persona

Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Neil Eskelin, LifeBridge Books, Christian, sermon, pastors, mistakes, personality, personal stories, thesaurus, vision, faith, synonyms, shout, speak, long passages, Benny Hinn, Holy Spirit
Editor's Note: After ghostwriting and editing more than 300 Christian books, Neil Eskelin, president of LifeBridge Books, offers his advice to ministers who have a sermon series they want to see published ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, employee, servant, steward, hire, application, God, evaluation process, complain, solutions, favoring, momentary personal pleasure, talents, greater good
I’m not trying to be cute or clever with the title or with this post. The thought occurred to me recently: If I were God, would I hire me? Now, granted, I’m not God. You can say a loud amen to that. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 April 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, goals, Jesus, personal relationship, gospel, leader, forgiver, friend, Bible reading, parents, spiritual, child
Yesterday, I had a phone interview with someone who is finishing up a degree in children’s ministry. He asked some great questions. One that he asked was, “What should be the big 'wins' for a children’s ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 March 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Bob Rhoden, Assemblies of God, leadership, pastor, personal relationship, God, ministry, distortions, insecurity, personal fears, Dr. Leonard Sweet
I grew up as a boy without much leadership, at least in the conventional sense. No dad, no mother after a drunk driver killed them both when I was just 2 years old—only a loving grandmother who did the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, God, usable, warrior, requirements, ministry, mission, personal character, clean life, cleansing, status, world, talent, eyes open, leadership, vision, wisdom, grateful heart, firm purpose, ...
If you’re a pastor or church leader of any kind, you most likely found yourself in that place because you want God to use you. And chances are, you want God’s help releasing and freeing other people to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, leadership, principle, wrong, better, subordinates, perfectionist, prideful, personalities, performance, blatant mistakes
Part of my job as a leader is helping people I lead get better at what they do. That often involves letting them know about areas I see where they can improve.  That can be difficult for some people ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, changed leaders, societal transformation, personal transformation, Christlikeness, ego, unbroken, insecure, advancement, emerging leaders, presumptuous, divine strategy
One of the most important things leaders involved with societal transformation need to focus upon is their own personal transformation. Because of our fallen state, all leaders should be in an ongoing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preach, sermons, conclusion, Christ, gospel, message, summarize, redemption, emotional intensity, specific response, personal, opportunity, commitment
Some of the greatest preachers in history were great at introducing and delivering sermons but poor at closing them. We preach Christ, and we preach a gospel that calls for commitment, so powerful preaching ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, laugh, jokes, water, slime, pudding, funny song, whopee cushion app, costume, burping contest, prank, impersonations
I love hearing kids laugh. There’s nothing more precious than the laughter of a child ... especially at church.  Over the years, I’ve found ways to get kids laughing. Here’s 20 of them: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Gina McClain, value, response, intentions, personal goals, assistance, customer
I have to admit, one of my biggest leadership challenges is simply responding to people. I have great intentions of doing so. And if I’m totally honest, I do respond 100 percent of the time—in my head. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Young pastors, green, personal character, Justin Lathrop, mistakes, leader, talking, listening, people-pleasers, authenticity, over-sharing, delegation, authority
You might know I started a nonprofit directed at equipping and resourcing young pastors. I remember what it felt like to be a young pastor myself, trying to balance the demands of ministry and family, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pastor, faithfully, challenge, professionally, personally, new year, evaluation, examination, relationships, church culture, elevate, Christ, walk, spirituality, leadership, future
With the holiday season looming, how can you end the year faithfully? In other words, pastor, what should your focus be for these last few days of the year? You can lead aimlessly to nowhere or aim ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Colonel Sanders, Joe McKeever, preachers, Bible study, message, humorous lines, Holy Spirit, personal conviction, Haddon Robinson, will, unprepared, voice of the Lord
I had planned my Bible study message for the little interdenominational group that meets each Wednesday in a local restaurant. I knew what “the Lord laid on my heart” and had gone over it earlier ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 November 2013 / Education
Tags: Justin Lathrop, young pastors, equipping, ministry, spiritual devotion, church innovation, personal development, overall wellness, global mission
I recently hosted an event aimed at equipping young pastors with the resources they need to thrive in their ministry. This was the culmination of a vision I’ve had for a very long time. I’ve been in ministry ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 07 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, character, boldness, Christ-likeness, godly, leader, Charles Spurgeon, the Word, priority, personal life, prayer, DNA, accountability, Kingdom, genuineness, urgency, speech, mento
This blogpost was not easy to compose. Writing about godliness is never easy, for to do so is to imply you’ve figured out how to walk in holiness. I make no such claim here. I struggle like everyone else ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Dan Reiland, leadership, pressures, church, pastors, finances, internal pressure, transferred pressure, problems, peer pressure, advisers, wasted pressure, lack of discipline, personal pressure, ...
Every leader faces pressure. It’s how you handle that pressure matters. Do you attempt to avoid it and let it conquer you, or embrace it and use it to your advantage? In most situations, leadership pressure ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 September 2013 / Youth
Tags: Sean Dunn, Groundwire, youth, personality, label, tag, behaviors, delusional, perspectives, upwardly-mobile, judge, intentional design
When you look at the students in your life (let’s give them a name for the sake of convenience—how about Steve and Sally?), what do you see? What stands out to you? Is it their height, their build or their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Justin Lathrop, excuses, potential, teacher, parent, leader, slack, personal growth, busy, guilt, ministry, learn, church, choices
It’s easy to tell whether a person is giving an excuse. Whether you’re a teacher, a parent or a leader, we’ve all heard excuses from other people that don’t quite add up. While determining the validity ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, church, staff person, strong work ethic, loyalty, execution, personality chemistry, vision, relationship, staff members
After about a quarter of a century of church consultations, I have dealt with a plethora of church staff matters. I continue to hear many of the same themes since I left church consultation. Today I present ... [ +++ ]
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