Category: Leadership and Life

What is the Church? – Part 5

As we have seen, Jesus had provided some critical information to help combat the disciples’ confusion as to what comes next after the tumultuous days of the Cross, the Resurrection, and the Ascension. And, ultimately, the awaited empowering brought a sense of direction amidst a Pentecost celebration like no other. The promise of “You shall

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What is Worship? – Part 3

Having looked at both the Old Testament and New Testament priorities in man’s worship of God, we’re now ready to start asking the modern question: How are these same priorities reflected in our worship? Relationship with (obedience to) God Relationship with one another Rest Giving and serving Remembering and praising As we have previously noted,

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The Big 5 Questions: Their Answers Will Revitalize Your Church – Part 2

Last time, we introduced the first of our five questions: QUESTION 1: How do we engage new people? Now that you’ve had some time to think about the various ways your congregation engages new people, let’s assume that you need to find some additional ways. After all, your current level of engagement is what is

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The Big 5 Questions: Their Answers Will Revitalize Your Church – Part 1

In our work with hundreds of churches over the past several years, we have come to conclude that there are five questions every congregation must ask if they will see the effectiveness of their church increase. These five questions can rescue the declining church and propel the strong church to greater heights. These five questions

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A Pastor’s Battle with Insecurity – Part 16

How do you react when someone applauds your efforts? For a pastor, the moment of appreciation has an awkwardness that’s hard to fully grasp. Yet, managing this moment and receiving gratitude in a healthy manner are essential for building self-worth. Over the past four months, we’ve been exploring the pastor’s battle with insecurity. We’ve considered

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A Pastor’s Battle with Insecurity – Part 14

This week, we are continuing our look at the healthy strategies for winning the long-term battles with your insecurities. Last week, we discussed the importance of building our personal identities on the truthful view God provides. If we can see ourselves as He sees us, we will end up with the right balance when weighing

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A Pastor’s Battle with Insecurity – Part 4

Thus far, we have considered two of the ways that insecurity is revealed in the life of a pastor. Frankly, the evidence of insecurity in a pastor’s life isn’t easy for a congregation to process. We need our pastor to somehow have eclipsed the struggles we deal with. After all, how can he lead us

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Building Your Team – Part 4

Training or equipping our ministry teams is often the missing ingredient in our recruiting efforts. We need people to help us, but guiding them in how to help us takes some intentional effort, and it’s often the effort that doesn’t occur amidst the busyness of ministry life. So we just hope for the best. As

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Building Your Team – Part 3

As we consider the best approaches to building your team, there’s one idea that will make all the difference for you and your ministry. If you’re going to have a healthy, successful ministry team, you must learn to recruit ahead of need. You see, too many pastors find themselves searching for the “right” person within

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Building Your Team – Part 2

A few days ago, I found myself sitting at dinner with a now wiser, young pastor as he was recounting a recent error he’d made. Desperately in need of more people to aid his church’s hospitality effort, He had made a general announcement and placed a request for help in the church bulletin. In short

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