Month: August 2014

Dealing with Difficult People – Part 1

In the work of the local church, a pastor will frequently come across people that are challenging to manage, much less lead. These are folks that have established unhealthy habits in relationships or have learned responses to conflict that have frequently proved destructive. Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a look at such people

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Are Your Convictions Causing Conflict at Church?

There are few things more devastating to a community and to individual lives than conflicts at church. Somehow we expect difficult moments and relational challenges at work, at home, and in just about every other setting of our lives. But church? Well, that just shouldn’t be. Okay, yes, we could argue that a local church

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Build the Church? Whose job is that anyway?

Mike Breen wrote an article some time ago with a shocking title, Why the Missional Church WIll Fail. In it he says, “It’s time to start being brutally honest about the missional movement that has emerged in the last 10-15 years. Chances are better than not that it’s going to fail. “That may seem cynical, but

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Subject to Change – Part 14

This 14-part series of blogs–Subject to Change–is taken from the first three chapters of a new book by the same name that I hope to release in 2015. Believe me, there’s a lot more thirst-quenching truth to draw from the well of things people wish their pastor knew about leading them in change. I welcome your comments on what

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Subject to Change – Part 13

  Welcome back to our ongoing discussion of the things people wish their pastor knew before leading them in a journey of change.   A second fact many pastors will discover when they look into the congregational past is that we’ve got our share of dysfunction. No congregational journey can be reviewed without discovering a

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