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Like a Child

“Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry. The more professional we long to be, the more spiritual death we will leave in our wake. For there is no professional childlikeness (Matt. 18: 3); there is no professional tenderheartedness (Eph. 4: 32); there is no professional panting after God… Read more »

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Authority and the Young Leader

These are some helpful thoughts for young leaders.  I wish I learned some of these lessons earlier.  Some of these lessons I am still learning. Integrity is your greatest asset. You cannot magically create ministry experience that will convince older generations that you can be savvy at deacons’ meetings and sensitive at a deathbed. But… Read more »

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Dave Gibbons, "Church Misfit"

Dave Gibbons, the lead pastor at Newsong church in Irvine, CA, is someone I admire because he is doing it right.  Not because he has a huge mega-church.  Not because he is famous or on magazine covers.  Not because he is edgy or radical.  But because he is building a church that serves Jesus. “In… Read more »

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Stop Trying to be a Success

Consciously or subconsciously, pastors and other ministry leaders often fall into the trap of trying to define ourselves through accomplishments.  Even if we don’t express it outwardly, our hearts can easily begin to focus on unimportant measures such as numbers, attention, or even financial abundance. These thoughts by Pastor Steven Furtick reminded me of a… Read more »

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Phil Jackson on Leadership

I came across this great leadership insight from a Bill Simmon’s reflections on a personal interview with basketball coach Phil Jackson who has won 11 NBA championship titles and coached greats such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Steve Kerr told me once that what made Jackson special – and Popovich too – was that… Read more »

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Growth or Comfort?

“The decision to grow always involves a choice between risk and comfort. This means that to be a follower of Jesus you must renounce comfort as the ultimate value of your life.” – John Ortberg

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The Power of Encouragment

Reading thiswell written post by Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, reminded me of how often as a leader I am more critical than encouraging. How much better would it be if we were continual encouragers as God repeatedly reminds us. There would be a powerful impact on the lives of our fellow co-workers as… Read more »

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Mark Driscoll – "A good soldier"

I’ve recently been hooked on reading Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. He is definitely not your typical pastor, but is well known for making a huge impact on the city and unreached community of Seattle. His book, “Confessions of a Reformission Rev.” is worth reading if for nothing else than it… Read more »

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Billy Graham’s Advice

One of the greatest Christian leaders of the past century, on whether he wished he was more involved in world issues: I’ve been concerned about our nation, our world and the political processes, but also I have regretted that I have not spent more time in prayer, in Bible study and in the pastoral ministry… Read more »

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A Christian Influence?

An encouraging article about the influence of Christianity on the US. Though analysts like Barna are often helpful in spurring the church on to more action, articles like this remind us that God is in fact doing things in the US after all.