10 drills for better upfront leadership

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Most frequent question? How do I get better at being “on stage” in my leadership? Answer? Practice, practice, practice! Here are some drills to help—if not cure—this common angst!

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Taking risks to advance the gospel

Speaking out today about one’s faith in a politically-correct age can be dangerous. Yet church leaders who are hesitant can draw inspiration from biblical leaders like the Apostle Paul. He knew that danger awaited him in Jerusalem. At Miletus he said good-bye to the Ephesian elders and told them that ...
November 20, 2014   Bob Russell

What is the church member's role regarding pulpit content?

As church members in our Western consumer-driven culture, we can become convinced that we should influence the messaging coming from our pulpits. I don't believe that is my role.
November 17, 2014   Kent Evans

4 cardinal rules of good upfront communication

Talking in front of people is still the number one fear for people according to Psychology Today and it routinely shows up in surveys as being even more frightening than death! What's up with that?
November 10, 2014   Doug Lawrence

I love the church

I wrote a magazine story several months ago about why I love the church. While space doesn’t permit me to reproduce the full text here, I think it is worth offering a condensed version to remind every church leader of the need to project love and admiration for Christ’s bride ...
November 04, 2014   Bob Russell

An inspiring view of our entry into heaven

"At first we may burn with the brilliant newness of being glorified, but then in the next instant we will feel at peace and we will be at home as though it were always this way, as though we were born for such a place." (Joni Eareckson Tada at NACC.)
November 03, 2014  

5 ways to be truly present with people

Personally? I’ve proved over and over that you can be in the same room with people and be totally detached from them. Most likely, I’m not alone.
October 31, 2014   Doug Lawrence

6 ways to "read" the room

Are we winning at the game of “Follow the Leader?” Are people really with us? This piece is about checking to see if, in fact, anyone is following our skillful cues.
October 24, 2014   Doug Lawrence

Joan Rivers and the hope of life after death

Comedienne Joan Rivers died recently at the age of 81. Her passing came just three weeks after the world also mourned the loss of comedian Robin Williams and actress Lauren Bacall. Rivers was a very funny lady.  Despite her frequently edgy and irreverent humor, she was a relentless worker and ...
October 21, 2014   Bob Russell

7 Habits of joyful pastors

I have in front of me the names of 20 pastors I know well. It did not take long to assemble the names by the specific traits I sought. Simply said, I wanted to find out whose names I would include in looking for pastors who are joyful. The list ...
October 09, 2014   Thom Rainer

Should you attend a friend's same-sex marriage ceremony?

Occasionally I receive e-mails from church members asking for my opinion on various personal or church problems. With this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling clearing the way for same-sex marriage in 30 states, an inquiry I received recently is relevant to all Christians—particularly pastors. Since many church leaders will inevitably ...
October 07, 2014   Bob Russell

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