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Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, Christian, narcissism, Jesus Christ, leaders, inconsiderate, selfish, excessive attention, entitlement, brilliant, charismatic, behavior, prayer, eyes opened, humility, trust, adviser, ...
Narcissism should not be said in the same breath as Christian. The former is love of self; the latter is love of God in Jesus Christ. But the sad reality is that narcissism can and often does creep into ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: God, Joe McKeever, steal, tithes, offerings, embezzlement, pastors, jail, Paul Yonggi Cho, Barry Minkow, thefts, rationalizations, ministry, self-delusion, lawbreaking
... after his sin during the capture of Jericho. Achan confessed, “I saw the mantle and 200 shekels of silver and a bar of gold … I coveted them … I took them … I hid them” (Josh. 7:21, paraphrased). I saw, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dan Reiland, team, morale, spirit, happiness, energetic, productive, adversity, generosity, trust, empowerment, alignment, caring
The hallways often reveal more than the boardroom. What you hear in the hallways is often a better indicator of the spirit of your team than what is said in the boardroom. I’m not suggesting that your ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 07 April 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Steve Murrell, Every Nation Ministries, Rice Broocks, Philippines, fledgling ministry, stewardship, documents, plan, Phil Bonasso, Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Maranatha Campus Ministries
Twenty years ago, Every Nation Churches and Ministries serendipitously started in my home when a couple of old friends had a layover in Manila. The date was March 4. The time of day was late, close to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 / Women
Tags: Justin Lathrop, leadership, women, ministry, gifts, empathy, multi-tasking, gentleness, passion, relational savvy, optimism, integrity
There has been a long-standing debate about women in leadership in ministry. This is not new, although the way the debate has found its way online makes it feel like it is new. But really, this conversation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, questions, small group ministry, qualified leaders, group, answers, Andy Stanley, focus, vetting, leader development, coaching, support
I love a great question. I actually look for them and even write them down when I hear them or copy them when I read them. (See also "Quotebook: Never Stop Questioning.") But there are some questions that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, sacred space, church, families, sex, marriage, divorce, money, addiction, doubt, mental illness, physical health, healing, identity, social justice
Sometimes we think church is supposed to be a sacred space, where we only talk about certain things or only address certain subjects. There are subjects we would talk about in our families, for example, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: John Burke, gospel, heart, God, Erwin McManus, church planting, leaders, Jesus, evangelism, communication, New Testament, God, life
Erwin McManus and I did a one-day event for church planters talking about creating "Come as U R" churches that help people far from God actually grow into future leaders for God. (Check out stories on ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 / Education
Tags: Leneita Fix, teach, students, Christ, relationship, curriculum, engagement, activities, unchurched, articulate, concept, language, Christian, salvation, Jesus
I recently looked through some really excellent small-group curriculum. I loved the way it dug in to lead students in going deeper with their relationship with Christ. However, it also held one of my biggest ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Chuck Lawless, options, leader, ministry, improvement, degree, seminar, class, obedience, Jesus, clarity, relevance, communicate, gospel, non-believers, sensitivity, invest, release, accountability, ...
You have many options to strengthen your ministry: Read a book. Attend a conference. Talk to another leader. Take a class, or earn another degree. Listen to a podcast. Watch a web seminar. All of these ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 / Family Life
Tags: Andrew Lisa, family ministry, professionals, Bible, home, children, true faith, learned, practiced, supplemental, separate, literature, media, support groups, retreats, accountability
Although the physical act of going to church is a central tenet of the faith, true faith is rooted in the Christian household. For people of faith, family ministry is crucial to maintaining a true understanding ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, ministry, counseling, sanctuary, business leaders, Christian leader, transparent, reputation, protection, God, counselor, coach, couch, mentor, friends, family
This is written to the struggling leader. I frequently hear from you. Email appears to be a safe place to reach out to someone—and for that I’m thankful. Some of my pastor friends are lonely or about to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, Wright Brothers, flight, small churches, fly, sights, right thing, evangelism, discouragement, surrender, calling, mature supporters, leadership, mentor, coach
My mom owned and managed a travel agency in San Diego, mostly because she loved to travel, and she truly enjoyed helping others travel. Mom loved hanging out at airports—really! Airplanes fascinated her, ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 24 February 2014 / Children
Tags: Parents, invest, extra-curricular activities, children, martial arts, tutoring, sports, spiritual investment, worship training, peace, environment, creativity, inspiration, memorization, the Wor
Parents typically spend hundreds of dollars on extracurricular activities for their children. Money spent on training in martial arts is considered an investment in children’s safety. Private tutoring ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 February 2014 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, student, volunteers, value, Seacoast Church, middle school students, high school students, orientation, ministry, lead, communication, mentoring, small group leaders
I recently wrote about the value of student volunteers and how we can create an environment that helps them stick. One post generated an excellent comment by Scott Kinney at Seacoast Church. This guy doesn’t ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 February 2014 / Counseling
Tags: teacher, preacher, apostle, learn, teacher, Christ, college, seminary, languages, Hebrew, Jesus, God, education, church, Apostle Paul, Old Testament, Barnabas, Word, gospel, grow
I am a teacher. When I was a senior in high school, a classmate gave me one of those unforgettable moments that lives in one’s mind forever. Principal Andy Davis had summoned me to his office to help Jerry ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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