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Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 / Legacy
Tags: Dan Reiland, coaching, young leaders, listen, young-minded, slow down, conquer, temptation, be yourself, mentors, models, heroes, dig deep, discipline, dream big, discouragement
Coaching young leaders is one of the most rewarding things anyone can do. I recently had lunch with six young college students who are summer interns at 12Stone® Church. I was impressed. They are all sharpies! ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 November 2014 / Service
Tags: Joe McKeever, cup of water, benevolence, missions, judgement, Savior, excuses, life or death, dire situations, journey, encouragement
I'm the only person I know who picks up stray pennies. I add them to my coil cup, which will eventually be given to missions. Every little bit counts. The gospel song goes: "If just a cup of water I place ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, blocks, small groups, community, koinonia, frequency, authenticity, mutuality, accountability, encouragement, courtesy, sympathy
What the public generally knows about Saddleback Church is that we have a large weekend attendance. But what the outside world doesn't realize is that the strength of Saddleback is really in our small ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Chuck Lawless, enemy, Satan, upper hand, church, chaos, confusion, Jesus, cross, sin, difficulties, discouragement, evangelism, position, power, kingdoms
Let me start this post with a clear caveat: Satan will not ultimately win as he attacks God's church. Jesus broke the powers through His cross (Col. 2:15), and the enemy will eventually be cast into outer ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Joe McKeever, gems, wisdom, pastor, beginning, calling, New Orleans Baptist Association, training, shortcuts, Acts 16:25, Paul, Silas, Philippian jail, Jesus Christ, network, mentors, advisors, prayer ...
... early retirement from his firm to attend Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham. Then, in 2009, when Duane McDaniel succeeded me as DOM for the association, he asked Jack to take charge of our inner city ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 October 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, social media, harm, good, church, communication, encouragement, attack, leaders, criticize, share the gospel, prayer requests
On a few occasions, I have addressed the topic of church leaders on social media. I obviously have a fascination with this form of communication. Indeed, I see it as one of the great modern-day vehicles ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 October 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, structure, healthy church, collapse, wineskins, growth, plateau, internal conflict, leaders, discouragement, personal renewal, corporate renewal, community, mission renewal, structural ...
Structure is far more important that we usually realize. Every building in the world has to have the right structure to stand up and not collapse. Living things have structure as well. An animal can grow ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, pastors, thank you, staff, appreciation, gratitude, praying, studying, God's Word, communicating, grace, love, patience, motives, countless hours, continual learner, spouses, children, ...
To all pastors and church staff, I want you to know that I know being a pastor or church staff member is the most difficult job in the world. While it has unbelievable highs and on its best days is the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ron Edmondson, focus, task, productive, distracted, mind wanders, discipline, rest, deadlines, passion, project, encouragement, success, exercise, systems
I'm fairly productive as a person. But the truth is, I get distracted easily and have a hard time staying focused at times. If I didn't have notes when I was preaching, I would totally get off track. My ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: George O. Wood, Assemblies of God, powerful preaching, changed lives, inspiration, Holy Spirit, Haggai, delay, discouragement, defilement, destiny
I have learned over the years that sermon preparation involves as much, if not more, perspiration than inspiration. It requires hard work to dig the message out of the text. About a year before the event, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 September 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, team, encourager, contribution, vision, direction, respect, give more, information hub, celebrate, others' success
Everyone wants to be indispensable when it comes to their job. Here are seven ways to do that: Be a chief encourager. Be one who helps people feel better about themselves and their contribution to the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, resign, quit, seasons, relationship, marriage, pastors, church staff, lay leaders, clarity, gratitude, joy, critics, discouragement, difficulty
You are frustrated. Or hurting. Or just don't know if you can take it any more. You may be in a difficult relationship. You may be in a job you hate. You may be the pastor of a church, and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Pastors, ministerial leaders, suicide, depressed, difficult issues, escape, hopeless, discouraged, Christian, non-Christian, community, talking about suicide, indicators, teens, elderly, self-vi
He was a business acquaintance and a good friend. We did not commonly spend time together outside of necessary meetings, but when we did there was a mutual enjoyment of each other's company. From the outside ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Rick Warren, tired, disillusioned, discouraged, lethargic, fatigued, warm weather, health, churches, feelings, unreliable, dry spells, character building, Jesus, eternal rewards, difference
There comes a point in every great work when you will begin to get tired, disillusioned and discouraged. Fatigue at the halfway point of anything worthy of your dedication is inevitable. This is true for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pulpit, sermons, courage, pews, compromise, messenger of God, graciousness, wisdom, kindness, judgmental, withdrawal, flawed plans
"The Lord is for me; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Psalm 118:6. See also Heb. 13:5-6) I read that scripture-–especially the Hebrews 13:5-6 incarnation-–and smile.  Asking "what ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Dan Reiland, choices, decisions, resistance, big deal, scary, courageous, leader, risks, accuracy, speed, information, soak time, mental declaration
Jacob is the senior pastor at a church in Phoenix that averages about 140 in attendance. This includes about 110 adults and 30 kids. The church's worship auditorium seats about 125. The growth isn't explosive ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Scott Postma, Church Leaders, pastors, encouragement, Scriptures, traits, characteristics, church planting, mission, disciples, Jesus, service, shepherd, relationship, God, humble, teachable, doctrine, ...
... in younger, smaller churches where the mission of the Great Commission is the central focus. Of course, "smaller" is subjective, but according to the experts and historians, 150-200 congregants offer the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 July 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Rick Warren, influence, time, resources, kingdom builder, Bible, Holy Spirit, encouragement, accountability, position, authority, fame, wealth
Everyone has influence. We all influence someone. And God expects us to be good stewards of that influence for His kingdom's sake. He didn't give us our influence for selfish purposes on our part, but ... [ +++ ]
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, 18 June 2014 / Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church planting, lessons, challenge, God, Good News, Jesus Christ, shy away, leaders, money, fear, pushback, encouragers, naysayers, stretched, hurting people, embrace
I've planted two churches. In each plant, God overwhelmed us continually with what He did among us. I feel humbled and blessed to be a part of such healthy environments God uses to reach people with the ... [ +++ ]
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