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Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Growth
Tags: Brandon Cox, control, growth, church, David Chrzan, leadership, theological framework, systems, Holy Spirit, commitment, congregation, discipleship
He may not be Solomon, but David Chrzan often drops nuggets of wisdom that sound as if they could have come from the book of Proverbs. In the five years or so that I've known and worked with David, he's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, creative, effective, ministry, ownership, Saddleback Church, implementers, decision makers, committee, board of directors, challenge, Jesus, Great Commission, control, permission, c
It's impossible to have a healthy church that experiences multi-dimensional growth without trusting people enough to delegate leadership to them. Having said that, this remains one of the greatest bottlenecks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Expansion
Tags: church, renovation, construction, buildings, Internet connectivity, security system, plumbing, management, financial processes, controls, volunteer management, HR process, hiring, staff development, ...
Have you ever visited a construction site before the walls are finished and the drywall is put into place? If so, you've probably noticed the myriad of wires and pipes woven into the hidden recesses of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, adversity, dying, church, life, autopsy, hard data, health, help, significance, influence, guilt, dependence, community, love, control, miracle
I have written another article that presented the findings of my "autopsy" on a church that recently closed its doors and died. I knew the church well because I had been their leadership's consultant 10 ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Hilgemann, pastors, dynamics, preaching, levels, normal, quiet, loud, shouting, power, passion, urgency, control, sincerity, intimacy, tone
Did you know that for musical arrangements, composers write more than just the notes to be played? They also write the strength with which each note should be performed. These markings are referred to ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 03 February 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Ron Edmondson, pastors, lies, Satan, hurt, spiritual warfare, self-confidence, too small, task, control, growing, church
My heart is for the pastor. Maybe it stems from the fact that I spent so many years as a layperson, a deacon and Sunday school teacher and, now, as a pastor. I realize now how much I didn’t understand ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Derwin Gray, pastors, staff member, church, leave, vision, star, Transformation Church, generosity, scarcity, Jesus, Ephesians, manipulate, control, guilt, leaders, cult-like environment
Pastors, what do you do when staff wants to leave and join the staff of another church? And I’m not talking about the staff you want to leave. I’m talking about the “star” that really moves the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: pastors, biblical, Ron Edmondson, perspective, family, ministry, secondary, control, spouse, dark places, longevity, pace, burnout, function, church, indispensable
I love pastors. I love to encourage pastors, and that’s biblical. (Ephesians 4:29 … or something like that.) Seriously, I’m a pastor. And, I work with pastors everyday. Having been in the business world ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 December 2013 / Administration
Tags: Geoff Surratt, senior pastors, stress, staff, possibility, staff leader, There are two kinds of stress in working for a church; the stress of being in control and the stress of not being in control. ...
I heard it again today: “Only senior pastors can understand the incredible pressure a senior pastor is under.” I have no reason to doubt the statement or any way to gauge the level of stress a senior pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 November 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth ministry, time, students, hugs, Jesus, high fives, control, small talk, guidance, prayer, discernment, fun
I love the craziness of large groups where I get to see a bunch a students at once. I love mowing through the crowd, giving hugs and high fives and randomly having greeting tribal dance-offs ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Deliverance
Tags: Matthew Barnett, Dream Center, Los Angeles, social workers, dream, survival, staying alive, body, soul, drug abuse, prostitution, self-control
"What is your dream?" It’s the one question they never expect. You can see their eyes widen when we ask them. They suddenly look up as if to say, “Did I hear you right?” Most of the time, when a homeless ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 November 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Leadership, Ron Edmondson, cost, cheap, personal agenda, control, popularity, comfort, fear, loneliness, outcome, objectives, goals
Leadership is expensive. Costly. Cheap leadership is never good leadership. Here are seven high costs of good leadership: 1. Personal agenda. Good leaders give up their personal desires for the good ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Church, response, Christians, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans, antidepressants, marketplace, hope, Jesus, depression, healing, behavior
It’s amazing how many Christians are suffering from depression. There are precious people who love the Lord dearly yet find themselves struggling in a day-to-day battle to simply enjoy their lives.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 July 2013 / Culture
Tags: Ron Edmondson, lies, Christians, hurt, help, control, God, understanding, marriage, time, prayer
Here are 12 of the biggest lies I’ve heard people tell: 1. I’m not going to let him (or her) hurt me anymore. 2. I don’t need any help. 3. I’ve got this under control. 4. I’m only going to try it one time. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joey Bonifacio, Body of Christ, Pastors, Christians, Conferences, Overseer, 1 Timothy, reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, disciplined, ...
If you’ve been tracking my posts recently, you know that I have just returned from speaking at a conference in Australia. I understand the significance of conferences and their service to the body of Christ, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 May 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, leadership, organizational, team, control, business, church, DNA, delegation, creativity, characteristics, personal growth, independent thought, followers
In my years leading in business and churches, I have known many people who claim to be leaders, but they are actually nothing more than controllers of people. There is a huge difference in leading and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Ron Edmondson, leadership, tips, battles, fight, duplicate, emulate, downtime, marathon, sprint, control, authentic
I have a heart for leaders. Especially church leaders. I’d love to help others learn from my mistakes. In fact, that’s a huge motivation for this article. With that in mind, here are seven simple leadership ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 April 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Joe McKeever, preachers, constant, temptation, successful, pontificate, preen, posture, control publicity, discount
... services. Do not read such puffery for factual reports because you will not find any. The meeting attended by 200 people by actual count balloons to a thousand by the time his spin machine tells it. ... [ +++ ]
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