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Created on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Atkinson, super hero, leader, boundaries, life, time, career, health, marriage, excellence, obedience, pastor, unhealthy practice, late nights
I know what you're thinking. What's wrong with excellence and trying my best at leadership? Nothing. We should strive to lead with excellence. What I'm referring to is going to an extreme where we try ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 July 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, families, return, strategy, guest services, check in, first-time families, registered, personal note, pre-schooler
This is one of the most important strategies your children's ministry can focus on. We recently implemented a new tweak in our strategy for connecting with first-time guest families, and we are seeing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Thom S. Rainer, church, revitalization, mirror, factors, hindering, Great Commission, priority, evangelism, laypersons, pastors, staff, excuse mentality, prayer, compassionate, Christ-like, intentionality, ...
There is no shortage of pundits who are providing to us the gloomy and dismal state of American congregations, and, indeed, of many churches around the world. For sure, I am among the guilty. While personal ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 July 2014 / Recreation
Tags: Ron Edmondson, rejuvenate, dream, play, reconnect, vacation, goals, leader, church, pastors
I recently returned from a beach destination wedding. Someone has to do those, you know. Cheryl and I tacked on a few days of vacation since we were at the beach. It was refreshing. As I was finishing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 June 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ed Stetzer, criticism, integrity, personally, Christian, blogs, constant, low character, heretic, liar, opportunistic, complain, value, discernment, openness
Part of leadership is handling criticism, so I've tried to share some things to help you along those lines. To start, I shared a five part series on how to give criticism with integrity: Critique What ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 June 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Twitter, social media, God, forgiveness, mistake, whole picture, worried, promises, Jesus, offend, trust
I sent out a couple of tweets recently that received some attention. They had the hashtag #ThingsGodMightSay and were intentionally designed to encourage people. In my work, I always know a lot of struggling ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, church, tenure, mystery, third year, Breakout Churches, honeymoon, perspective, expectations, relationship, relationships, seasons, letdown, prayer, intentional
Pastors generally don't stay long at churches. The average tenure is between three and four years. But, as our research has shown consistently, longer tenure is needed for church health. Longer tenure ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Stephen Miller, worship, corporate, new songs, rules, picky, congregations, teach, lyrics, spiritual
Imagine yourself standing in an ornate church building as beautiful music washes over you from the platform. As gorgeous as the songs are, you notice that no one is singing along. It's not because the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 June 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, balance, children's ministry, hours, work, technology, day off, vacation time, programs, events, slow down, home, father, husband, wife, children
Balance in work and life is a key to long-term success. We are not called to serve God for a 5-year window ... we are called to serve Him for life. For that to happen, we've got to find balance. Easier ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church planting, lessons, challenge, God, Good News, Jesus Christ, shy away, leaders, money, fear, pushback, encouragers, naysayers, stretched, hurting people, embrace
I've planted two churches. In each plant, God overwhelmed us continually with what He did among us. I feel humbled and blessed to be a part of such healthy environments God uses to reach people with the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 June 2014 / Men
Tags: Phil Cooke, G. Allen Jackson, men's ministry, success, Promise Keepers, World Outreach Church, Angus Buchan, Mighty Men Conference, God initiative, culture, gospel
Over the years, reaching men with the gospel has been an important but challenging effort. From the early days when Edwin Louis Cole launched the Christian Men's Network, to Coach Bill McCartney's Promise ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Brad Lomenick, circle, influence, oikos, Greek, family, personal, social, level, intentionality, focus, determination
The impact of our influence many times is determined by the circles or spheres of our influence. Our circles of influence can be intentional or unintentional; they can be private or public, and they always ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, bad, decision, major, hints, leadership, everyone happy, easy, alone, quickly, slowly, changes nothing, gut, dangerous
I've made many bad decisions in my leadership. Thankfully, the longer I lead, the more I develop warning signs I'm about to make another. I think these may apply to all leaders. These aren't full proof. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 June 2014 / Money
Tags: Dan Reiland, money, personal, tithing, giving, gap, disaster, sermon, instruction, invitation, 12Stone Church, inspiration, Jesus, desperation
When it comes to people's money, things get personal fast. It often revolves around two facts: first, they don't perceive they have enough, and second, they need more! We as church leaders then "complicate" ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Bobby Gilles, worship, song, singability, melodic range, intervals, space, symmetry, right key, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Chris Tomlin
Most worship leaders agree that songs for congregational worship should be "singable," a made-up word that means "easy for a congregation to sing together." But it is tempting for many of us to subtly ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 / Service
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, volunteers, secret, long haul, sweet spot, roles, relationship, time off, responsibility, appreciation
Enticing volunteers to stick around for the long haul can be a challenging proposition. What's the secret? Here are 5 suggestions that might help: 1.  Sweet Spot. Make sure you place volunteers ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, burnout, ministry, emotions, thinking, mistakes, issues, pastors, feelings, facts, comparison, Bible, Billy Graham, blame, fault, exaggerate, negative
One of the issues that we sometimes address here at pastors.com is the issue of ministry burnout. And when we do address it, the responses are overwhelming. It's a big issue. Why do so many pastors burn ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 / 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 Wednesday, 28 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Bethel Church, California, healing, sozo, Bill Johnson, Eric Johnson, Jesus Culture, miracles, Holy Spirit, last days
Healing At Bethel Church Redding, Senior Pastor Bill Johnson and his son, campus Senior Leader Eric Johnson, believe in the power of miraculous healing. In fact, it's probably safe to say nearly everyone ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Convoy of Hope, Donaldson family, humanitarian aid, natural disasters, social media, basic needs, food, water, church, truth
Humanitarian Aid At the intersection of U.S. 65 and I-44, the crossroads of America connect in Springfield, Mo., a place where passion meets need and hope meets healing. This junction forms the ideal location ... [ +++ ]
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