7 tips for connecting new members

This past weekend I went to a Home Improvement store. I needed help from two different departments on two issues I had in my home. As I walked into the spacious warehouse, lost at where to go, I started my quest to find the right person to help me buy the right product to end… [ Read More ]

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Replenish Your Soul: Noise Canceling Headphones for the Soul

I was flying from Charlotte to San Francisco. Two rambunctious children were in my row. Their parents, up in first class, sipped wine while I babysat in the cheap seats. To make matters worse, across the aisle was a toddler who cried for the first two thousand miles. This trip had stress and frustration written… [ Read More ]

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What’s On Your Mind: Part Three

This month I will continue to look at how you can stay mentally fit by looking at some practical suggestions.  1. SCHEDULE SOME THINK TIME EACH WEEK.  Every week, you need to schedule some alone time with the Holy Spirit. Sit down, get alone, get quiet, and think. Don’t read, don’t talk, don’t listen to… [ Read More ]

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Image Management

Image management. There’s nothing particularly wrong with those two words, but when you put them together and give them to a ministry leader, it is a deadly cocktail. Image management is what we begin to do when our inner world becomes separated from our outer world. If the outward and inward are not integrated, we literally… [ Read More ]

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Replenish Your Soul: What Kind of Old Person Do I Want to Be?

What kind of old person do you want to be? It’s a question you never think about in your twenties, rarely in your thirties, and only occasionally in your forties. But at least in my case hitting the big five-zero caused me to ponder this question with great frequency. Turning fifty flipped an inner switch;… [ Read More ]

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God’s Strategy for your Success, part 4

This month I will be discussing the final principle for success. To recap, the first four principles are: 1. Be clear in your direction 2. Be confident in your desires 3. Be committed to your decision 4. Be corrected by your defeats  Now, the final principle.  5. BE CONSCIOUS OF GOD’S DEPENDABILITY.  Joshua 1 is… [ Read More ]

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A Pastor must be in a small group

A pastor must be in a small group. You need to show your congregation that small groups are so important for spiritual growth that even you belong to one. This allows you to share about your experiences, such as how being in a small group helped you during a difficult time or how the small… [ Read More ]

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The Gospel-centered small group leader

image credit: Creation Swap user Josiah Kopp When it comes to talking about the marks of a true follower of Jesus, it’s no surprise that Paul starts out talking about love. Literally, Romans 12:9 says, “Let love be without hypocrisy.” This is significant because the hypocrite has one thing on his mind: What will people… [ Read More ]

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What to Stop and Start in 2012

Stop ignoring the dysfunction Many churches and ministries suffer from I like to call “terminal niceness”.   We just aren’t very good at hard conversations.  For the most part we are polite, sensitive, and hate conflict.  So, we beat around the bush and make nice. One of the byproducts of our “terminal niceness” can be… [ Read More ]

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God’s strategy for your success, part 3

This is the third installment in a four part series. Today, I am going to look at another one of the principles of success. In the last two issues, I discussed the first three principles: 1. Be clear in your direction 2. Be confident in your desires 3. Be committed to your decision This month,… [ Read More ]

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