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Created on Thursday, 21 November 2013 / Administration
Tags: Work, supervisor, employee, boss, executive pastor, Dan Reiland, love Jesus, growing leader, strong character, excuse maker, complaint giver, negative thinker, entitlement, energy, 12Stone Churc
We all report to someone, right? So we can all relate, in some way, to being staff. Part 1 of this miniseries focused on a great boss. This post focuses on a great employee. In my leadership as an executive ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 / Missions
Tags: Phil Cooke, Sam Smith, Medical Ministry International, ministry, leadership, Mercy Ships, When Love Heals, doctor, accountability, volunteer, relief organization
An established executive in branding and marketing in the retail world, Sam Smith realized the need for compassionate yet professional business acumen within ministry leadership and coined the term “Optimizing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 October 2013 / Culture
Tags: Jesus, world, hatred, theology, sociology, likeability, Apostle Paul, social revolutionaries, temporal economy, earthly government, Christians, hatred, love, parallels, connections
I talk and write often about the concept of likeability because I believe it can have a tremendous impact on our personal and professional lives. The most difficult feedback I receive goes like this: “Okay, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, Saddleback Church, youth ministry, teens, morale, testimony, love, parents, bragging, thank them, support, physical affirmation
Recently, we had a senior girl share her testimony at our high school program. It was powerful. Afterward, her peers came up and showed her love. What made the testimony even better was the fact that we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 / Culture
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, decapitated church, martyrs, prosperity, brothers, sisters, grace, love, courage, religious cowardice, legalism, brash, judgmental, homosexual, fallen minister, sexually ...
... 1,200 ministers across the globe. I would greatly encourage every reader to listen to call of Christ. You are equipped with unique giftings and a wonderful commission. Take courage, be vigilant and be ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Dan Reiland, big ministry, small churches, Pastor's Coach, courage, investment, faith, competence, patience, love
Lakeside Wesleyan Church, in Lakeside, Calif., was the first church I served as a staff member. It was a small church, and I learned much! Rich Lauby was the pastor then, and the church accomplished significant ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 September 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Rick Warren, integrity, reverence for God, temptations, influence, testimony, promotion, accountability, pastors, love, David, discipline, eternal rewards
Last week, I wrote about the three greatest temptations of leadership. This week, I want to talk about the three ways we can keep our integrity and prevent those temptations from destroying our testimony ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 July 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, growing, church, unity, love, authenticity, commitment, Romans, encouragement, Christ, liberty
One of the reasons why Saddleback Church has grown over the years is because we have maintained a harmonious atmosphere. When there is a church that loves, it attracts people like a magnet. When a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 July 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Proverbs, Tweet, anger, wisdom, knowledge, advice, greed, pride, destruction, discretion, patience, love, forgiveness
"A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare" (Prov. 15:1, NLT). "A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash" (Prov. 15:14). "Plans go wrong for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 June 2013 / Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, church growth, key, Jesus, love, sacrifices, children, New Testament, family, magnet
I believe the most overlooked key to growing a church is this: We must love unbelievers the way Jesus did. Without His passion for the lost, we will be unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary to reach ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, pastor, love, preaching, noise, churches, names, brain, greet, services, touch, approachable, eye contact, personal style, writing
Pastor, you set the tone and atmosphere in your congregation. If you want to know the warmth of your church, put the thermometer in your own mouth. I’ve visited some churches where the pastor’s lack of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 May 2013 / Ethics
Tags: David Loveless, Discovery Church, adultery, resign, Orlando, Isaac Hunter, Sam Hinn, sexual immorality, idolatry, Jezel spirit, trend, Catholic Church, Jack Schaap
Another megachurch pastor has stepped down after admitting to a long-term affair with a woman who’s not his wife. David Loveless, former lead pastor of Discovery Church in Orlando, Fla., is the third in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 / Relationships
Tags: George O. Wood, pastors, love, respect, authority, insecurity, DNA, church, credibility, trust
I have told my son, who is a young pastor, “There are just two things you need to do: Love God and love people.” If you do these two things, you will not go too far astray. Many younger pastors immediately ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 May 2013 / Administration
Tags: Kim Martinez, fall, church, event, planning, calendar, goals, love languages, affirmation, quality time, service
... 1,200, you won’t connect with 10 new families—you probably know everyone but that new family on the corner—so your goal might look very different. If you don’t have the staff or volunteer base to produce ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Francis Chan, disciple maker, heart, teaching, dangerous, love, example
Why do you want to make disciples? Have you ever asked yourself that question? As followers of Christ, we should be focused on making disciples. But if we don’t do it with the right motives, we are simply ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 March 2013 / Service
Tags: Laurie Beshore, Love Without Walls, service, Mariners Outreach Ministries, transaction, authentic, generous
Even with the best of intentions, things have a way of going south. When we launched our outreach ministry (at Mariners Church in Orange County, Calif.), the first thing we thought to do was meet the basic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 / Healing
Tags: Rick Warren, God, Acceptance, Loved, Fear, Rejection
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; I will fear no one. The LORD protects me from all danger; I will never be afraid.” (Ps. 27:1, GNT) The fear of rejection is based on two things. First, we all need ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 February 2013 / Ministry Life
Tags: T.L. Osborn, LaDonna Osborn, Daughter, Tribute, passed away, loved, journey
My much-loved father, Dr. T.L. Osborn, the man known around the world as "The Father of the Gospel" entered his eternal rest on Thursday, Feb. 14. He was in no pain and had no sickness. The Lord simply ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 February 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, church, family, love, lab, sacrifice
“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” (1 Cor. 12:27, NLT) A church family moves you out of self-centered isolation. The local church is the classroom for learning how ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 February 2013 / Healing
Tags: Rick Warren, Height, God, Love, Circumstance, Situation
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able ... [ +++ ]
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