Month: July 2012

Taking Your Temperature

I spent this weekend worshiping with Cypress Grove Assembly of God in Grandridge, Florida. What a fun morning as their students had just returned from youth camp, and they were really engaged in celebrating God. There’s a lot of enthusiasm in a room when a dozen or so teenagers are down front, and on their

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Healthy Deacon Meetings

Each year, thousands of men and women are elected to serve as deacons of their local congregation. Unfortunately for most, there’s no training program or orientation for this line of spiritual responsibility. Each year, at the first meeting with a new Board of Deacons, we discussed the healthy patterns that were essential for their efforts

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Pastors Need Friends Too

Spending my weekends with pastors gives me insight into their unusual world. Of course, I’ve lived in that world, too, so I‘ve got my own first-hand understanding of their plight. Pastors face one of the most challenging tasks on the planet. Here in America, pastoring is almost always listed among the most stressful career options

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No Time to Lose

The modern church has put quite a premium on energy. We hit the ground running every Sunday morning, with high-energy music, big smiles and a contagious enthusiasm that says, “this is the place to be!” Fast-growing churches know that an excited platform means an excited pew, right? Being upbeat, positive, and full of energy keeps

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GROW means GO!

“If you build it, they will come…” Okay, that might have been true in an Iowa cornfield with dead baseball players in need of redemption, but is it really an appropriate mantra for the living? Hardly–oh, and by the way, Field of Dreams was a fictional story. So why do many churches seem to think

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