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Created on Friday, 12 September 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Robert Morris, leadership, empowered, Jesus, serve, delegate, Gateway Church, The Word, power, authority, insecurity, exaltation, promotion
On more occasions than I can count, I have heard positive comments about my empowering approach to running a church. I've had more than a few of our recent hires come to me and say something like, "Robert, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth, pastor, lessons, learning, teachable, flexible, extra mile, attitude, students, authority, Jesus, time
Being in youth ministry, I've had the privilege of learning a lot. And, I can honestly say out of all the things I've learned, there are some lessons that I feel will never cease to teach me. When I started ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 August 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: National Association of Evangelicals, board, survey, church growth, biblical teaching, outward focus, strong vision, mission, Leith Anderson, biblical authority, community, needs, care
The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) asked its board of directors, which includes denominational leaders, pastors and other evangelical leaders, for the main characteristics they notice in growing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 July 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Rick Warren, influence, time, resources, kingdom builder, Bible, Holy Spirit, encouragement, accountability, position, authority, fame, wealth
Everyone has influence. We all influence someone. And God expects us to be good stewards of that influence for His kingdom's sake. He didn't give us our influence for selfish purposes on our part, but ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, student leaders, serve, Jesus, prayer, committed, grow, journey, struggle, expectations, influence, authority
A lot of times when we think of student leaders, we think of the students who are the elite of our ministry. And that is completely false. Student leaders are simply students who are committed to serving ... [ +++ ]
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: Dan Reiland, leader, identity, questioned, misunderstood, price, John, testimony, John the Baptist, conventional, Elijah, stability, edgy, Jewish leaders, authority
When you lead the way, things won’t always go your way. This is especially true when you lead change, challenge the status quo or disrupt the normal patterns of life as people know them. Good leaders spend ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Cox II, Soul Preaching, Teresa Fry Brown, homiletical integrity, authority, creativity, stealing, credibility, theological tradition
Teresa Fry Brown makes a startling statement in her presentation of Charles Adams’ nine suggestions to preachers in her book Weary Throats and New Songs. She says, “One lacks homiletical integrity, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill church, church authority, leadership, elders, deacons, members, Jesus, shepherds, sheep-focused, caring, specialists
Understanding offices and courts is very important for structuring leadership in a large church. At Mars Hill, we continue to have three offices of leadership: elders, deacons, and members. But we have ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 27 November 2013 / Married
Tags: Predicament, Marsha Fisher, Inside Out Ministries, Porn to Purity, computer, authority, secret, sexual sin, destructive message, counselor
Consider this predicament: Your boss, the company CEO, has given you a high-level project. After a few months on the job, you discover that your new responsibilities involve falsifying records. Not ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Geoff Surratt, Ron Carpenter, congregation, devastation, pain, evil, family, Redemption World Outreach Center, pastor's kid, integrity, transparency, human, vulnerability, broken, accountability, ...
My heart broke last week as I watched pastor Ron Carpenter pour out his heart in his weekend message to his congregation. It was a gut-wrenching experience as he shared with his church the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, brainteaser, authority, sermon, respect, benefits, longevity, role, age, hierarchical structure, experience level, proven track record
Here’s a little brainteaser: Many without it despise it. Many with it abuse it. Many simultaneously want more and less of it in their lives. What am I? Most articles I’ve read and sermons I’ve listened ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, delegator, problems, authority, availability, faster, leader, growth, credit, toolbox
I have always strived to be a delegator. I know I’ve written posts on it before—how to do it successfully and that kind of garbage. But that’s before I knew the skinny on delegation. So, that’s it. I’m ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Brad Lomenick, courageous, culture, organization, failure, innovation, reward, risks, opportunities, responsibility, authority, standards
Courage is not just a personal trait. It’s an organizational trait as well. And we all want, in some way, to be part of an organization and team that demonstrates courage. That is willing to push up the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Sean Dunn, Groundwire, beauty, mess, choices, promises, substances, relationships, authority, parents, exterior, interior, pain, anger, hostility
Alisha’s life was a mess. Her family was dysfunctional and broken. Her past was littered with poor choices, shattered promises, substances and illicit relationships. She hated her parents, despised authority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, delegation of authority, empowerment, signs, leader, churches, staff members, confidence, expectations, authority, permission to fail, protection, resources, recognition
Empowering other people on the team to be leaders—delegation—is critical to a successful church or organization. Every leader talks about delegation, but few truly empower others to be leaders. It’s a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 July 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Hal Seed, bucket list, Jesus, Trinity, restoration, assignments, sinless life, conceived, human, equip, sin, rise, heaven, ascension, judgment, rewards, authority
Somewhere in the councils of the Trinity, a plan was devised for the restoration of the world. Among His other assignments, these fell on the bucket list of the Son of God: 1. Be conceived and born as ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Brady Boyd, God, pastor, disappointments, offerings, congregation, change, safety, numbers, praying, sleep, authority, perspective
You probably know by now that being a pastor doesn’t shield you from disappointments. Sorry for the buzzkill beginning, but that’s the truth. The offerings will sometimes be less than your church expenses. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 / Relationships
Tags: George O. Wood, pastors, love, respect, authority, insecurity, DNA, church, credibility, trust
I have told my son, who is a young pastor, “There are just two things you need to do: Love God and love people.” If you do these two things, you will not go too far astray. Many younger pastors immediately ... [ +++ ]
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