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Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, Wright Brothers, flight, small churches, fly, sights, right thing, evangelism, discouragement, surrender, calling, mature supporters, leadership, mentor, coach
My mom owned and managed a travel agency in San Diego, mostly because she loved to travel, and she truly enjoyed helping others travel. Mom loved hanging out at airports—really! Airplanes fascinated her, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 / Culture
Tags: Culture, church, Justin Lathrop, stuck feeling, volunteer, generosity, positive, encourage, correct, Paul, Corinthians, Ephesians, ownership, mistakes, negativity
You’ve heard it said that culture starts at the top and works its way down. I couldn’t agree more. And yet, after years of working with and around pastors, listening to their greatest concerns, I know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 January 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, encouragement, words, pastors, ministry, church growth, scriptures, people-pleaser, influence, gossip, priority
This is for all my pastor friends. It may not make as much sense to readers who haven’t served in that role. One thing that sets me apart from some pastors is that the amount of time I spent in the business ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, God, youth, ministry, problem areas, resources, students, New Year, I Corinthians, seed, watered, hearts, meetings, discouragement
I don’t know about you, but when I think about ministry in the New Year, I think about setting goals. I want ministry moving forward and so I think about what that looks like. I think about the problem ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, youth, students, volunteers, middle school, worship service, fpKIDS, church, kids ministry, team, parents, service, love, encouragement
My daughter is allergic to mornings. Given the opportunity, she would easily sleep until 10 a.m. every day. But school requires that she rise a little earlier. So we push through the pain and crawl out ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, life, ministry, learning, process, Scripture, Christ, ownership, growing, encouragement, change, success, desperation, pastors, human
Some of these are new, and some are reminders I’m seeing lived out: 1. The most mature is often not the one with the most knowledge of Scripture but the one who has learned to most live like Christ. 2. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Brad Lomenick, confidant, leaders, humble, courageous, peer, boss, family member, honesty, integrity, decisions, professional athlete
Leaders are called to be courageous and confident yet constantly humble. Being confident is important. But change out the e for an a in confident, and this is also a huge need for leaders: a confidant. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 November 2013 / Married
Tags: Support, encouragement, ministry, Debbie Jones, Stadia, church planting, spouse and family support, elevate, gifted, passion, heart, church
I can still remember the day my husband, Tom, returned from a church-planting conference and said those 10 words that changed our family forever: “I think God is calling us to plant a church.” In the weeks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 / Culture
Tags: Dan Reiland, 12StoneChurch, Christ Fellowship Church, Todd Mullins, mega-church, toxic, gossip, culture, retreat, flooding, change, ministry, fear, panic, courageous, leaders, heroes, spirit of hospitality, ...
Chick-fil-A is a favorite fast food restaurant chain in the Southeast. When you get something to eat there you are likely to hear a cheerful “My pleasure” from any employee. It’s part of their culture. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Networking, encouragement, Geoff Surratt, biblical imperative, pastor, lost art, lip service, hurts, prayers, Thessalonians, building up, agenda, genuine interest
When our home phone would ring on Saturday morning, I knew it was probably my future wife’s grandfather, Hubert Sparks, calling. He called my dad almost every Saturday morning. He didn’t call to complain, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Perry Noble, leaders, tough decisions, conversations, programs, courage
What is the one thing that holds most leaders (and the organizations they lead) back?   It's simple: the unwillingness to make a really hard decision.   Most leaders know the decisions that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 September 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Dan Reiland, beefs, bouquets, church consulting, files, ministry, God's Word, grace, law, strength, weaknesses, encouragement, journal
For more than 30 years now, through three churches and a season of church consulting, I’ve keep two unique files. One is titled Beefs. The other is titled Bouquets. It may sound a little strange, but it ... [ +++ ]
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, 24 September 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, bully, congregation, natural leaders, strength, courage, vision, leadership, Apostle John, ministry, persistence, argument
(This is the type of article some church people will find objectionable. I’m fully aware of that and am willing to run the risk of the flack from writing it. If it results in one congregation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Brad Lomenick, courageous, culture, organization, failure, innovation, reward, risks, opportunities, responsibility, authority, standards
Courage is not just a personal trait. It’s an organizational trait as well. And we all want, in some way, to be part of an organization and team that demonstrates courage. That is willing to push up the ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 28 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, youth ministry, parents, role, principles, primary, perfect, answers, prayers, encouragement, spiritually
This is a topic that freaked me out my first year in youth ministry. As a young parent myself, it’s not easy telling grown ups how to deal with their children. So, it took me a while to really get to a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Ranier, LifeWay, confessions, broken pastor's wife, commenters, encouragement, email, nerve, good pastors, good people, good family people, priorities, spouses, vows, hurting, Timothy
I love the community that has formed on my blog. There are several people who are regular commenters; they have become a part of my blog's family, and I feel like I know them. Some of them come to the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, gifts, staff, responsibilities, leadership development, test, role, gifted, strengths, weakness, encouragement
As a pastor, you have a lot of responsibilities. When your task list grows, it’s easy to overlook the need to invest in your staff. However, one of the most important parts of leadership development is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Joe McKeever, price, pastor, opinion, controversy, political correctness, community, stance, coward, courage, Holy Spirit, Martin Luther King Jr.
Once in a while, a pastor has to make a tough call. Do you speak out on a controversial issue or not? Yes, you could come down hard on the latest political correctness issue dividing the country and enraging ... [ +++ ]
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