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Created on Monday, 11 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, creative juices, enthusiasm, energy level, team, rhythm, burnout, external drains, compensation, energy cycles, Saddleback Church, staff members, flexible schedules
The quickest way to destroy a team is to burn them out. And you don’t have to look around the field of ministry very long to realize that the ministry is filled with burned-out leaders. But it’s possible ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, ministry, men's ministry, rogue, unpredictable, dangerous, solitary, deep fear, meetings, influence, congregation, connection, body of believers, tribal knowledge, ...
“He’s gone rogue.” Usually you will encounter this phrase in spy novels when counter-intelligence operatives, spies or assassins leave the grid and, consequently, the control of their handlers. In ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, volunteers, youth, program, destroy, successes, failures, assumptions, lessons, initiative, heart, passion
One thing I can freely assume about volunteers is that they want to help. Other than that, I should be careful about anything else I assume. I’ve been working with volunteers for a while and can say I’ve ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, brainteaser, authority, sermon, respect, benefits, longevity, role, age, hierarchical structure, experience level, proven track record
Here’s a little brainteaser: Many without it despise it. Many with it abuse it. Many simultaneously want more and less of it in their lives. What am I? Most articles I’ve read and sermons I’ve listened ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 October 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, leaders, commitments, Saddleback, raising the bar, Bible study, living connection, community, foundation, obedient servant, development
Whether you use a low or high bar of small group leadership, I think all of us have hope that our leaders will do more than open their home, facilitate a discussion or convene a meeting. And ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 08 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnson, bomb, youth ministry, youth pastor, mission, timing, agenda, engagement, defensive, conversation, Saddleback Church
For most youth workers, few things in ministry are as dreaded as navigating conflict—especially when it comes in the form of an angry parent or frustrated volunteer and when it comes suddenly and unexpectedly. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, ministry, high school ministry, building, game, goals, focus, motivator, authenticity, Jesus Christ, priorities
A lot of times we can get into the results game or the comparative game and lose sight of what matters most. We think if only I had that building, that equipment, more staff or more money, then we would ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, self-protection, leaders, spirit, team, relationship, marketplace, wolves, Jesus, communication, suck up
I am one of those people who believes the best about other people. In my career as a junior guy working his way up and as a CEO, I have met all sorts of leaders in the marketplace and, now, in the church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth leader, Jesus, youth ministry, relationships, students, potential, talk, challenge, faith
I’ve learned that relating to students is more about what you do than who you are. I wrote a post a while ago called “The Bs to Being a Great Youth Leader,” and it was about clearing up the misconceptions of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Rick Warren, ministry, minister, Saddleback Church, singles, youth, leadership, God's timing, motivation
Saddleback didn’t have an organized youth ministry until we had 500 in attendance. We didn’t have a singles ministry until we had 1,000 people in attendance. And I’m glad we didn’t. It’s not because those ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, Youth Ministry, pastors, elders, numbers, attendance, signups, small groups, salvations, baptisms, database, Instagram, social media, blog, friend
As youth pastors, we don’t like to talk about numbers. If we do, it’s with wailing and gnashing of teeth, as we imagine the elders shaking their heads in frustration at the job we’re doing to reach the ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 April 2013 / Administration
Tags: Rick Warren, untapped, gold mines, church, sleeping giant, lay people, financial support, evangelicals, Saddleback
Pastor, you’ve got a sleeping giant in your church. If you awake that sleeping giant, it’ll change your church, your community and the world. This sleeping giant in your church is your unengaged lay people. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, life, worst disasters, son, suicide, Saddleback church, grief, receive, bitter, Christ
It would be impossible, in just one message, to go into all the reasons for suffering and for why God allows tragedy. Instead I want to focus on five ways that we should respond to tragedy. I Need to Release ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 April 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, ministry, Saddleback, lead, position, idea, leadership
Saddleback didn’t have an organized youth ministry until we had 500 in attendance at the church. We didn’t have a singles ministry until we had 1,000 people in attendance. And I’m glad we didn’t. It’s ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, Saddleback Church, student volunteers, roles, availability, eager, kids' ministry
I was watching my friend Parker the other night. He is an incredible student leader and a talented young man. He was working lights at our Saturday night service during our "You Own the Weekend" series. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 March 2013 / Calling
Tags: Rick Warren, church planting, congregation, mistakes, Saddleback Church, believers, journey
Every church needs a plan to disciple its congregation. You need a plan to take people from “come and see” to “come and die”—which is where Jesus took His disciples during His earthly ministry. For most ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 March 2013 / Culture
Tags: Rick Warren, God, Adventure, Mission, Great Commission, Saddleback Church
You and I were made for a great adventure—it’s why we like movies. Movies have a story to them, an adventure to follow through. It’s also why we like shows like “Star Trek.” We want to “boldly go where ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 January 2013 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Daniel Plan, Churches, Dee Eastman, Saddleback Church, Roadmap
Why thousands of churches follow this roadmap to wellness—and how yours can too Pastor Dave Barr and his congregation at New Hope Windward Church in Hawaii managed to get their entire congregation of 900 ... [ +++ ]
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