of loss ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 September 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Rick Warren, integrity, reverence for God, temptations, influence, testimony, promotion, accountability, pastors, love, David, discipline, eternal rewards
Last week, I wrote about the three greatest temptations of leadership. This week, I want to talk about the three ways we can keep our integrity and prevent those temptations from destroying our testimony ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Rick Warren, privileges, temptations, leadership, pastors, prosperity, success, position, power, antidote, promotions, overseers, church, Christ
Do you think it’s easier handling success or failure?  Thomas Carlyle once said, “For every 100 people who can handle adversity there is only one who can handle prosperity.” I think most people can’t ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 / Prayer
Tags: Rick Warren, prayer, leader, above-average, In Search of Excellence, pastors, Jabez, Bible, 1 Chronicles, ambition, verses
I’ve never considered being called average a compliment. I think it means you’re just as close to the bottom as on top. I don’t believe God meant for you to be average. I don’t think God meant ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Rick Warren, ministry, definition, core, churches, eternity, decisions, body, unit, Holy Spirit, order, God
Ministry is too important to be done haphazardly. How we’re leading in the core of our churches has to do with life-changing, eternity-consequential decisions. Therefore, we need to think through what ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 05 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Rick Warren, ministry, minister, Saddleback Church, singles, youth, leadership, God's timing, motivation
Saddleback didn’t have an organized youth ministry until we had 500 in attendance. We didn’t have a singles ministry until we had 1,000 people in attendance. And I’m glad we didn’t. It’s not because those ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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