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Created on Friday, 17 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, phrases, youth ministry, Saddleback Church, work, hard, leader, terrible, character assassination, vision, direction, savior
I was thinking about three phrases I've said to my self from time to time. The problem is that they are either destructive or self-defeating phrases that get stuck in our minds and misdirect us. They ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, Richard R. Hammar, compensation, pastors, church staff, Southern Baptist Convention, church income, gender, worship attendance, longevity, education, geographical ...
Some of the current trends in pastor and church staff compensation are surprising to me, while others are about what I expected. I relied on several current compensation studies to assemble these nine ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, preaching, hardcore, sin, hell, punishment, grace, insensitive, pastors, writers, culture, Christian message, priority, truth
We're seeing a lot of criticism recently of pastors, writers, speakers, filmmakers as well as others about how they share the Christian message with the outside culture. Some are criticized for making ... [ +++ ]
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 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, 23 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Christ for all Nations, Daniel Kolenda, Reinhard Bonnke, winning souls, evangelism, Africa, Holy Spirit, healing, Jesus Christ, United States
Evangelism In 1974, an evangelistic organization was born out of an unknown preacher's desire to reach the people of Africa for the Lord. Only 100 people showed up to the first event hosted in Gaberones, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 May 2014 / Family Life
Tags: Richard Salazar Jr., pastors, kids, ministerial leaders, negative affect, Creflo Dollar, Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn, glass house, Matthew Warren, victory, time, listen, love them, uncon
Did you know, according to recent research, that 45 percent of pastors' kids will end up in counseling for the rest of their lives? Did you know that 40 percent of pastors' kids do not attend church because ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Women, church, authority, Wendy Alsup, Gospel-Centered Woman, Richard Rohr, abuse, submission, personal weakness, Paul, Romans, government, Bible, guidelines
“The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.” ―Stanley Milgram “Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Surratt, example, morale, leader, Fred Richard, Seacoast Church, gifts, Genesis, Caleb, spirit, employees
What do great leaders look like? That’s almost like asking, “When will I know I’m in love?” The answer: “You just will. You’ll know it when you see it.” Recognizing a great leader is similar. You’ll know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Brian Dodd, success, leadership, Sports Illustrated, Calvin Johnson, Jerry Rice, price, public, private, diligence, systems, small details, hard work, excellence, opportunities, adversity
Do you want to be a successful leader in 2014?  It is a rhetorical question isn’t it? Of course you do. A better question may be do you have a strategy or system for success? If not, I want to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Rick Warren, motivation, practical, advice, theology, ministry, vision, plans, paper, excuses, tasks, progress, Poor Richard's Almanac, benefits, completion, books, optimism, action environment, ...
When it comes to ministry leadership, I don’t focus on trying to motivate other people. I worry about motivating me, and if I’m motivated, it will be contagious. This is true in any area of ministry. Your ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 10 October 2013 / Education
Tags: Patch Adams, Artie Davis, movie, impact, physicians, work, hard, graduate, pain, leader
On a lazy Friday afternoon (my day off), I watched the semi-old movie Patch Adams. I loved many things about the movie (have seen it several times before), but on this viewing, the most impactful part ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 October 2013 / Education
Tags: John Maxwell, mentor, Dan Reiland, John Wooden, coach, student, hard work, mistakes, legalism, intentional, organic
... of 800 to 1,200. This is not a legalistic thing. Don’t get hung up on the numbers; just go with the idea. And of course, make the ask. 3. Think intentionally organic. Don’t ask for lots of regularly ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Brad Lomenick, all in, clock, time card, humility, goals, effort, hard work, excellence, ministry, how to be a good worker
Are you a leader who is “All In?” I want leaders on my team who are “all in.” Coaches want players who are “all in” on their teams. Every organization out there wants employees and team members who are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, churches, life change, strategy, success, hard work, mission statement, faith card, pastors, leaders
Booz & Company just recently completed a study asking leaders about their business strategy. Based on their research, they found that most executives don’t believe their company’s strategy is understood ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 June 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, hard truths, Christ, church, Body of Christ, people, Jesus, submission, unity, Ephesians, pastors, deacons, congregation
It’s His church and not mine. It’s His church and not yours either. Settle that or nothing else will matter. Get it wrong and everything else you do will be off-kilter. The moment you think it’s your church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 June 2013 / Prophecy
Tags: Michelle McClain, John Eckhardt, conviction, prophet, presence of God, Isaiah, anointing, sinful speech, deceit, violence, death
Conviction is a major anointing that is needed in the prophetic ministry. The Scripture tells us that the gifts and the calling are without repentance. Many prophets operate in the gifts without having ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 May 2013 / Prophecy
Tags: John Eckhardt, prophecy, office, apostles, teachers, miracles, healings
The highest level in the prophetic realm is the office of the prophet. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then ... [ +++ ]
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