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What Moses Teaches Us About Mentoring

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Moses (right) and Joshua

Are you involved in a mutually beneficial mentoring/student relationship? What is holding you back?

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Where Does a Struggling Leader Go for Help?

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Where do you go for help when you're struggling? (Lightstock)

Here are seven places where you might find good counseling and simply a sanctuary if you’re having a difficult time with your ministry.

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Joe McKeever: A Minister Should Be Able to Teach

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Joe McKeever

Are you preaching, teaching, or both?

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Make Room for Young Leaders

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Are you empowering younger leaders? (Lightstock)

Find out why older church leaders don’t need to think about retreating or retirement as much as they need to begin empowering younger leaders.

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3 Acceptable Excuses Killing Your Potential

Confident-man-mistakes-smallIt’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 of someone else’s excuse is fairly black and white, it’s not so easy when it comes to the excuses we give ourselves. Oftentimes we give ourselves a lot more slack with our own excuses. It’s taken me years to realize that the excuses I often find “acceptable” can possibly destroy the influence, leadership potential and personal growth I want to accomplish.

Here are three of the most common acceptable excuses I’ve found myself giving over the past few years. But I have recently realized the danger of using them:

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How to Avoid a Spiritual Mudslide When You Can’t Stop the Rain

MudslideMy wife Ann and I lead busy lives. Yet, despite the flurry of activity, God has protected us from the ravages of spiritual collapse. One of the reasons is that we’ve been able to keep up a daily personal devotional life. For us, it’s a key to sanity!

Many of us are task oriented. What we DO is the measure of our success. If you ask people why Jesus was successful most will point to the to the things he did. “He healed the sick…cast out demons…raised the dead…preached to the multitudes”…and the list goes on. And yet, there’s an aspect of the Messiah’s life that involved doing ‘nothing,’ but spending time alone with the Father. So significant were these times that all four Gospels mention them.  In fact, Luke 5:16 says that “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

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