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Created on Thursday, 18 December 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, harsh realities, leadership, common challenges, unpopular, disagreements, decisions, success, excuses, mandate, motivate, legacy, investment, conflict, soul
I love leadership. I feel called to it. I realize the need for good leadership, but the fact is that leadership is hard. I meet regularly with some high-level, senior leaders to glean from them. We talk ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Youth pastors, lies, Josh Griffin, truth, difference, serving, length of service, reality, church, teach, hypocritical life, God's spirit
From time to time, I've caught myself in a terrible lie. I start to believe something that couldn't be further from the truth—but at the time, it actually feels like the truth itself. Here are three ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: emotions, Carey Nieuwhof, John Mayer, passion, John Wesley, alive heart, powerful leadership, distort reality, negative, pain, withdraw, blame, attention
I had a blah day earlier this week. Nothing terrible happened. There was no direct trigger. I just didn't feel great emotionally. Chances are you have more than a few of those days yourself. Sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Kurt W. Bubna, pastors, front door, back door, lost, church, small group ministry, invested, unrealistic expectations, connected, authority, position, character, skills
"Everybody is leaving someday!" When my pastor and friend of almost 40 years made that declaration, I was a bit shocked. He could see the look on my face, so he clarified, "We shouldn't get too bent out ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 September 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Kyle Searcy, God, crutch, church, sovereignty, natural realm, grace, Bible, The Word, neglect, natural laws, confinement, fear, slothfulness
I was spiritually raised in a very strict segment of Christianity. There were great things I learned at that church. But, the emphasis that was placed on pleasing God actually created an unhealthy fear ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, church, millennials, realism, state of the world, bandaids, bullet wounds, pacifists, activists, honesty, safe place, Truth, Bible, social activism, passionate
It's no secret that millennials aren't exactly flocking to churches these days. There are theories and statistics, but the fact remains the same: Our churches aren't a place millennials tend to call home. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian resources, breakout pastors, breakout churches, hopelessness, hopefulness, possibilities, reality, long term, perspective, increments, setbacks, intentionality, outward ...
If you want to experience an "a-ha" moment about revitalizing churches, this research may be the near the top. Most of you have heard the dire information and statistics about congregations in North America. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 / Youth
Tags: teen, advice, youth group, leader, Tiffany Sullivan, connect, Facebook, Instagram, platform, communicate, parents, Christ, name, favorites, get real
Kids these days need encouragement, mentorship, and lots of love. And sometimes, youth group is the only love they get. So, you need to make sure you're taking advantage of this small window of opportunity ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church, autopsy, death, caution, pessimism, optimism, reality, leaders, prayer movements, church planting, revitalization, theology, practical ministry
I know. I have been a spokesman for gloom and doom of the local church. I've even written a book about church autopsies—not necessarily a topic of hope and joy. There have, however, been reasons ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: T.D. Jakes, The Potter's House, Christian films, Ministry Today 21, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Jumping the Broom, Black Nativity, Heaven is for Real
... from influential Hollywood producer-director Reuben Cannon to transform the play into a movie. After the film’s release in 2004, a sequel followed in 2012. Other films, like Jumping the Broom (2011), Sparkle ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Jared Moore, pastor, realities, blessings, ministry, training, immature church, angry, failure, legalism, liberalism, ignorance, tradition, opposition, preaching, teaching
The blessings of ministry far outweigh the realities below; however, ministry is definitely not easy. Don’t waste your time and money going to seminary or college for pastoral training if you ... [ +++ ]
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 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 Wednesday, 26 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, vision, principles, giftedness, given, written, prayer, heart, communication, declaration, faith, realized, soul, energize
A vision is beyond just a good idea. It must be a God idea. God does not obligate Himself to our good ideas or brainstorming sessions. God commits Himself to us when we connect with His heart and ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 21 January 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: David Shibley, moral failures, casualties, leaders, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress, counsel, Jonah, firewalls, short accounts, real accountability, humility, escape hatch
Jesus often suffers more from His friends than from His enemies. In John Bunyan’s epic The Pilgrim’s Progress, one of Christian’s guides to the celestial city offers this wise counsel: “There are two things ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Joseph Mattera, mistakes, young leaders, church, pastors, zeal without knowledge, older, wiser, work, families, unrealistic goals
As a person who started off in full-time ministry at the ripe old age of 21, I write the following out of personal experience and not only observation. We desperately need young leaders to emerge. We older ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Kim Martinez, preaching, newsletter, computer, child-birth class, notepad, students, real life, notebook, Jesus, Sermon on the Mount
This week I helped a friend learn to make a newsletter on the computer. As we started, she pulled out a notepad to write down the directions. You’ve seen this before: students jotting down your every word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, senior pastors, small groups, lead, authentic community, Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, reality, reconnection
Senior pastors, you need to know something. If you want authentic community to flourish in your church, it begins with you. It must begin with you. I don’t know what has prompted your hope for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, vision, challenge, communication, clarity, concrete, tangible, real, spiritualization, concise, compelling, action, enthusiasm
Casting vision is one of my favorite things to do as a pastor. It has also been a joy to do it beyond my local church in some major settings. Each time, I find it a joy. I love getting into the challenge ... [ +++ ]
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