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Created on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, church leaders, healthy, toxic, poisonous, pastors, fruit, Spirit, minimalist, structure, accountability, behavior, favoritism, critical, anger outbursts, manipulation, transparency, ...
Most church leaders are godly and healthy. A toxic church leader, one that figuratively is poisonous to the organization, is rare. But it is that church leader who brings great harm to churches and other ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, pastors, blatant sin, casual drifting, distractions, danger, neglect, soul, family, sacrifice, numbers game, comparison, affirmation, rebels, truth, popularity, glory, ...
I encounter so many struggling pastors. And unfortunately, I know so many who used to be pastors but no longer hold the position. It may be through a blatant sin or a casual drifting from doing what they ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: Chris Vacher, Canada, worship, leader, assumption, crowd, ready, Psalm 121, hate, engaged, sweet presence, Jesus, danger
Worship leaders, in general, are artists. Artists, in general, tend to be emotionally invested in their own situation. Emotional investment, in general, results in assumptions, which have varying degrees ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, bad, decision, major, hints, leadership, everyone happy, easy, alone, quickly, slowly, changes nothing, gut, dangerous
I've made many bad decisions in my leadership. Thankfully, the longer I lead, the more I develop warning signs I'm about to make another. I think these may apply to all leaders. These aren't full proof. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, leaders, beliefs, strong convictions, attack, ministerial leaders, hardship, theological, ethical, practical, derision, discouragement, dread, discord, division, distractions, defamation, ...
The real foundation of great leadership is character, not charisma. And one aspect of a leader's character is the convictions to which he is deeply committed. Great leaders have strongly held beliefs. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, House Church Movement, disciples, hospitality, church, poor, outcast, New Testament, Paul, Romans, lifestyle, stranger, love, Jesus, powerful
As part of our travels to India, Impact Nations has been experiencing the House Church Movement first hand. This is a movement that is baptizing over a million new disciples a year and is now the largest ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, do-overs, pastors, failures, regrets, struggles, failures, response, anger, obsession, critics, admit mistake, neglect, family member, church need, initiative, buy-in, megachurch
We are certainly to move forward from past failures and regrets. Paul told us to “forget what is behind and reach forward to what is ahead” (Phil. 3:13). But we can learn from the wisdom of others, even ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Churches, ministries, pastors, new media, dangers, publicity crises, social media, greater risk, reputation damage, credibility
Churches and Christian ministries are not prepared for publicity crises and under-estimate the dangers of the new media age, according to an international public relations and reputation management consultant. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Joe McKeever, Christmas, strangers, gospel, Jesus Christ, evangelism, prayer, lead, discernment
I. There were three people in front of me at the Wal-Mart checkout. I was on my way to a drawing assignment and stopped to pick up a large sketchbook. Wal-Mart has them cheaper than the art store, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Greg Stier, atheist, gospel, intimidated, flight, St. Louis, Denver, preacher, shock, questions, grenade, Paul, Christ, why, anger, church
Last week I sat next to James on a flight from St. Louis to Denver. As we talked, the subject turned to spirituality and religion. I confessed that I was a preacher, and he confessed he was an atheist. ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 09 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Greg Atkinson, pastor, confession, salvation, healing, testimonies, rescue, deliverance, dead heart, setting people free, Galatians, hurt, anger, shame, guilt
God did something amazing in my heart recently (but it’s not about me). God did something amazing in our church (but it’s not about us). I could share stories and testimonies with you all day (and maybe ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Sean Dunn, Groundwire, beauty, mess, choices, promises, substances, relationships, authority, parents, exterior, interior, pain, anger, hostility
Alisha’s life was a mess. Her family was dysfunctional and broken. Her past was littered with poor choices, shattered promises, substances and illicit relationships. She hated her parents, despised authority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 August 2013 / Education
Tags: Jonathan Cliff, trust, leaders, loyalty, concern, interest, success, failure, mistakes, anger, Philippians
I’ve worked for bullies that demanded trust. I’ve worked for weaklings that demanded trust. I’ve worked for very few that legitimately worked to build my trust in them. Trust, like loyalty, is a two-way ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, blindfold, experience, blinding, leadership, learning, danger, knowledge, information, training, position, people builder, investment, legacy
Many times, as leaders, we are blindfolded by the experience we have gained over the years. We assume everyone knows what we know, but we forget what we once didn’t know. I feel what I’m writing is elementary ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 18 July 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Staff, pastors, pain, pacing, flailing, depression, anger, erosion, buries, avoidance, burden, prayer
Recently, a friend told me of a major shift in his home life—one of the life-altering kind. The thing that bothered me most (and the whole thing is an issue for prayer) is that I didn’t sense that anything ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 / Prayer
Tags: Hal Seed, prayer, danger, heart, lost, desire, extraordinary risks, community
Many years ago I prayed a prayer that has changed me more than any other. It changed my vocation, location, orientation and just about every other “ation” in my life. What was the prayer? “God, I don’t ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 / Growth
Tags: Ron Phillips, Holy Spirit, gifts, church, divine, dependent, dangers
A young man in my last church cut off three of his fingers while cutting a piece of paneling in a van customizing shop. As he was being rushed to the hospital, he was asked, “Where are the fingers?” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, dangerous, church, paradigms
I’ve been in church all my life. Along the way, I’ve seen and learned a lot. Almost all the insight I have into church has come by experience. I have observed, for example, that paradigms can often shape ... [ +++ ]
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