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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 tossing and turning. I'm writing this for the very …
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 compared human nature to the natural world: "So every …
Will you be among the churches that start the New Year wisely? Few are willing to do the work, but few can afford not to! These 3 exercises can change the trajectory of any vitally aware church, but the challenge is to be faithful in the work of …
This time of year we often recognize staff and key volunteer leaders with gifts, as well as holiday gatherings. But one gift costs you nothing except your time: the gift of your presence. Those you lead need you to be present with them. When things …
Leadership Principle #46: Because our decisions are marred by subjectivity, and we can't know all the facts, we shouldn't be afraid of looking foolish by following gut instinct."Instead, God has chosen the world's foolish things to shame the wise, …
A helpful way to shepherd your people with relationship to the mission of Jesus is to ask two simple questions: 1) Is the person clear about the vision of your church? 2) Is the person wanting to make a contribution? Imagine that you could answer …
It shouldn't come as a surprise that many naturally wired leaders and driven types rise to the helm of our churches. Each one is following the call of God in their lives and comes with a mixed bag of healthy leadership traits and "type-A" hang-ups. …
DON'T BE A FUEL! Everyone in ministry knows what it feels like to be an "emotional service station" and few would be willing to admit that there's anything wrong with that role, but there are dangers, real dangers. Here are some ways to avoid a "…
When good things happen for me, there may be an equal and opposite reaction for someone else. That's the nature of living life in the real world. Newton's Third Law of Motion is not just about physics. You've undoubtedly heard the expression "life …
Leadership Principle #42: Leaders learn the true character of their people by watching them deal with responsibility and hardship."Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also …
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How we moved beyond conflict in our church

"We needed to work through some relational tension by getting busy for the Lord together," says Pastor Melissa Pratt. "Folks worked together and they actually enjoyed it!"
 

 
Obey Holy Spirit promptings to stay refreshed

When was the last time you can definitively say you obeyed the prompting of the Holy Spirit? Pastor Todd Clark explains how obeying leads to our refreshment as leaders. (From NACC 2012)

 
The 2 institutions the Millennials don't trust

What creates such frustration and lack of trust among 20-30-somethings? They simply see too much conflict among their elders.

 
The 5 anchors that will keep Millennials on your staff

Thom Rainer lists the 5 things companies and churches must do to keep Millennials engaged in their jobs.

 
The career motivations of Gen Y

This idealistic generation is more pragmatic than we thought, says Dr. Rainer.

 
How a lack of unity burns out a pastor
"It's painful," says George Ross. "It's hard. It's treacherous. And it will make you tired. Last year sent me to the desert." (video courtesy of NACC 2010)
 
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