Monthly Archives: February 2016

4 Reasons for a compelling vision.

The principle of vision is seeing through God’s eyes what he wants accomplished. Vision answers the “What?” question . What are we doing here? What is our business? What matters most to us? Nothing much will happen in our lives … Continue reading

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Lessons from Lewis and Clark

Can you imagine leading a team into uncharted areas that was fraught with danger, enemies, and overwhelming obstacles? Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led such an adventure. The Corps of Discovery is best known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition. … Continue reading

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5 Essentials of a Church Leader

A church leader shares many common traits with a leader in any other organization, but there are some traits unique to the church leader. Here are five. Defend the unity of the church. Unity is the visible participation of communication … Continue reading

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12 Lessons from The Boys in the Boat

  The Boys in the Boat, written by Daniel James Brown, is the true story of nine Americans and their epic quest for gold in eight0oared rowing at the 1936 Olympics. It’s a story of work, determination, overcoming adversity, defeating … Continue reading

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7 Reasons Pastors Should Write

  Pastor, if you aren’t writing beyond the scope of your church publications, you should be. Here are seven reasons why you should be writing. 1. Words, especially written words, have been used powerfully by God. Martin Luther wrote the … Continue reading

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5 Ways Pastors Can Extend Their Ministry Through Writing

Pastors for years have turned their sermons and teachings into books, articles, devotionals, and countless other written documents. You can do the same. You can reuse, retool, and recycle your sermon to use in various ways. Consider the Sunday sermon … Continue reading

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You are called by name.

“I am the good shepherd . . . The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out” (John 10:14, 3 ESV). Jesus often spoke in rural images that communicated visually to the … Continue reading

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4 Reasons Pastors Need Followers

  “Let’s get behind the pastor.” Pastors are not perfect but most have a calling and a desire to lead their church to fulfill the Great Commission. When pastor and members are working together, the church can and will impact … Continue reading

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The Power of 10,000

Have you considered the ways the number 10,000 is used? Power exists in 10,000. The number 10,000 can have a magical and enduring impact on you. It has the power to produce abundant meaning in this life and the life … Continue reading

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Top 10 Christian Absurdities

When I reflect on what is said in and around church, here are ten statements that border on the absurd. We state them as fact or truth, but when we think about what they mean they are absurd. Inactive member. … Continue reading

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