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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, 21 October 2014 / Money
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pastor, stewardship, money, tithe, giving, spiritual leader, expectations, monitor, staff, accountability, commitment
Have you ever had to confront a pastor or a member of your ministry staff team about not exercising their personal stewardship of giving? I have, and it is one of the most difficult conversations you will ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, roadblocks, senior pastor, succession plan, churches, power struggle, relational breakdown, unmet expectations, Taylor Guitars, philosophy, transition
Most succession plans fail. It's not because the plan was bad; it's most often because of an expectation for the process to go exactly like the written plan indicated. That never happens. Life happens! ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Ed Stetzer, pharisees, Jesus, hypocrisy, social media, shortcomings, judgmental, legalism, spiritual damage, discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, expectations, bitterness
If you're like me, you hate Pharisees. Jesus didn't have much use for them either ... and of course, I want to be like Jesus! Also, let's be honest, few things are more fulfilling than sending out a tweet ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 October 2014 / Women in Leadership
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor's wife, expectations, vulnerability, uncalled assistant pastor, unpaid employee, biblical expert, be herself, accountability, love, gratitude, love, prayers, responsible care, ...
We're all vulnerable. Everyone who walks in the church door can be helped or hurt by what happens during the following hour or more. Whether saint or sinner, preacher or pew-sitter, old-timer or newcomer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 / Healing
Tags: Steve Stewart, miracle, healing, Africa, Impact Nations, prayer, faith, expectations, compassion, Jesus Christ, kingdom
With all the traveling I do these days with Impact Nations, I get asked a lot of questions about a lot of issues. However, there is one question that I am asked more often—by far—than any other. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 September 2014 / Worship
Tags: Jack Hayford, worship, God, reassessing, expectations, leader, truth, mind, spirit, heart, broken, contrite, faith, theology of worship, His presence, humility, sacrifice
What type of worship honors God?" or, to look at the question another way, "After all, theologically speaking, what is it that actually makes worship worshipful to God?" Even though I have practiced, led, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 August 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, religious systems, pastors, rules, expectations, cultures, false religions, Old Testament, regulations, legalism, prestige, wealth, power, money, stumbling block, kingdom, ...
Every church and/or organization has a corporate culture with norms, rules and expectations that pressure participants to conform. Some cultures are good and some bad. That being said, there are particular ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Brad Lomenick, respect, leader, wimp, guts, courage, fear, failure, destructive, organizational, scary, standards, excellence, expectations, decisions, innovation, delegation
I have great respect for professional baseball players; they are anything but wimpy. To stand in front of home plate with a ball heading toward your head at 95 miles per hour with nothing but a piece of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, student leaders, serve, Jesus, prayer, committed, grow, journey, struggle, expectations, influence, authority
A lot of times when we think of student leaders, we think of the students who are the elite of our ministry. And that is completely false. Student leaders are simply students who are committed to serving ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Dan Reiland, leader, good, great, healthy relationships, budget, salvations, exceed expectations, great faith, spiritual, Jesus, create, productive, investments, practice, fierce focus, push, back ...
A good place to start is a set of working definitions for good leaders and great leaders. Let me offer one assumption, that both good leaders and great leaders are Godly individuals with integrity of character. ... [ +++ ]
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, 10 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Creativity, church, community, teach, lead, worship, pastors, inviting space, opportunities, wiggle room, linear thinkers, voice, artists, contributions, expectations
In recent decades, churches haven't been known as hubs for creativity. Instead, churches have been known for doing things the same way—the same kind of worship, the same songs, the same bulletins, ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Jared Moore, bleed, call, ministry, Christian, internship, youth pastor, bubble, scripture, naive, Jesus Christ, expectations, David Platt
Has God called you to the ministry? After being raised by Christian parents and attending evangelical churches for 17 years, I repented and trusted in Christ alone for my salvation. A year later, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Pastors, struggle, depression, suicide, help, issues, spiritual warfare, unrealistic expectations, demands, pressure, ministry, marriage, family, problems
The issue of mental health and Christians is finally getting some attention. Among the Christians who have challenges, many pastors struggle with depression. We hear too frequently about a pastor committing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dale Hudson, Katy Perry, pastor's kids, heaven, hell, Barna, research, unrealistic expectations, negative experiences, church, father, mother, faith, modeled, friends, peers
Katy Perry is currently the highest-profile pastor's kid (PK) that has walked away from her faith. In a recent interview, she said she is no longer a Christian and doesn’t believe in heaven, hell or ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Scott Attebery, pastors.com, I don't know, Bible, reverend, brothers, expectations, congregation, honesty, humility, dependency on Christ, John the Baptist
The moment one becomes a pastor, something strange happens: People suddenly think you know everything about the Bible. Twenty-four hours ago, you were like everyone else—learning the Bible a little at ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church growth, decline, turnaround, plateau, abundance, blame, pastor, elders, deacons, seniors, excuses, pretend, lower expectations, cut expenses, overreaction, panic, leadership, ...
Part of my ministry involves working with other churches. Sometimes when I hear from a church, they have been plateaued or in a season of decline for several years. They are often looking for answers of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 / Administration
Tags: Interim pastor, success, set up, Sabbath rest, Lavern Brown, pastors.com, church board, investment, expectations, roles, vision, leadership, conflicts
The interim pastor has a tremendous opportunity to work with church leaders to address many of the issues that can be hazardous for the next permanent pastor. One of the most important questions an interim ... [ +++ ]
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