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- Perfect Parenting? by Dr. Juli Slattery
- May 2, 2013
Thou shalt make your children eat broccoli. Thou shalt not give your child an unsterilized pacifier. Thou shalt let your teen sleep in on Saturdays.
- 6 Encouraging Words for Struggling Pastors
- January 21, 2013
I’ve been a pastor for over 20 years and even now there are days when I’m tempted to quit. To be completely honest, I had one of those days recently. I’ve I’ve often been asked how I’ve been able to stick with it for so long. The short answer is that I’ve been able to sustain by God’s grace. The longer answer is made up of several phrases that I remember every time I feel like giving up. I’m going to share these phrases with you knowing that they may not initially make you “feel” better. Rather, my prayer is that they’ll encourage and empower you by helping adjust your thinking.
- How to Become a Trusted Leader
- January 16, 2013
People follow people they trust. Do you want to be a trusted leader? Let people learn to trust you. I’ve found trust develops over time and experience, as we witness trustworthy behavior. Honestly, it’s a delicate balance, because while the leader needs to be strong, independent and confident, a trusted leader must be approachable, inclusive and humble. Here are 7 ways to gain and keep trust as a leader.
- 7 Leadership Default Zones
- January 16, 2013
There are a lot of gray issues in leadership. Having a default zone when things on both sides appear equal or you are uncertain about a decision may help you make better decisions. These aren’t foolproof, as many things in leadership are not, but having a general idea which way you would “default” to in common situations that occur most frequently in leadership may prove to be helpful. If you consistently have to make the same type decisions as a leader, think through which way has over time proven to be best. That becomes your default zone. Here are some of my leadership default zones.
- Looking Ahead to 2013: What Should the Church Expect?
- January 15, 2013
If you do not make assumptions about the future, then you are not leading. Good leaders constantly assess the cultural climate. In other words, they do research. Good leaders are also willing to change their assumptions. In other words, they are flexible. Holding firm to assumptions from the Y2K era is about as relevant as giving a set of Pokemon cards to your kids this year for Christmas. So at the end of every year, I pause to challenge my underlying assumptions of what I believe the future holds. Vision is a key to leadership, and the nature of vision requires an assumption of what will happen in the future. Therefore, you cannot lead unless you are thinking about the future.
- 3 Non-Negotiables for Powerful Sermons
- December 18, 2012
There are certain elements that must be included in every single sermon we ever preach. They are non-negotiable. To put it another way, every sermon you preach has three key components.
- What You'll Never Hear About Preaching in Seminary
- December 12, 2012
I’m a pastor who is constantly learning how to do it better. But first, I want to provide a caveat to my title. The caveat is you have heard most of what you will read below, but the real issue is have you paid attention to what you’ve heard? So, in a sense, what I’ve listed below are some reminders for ministry to encourage you to keep pressing on toward God-honoring, Christ-exalting ministry.
- How to Build Leaders Who Excel
- November 27, 2012
One of the most crucial roles of a leader is to ensure the leaders on his team are developing others. This is absolutely essential for the long-term health and vitality of the organization. But one of the challenges to reproducing new leaders is a commitment to doing things right. We’ve all heard it:“If you want it done right, you just have to do it yourself.” Instead of investing the time and energy it takes to teach others, many leaders just do the job themselves. But we actually hurt our organization when we put excellence above multiplication. All of us want to see our church or company produce at the highest level possible. We want to put our best foot forward and be proud of the product we deliver. So how do we develop leaders while delivering excellence at the same time?
- How to Create Momentum in Your Ministry
- October 29, 2012
Remember Newton’s first two laws of motion? Here’s a refresher… First law: Every object continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled to change that state by external forces acted upon it. Second law: The acceleration (a) of a body is parallel and directly proportional to the net force (F) acting on the body, is in the direction of the net force, and is inversely proportional to the mass (m) of the body. In other words, things that are sitting still don’t move unless something pushes them, pulls them, or otherwise compels them by force…including churches.
- 5 Tough Challenges for Any Pastor
- October 22, 2012
It may be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Indeed, it may be an impossible job to do in our own strength. I know. Before I was LifeWay’s president or a seminary dean, I served as pastor of four churches. I know. I have heard from countless pastors in countless churches. Their stories are similar to mine. So I asked the question: What specific part of being a pastor is the most difficult for you? Here are my five tough challenges for pastors.
- How to Break Free from Status Quo Leadership
- October 22, 2012
I confess. I shouldn’t have this nagging fear, but I do. I am sometimes haunted by the possibility that I failed to make a critical decision as a leader, and I missed the opportunity to make a difference in this world. It’s easy sometimes not to make a decision, to let the perceived status quo become our daily agenda. Instead of becoming a leader who is a change agent, we become managers who carry out routine tasks. Frankly, I don’t want to live my life in the world of “what if.” I don’t want to look back on this brief time God has given us and realize that I failed to act or to make key decisions. I don’t want to be guilty of one of the most damaging types of sins, the sins of omission.
- A Pastor’s Dirty Little Secret
- October 22, 2012
Peter Drucker, the late leadership guru, said that the four hardest jobs in America (and not necessarily in order, he added) are: * The President of the United States * A university president * A CEO of a hospital and * A pastor Is that true? Pastors love God and love people. They get to pray for people, lead people to a faith in Jesus Christ and teach the Word about God. That’s the dream job. You can read the Bible all day, pray, play a little golf and preach. I want to do that!! Here is the secret. Being a pastor is hard work. It’s not for wimps.
