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Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: David Santistevan, Gungor, Vicky Beeching, Mark Driscoll, David Yonngi Cho, celebrities, Christian, deity status, worship, idolize, criticism, cross, ministry, money, fame
Gungor. Vicky Beeching. Mark Driscoll. David Yonggi Cho. What do all these names have in common? Controversy. Of course, a blogger like myself could not go silent on these issues. When situations like ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 17 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, influence, kingdom, builder, economy, service, generosity, trust, prayer, example, faithful, truth, unity, criticism, price
In my previous article I argued that, "Everyone has influence. We all influence someone." And that God expects us to be good stewards of that influence. I defined a "kingdom builder" as one who has a great ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 20 June 2014 / Vision
Tags: Greg Stier, youth leader, employee, jobs on line, indispensable, ministry, excellence, strong relationships, improvise, adapt, overcome, budget, superior results, criticism, grow, above and beyond, ...
It has been said that "nobody is indispensable" and, to a degree, that is a true statement. But I can tell you that, as a former pastor and current leader of a youth ministry organization (with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Richard Salazar, mean-spirited, leader, Dr. Chuck Swindoll, Twitter, Christians, death, deceived, ravenous wolves, enemy, kill, steal, destroy, judgmental, genuine-hearted, accuser, rules, regulations, ...
I was astounded when a close friend of mine recently forwarded a Tweet to me sent out by Dr. Chuck Swindoll a few months back that read, "The problem with mean Christians is that not enough people have ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 May 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, prayer, pastors, binding, church, humble, challenges, criticism, discouragement, bond, vision, Holy Spirit
There is nothing like seeing pastors praying with other pastors. I just returned from Little Rock, Ark., where I led a prayer gathering for 304 Arkansas pastors, church staff members, and ministry leaders. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, criticism, leadership, unrealistic expectations, ministry, blessed, calling, Jonah, love, unconditionally, eyes, resurrected Lord, gospel, focus
By my warped standards, it was not a good day. After nearly nine years serving as president and CEO of LifeWay, I have learned that criticisms are a part of the life and leadership I have. But the critics ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, growing pains, church, pastors, labor, care issue, small groups, control issue, growth, criticism, newcomers, comfort issue, ministry, leave, relationships, vision, changes, affirmation, ...
A church that wants to grow without going through growing pains is like a woman who says, “I want to have a baby, but I don’t want to go through labor.” Is the pain worth it? Yes, it’s worth it. People ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Ron Edmondson, social media, tweet, ministry principles, change, power, objection, criticism, silent partners, fear, loyalty
1. The change you most need to initiate will often be the hardest change to make. 2. The loss of power will always be a key objection to change. 3. People aren’t always taking this as seriously as you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, hurting, challenging, immoral, community, Pew Research, clergy, moral failures, widespread coverage, Christian faith, nation, marginalize, tenure, entitlement mentality, social ...
A day does not pass that I do not hear from a hurting pastor. Serving in that role has to be one of the most challenging vocations today. Sure, there are some bad and immoral pastors. But the vast majority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 / Culture
Tags: Phil Cooke, megachurches, criticism, evangelism, social problems, hunger, homelessness, bad experience, shallow, dent, communities, media, global impact, plant
As the saying goes, “The world is going to hell in a handbasket.” There’s never been a greater challenge for world evangelism, there are plenty of social problems like hunger and homelessness we face here ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom S. Rainer, LifeWay, pastors, stress, life, struggles, families, day off, unhappy spouse, glass house, financial needs, criticisms
Most pastors love their calling. Most pastors could not imagine doing anything else. Most pastors have joy in their ministries. I want to be clear that I don’t view pastors as a depressed, melancholy and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Research, church, southern Indiana, pastor, ministry, faithful, salvation, criticism, Word, prayer, grudge, challenges
It was 30 years ago that I began serving a small rural church in southern Indiana. I was so incredibly green then; I’m glad I didn’t always realize it. I loved those people in that church and, for some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Ranier, criticism, anonymous, letters, response, dispose, assistants, confidants, merit, prayer, public, approach
Every leader will get one or more at some point in his or her leadership: the harsh, critical letter that is unsigned and unidentifiable. I recently asked via Twitter how leaders respond when they get ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Brad Lomenick, leaders, followers, finishers, anticipation, criticism, private, public, praise, trustworthy, vision copycats, principles
As leaders, it’s equally important for us to know how to follow as it is how to lead. In fact, many believe to be a good leader, you must first be a great follower and continue to follow well as you continue ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 / Communication
Tags: Justin Lathrop, criticism, peers, relationships, mentors, misunderstanding, listening, expertise, insecurity
One of the best ways to grow is by hearing critiques about yourself from peers and mentors in relationships you trust. But not all criticism is constructive, and even when it is, it can still be hard to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Phil Cooke, leaders, expectations, best, people, humiliation, criticism, ordering, communication
Great leaders expect the best in people, and bad leaders expect the worst. Rinse and repeat. Over the years, I’ve worked with a number of leaders who think leadership means constant criticism, ordering ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 / Calling
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, ignorant, church, sinners, scripture, Ku Klux Klan, Bible, leaders, showman, criticism, schoolteachers
The pastor had been called from his rural church to another part of the country. He was excited about the new challenge, as he well should have been. In a parting comment to a friend, he assessed the state ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Criticism, pastors, sermons, nitpick, legitimate, ministered, dust, feet
Criticism hurts. It hurts to have our motives unfairly called into question. It hurts to diligently prepare and deliver heartfelt sermons, only to be met with skeptical people who nitpick our interpretations ... [ +++ ]
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