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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Beware the seduction of ambition

image credit: Creative Commons user JapInTheGap Ambition is a double-edged sword. When it is God-directed and Spirit-managed, it can bear tremendous fruit. When it is restrained by humility, ambition can be a powerful motivator. But when it is hijacked by self and ego, it can leave a wake of destruction in its path. I have… [ Read More ]

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Making a good thing better

How do you make a good thing better? How do you use creativity and technology to solve problems?  image credit: CreationSwap user Cody Jensen Know what you’re good at. Many people are trying to be all things to all people. You can’t really accomplish that goal. And you won’t really find a client base that… [ Read More ]

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Is there a certain way for a leader to pray?

God is looking for people to use. He is looking for leaders. We’re looking for better methods, machinery and motivations. God says, “I’m looking for better people, people that I can use.” And for God to use the leaders, they must be men and women of God. We have a sample of a leader’s prayer… [ Read More ]

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A Leader’s Prayer Life

You can learn a lot about a person by the kind of prayer he prays. Image credit: creative commons user picturesque_haven For instance, a selfish prayer indicates a selfish spirit. Have you ever heard a prayer that sounds like a Christmas list – I want this, and I want that? Some people try to impress… [ Read More ]

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The most embarrassing gap in my leadership

I really didn’t want to write this article. But I know you can’t talk about spiritual health without talking about this topic. In the past, when I preached about it or wrote about it, I always felt a gnawing inadequacy. If you were to chart my ministry and spiritual journey, there would be large gaps… [ Read More ]

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What Does Spiritual Planning Look Like?

image credit: http://creationswap.com/palkomedia There is certainly nothing “unspiritual” about planning.  But, it is very possible to do “unspiritual” planning.  In other words, it is very possible to plan purely from human wisdom and experience and gifting and leave God out of the process. So, what does it look like to make sure my planning is… [ Read More ]

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The need for exponential faith thinking

As a proponent of church health and growth, I’ve come to believe in the necessity ofexponential faith-thinking. To explain this in very practical terms, consider adding a zero to every goal. Do you want to reach 1,000 for Christ in your community? Why not, in faith, set a goal to reach 10,000? Faith means setting… [ Read More ]

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