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The third of four sessions of Dr. Mark Rutland's National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL) this year was held last week in Tulsa, Okla. I had the privilege of attending, and it was as good if not better than any of the previous sessions Dr. Rutland has done.

Click here to watch a video of Dr. Rutland talking about how you can participate in the NICL.

The topic of last week's NICL was on Public Speaking, Preaching and the Relationship of the Pastor with the Music Minister. Dr. Rutland gave one of the most interesting analysis I've heard on the growth and evolution of Christian music over the years, and he compared it with what was happening with secular music at the same time. It was very fascinating. It dealt a lot with the cultural issues of what's going on in the church and the world.

Dr. Rutland also showed a funny video on worship, which was shared by one of the NICL attendees, and we thought you would enjoy it. Click here to watch the Wrong Worship: Inspirational Videos. Please let us know what you think by posting your thoughts on our Facebook page.

The next session (Turning the Ship: Strategic Leadership for Growth) of the NICL is to be held Nov. 7-9 at Strang Center in Lake Mary, Fla., located near Orlando, and the headquarters of Ministry Today.

You can also plan to attend the four sessions of the NICL in 2012: Feb. 6-8 (Leadership Management); March 26-28 (Staff & Volunteers: Building, Directing & Leading for Quality); and Sept. 10-12 (Preaching & Worship: Excellence in Expression). Several universities recognize Dr. Rutland's leadership training. By completing the four-session course, you can earn college credit towards your degree.

For more information on the NICL, contact Daniel Prince at, call him at 407-333-7106 or click here.

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