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Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Men
Tags: male-friendly church, relevance, Assemblies of God, language, masculinity, success, guilt, sexuality, purity, marriage, children, integrity, home, church, workplace, greatness, challenge, actions, ...
I am often asked, “Why are the men leaving the church today?” Sometimes it comes out as “What can we do to keep the men of this church?” or “How can our church reach more men?” There is no easy answer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Networking, encouragement, Geoff Surratt, biblical imperative, pastor, lost art, lip service, hurts, prayers, Thessalonians, building up, agenda, genuine interest
When our home phone would ring on Saturday morning, I knew it was probably my future wife’s grandfather, Hubert Sparks, calling. He called my dad almost every Saturday morning. He didn’t call to complain, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 October 2013 / Men
Tags: Steve Murrell, men, discipleship, Manila, Nashville, Delta, money, sexual boundaries, wealth, God's will, King David, Samson, work, worship
After decades of building my weekly rhythms around small group discipleship in Manila, the past few years splitting time between Nashville, Manila, and Delta airlines have been quite frustrating regarding ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 October 2013 / Education
Tags: Patch Adams, Artie Davis, movie, impact, physicians, work, hard, graduate, pain, leader
On a lazy Friday afternoon (my day off), I watched the semi-old movie Patch Adams. I loved many things about the movie (have seen it several times before), but on this viewing, the most impactful part ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 October 2013 / Education
Tags: John Maxwell, mentor, Dan Reiland, John Wooden, coach, student, hard work, mistakes, legalism, intentional, organic
... of 800 to 1,200. This is not a legalistic thing. Don’t get hung up on the numbers; just go with the idea. And of course, make the ask. 3. Think intentionally organic. Don’t ask for lots of regularly ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 25 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ryan Stigile, Tony Morgan, Unstuck Group, team meeting, initiative, good ideas, lack of time, working for the weekend, wrong person, failure to plan, trade-offs
We’ve all seen it before. The team meeting went exceptionally well and everyone is energized by ideas that could greatly improve the church. But only six months later, conversations about “What will happen ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 September 2013 / Money
Tags: Tony Morgan, church, financial leaders, confidence, tough times, homework, engagement, vision, mission, ideas, purpopse
Most church leaders who don’t have a plan for engaging financial leaders in their church lack one for these two reasons: 1. The belief that engaging financial leaders will make them feel as if all ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Ron Phillips, rain, summer, Rich Mullins, screen door, submarine, faith, works, Awesome God, Christian music, money, royalty checks, stocks, bond, retirement
It’s funny. I don’t remember moving to Seattle. To my friends in the Seattle area, those of us in East Tennessee are beginning to be able to relate to you. This year, we have been inundated with rain. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Brad Lomenick, all in, clock, time card, humility, goals, effort, hard work, excellence, ministry, how to be a good worker
Are you a leader who is “All In?” I want leaders on my team who are “all in.” Coaches want players who are “all in” on their teams. Every organization out there wants employees and team members who are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, job, Twitter, vocation, ministry, conflict, complaining, family challenges, busy work, expectations, social functions, confrontation, sin, staff members, evangelism, passio
Let me state the obvious: Pastors are human. That means they have preferences, likes and dislikes. So I did an unscientific Twitter poll to find out what pastors really don’t like about their job. By the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Dan Reiland, ministry, paint, numbers, future, confidence, leadership, book, artwork, tapestry, effort, risks, decisions, skill
This might be nerdy, but I’m going to tell you anyway. When I was a kid, sometime in elementary school, I was given a huge paint-by-numbers kit, and I loved it. I told you it’s nerdy. It was big. My memory ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 July 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Brad Lomenick, emerging, leader, answer, honor, groundwork, arrival, reality, handlers, crucial, success, connection, mission
As an up-and-coming emerging leader, don't do these: 1. Believe you are the answer. 2. Stop honoring those who’ve laid the groundwork before you. 3. Write off all the folks who finally helped you “arrive” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, church, staff person, strong work ethic, loyalty, execution, personality chemistry, vision, relationship, staff members
After about a quarter of a century of church consultations, I have dealt with a plethora of church staff matters. I continue to hear many of the same themes since I left church consultation. Today I present ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Youth pastors, Senior pastors, feedback, loving, review, board meeting, job description, instincts, organization, retreat, youth worker, complaint
Dear Senior Pastor, Yours is a tough job. The responsibility buck stops with you, and I get that totally. The list you’re about to read is said with love and familiarity with both “pairs of shoes,” and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, Lifeway, poll, pastors, work, week, hours, Twitter, accuracy
...  (Full-time Pastors)  2008 LifeWay Research Poll (Part-Time & Full-Time Pastors) Less than 40 hours 3% 16% 40-49 hours 47% 19% 50-59 hours 40% 30% 60-69 hours 7% 27% 70 hours or more 3% 8% ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 June 2013 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, smart, new position, create, pressure, overwork, grumbling, staff members, atypical projects, temporary workload increases, volunteer, momentum
Feeling under pressure? Overworked? Are you and your team working hard but can’t seem to keep up, let alone get ahead? You are not alone. This is a very common church staff scenario. What you do about ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 June 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, frustration, quit, pastor, leader, depression, work environment, prayer, memories, burdens, rest, heart, journal
I was talking to a staff member of a church recently who is ready to quit. But he can’t. What he’s experiencing is not depression, in my opinion. It could turn into that at some point, if he’s not careful, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, churches, life change, strategy, success, hard work, mission statement, faith card, pastors, leaders
Booz & Company just recently completed a study asking leaders about their business strategy. Based on their research, they found that most executives don’t believe their company’s strategy is understood ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 May 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, youth ministry, pitfalls, staff covenants, boundaries, opposite sex, Saddleback Church, youth workers, overspending, inappropriate relationships, money
I had a chance to get away with some of our youth ministry leadership team recently to process some of the common pitfalls that youth pastors face as they navigate ministry. My mind has hovered around ... [ +++ ]
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