- How to Keep the Passion for Ministry Alive
- October 22, 2012
I’ve been a pastor for 28 years. I’ve been at the same church for all those years. I’ve been in ministry, (including youth ministry and music ministry) for 31 years. I love it. After 30 years, we are in the most exciting time in our ministry and I’m convinced the best years are ahead of me. The more I help young pastors and leaders in their ministry plans; I often hear a question like this. * “How do you keep going?” * “How do you keep your passion for ministry fresh”?
- 10 Signs Your Christianity Has Become Too Comfortable
- October 22, 2012
Glamping is a form of luxury camping started by wealthy British people who frequently took African safaris. Instead of roughing it in the wilderness, these aristocrats vacationed with the best of accommodations such asÂ soft beds, fluffy pillows, and all the modern conveniences such as televisions. This form of relaxation has made its way to the United States. In 2010, KOAÂ Kampgrounds increasedÂ 26% in luxury lodge rentals. Glamping Hub’s Ruben Martinez says, “After a week of camping, you’re not thinking, ‘I look homeless right now.’ You’re thinking about how comfortable you are.” I fear the mindset of glamorous camping permeates our entire society, including local churches. I fear we have become a nation of comfortable Christians. I know I personally have. ”I’m OK. You’re OK.” is not a healthy approach to life and a sign of a self-leadership issue.
- “Your prayer request got in my text messages!”
”Your text messages got me praying!”
- September 6, 2012
Like chocolate and peanut butter, prayer requests and text messaging go to together in a surprisingly delicious way: Calorie free praying! Could there be a more noble and wonderful purpose for mobile phones than helping us pray more? It sure beats texting about what someone had for lunch yesterday.
- Rick Warren: Healthy Churches Have Pastors Who Stay
- July 24, 2012
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life, shares how important it is to the health of a church that pastors stick around for the long run.
- 7 Telltale Signs of a Healthy Staff
- June 13, 2012
I can usually spot a dysfunctional church staff from a mile off. Certain little indicators tell the story. Conversely, other telltale signs generally telegraph a healthy staff, one that operates smoothly, accomplishes a lot, exudes a sense of team, has fun, and enjoys a powerful ministry. Here’s how to spot a healthy, effective, loving staff.
- We Believe: 30 Days to Understanding Our Heritage
- May 2, 2012
Perhaps you’ve heard about We Believe: 30 Days to Understanding Our Heritage; but if you haven’t, you’ll be surprised by how effectively it teaches our great American tradition. Like nothing else, this power packed paperback helps people internalize core American values.
- Six Big Regrets Some Pastors Have
- November 30, 2011
There’s stuff in every life to regret, or about which to at least have faint remorse. This was certainly true of my many years in ministry, and it also seemed to be true for the half dozen or so pastors I asked to help me with this piece. I had to trim their dozens of confessed regrets down to six.
- Bill Hybels on Leadership
- November 28, 2011
Here's a nice clip of Bill Hybels talking about the importance of Leadership study on an ongoing basis.
- A Wired World
- November 6, 2011
The computer revolution and the Internet are also changing Christian evangelism and discipleship, in ways which are only just beginning. Just as the Roman road system in New Testament times enabled the rapid spread of the Gospel, the Internet is also becoming an effective worldwide channel for evangelism.
- The Dirty Little Secret of the Church
- October 27, 2011
The Bible remains the bestselling book of all time but does it have a bestselling effect on our lives?
- The God Pocket
- September 30, 2011
What if you could take a little something out of your pocket today that would make God visible—and then give that little something to another person you just met?
- Looking for Cost-Effective Advertising for Your Church - Think BIG!
- September 1, 2011
Did you know that our tough economic times offer your church a huge opportunity? Statistics show that churches experience significant growth during tough economic times.
- Barna Study Explores Faith in New York Since 9-11
- August 29, 2011
In the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, millions of Americans flocked to churches and houses of worship. But, for most, the shift in spiritual behavior was short lived.
- Funny and Unique Church Signs!
- August 3, 2011
Sometimes we all just need to sit back and have a laugh! Enjoy!
- It's OK to FAIL
48 Days, LLC. - July 13, 2011
Thomas Edison was an inquisitive child at an early age. He attended school for only three months where the teacher labeled him as “too stupid to learn anything” quite possibly because...
- Getting To Know Jesus - 001 - In the Fullness of Time
New Hope Gospel Ministries (home of Getting To Know Jesus) - April 28, 2011
There is some discussion over whether God causes things to happen or simply knows when they will happen. The point of our focus is that Jesus did not come until it was time for him to appear!
- The Mandate: Making Disciples that Make Disciple-Makers
Lionshare Leadership Group - February 15, 2011
Regardless of what domain we are called to serve, as followers of Jesus we have been commanded to “make disciples”: reproducing the character, ways and mission of Jesus in those around us expecting them to multiply the same within others. As followers of Jesus, disciple-making must always be our aim and end. After all, it is what Jesus has specifically commanded us to do.
- Developing A Discipleship Ministry
Core Discipleship Ministry - February 14, 2011
Though Jesus had many who followed, He chose only twelve ordinary men with a mixture of backgrounds and personalities to be His disciples. Jesus’ entire ministry depended upon these men who would go on to start the Christian Church. He began His discipleship ministry in prayer: