Leading from the Lion's Den
  • Moving Forward: Opportunity or Obstacle?

    Moving Forward: Opportunity or Obstacle?

    "We've always done it that way!" How often do we hear these words within the walls of the church? Moving forward creates difficulty for many congregations who find it much easier to remain in one …
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  • Not Everyone Likes You

    Not Everyone Likes You

    If you're a ministry veteran, this chapter will come as no surprise to you. If you are a young leader or pastor, please don't skip this chapter. It will save you a lot of grief and late nights …
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  • 7 Practices for Keeping Jesus at the Center of Church Staff

    7 Practices for Keeping Jesus at the Center of Church Staff

    Before my ministry path took me down the consulting road, I served as a pastor of spiritual formation. My first love, theologically speaking, is sanctification. Most of my motivation for going to …
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  • 5 hard facts about “soft” worship

    5 hard facts about “soft” worship

    Soft worship? Yes, you've experienced it…heaven knows it's available in a church near you. It intends to be profound and God-honoring…"authentic"…but it ends up being something …
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  • What if ESPN Meant Evaluating Senior Pastors Network?

    What if ESPN Meant Evaluating Senior Pastors Network?

    We live in a sports-crazed culture, and I'm a part of it. I closely follow my Alma Mater. I read the sports page. I listen to a little sports radio. I take in some ESPN. I try to keep up with what's …
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  • Seven deadly thoughts of leaders

    Seven deadly thoughts of leaders

    By the time we hear of a leadership failure, any attempts at intervention to save the leader usually prove futile. The damage has already been done. The family or organization suffers as their leader …
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  • Turning critics into friends and allowing friends to be critics

    Turning critics into friends and allowing friends to be critics

    Jack was a hometown hero. He was the P.K. of a well-loved P., he hurled his team to a public league championship, and he was genuinely a nice guy. After college, he joined the staff of one of the …
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  • Helping one another during hard times

    Helping one another during hard times

    I am receiving requests for financial assistance more often these days. Strangers twice approached me at a service station recently to ask for gasoline money. I am seeing more frequent e-mails …
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  • Innovating Discipleship Review

    Innovating Discipleship Review

    You need a few short books to meet your reading goals for 2014. You need books that will grow you and stretch you. You need books that will challenge you and set your heart aflame. Will Mancini's …
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  • Diving into Social Media

    Diving into Social Media

    Mark 2: 22 "And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins." …
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  • 4 myths many churches believe to be true

    4 myths many churches believe to be true

    Wouldn't it be great if everything we believe to be true, were true? Most churches have some beliefs that just can't be verified by any standard measures. The wonderful gift of disillusionment which …
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  • When problems multiply, steal and pluck

    When problems multiply, steal and pluck

    Leadership Principle #47: When vast operational problems threaten to sink the ship, the leader must force people to help each other and ruthlessly remove inefficiencies. "[A]t the present time your …
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  • What Now?

    What Now?

    At the final meeting of my first paid church consulting engagement, I presented my neatly-bound report complete with charts and graphs to the leadership team. We reviewed the pertinent data and …
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  • Youth Ministry Extinction Plan

    Youth Ministry Extinction Plan

    To all the youth pastors who wish they could write this post and not lose their job, you are welcome. I love and respect the work youth pastors do. However, I hope to help make their role obsolete …
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  • 2014 Ministry and Vision Planning Ideas: The Four Helpful Lists by Tom Paterson

    2014 Ministry and Vision Planning Ideas: The Four Helpful Lists by Tom Paterson

    How would you like an incredibly simple and simply powerful planning tool for 2014? Let me introduce you to Tom Paterson, a strategy and planning guru. Tom is in his 80s and living outside of Denver (…
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  • What Does Your Growth Plan for 2014 Include?

    What Does Your Growth Plan for 2014 Include?

    Spend three-and-a-half days with some of the smartest, wisest people you have ever heard of and you begin to understand what Elmer Towns means by the title of his memoir Walking with Giants. Will …
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  • Six insights for leading lay volunteers

    Six insights for leading lay volunteers

    One of the greatest blessings in churches today and throughout history is the number of men and women who gladly (often sacrificially) give of their time and energy to do ministry. Indeed, churches …
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  • How should the church respond to liberal religious views?

    How should the church respond to liberal religious views?

    A few months ago, the Louisville Courier-Journal published an informative article on religious trends in America. The newspaper's religion editor reported on the findings of a recent survey by the …
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  • 7 Simple Things You Can Do to Start the New Year Off Right

    7 Simple Things You Can Do to Start the New Year Off Right

    2014 is coming upon us. Most people make new year resolutions like joining a gym, going on a diet, etc. I'd like to share 7 simple things you can do to get your new year started off right. Go on some …
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  • The 2nd rule of motivation

    The 2nd rule of motivation

    Good leaders know behaviors flow naturally and effortlessly out of one's character. There is a Law of Cause and Effect that is uniformly embedded throughout creation. Jesus spotlighted it when he …
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Videos
Ten tactics from Proverbs to help you manage conflict

This rapid-fire list of concepts and verses will arm you with things to do when conflict takes root in your church. (Tom Harper at Church Central Turnaround 20/20)
 

 
Elmer Towns: The next big church turnaround method

"Life groups are changing today's church." (From Church Central's Turnaround 20/20 summit in 2012)
 

 
John Maxwell launches a prayer meeting

When he was a pastor in San Diego, Maxwell went against the wishes of his board and started a new prayer ministry that helped the church grow. Here's how he did it. (Elmer Towns at Church Central Turnaround 20/20)
 

 
Do some churches do more harm than good?

When a church doesn't make disciples, its value to the Kingdom is questionable. (Aubrey Malphurs leading a training session for the Society for Church Consulting.)
 

 
How weaknesses help leaders win spiritual battles
Chuck Lawless, Dan Reeves and John Ewart talk about the power of brokenness in fighting Satan in a church turnaround situation. We all have weaknesses that the enemy is very aware of, and when we direct our fear toward God rather than him, we …
 
Bandero Road Church's 7 'how we live together' statements

Will Mancini discusses how this church defines what a disciple should look like in their congregation. (From Church Central Turnaround 20/20)

 
Strategies for becoming multicultural

Blended worship, multigenerational, multilingual. Whatever you do, be fluid, said Jan Paron. "What worked last year may not work this year." (From Church Central Turnaround 20/20)
 

 
How I became the county pastor

You think you're busy? Melissa Pratt tells how she adopted the community and became its chaplain.

 
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