expectations

Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, criticism, leadership, unrealistic expectations, ministry, blessed, calling, Jonah, love, unconditionally, eyes, resurrected Lord, gospel, focus
By my warped standards, it was not a good day. After nearly nine years serving as president and CEO of LifeWay, I have learned that criticisms are a part of the life and leadership I have. But the critics ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Jared Moore, bleed, call, ministry, Christian, internship, youth pastor, bubble, scripture, naive, Jesus Christ, expectations, David Platt
Has God called you to the ministry? After being raised by Christian parents and attending evangelical churches for 17 years, I repented and trusted in Christ alone for my salvation. A year later, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Pastors, struggle, depression, suicide, help, issues, spiritual warfare, unrealistic expectations, demands, pressure, ministry, marriage, family, problems
The issue of mental health and Christians is finally getting some attention. Among the Christians who have challenges, many pastors struggle with depression. We hear too frequently about a pastor committing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dale Hudson, Katy Perry, pastor's kids, heaven, hell, Barna, research, unrealistic expectations, negative experiences, church, father, mother, faith, modeled, friends, peers
Katy Perry is currently the highest-profile pastor's kid (PK) that has walked away from her faith. In a recent interview, she said she is no longer a Christian and doesn’t believe in heaven, hell or ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Scott Attebery, pastors.com, I don't know, Bible, reverend, brothers, expectations, congregation, honesty, humility, dependency on Christ, John the Baptist
The moment one becomes a pastor, something strange happens: People suddenly think you know everything about the Bible. Twenty-four hours ago, you were like everyone else—learning the Bible a little at ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church growth, decline, turnaround, plateau, abundance, blame, pastor, elders, deacons, seniors, excuses, pretend, lower expectations, cut expenses, overreaction, panic, leadership, ...
Part of my ministry involves working with other churches. Sometimes when I hear from a church, they have been plateaued or in a season of decline for several years. They are often looking for answers of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 / Administration
Tags: Interim pastor, success, set up, Sabbath rest, Lavern Brown, pastors.com, church board, investment, expectations, roles, vision, leadership, conflicts
The interim pastor has a tremendous opportunity to work with church leaders to address many of the issues that can be hazardous for the next permanent pastor. One of the most important questions an interim ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Youth groups, National Center for Family Integrated Churches, John Blanchard, Rock Church, youth ministries, statistics, youth pastor, desertion, church, entertainment, flaws, safe place, counter ...
A recent study conducted by the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC) concluded that youth groups are to blame for the high dropout rate of young adults in church attendance. Their findings ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 October 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Deborah Wipf, pastors, happy, faithful, volunteers, planning, supplies, equipment, church beautification, expectations, background checks, delegation, responsibility, compelling vision, documentation, ...
We all are familiar with the 10 Commandments; so I thought I’d have some fun and create a version for leading church volunteers. I also have a set for how to be an all-star volunteer. Stay tuned for that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 October 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church, leave, support, changes, relationships, attendance, misunderstandings, unmet expectations, hurt, numbers, reasons, adjustments
One tough reality of being a pastor is when then people you thought were supportive leave the church. For a variety of reasons, people will leave. Make any change, and someone is not going to like it. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, burn out, resignation, moral failure, family problems, sickness, ministry, 24/7 mentality, conflict, expectations, no friends, life outside the church
I heard the story again last week. A pastor I know announced his resignation. No moral failure. No severe crisis at the church. No major family problems. No sickness. He was simply burned out. That’s how ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 September 2013 / Family Life
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors' wives, pain, hurting, empathy, respect, vulnerable, health insurance, wedding ring, sufferings, Christ, Jesus, expectations, Moses, Exodus
The letters and comments are pouring in from our recent article on the pastor’s wife. I suppose it should not surprise me—weirdness is everywhere—but some people were angry that we called the pastor’s ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 / Family Life
Tags: Cheryl Edmondson, Ron Edmondson, pastor's wife, family life, expectations, cook, choir, Bible, table of contents, church planters, freedom
I love being a pastor’s wife. It truly is who God has called me to be in this season of life. Everyday is not easy, but when I’m serving as God intended for me to serve, I’m never more fulfilled in life. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, job, Twitter, vocation, ministry, conflict, complaining, family challenges, busy work, expectations, social functions, confrontation, sin, staff members, evangelism, passio
Let me state the obvious: Pastors are human. That means they have preferences, likes and dislikes. So I did an unscientific Twitter poll to find out what pastors really don’t like about their job. By the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Phil Cooke, leaders, level, performance, mirror, boundaries, deadlines, guidelines, culture, expectations
Leaders, if you’re frustrated at the level of your team or vendor’s performance, look no further than the mirror. Only in very rare cases will a team perform better than the level of their leader. Why? ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, delegation of authority, empowerment, signs, leader, churches, staff members, confidence, expectations, authority, permission to fail, protection, resources, recognition
Empowering other people on the team to be leaders—delegation—is critical to a successful church or organization. Every leader talks about delegation, but few truly empower others to be leaders. It’s a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 July 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, thinking, expectations, church leaders, ambition, prayer, influence, spirituality, contentment, laziness
When Christian leaders become ambitious, things get tough. Often other people will mistake our ambition for pride or presumption. But Jesus was ambitious about building His church. Paul was ambitious ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 July 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, pastoring, strong-willed people, expectations, consistency, boundaries, freedom, respect, opinions, individuality
Have you ever tried to lead someone who didn’t want to be led? The same children that were labeled “strong-willed” by their parents often grow up to be strong-willed adults. Perhaps you know one … perhaps ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Phil Cooke, leaders, expectations, best, people, humiliation, criticism, ordering, communication
Great leaders expect the best in people, and bad leaders expect the worst. Rinse and repeat. Over the years, I’ve worked with a number of leaders who think leadership means constant criticism, ordering ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, questions, job, satisfaction, expectations, materials, opportunity, opinions, mission, encouragement
... the way, Buckingham also has a resource available called The Truth about You (Thomas Nelson, 2008). It’s a toolkit including a DVD, interactive book and a “rememo” pad to help you enjoy higher satisfaction ... [ +++ ]
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