Pastor, You Must Read IT

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It

It is a really great book! It is all about “how churches and leaders can get it and keep it.” What is it? Though Craig Groeschel never really defines it, he does offer this clarifying list: It is what God does through a rare combination of these qualities found in his people: – Passion for his presence – […]


Where Exactly Do We Stand?

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Grace Based Living

Even though none of us actually plays by the rules (according to Romans 3:10, 23), we still try rather hard to do so. We’ve all sinned and fallen short, but in our broken condition, we just keep on plugging away in hopes that in eternity all of our trying and fighting and working will somehow […]


New Year’s Sermon: Do You Really Want to Change?

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Change

Is it even possible to really change? Millions of people must be asking that question, especially as we face another new year. You may already have a list of areas of your life you’re going to change. Whether they are “resolutions” or not, you’re hoping you can make it this year. ONE GREAT TRUTH: Change is possible. […]


Real Pastors Hurt… And Show It

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Pain Center

As Paul concluded his second letter to Timothy, he expressed some hurt. Demas had forsaken him. Alexander the coppersmith had caused him much harm. At one point, no one was willing to stand with Paul. Rejection, criticism, and abandonment hurt! The world is watching believers to see how we’re going to handle it all. Most […]


Leadership Network: The Characteristics of Large Churches

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Large Churches

The Leadership Network has just released its findings from a survey of some of America’s largest churches. They’ve spelled out some of the common strengths and characteristics of them. Some are surprising, some are not… These churches are wired. Multisite interest has grown dramatically. Growth is steady. The leader at the helm makes all the difference. Worship […]


Free Ebook: From the Gut Leadership Lessons

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Leadership Ebook

I’ve collected together 21 of my favorite posts (from now almost 1,500 blog posts over seven years) about leadership and I’ve issued this free ebook. Normally, I argue that there is no such thing anymore as “ebooks.” Rather there are simply books that start with “e.” In other words, the walls between traditional and online […]


What Ted Williams Taught Me About Relationships

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Ted Williams

I’m a big fan of baseball – especially the way it used to be – such as 1941, when Ted Williams finished the season with a .406 batting average. He was the last player to break the elusive .400 mark. In 60 years, nobody else has done it. Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs, and a few […]


The Role of Preaching In Church Planting

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Stephen Olford

There various viewpoints on the bestchurch planting model. Some launch fast and large to attract the masses. Others launch slowly and intentionally with more of a one-on-one disciple-making mentality. There are probably cautions with any approach to planting, and one of the cautions I would raise is simply don’t neglect the power of preaching, even in […]


5 Ways To Encourage Another Leader

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manyhands

   Everyone needs a Paul and a Timothy (or several of each). That is, we all need to be learning from mentors and mentoring learners. There is always someone ahead of us and always someone just behind us. It is the role and responsibility of a leader to give another leader a lift. So how […]


Pastor, Don’t Raise Funds. Raise Faith.

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Faith

  Fundraising is no fun. Most Pastors I know say it’s the one aspect of supporting a church’s ministry they find most difficult. Having launched into church planting, I tend to agree. The least pleasant task I have is asking for money. So let’s just stop it. We don’t have time to raise funds. But […]


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