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Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Kurt W. Bubna, pastors, front door, back door, lost, church, small group ministry, invested, unrealistic expectations, connected, authority, position, character, skills
"Everybody is leaving someday!" When my pastor and friend of almost 40 years made that declaration, I was a bit shocked. He could see the look on my face, so he clarified, "We shouldn't get too bent out ... [ +++ ]
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, 20 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, progress, perfect, performance, ministry leaders, challenges, excellence, core values, enthusiasm, sharpened skills, promises, reliable, positive attitude
God is more concerned with your progress than your perfect performance. The very nature of discipleship is progressive. God's purpose is that you become more and more like His Son, Jesus, and He will use ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, ministerial leader, leave, church, mistake, call, conflict, criticism, match, family needs, skills, fired, forced out, ministry, denominational, parachurch, paycheck
I am reticent to write this article. I do not want to encourage pastors to leave churches too early. Frankly, many pastors have shared with me that, in the aftermath of their departures, they realized ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 / Communication
Tags: Lead, Rick Warren, communication, business, skills, church members, clients, assumptions, accusations, defensiveness, exaggerating, abrasiveness, historian
You can't lead a church, evangelize a community, or do business without communicating. The better you become as a communicator, the better you become as a leader, and the better the team you lead becomes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 May 2014 / Education
Tags: Greg Surratt, trends, ministerial leaders, leadership skills, doing, watching, learning, Confessions, St. Augustine, Feedly, Christianity, news, social media, technology, photography, Pocket, Ev
How do you grow in your leadership skills? By doing? By watching? By being stretched? By learning from others? Probably you grow by doing a combination of all of them. One of the ways I grow best is by ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Youth
Tags: Brandon Early, Simply Youth Ministry, too long, too boring, teaching, communicate, message, trust, parents, short attention span, Jesus, speaking skills, edification, rambling, unconnected
I have been teaching and speaking for a couple decades now, and I am still growing. While I have not figured out how to give a perfect talk week after week, I do have a list of misses to avoid when teaching. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, social skills, pastors, Adrian Rogers, thank you, forgive me, sorry, ask, order, appreciation, duty, remember names, alibi, defending yourself, interrupt, speaker, Tony Campolo, Perry ...
A retired seminary professor, now ministering in a different church every weekend, posted an interesting little note on Facebook. That day, he had been wondering whether the host pastor had appreciated ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 January 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Aubrey Malphurs, leaders, pastors, 21st century, ministry, character, high-impact ministry, definition, servants, Jesus, lay leaders, leadership training, biblical guidelines, core, leadership competencies, ...
... Building Leaders, Baker Book House, 2004), and their lay leaders in particular. As you read this article, ask how you might apply this material to your people in your unique situation. The Definition of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 December 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, difficult, leader, know it all, gifted, hyper-critical, wounded, insecurity, traditionalist, skills, sharpen, fun
Someone asked me recently, “Who has been the most difficult person you’ve had to lead?” That’s a great question. As a leader for over a quarter of a century (wow, that sounds old), I’ve experienced just ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Justin Lathrop, introverted, shy, opportunities, networking, smalltalk, mingling, skills, self-fulfilling prophecy, authentic, critical, disconnect, smart, nice, funny, John 8, verses, memory
I meet talented, smart, interesting people all the time who admit they’re nervous to connect with others. These people avoid networking events and chances to “mingle” before and after church because the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Steve Murrell, mad skills, pastor, theological skills, relational skills, leadership skills, ministry skills
A couple of months ago, I posted a blog on my website titled “3 Essential Skills for Leaders.” While flipping through an old Moleskine this morning, I found some of my scribbled notes that described not ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Henry Cloud, leadership, skills, brain, neuroscientists, boundaries, leaders
As neuroscientists have shown in recent years, the very best leadership skills are rooted in how people think, in how our brains are constructed and how they operate. Our brains are designed to work in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 / Administration
Tags: Steve Murrell, skills, leadership, Every Nation Asia, effective, pastor, organization, spiritual, relational
This blog was inspired by something Bishop Manny Carlos said about leadership development during our recent Every Nation Asia Leadership Team meeting. Pastors and missionaries are leaders, or at least ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 October 2012 / Main
Tags: Professional, Trapped, Rut, Tent-making skills, Preachers, Occupational ministry
Three strategies for freeing you up to develop your ‘tent-making’ skills One of my favorite quotes on bi-vocationalism comes from renowned Southern writer and economist Wendell Berry. He spoke at a 2007 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 / Main
Tags: Step Up Your Leadership Skills with Help From Dr. Mark Rutland
I'm writing this from the latest session of Dr. Mark Rutland's National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL). We're excited to partner with the NICL, which is an intense training and learning experience. ... [ +++ ]

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