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Created on Friday, 23 January 2015 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, Mark Driscoll, personality, leader, congregation, crises, songs, services
After hearing of the dissemination of Mars Hill Church after Mark Driscoll's resignation, my heart sank. It's sad to see an organization rise and fall on the personality of one leader. Sure, there were ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 January 2015 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, studying, pastor, next generation, leaders, business, leadership, courses, connections, volunteer, secular job, counseling course, mentor, accountability
I have the opportunity to talk with young pastors each week. I also interact regularly with those who are preparing for the pastorate. I love investing in the next generation of leaders and am thankful ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 / Preaching
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Jesus, questions, afraid, little faith, love, Lord, speck, log, learning, answers
Years ago I became fascinated with the questions of Jesus. It occurred to me that if Jesus was asking a question, it must be an important one. In fact, depending on our response, they could be life-changing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 January 2015 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, employment, pastors, church staff, jobs, informal network, resumes, influential person, recommendations, social media, reputations
This post may cause some of you to feel uneasy. I have to admit I've had some of those same feelings writing it. I prefer to think of pastoral ministry as a calling more than a job. And I sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 January 2015 / Community
Tags: Evangelicals, denomination, changes, leaders, traditions, Shirley Mullen, Houghton College, Reformed Church, church history, geographical moves, Baptist seminary, Bill Anderson, leadership consu
Evangelical leaders are more likely to have switched denominations than to have stayed in the same denomination all of their lives. Nearly 60 percent of evangelical leaders have changed denominations since ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, TED Talks, technology, entertainment, design, leaders, inspire, action, creativity, schools, virtual choir, champion, magic, science, teachers, Ramsey Musallam
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conferences were started in 1984. They feature some of the brightest, most innovative people on the planet. They address a wide range of topics within the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 January 2015 / Culture
Tags: Religious Freedom, Wallbuilders, David Barton, Act for Establishing Religious Freedom, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Bill of Rights, Constitution, Alliance Defending Freedom
Jan. 16, 1786, was the day that the Virginia Assembly adopted the Act for Establishing Religious Freedom, finally ending the official state-established church in Virginia. It provided that (1) all individuals ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 January 2015 / Finance
Tags: Faith, Finances, Gunnar Johnson, Gateway Church, economics, healing, wounded, stewardship, pastor, perspective, accountability
Picture in your mind what your church would look like if your people were financially free. Dwell on that image. Dwell on the impact your financially free congregation could have on your community, on ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 January 2015 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, ministry, counseling, sanctuary, business leaders, Christian leader, transparent, reputation, protection, God, counselor, coach, couch, mentor, friends, family
This is written to the struggling leader. I frequently hear from you. Email appears to be a safe place to reach out to someone—and for that I'm thankful. Some of my pastor friends are lonely or about ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 January 2015 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, meeting, staff, leaders, chaos, confusion, application, concept, theory, discoveries, buy in, creativity, teamwork
I was in a meeting recently and someone defined a leader as one who provides answers and direction to a team.  I understood their concept. I disagreed with the application.  In fact, I have a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 January 2015 / Administration
Tags: Women, church, authority, Wendy Alsup, Gospel-Centered Woman, Richard Rohr, abuse, submission, personal weakness, Paul, Romans, government, Bible, guidelines
"The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority." ―Stanley Milgram "Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, God-centered, engaging, leader, boldness, prepare, forget, patience, Holy Spirit, move, connection, countenance, priority, throne of grace, effectiveness, songs, musi
When we gather to worship, what are we really hungry for? Why are we there? What is the goal? Is it: Songs? Great music? Entertainment? Powerful leadership? Answers to questions? God? Malcolm du Plessi ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 / College
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, young adults, drop out, church, first-hand faith, personal life, parents' pressure, relationship, Christ, Thom Rainer, Sam Rainer, Protestant, Evangelical
Despite all the fear-driven presentations you've heard, not every young person is walking out of the church the moment they finish high school and never coming back. Here's what you need to know. The young ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 December 2014 / Deliverance
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, idolatry, church, sins, Ten Commandments, human sexuality, lifestyle choices, celebrity preachers, worship, entertainment, personal property, objectifying God, ethnicity
The greatest sin in the Bible by far is the sin of idolatry. Idolatry is when we violate the first of the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20), which is "You shall have no other gods before me." It is when we put ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Jeff Anderson, prayer, fasting, effectiveness, kingdom, power, food, husband, father, emotions, rebuild, platform, anointing, disciple
If leaders today want to raise their effectiveness for the kingdom, we can't ignore the power of food. Or, more specifically, the power of fasting (Yep, that's when you don't eat). Jesus said there are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 / Family Life
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Christmas, Jesus, stressful, joyful, New Year, resolutions, limit, expenditures, boundaries, relationships, plan, prioritize, time, lower expectations
It's Christmas time again. Seems to come every year about this time. The most wonderful time of the year. There'll be parties for hosting Marshmallows for toasting And caroling out in the snow. There'll ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 December 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, harsh realities, leadership, common challenges, unpopular, disagreements, decisions, success, excuses, mandate, motivate, legacy, investment, conflict, soul
I love leadership. I feel called to it. I realize the need for good leadership, but the fact is that leadership is hard. I meet regularly with some high-level, senior leaders to glean from them. We talk ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, Christmas, Christ, holidays, poll, data, de-Christianization, Santa Claus, traditions, reason for the season, Jesus
In recent years there has been some significant discussion and controversy over the de-Christianization of Christmas. With shop workers being told to say "Happy Holidays," the over-emphasis of Santa Claus, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 December 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, leadership, capacity, recognition, re-evaluation, help, delegation, resignation
What is your leadership capacity? Have you found it? I use the term leadership capacity to describe a leader's maximum potential to effectively lead others to accomplish the vision. A leader exceeds their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Jonathan Dodson, evangelism, eternal life, failure, Jesus, doctrine, argument, heart, instruction, gospel metaphors, Francis Schaeffer
If our evangelism is increasingly unbelievable, what can we do to be more believable to an inoculated, indifferent and, at times, antagonistic society? In evangelistic seminars, people are often asked ... [ +++ ]
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